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2009-02-27 Mental heads-up display

posted Feb 26, 2009, 3:50 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 27, 2009, 3:30 AM by Eddie Woo ]

The new communications system will project text and graphics directly into the optic nerve, similar to the heads-up displays used by fighter pilots. It will do this through an external piece of hardware touching the head, hencing avoiding the issue of surgery.

This external piece of hardware will also be able to pick up thoughts of the human mind, which will allow for input similar to that of a keyboard or pointing device. This will, however, require a reasonable amount of expertise, similar to the expertise of a keyboard.

Social and ethical issues

People who use this system will need to control their thoughts. If they think something and are not concentrating, they may broadcast thoughts that are not intended for "general consumption".

The system developers may be suspected of malpractice, such as putting in malicious spyware code in the software, essentially having full control of people's minds. Furthermore, if the systems are not secure, other people may be able to gain access to people's thought-projecting devices and also have full control of people's minds.

From an end user's point of view

Bill Generic is a blind paraplegic and has been unable to speak for years. He has been socially isolated, and has had several mental health breakdowns due to his decreased morale. However, since the advent of the mental heads-up display, he has been able to "see", as the mental heads-up display can project directly onto the optic nerve.
He has also been able to communicate with his family and friends, and interact with computer systems without having to use limbs. Indeed, he is now self-employed as an author and freelance artist, creating everything with his mental heads-up display.

Image 1: "HUD (Heads Up Display)" by Crash Zone Photography
Image 2: "Concept for augmented reality mobile phone" by Leonard Low
Image 3: "My eye! My beautiful eye." by
Eddie Woo,
Apr 10, 2009, 12:25 AM
Eddie Woo,
Apr 10, 2009, 12:13 AM
Eddie Woo,
Apr 10, 2009, 12:20 AM