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In the movie hackers Johnny lee Miller is wearing something that looks like google glass. Do any of know what it was ?

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The script refers to it as a "Pirate Eye" Eyepiece. A google of that will find some modern equivalents such as this http://www.fpvhobby.com/184-pirate-eye-lcd-goggle.html.

 

Other sites call it a monocular FPV or HUD.

 

As far as the one in the movie, I have never been able to find any trace of it online. I've looked a lot for it. They custom made quite a few things in the movie. So, it could just be a prop.

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I remember years back, and I'm not sure if it was before or after this movie, there was some guy who had something like that only bigger. Dubbed something like he was "bionic" or "cyber", this guy did stuff online for his work constantly. He cobbled together a small computer, mini monitor, some sort of single hand keyboard that clasped around the hand, a cell phone that basically ran dial up speed and then a mini monitor that covered his eye.

 

In the news piece you could see him walking down the street just clattering away on his mono-keyboard. It was just....weird.

 

Now you see peopke walking around with their smartphones tapping away as they walk.

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I realise I am responding to a 3yo conversation, but someone might find it useful:

he is wearing Hitachi's Xybernaut Poma Wearable PC

Some details here:

https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/portable-devices/the-5-rubbish-wearables-that-actually-make-google-glass-look-cool-1247061/2

And in case someone is reading this another couple of years in the future and the techradar page is gone:

"Launch date: January 2002
Cost: $1,500 (about £886, AU$1615)

The Xybernaut Poma Wearable PC was another foray into the head-mounted display market that launched way before Google Glass.

The wearable comprised of a 309g Windows CE device, running on the Hitachi 128MHz Risc processor with 32MB of RAM.

Xybernaut offered pocket versions of Internet Explorer, Outlook, Windows Media Player and Word pre-installed and there was an optical mouse to control it, with a colour display mounted on a headband.
The head-mounted monitor allowed you to view 800 x 600 pixel images, giving the impression of a 13-inch monitor.

Hitachi thought people would use the computer to work, surf the Web or play games when they were out of the office or away from home. But with the mini screen in front of one eye it was a little hard to also concentrate on what was happening around you.

Why it should have been awesome: A) the ability to do things you'd normally need to wield a very weight laptop around for, meaning plane trips are much simpler and B) you'd look like a Borg.

Ultimate reason for failure: Like the Private Eye, the Xybernaut Poma Wearable PC added a lot of bulk to carry around. It wasn't particularly mobile, ran really slowly (even to 2002 standards) and looked a little silly."

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On 9/18/2020 at 7:13 PM, LoftBits said:

he is wearing Hitachi's Xybernaut Poma Wearable PC

Some details here:

https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/portable-devices/the-5-rubbish-wearables-that-actually-make-google-glass-look-cool-1247061/2

And in case someone is reading this another couple of years in the future and the techradar page is gone:

"Launch date: January 2002

 

Little-known facts about the Hitachi Xybernaut: it has the ability to travel at least seven years back in time in order to meet production and theatrical release schedules 😜

 

On 7/1/2017 at 7:01 PM, Tanooki said:

Looks like a modified Tiger R-Zone.

 

I'm not totally convinced it's the Tiger R-Zone either, though - that plastic piece across the forehead is radically different to the R-Zone's headband.  Sure, it could absolutely be one that's been modified, but it just doesn't feel quite right.

 

There were more than a few companies fooling around with eyepiece-based HMDs around that time - Sony's Glasstron springs to mind as one example.  It could be any one of a number of devices that were trying to enter that market space in the mid-'90s, but it definitely has something of a console accessory vibe to it.

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It's just a movie prop. The optical head mount display wasn't developed until 97, and have only very recently become commercially viable. 

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On 8/19/2017 at 1:07 PM, Gamemoose said:

I remember years back, and I'm not sure if it was before or after this movie, there was some guy who had something like that only bigger. Dubbed something like he was "bionic" or "cyber", this guy did stuff online for his work constantly. He cobbled together a small computer, mini monitor, some sort of single hand keyboard that clasped around the hand, a cell phone that basically ran dial up speed and then a mini monitor that covered his eye.

 

In the news piece you could see him walking down the street just clattering away on his mono-keyboard. It was just....weird.

 

Now you see peopke walking around with their smartphones tapping away as they walk.

I remember seeing a tv news segment on that guy.

 

Does anyone have more information?  I kind of want to see how long that lasted...

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