Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"The writing is clicking away in my head and piling up, and unless I get it on paper somehow it's going to create uncomfortable pressure in my skull."
- Isaac Asimov

True-Vu Lenses (Goggles)  
  Lenses that are worn as goggles, allowing the user to both see and record what is being viewed.  

In the near-future world of Earth, oldsters (aka baby boomers) used electronic sun hats and True-Vu goggles to surveil young people and any other trouble makers.

The goggles would record whatever the wearer was watching, and then upload it to a secure location (in case anything happened).

"Watching, all the time watching... goggle-eye geeks...

What brought on Crat's sudden outburst was the sight of yet another babushka, glaring at them from a bench under one of the force-grown shade trees... The very moment they came into view, the old woman laid here wire-knitting aside and fixed them with the bug-eyed, opaque gape of her True-Vu lenses...

"No joke, bloke," Roland replied. "Some of those new goggles've got sniffer sensors on 'em..."

The stare got worse as they approached. Remi couldn't see the babushka's eyes, of course. Her True-Vu's burnished lenses didn't really have to be aimed directly at them to get a good record. Still, she jutted out her chin and faced them square on, aggressively making the point that their likenesses, every move they made, were being transmitted to their home unit, blocks from here, in real time.

From Earth, by David Brin.
Published by Bantam in 1990
Additional resources -

Brin adds these comments later in the novel:

"...You can't just ban True-Vu and other tech-stuff. You can't rebottle the genie. The world had a choice. Let governments control surveillance tech ... and therefore gave a snooping monopoly to the rich and powerful ... or let everybody have it. Let everyone snoop on everyone else, including snooping the government!

Today, of course, you can buy binoculars that have been integrated with digital cameras, letting you take a picture of whatever you see through the lenses.

Comment/Join this discussion ( 2 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from Earth
  More Ideas and Technology by David Brin
  Tech news articles related to Earth
  Tech news articles related to works by David Brin

True-Vu Lenses (Goggles)-related news articles:
  - PocketCaster First Live Video Webcast From Cellphone
  - UK Officers Wear Brin's True-Vu Lenses
  - Glasses Camera With Digital Video Recorder
  - Eye-Fi Equals SD Memory Card Plus Wi-Fi
  - Video Vigilantes Upload Crime Videos
  - WCCTV 3G Covert Backpack - A Surveillance Vest
  - Brando Spy Glassses Have Camera, Player Built-in
  - GandhiCam For Blackberry Auto-Uploads Sousveillance
  - U-Met Utility Helmet For First Responders
  - Polaroid GL20 Video Sunglasses
  - 'Police POV' Uses On-Officer Cameras
  - ZionEyez HD Camera Glasses
  - Lapel Cameras For LAPD Officers
  - Bullied UK Student Uses Sunglass Video For Case

Articles related to Surveillance
iBubble Scuba Drone Follower
'Eye In The Sky' Movie Borrows 35, 80 Year-Old SF
Voice-Recognition Door DIY
The Eye Is Watching! Samsung Gear 360 Camera

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

More News

Walmart Shopping Cart Robots Will Follow You
'...the machine would carry his bag in its soft plastic jaws...'

City Made Of Bone
'The cheapest building material known...'

SpotMini Robot Pierson's Puppeteer-Style
Now they're kind of cute, right?

Brick By Brick, Building Martian Bases
Don't try to boost everything from the surface of the Earth.

Elon Musk et. al. OpenAI Household Robot
'Any work a human being does around a house.'

BRUISE Smart Injury Detection Suit
'... Bee could see that three of them were disabled and two of them damaged.'

Tesla Model S Is Also A Boat (Sort Of)
'This Dick Dare contraption of yours...'

Promobot, The Runaway Russian Robot!
'Got yourself a runaway, Jack?'

Rowbot Small Autonomous Farm Robot
'...The tiny red glints of self-guided tractors.'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.