Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Sleep and Glasses

Okay, LinkedIn just did a good job this week. Two more interesting articles:

Google is planning on selling VR Glasses. (Which will inevitably get called "Google Goggles", never mind that they already have a product by that name.) I fear I may have to buy a pair, just to see what can be done with them.

The NY Times article notably doesn't say very much about input devices, which is really my primary concern. Basic mouse-style action will apparently be done through head movements (which leads to an amusing and possibly accurate mental image of a sea of people looking like refugees from the Matrix suffering from Tourette's), but I really want to know how I, eg, do a search or start a phone call or such. Voice input is obviously a possibility, but I'm not sure whether it's up to snuff yet. (Siri is a lovely toy, but I don't know whether you can rely on it.) It'll be very interesting to see how this all works.

The BBC has a really interesting article on natural human sleep patterns, and the possibility that the modern conventional wisdom may be just plain wrong.

The main point is that there is a *lot* of evidence that waking up in the middle of the night for an hour or two isn't just okay -- it's actually the natural and normal way to sleep, and that until the 19th century everybody just *knew* that. The implication is that modern society may have fetishized the notion of eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, and that may be doing more harm than good.
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