A Day Wearing Augmented Reality Glasses #womenWearingARglasses

Her bio-alarm clock wakes her up gently; she feels renewed. Her glasses give her the stats on her sleep, syncing with the accelerometer in her smartwatch. She’s pleased with the 84% sleep quality rating. She takes a moment to scan her REM log, adding a voice note with the fantastical things she saw in her dreams.

She rises and begins the day with her yoga practice, to stretch mind and body. Her EEG readings are excellent, with a high spike in alpha brain wave activity. She opts for some music from her library based on her heart rate. She smiles when The xx come on over the speakers.

She heads into the shower, but not before removing her glasses (she snickers thinking only ‘white men wearing glass’ actually shower with them on).

Dressed, she walks into the kitchen to make a light breakfast. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Wired Magazine instantly light up before her, offering the day’s headlines and relevant articles to her week ahead. Her serendipity app brings in a few articles from other news sources she might not necessarily read. She tags ‘more like this’ to the one she likes.

She fields a phone call from her boss while drinking her coffee and is able to reference both his recent email and an article in the morning’s paper, which of course, impresses him.

She walks to work while her glasses provide her with shopping deals of the day. She receives a popup reminder of a friend’s upcoming birthday with a photo of the blouse her friend liked when they were last window shopping together.

She enters a crowded, all male conference room, comfortably taking a seat in the middle of the investors’ meeting.  As she scans the room, her glasses use facial recognition to provide her with everyone’s name and LinkedIn profile.  She greets every member by name, asking about their recent projects, ventures, and successes as provided to her by her glasses.  They’re noticeably impressed.  When she assumes lead on the group presentation, her glasses sync to her visual presentation.  She had used her voice analyzer app last night to rehearse the presentation and tone. She walks the room with confidence and exits a dazzled crowd.

It’s been a long, but fruitful day. She heads out for a cocktail after work. The doors swing open into a crowded lounge and she walks in alone, but not unnoticed.  She checks tomorrow’s calendar with her glasses while ordering a drink.  A handsome stranger approaches her, asking for her name.  Her glasses immediately alert her that he’s 35 and a successful broker, whose address matches his mother’s house.  She smiles and walks away.  Well, at least he didn’t pull the, ‘So, are you a Gemini?’ line. She laughs to herself. Her attention shifts to a guy across the bar, he’s dressed casually, but locks eyes and smiles.  Her glasses tell her he’s 31, a painter, and a volunteer at the children’s hospital art wing.  She sends a friend request to him with her glasses while sending a message, “Always wanted to learn how to paint….Helen”, smiles, and walks away.

She returns home and checks her email on her glasses.  She has several emails congratulating her on a fantastic presentation and requesting meetings.  She replies by checking her availability on her calendar, which appears next to the message on her glasses.  The painter from the bar replies, “Anytime ;)”  She takes off her glasses and turns out the light.

[Hat tip and very gracious bows to James C. Nelson and Dr. Caitlin Fisher]

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