Word: augmediated

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 9 08:44:53 UTC 2013

The media blitz for Google Glass continues. In the 1990s Steve Mann
was a graduate student at MIT, and he helped create old-school
wearable computing systems. Mann says "Google Glass is much less
ambitious than the computer-mediated vision systems I constructed
decades ago." The word augmediated which appears in the title of a
recent article by Mann in IEEE Spectrum magazine was constructed by
combining augmented and mediated, I think. Not sure when augmediated
was coined.

Steve Mann: My “Augmediated” Life
What I’ve learned from 35 years of wearing computerized eyewear
By Steve Mann  /  March 2013


Augmediated does not appear in the following excerpt.

[Begin excerpt]
Because my computerized eyewear can augment the dark portions of what
I’m viewing while diminishing the amount of light in the bright areas,
I say that it provides a “mediated” version of reality. I began using
this phrasing long before the rise in popularity of the more
widespread term “augmented reality,” which usually refers to something
less interesting: the overlay of text or graphics on top of your
normal vision. That doesn’t improve your eyesight. Indeed, it often
makes it worse by obscuring your view with a lot of visual clutter.
[end excerpt]


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