THE FA­THER OF WEAR­ABLE TECH ON GOOGLE GLASS, AND LIV­ING IN A W ORLD W HERE H UMANS H AVE T HE S AME RI GHTS A S B UILDINGS

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When did you start cre­at­ing wear­ables? My grand­fa­ther taught me to weld when I was just four years old, and I be­came in­ter­ested in be­ing able to see bet­ter, over a wide range of light lev­els. This is what led me to the in­ven­tion of Dig­i­tal Eye Glass (wear­able com­put­ing) and HDR (High Dy­namic Range) Imag­ing (see wearcam. org/hdr.htm).

I was al­ways look­ing for a place where I could com­bine my tal­ents in art, sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, math­e­mat­ics, and in­ven­trepreneur­ship (in­ven­tor­ship and en­trepreneur­ship). I ended up get­ting ac­cepted at MIT so I brought much of my wear­able com­put­ing with me. I was my own walk­ing lab­o­ra­tory, TV sta­tion and pho­to­graphic stu­dio. How was it re­ceived at MIT in the 1970s? The ideas must have been fairly for­ward-think­ing. Cer­tain oth­ers were ini­tially op­posed to my new con­cepts, and wear­able com­put­ing in gen­eral, but later took these ideas as their own, by pub­lish­ing my Sixth Sense and Wear­able Com­put­ing work with­out any at­tri­bu­tion.

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