Rear View Jacket

Is your popped collar so epic it emulates horse blinders? Are punk teens always skitching your coattails? Are you constantly moonwalking into power poles, trash cans, and the elderly? [Paul Coudamy]’s Hard-Wear Jacket solves all of these problems. It has a micro-camera embedded in the back of the neck and streams live video to a sleeve mounted monitor. The goal is to expand the perception of the wearer and how they interact with the environment. We know this is just a small step and doubt many people will be scrambling to never turn their neck again. It’s something interesting to contemplate though: how will people behave when brain taps allow their peripheral vision to have the same clarity as normal vision?

[via Gizmodo]

10 thoughts on “Rear View Jacket

  1. very cool, but i think this is a bit of an overdrive….. such portable power waste, when the exact same thing can be achieved with a pair of rear view sunglasses. now if the jacket had image processing capabilities, that would highlight faces of people you know, or if it would be interconnectable with other gadgets, like your mobile phone, and via it to the internet, or if there would be anything special to it OTHER than looking behind you….. now that, would be worth it. otherwise, it is just a waist of time in my humble opinion.

  2. Since having learned to drive a car, I am frequently aggravated that I can’t use those wing mirrors when I’m just walking around.

    Maybe this could solve that problem?

  3. I think it’s ridiculous – granted, maybe it’s a somewhat new idea… But not very well executed and I can’t see it taking off.

    It’s using well established technology, yet look at the size of the ‘micro’-camera. Oh and most notablu the guy clearly needs to have words with his fashion advisor :)

  4. It’s an interesting idea, but with the screen on your wrist your could get tired holding it up to look at, personally I would have used LCD glasses which don’t fully block your normal vision so you can still see forwards, augmented reality in effect. Like those tv-glasses you can get, something similar was shown at the beginning of the Arnie film “True Lies” where he’s keeping an eye on the bad guys whilst pretending to take a leak.

    I once tried putting a rear-view camera on my bike which hooked up to a pocket tv on the handlebars, interesting test that showed up a couple of minor flaws; I kept looking down to see what was behind me which distracted from more important things like avoiding anything in front of me, secondly the screen was impossible to see in sunlight and bright daylight.

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