I’m Dapper with my Third Eye

The all knowing, all seeing third eye. An ancient myth no longer thanks to designer Kijin Shin- this Third Eye concept designed is for travelers. See something interesting? Just place the Third Eye up to your eyes like a monocle and the device pulls all relevant historical, travel, shopping, and tourist information. If you really like what you see, take a snapshot for keeps. It’s like an encyclopedia, wikipedia, GPS, and tour guide all in one!

Designer: Kijin Shin & Youngbin Lim


  • ZGiSH says:

    cool concept but how would this work? be based on contact lasers and GPS connected to a vast encyclopedia?

    • Kijin Shin says:

      This is full discription of my design concept.
      Thanks for all.

      One of the reasons to travel is curiosity and expectation about new experiences of unknown places. Nevertheless, all our fears missing out on adventures by moving to the cities are obligated by whole travel experiences. In order to have a better journey in a strange city, people makes huge effort to prepare and collect information about a destination before they leave. Moreover, it is not so difficult to imagine about your backpack heavily loaded with a thick guidebook, map, and devices. Now, here we suggest you the very simple and smart device for your travel.

      The Third is a hand-sized navigation which provides all information including location, history, and related explanation when you travel somewhere. It supports a dual mode; C mode (a commercial spot finder) and T mode (a scenic/travel spot finder). Traveler can find any places whether it is a shopping center or a tourist attraction with a simple handling, just turning a pointer on a top (viewer).
      Furthermore, it is designed with a stereo vision technology for the better quality and an accurate image shot.

      It helps you to travel more exciting with less hand bothering.

      • turn.self.off says:

        could not a pda with wwan, gps and a webcam do much the same?

        or hell, lets turn it into some kind of head mounted display 😉

      • cornelia says:

        Is this device on the shelves already or it’s just a concept?
        I-phone has something similar in music recognition

        Thank you.

        • turn.self.off says:

          not likely its anything but a blue sky concept design.

          for one thing, it barely got room for any electronics in there.

          and if it cant fit electronics, there is no way it can fit the battery needed to power some kind of wwan connection and the cpu power needed to do the processing needed.

          i would love to be shown wrong, but i would say its impossibly to build it as envisioned today or in the next couple of years.

          • Jeroen says:

            wel it could be posible. if you put an internet conection thing in it, and some working memory in it, it wont need to be big. as long as it can project the information or immages or some stuff to the looking glas. a strong battery (battery’s today wont have to big).

            only the snapshot thing is kind of tricky…

            and try to collect all the information about the city is a realy big work i think…

      • Hi Kijin Shin & Youngbin Lim. Do you guys have a website(s)? I just blogged about this project and would love to link to your personal sites – I did a quick scan but couldn’t find anything.

  • Henry says:

    Very nice design. Everyday, the vision of William Gibson’s “Virtual Light” seems nearer.

  • will says:

    It’s pretty ambitious, but it has precursors in the “augmented reality” research in wearable and ubiquitous computing systems, and some spin-off products from that.

    The Celestron Sky Scout does much the same thing as the Third Eye for the night sky. It has a GPS, Clinometer and Compass, and from those determines Lat/Lon/Altitude/Azimuth/Elevation and computes the POV of the user. It’s data and presentations must be pre-loaded or on an SD card. The Sky Scout is a concept hypothesized by someone in the MIT Media Lab back in the late 90’s, and it took 10 years to reach market.

    The Third Eye would have to combine all of the above, add wireless access to localized data, and shrink it considerably (the Sky Scout is 7.4 x 2.5 x 4.0 inches).

    I give it 10 years to hit the streets. But before that happens, I predict the marke may be eroded by an app for the the iPhone or other existing mobile phone or PAD platform with a large user base, that will use photo recognition technology in place of live visual overlays, Google Maps/Streets mash-ups and collaborative annotation to do much the same thing.

    • Burck says:

      It is already happening. Apparently the Android phone has an application that does this exact service. I believe it ties into Google Maps information through GPS. It is my understanding that all you do is point the device about and it will give an HUD of the surroundings on the phone’s screen.

  • Jezebel says:

    Just lovely for modern-day pirates, err, I mean adventurers! 😉

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