Prehistoric Google Glass found in Antarctica in 2001

If your thinking of getting a Google Glass just think of what you could have been wearing on your face back in 2001.

Having a computer stashed inside of your bifocals might be new and exciting for all of you new aged tech junkies but for a team of explorers in Antarctica, Glass is nothing more than an updated version of what they were using in 2001.

Tina Sjogren one of the creators of this marvelous machine remembers wearing this 15 pound computer running on windows 98 paired with a “finger” mouse for controls and a glass screen for display.

The device was called “South Pole Wearable” with custom-built software that allows you to share information and post photos. Unlike the Glass it was solar-powered which is something Google should consider since they are struggling in the battery department. Also 3G, 4G, and wi-fi were not used it relied solely on satellites.

Drawing of a future explorer wearing the device

Drawing of a future explorer wearing the device

Finger Mouse

Wrist Keyboard

HUD (VGA Heads Up Display, Eye-trek Glasses by Olympus)

Wearable Windows 98 computers

Daylight flat panel display

Customized Technology vests

Shoulder Mounted Web Camera

Bluetooth near person network

Iridium data over satellite

Power converters

Solar cells

Control and Command voice software

CONTACT blogging software

Image editing, word processing

 Tina and Tom Sjogren built these specs to be able to transfer all types of information as they skied through the South Pole.

We wore a computer on our hips, a mouse in our pocket, and the glass was our screen. We did it not to show off but because we had no other choice.”

In 2002, they became the first to broadcast live photos and sounds from the Antarctic ice cap. Maybe Google can learn a thing or two from these explorers as they continue to update and improve their version of the South Pole Wearable.

-Mary M.



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