This wearable head-mounted display concept is not new but projecting something directly onto the retina sure is. Brother’s AirScouter wearable Retinal Imaging Display (RID) prototype, shown at the Brother World Japan 2010, creates a mysterious effect, making it look as if there’s a 16-inch screen floating one meter in front of the eyes, and the scenery behind the screen seems transparent as well.
This display uses the ‘persistence of vision’ effect to project pictures onto the retina. It does this by shining a light, at a level of brightness that’s safe for the eyes, and moving the light at high speed. The images projected on the retina are recognized by the visual sense, making it seem just as if they are floating just in front of the eyes. Learn more
Amazing piece of technology, just that how one would look making a video call on this once Smartphone connection is possible or using an iPad style app in public? I never used a Bluetooth wireless headset (and will not either) having seen how people look while talking and staring at walls (or sometimes at you) in the middle of a corridor or sitting alone at a table in a restaurant or in a bus. Apologise to those who love wearing these – it is just that I can’t.