Fictional Wearables

dragoon | 11:31 PM
nym's earlier entry on StartleCams reminded me of something. A fair number of scientific advances were prophesied in science fiction (I keep on forgetting to read Thomas Disch' The DREAMS OUR STUFF IS MADE OF), and Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan mentioned something similar back in the 90s.

Spider Jerusalem, the series' grumpy antihero journalist, wears camera-shades that happen to capture evidence of an embarrassing drunken night due to anti-assault defenses. There aren't many devices out there that provide this kind of functionality, but recording is becomming a much more commonplace activity. In the 90s there was a kidnapping/murder where the victim had a casette recorder on her, and without the murderer's knowledge, captured her pleading for life. The police found the tape later, and used it in court. This was turned into a Law & Order episode. More cases of crime documentation from victims with webcams, cellphones or wearables are coming.

On a cheerier tone, Transmet has SPKF feedsite (think 30th Cent. website) listeners that provide audio/video to their audience via attractive electronic and harness combos. Again, something that could be done today. A lot of sci fi (and its hipper, somewhat brain-damaged cousin cyberpunk) skips right over wearables to cybernetic implants, but who wants to go under the knife every time a faster model comes out?

Great article, thanks for the contribution dragoon!

Posted by: nym at May 8, 2003 10:43 AM

Fiction often shapes reality.

Posted by: ordaos at May 9, 2003 04:35 PM

Yes. I'm still waiting for my rocketship and pill meal. I think we can leave the one piece jumpsuits without a zipper on the ash heap of ideas though.

Posted by: dragoon at May 9, 2003 07:02 PM

Hey i enjoy my pill meals!

Posted by: nym at May 12, 2003 08:23 PM

Please, I would like to receive informations about this field.
Thank you.

Best Regards,


Posted by: annapoli at July 10, 2003 06:18 AM

The first literry gargoyle I heard of is the one in Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. He's not really a major character, but he does get slit from groin to neck by a major character.

I guess some people don't like being stared at....

Posted by: at September 10, 2003 05:31 PM