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Why don't bros solve this problem? - Elf M. Sternberg
Why don't bros solve this problem?
Yesterday, I commented on how I'd tried the latest round of HMDs and discovered that none of them were quite to my liking. A friend of mine today mentioned that while she was on the metro the woman next to her was openly writing what could only be considered trade secrets or intellectual property. "Exactly my point," I said. "Why haven't the tech bros of silicon valley solved this problem?"

This one seems weird to me. Venture capitalists have thrown millions (even billions!) into developing next-stage head mounted displays without, I believe, actually solving a real problem: truly private interactions with the traditional keyboard-driven computer. The BT-300 was close, but it has no HDMI interface; the Avegant Glyph is basically like watching television; you wouldn't want to write code on the thing. (Who knows what the Avegant Suite will be? Right now it's at 720p and barely a prototype.) Seriously, all I want is a second screen that nobody else can see that doesn't also make me look like a refugee from the Borg.

I mean, take a look at the Suite again. That's $140 million dollars of technology for a multilayered optical solution. All I want is a simple bifocal S-OLED 1280x720 RGB display with a goddamn HDMI connector. This technology is already four years old. Is it so much to ask?

Hot take: I'd say that the reason bros haven't solved the problem is because there's a mismatch between what tech bros want and what real people want. The legendary corporate buses of San Francisco shield their riders from anyone who might not be privy to confidential information, and the ones who might pay for the development of such technology probably don't take metro anyway.

In the meantime, I may end up buying a pair of Miracast dongles (they're cheap, less than $30) and seeing if I can get it to work with my laptop.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed

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resonant From: resonant Date: March 10th, 2017 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
There are privacy filters that only allow your screen to be viewed from specific angles.

fiddlingfrog From: fiddlingfrog Date: March 10th, 2017 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Not for the claustrophobic...

If all else fails there's always the Compubuddy privacy sweater.
elfs From: elfs Date: March 12th, 2017 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not for the claustrophobic...

Oh, my, that looks like a fun project, but not a fun thing to wear. Stuffy and blind is no way to go through life.
omahas From: omahas Date: March 16th, 2017 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not for the claustrophobic...

Uhhhh. What a way to convince people you're "doing something". And that orange...! Yeck.
sirfox From: sirfox Date: March 11th, 2017 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUw3u9lh9rQ granted, anybody with the right glasses could read over your shoulder, but how likely is that?
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