The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades... and so you will, this coming March when production models of China's first “wearable computer” pour onto the nation's store shelves.
The “Eye-Book”, as it appears to be called, dispenses with the usual desktop mainframe box and LCD screen monitor while retaining the familiar mouse and keyboard (which is a folding design).
The eyeglasses-style headpiece does double duty as both the computer mainframe and the monitor – quite an achievement considering those two typically bulky components will be worn on the user's face!
Though they may outwardly look like a sleek pair of sports shades, the heart of the Eye-Book doesn't permit real-world, real-time vision. Instead, a pair of small viewscreens employing AMOLED microdisplay technology take the place of a standard monitor. The screens are very thin... most of the space inside the roughly 1.5-inch thick body of the headpiece is taken up by miniaturized components of the computer.
No specs are available at press time but we can at least assume the Eye-Book's capabilities are basic at best due to severe space limitations... and don't even think about how interior cooling is to be accomplished.
All we do know, actually, is that the Eye-Book was designed and manufactured by a sci-tech company in China's southwestern province of Yunnan – not exactly the country's Silicon Valley by any means. Plans are to have Eye-Books on store shelves this March, however, and regardless of its capabilities the novelty factor alone should be more than enough to sell this small wonder. (via M.I.C Gadget and Xinhuanet, all images via M.I.C Gadget)