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When a prototype of Google’s Project Glass surfaced a few months back, the concept of smart, reality-enhancing glasses, long debated by enthusiasts and skeptics, became real. Amid new reports of Apple and Microsoft developing prototypes of their own, a recently released student film offers a not-so-unfathomable glimpse into the possible future of this technology. Created by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design grad students Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz, Sight is an eight-minute short that upgrades augmented reality glasses to iridescent contact lenses that enhance the wearer’s world with interactive overlays of video games, cooking lessons, TV shows, and anything else that’s accessible on smartphones and computers--just minus the cumbersome task of having to type or talk. "We were inspired by many present-day apps and several sci-fi movies," says Lazo.
Everyone knew that one big kid in school who was constantly playing "pranks" that simply involved physically hurting other people ("You just punched me in the kidneys!" "Ha! Gotcha!"). Well, those kids grow up, and often go their entire lives without ever discovering the difference between a "practical joke" and "randomly harming other people just because." Fortunately for them, an entire industry has emerged to help them raise their game.