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All the Right Screens in All the Right Places

When asked what the future would hold, twenty years ago, I don’t think this is what they had in mind. Supposedly, we’re supposed to be flying around in cars, living in smart houses, and being able to order food from my fridge. Well, sadly, none of that has happened, but what is happening is the placement of computer screens all around us.

Clear, wireless computer screens are in more places than you think. They are no longer restricted to the desk of a workplace or in someone’s palm on their phone. Now, they are in car windows, sports goggles, and glasses everywhere.

Earlier this year, Google announced their Project Glass. This included glasses that were linked to the internet, maps, cell phone towers, etc. Essentially, it was a mobile phone on your face that you would wear like glasses. A blog about them can be seen here.

Now, in more unexpected places, computer screens are popping up in sports goggles. These mainly include, but are not limited to ski masks. These masks can show GPS location, elevation, speed, stopwatch, as well as change the tint based on the sun automatically. More information on these goggles can be seen here.

The last place I would ever think to see a computer screen is in a car window or windshield, yet it makes sense. Having directions displayed on the windshield in a small enough space to where it doesn’t take up too much space but is still noticeable is pretty ingenious. Also, having the back seat windows become interactive with the passengers is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I will be the first to say that I would definitely buy a car if I could draw, write messages, and view other car windows like I could on a computer screen. If that is the way computers are moving, I’m all for it.

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