Attack on a Paris McDonalds pioneer of augmented reality
Steve Mann is a professor at the University of Toronto, is considered the father of computers “to wear “ and spent decades experimenting with the border between the analog and digital (in 1994, long before the mass of the webcam, achieved worldwide attention for transmitting 24 hours a day online life as a student at MIT).
The academic use for 13 years (even decades-long experience with similar devices) device Augmented Reality called EyeTap -very similar to Google Glass – and that is permanently attached to its head, replacing the vision in his right eye with a camera videotaped and delivers information directly to your retina.
When Mann visited Paris with his family took all the medical documentation certifying that the EyeTap could not be removed from his head without special tools, seeking to avoid problems with the police, immigration authorities and museums. However, this documentation did not help against three employees of a McDonald’s, who tried to forcibly remove the device from the head of academic papers and smashed in his face.
The recorded immediately EyeTap who struggled with Mann, perhaps the first time a digital telescope records an attack against his person. The teacher made the complaint in an extensive blog post , describing in detail the facts, but unfortunately does not comment on what could be the reasons for the aggression on the part of employees.
In a statement McDonald said they are in the process of collecting information, and asked a little patience to clarify all the facts.
Link: Augmented Reality Explorer Steve Mann Assaulted At Parisian McDonald’s (TechCrunch)Tags: Augmented Reality, cyborg, experiment, Experiments, Google Glass