Re: Just the thought makes me want to vomit
> Putting something on your head that runs everything through a computer before it gets to your eyes is a bad idea for any user, doubly so if threats are coming at you.
Putting something on my head is the first thing I do when threats are coming at me!
But seriously, threats coming at you in darkness are easier to see through night vision goggles. Threats in smoky areas: infrared. Threats in the clouds? Radar. Okay, these don't require a computer per se to function, but is that what you meant?
At least one Navy Seal (see below) thinks that when when a threat is coming at him, he'd rather have his rifle aimed at the threat and his head down low behind a wall. If that means having video pass through a computer before it hits his eye, so be it. Its preferable to having a bullet pass through his eye before it hits his computer.
Just to clarify, in VR everything that hits your eyeballs is generated by the display units. In AR, computer generated content is placed over what your eyes see of the real world. This article was about AR. Nobody is advocating VR for riding bikes or crossing streets.
(There is also Pass-through AR, an attempt to sidestep the challenges of overlaying images over your view of the world, in which a VR display and cameras attempt to emulate an AR display by feeding live video to the display... experts say this introduces big problems of its own. Nausea from latency. High video bandwidth leading to high power consumption. Eyeballs getting confused on what to focus on etc. )