We can fake a lot of things, as that old saying “fake it till you make it” didn’t just come out of nowhere – but it’s really hard to fake things with our eyes. Unfortunately, our eyes are often tell-tale signs of exactly how we’re feeling inside – if we’re happy, our eyes light up – if we’re annoyed, well, you know how people’s eyes look when they’re ticked off. Thankfully, someone has come up with a way for our eyes to look pleasant and happy no matter what emotions may be stirring inside.
Hirotaka Osawa, a Japanese student at Tsukuba University, came up with a wearable device that “tricks” those around you into always thinking you’re in a peaceful and pleasant mood. What he designed is resemblant of Google Glass, though completely different all at the same time; he calls his glasses AgencyGlass. (I’ll admit, unless I was a secret agent or something, I don’t think AgencyGlass sounds all that cool).
Let’s go ahead and point out the obvious – these “glasses” are more like goggles and they do look a bit off on someone’s face. But their features might outweigh any kind of design hiccups.
Using a built in bluetooth microcomputer, these glasses are able to do all kinds of neat tricks with your eyes. For example, if you nod your head back, AgencyGlass will give off the impression that you’re deep in thought about something. Using an external camera that fits in your shirt pocket, it will be able to tell when people are looking at you and will automatically make eye contact with them – no matter what your real eyes may be doing.
The best part may be that these glasses don’t mess with your normal vision at all and you can still read normally. (Though I’m not sure I’d want to read a book with these things on my head).
I like new technology, but sometimes I have to shake my head in wonder and ask, “What is the point of this?” This would be one of those times. What do you think? Is this a product you would use?
[Image via japantimes]