A wearable computer won’t make you a cyborg, but it will get you one step closer. A new project out of Carnegie Melon University allows you to turn any surface into a touchscreen, including your body. Read the article or watch the video below.
Essentially, the system combines a Microsoft Kinect and a pocket-sized projector for a relatively smooth multi-touch, multi-surface user experience. The downside? This is what you have to wear:
Is it worth it? Probably not. Yet. Good luck wearing one of these through an airport without attracting attention. It probably wouldn’t even be easy to have a natural interaction with another human being without them being slightly distracted.
For those attracted to having your playlist projected on your forearm (instead of on the screen you’re holding in the hand at the end of said forearm) I’d advise you to wait a few years for Moore’s Law to shrink this down to something that will fit into the brim of a baseball cap, which, come to think of it, might be even creepier.