Through a glass smartly | 1843

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. I’ve just got my hands on the world’s most sought-after gadget: a pair of high-tech glasses that double as a wearable camera. A simple tap on the frame allows me to capture what I’m seeing from a first-person perspective and share it instantly with my friends on social media. I’m living in the future! This is great, isn’t it? Isn’t it?

The gadget on my nose is called Spectacles, made by Snap, the company behind Snapchat, an app chiefly used by teenagers to send each other disappearing picture messages. There’s some scepticism about Snap’s new venture after the failure of Google Glass. Launched in 2012, Glass was a wearable computer that could beam information into the corner of your eye, and had a built-in camera that could capture whatever you saw.

The backlash was brutal.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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