Behold, The Forefathers Of Google Glass

A vision of the future from 1996.

This photo from 1996 is a “self-portrait” of Steve Mann (far left), then an MIT PhD student. According to the image’s caption, the photo was “captured using wireless communications to additional camera located in front of the group.”

As the world braces for and grapples with the concerns of wearable computing, it doesn’t hurt to take a look back at the early stages of this technology. And, as some have already pointed out, chances are you’re never going to look as cool wearing Glass as these pioneers. “What’s the point of Glass if you don’t get to look like this? I want no part of this inferior futurescape,” MIT Tech Review editor Will Knight tweeted this afternoon.

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Charlie Warzel is a senior writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Warzel reports on and writes about the intersection of tech and culture.
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