Abstract: "When can I have it?" "Where can I buy it?" Demonstrations of mediated-reality systems have elicited these questions ever since innovators such as Ivan Sutherland, Kazuo Yoshinaka, Steve Mann, Steve Feiner, and Thad Starner began developing them in the 1980s. But public access has been limited primarily to television specials and modern art or science museum exhibits.
At the University of Linz's Institute for Pervasive Computing, we've brought mediated-reality systems a step closer to broad availability through our development of Spectacles - a modular, autonomous, wireless display platform for integration with eyeglass frames, as shown in Figure 1. The Spectacles hardware-software platform includes local computation and communication facilities, an integrated power supply, and modular system building blocks, such as sensors, voice-to-text and text-to-speech components, localization and positioning units, and microcameras and microdisplay units. Developers can easily assemble the system building blocks to application-specific instances of wearable displays.
We developed Spectacles from off-the-shelf components; it's ready for market, and we've demonstrated it in several application domains.