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"The answer to the problem of information overload on the Net is reputations… engineer a system called a reputation server."
- Neal Stephenson

  A projection system using small goggles to project an image directly on your eye.  

Yes, we all like big screen TVs and those beautiful wide screen LCD monitors. However, they do take up a lot of space. What if you could just draw the picture on your retina, and fool yourself into thinking you're seeing a big screen?

Kathy Torrance began by offering Laney a chance to net-surf, Slitscan style...

She handed Laney an industrial-strength pair of rubberized Thomson eyephones. "Do him."


"Him. Go for those nodal points you've been telling me about. The headshot's a gateway to everything we've got on him. Whole gigs of sheer boredom. Data like a sea of tapioca, Laney. An endless vanilla plane..."

From Idoru, by William Gibson.
Published by Putnam in 1996
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There is also a mention of this item in Peter Watts' Starfish:

She never figured him for a bookworm. Still, there he is again, plugged into the library. Stray light from the eyephones leaks across his cheeks...

The eyephone lasers etch text and formulae across [one's] retinas.

The word "eyephone" was probably created (at least popularized) by Jaron Lanier's company, VPL Research, Inc., which sold what was arguably the first commercial and general purpose head-mounted displays under that name by 1989. (Thanks to RvR and Steven J. Owens for help on this one.)

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