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Does my bum look big in the Internet?

No it doesn't. But the bigger it is, the more you can potentially display on it. News posted on the h+magazine website explores the idea of wearing the internet.

The very clever students at the MIT research labs have been doing some very clever things again. This time they have devised a way for a user to surf the web on a piece of paper, a shirt sleeve, or even skin. The Media Lab at MIT have been exploring the idea of wearable computing for some time, and other companies have entered their offerings into this market also. A similar yet less impressive offering seems to come from LG with their phone watch. This surge in the development of miniature, wearable technology could cry out the future of computing as we know it.

The latter, involving skin projection, might sound a bit strange but doesn't actually require any surgery whatsoever, which is a great relief. Using only the cheapest of off the shelf components, the technology utilises an ordinary web cam and a battery-powered 3M projector. To the projector is attached a mirror and connected it to an internet-enabled mobile phone. So for a measly $350 (£214.25) anything you wish now becomes a computer display.

MIT's website states that "Wearable computing hopes to shatter this myth of how a computer should be used, a person's computer should be worn, much as eyeglasses or clothing are worn, and interact with the user based on the context of the situation." its not only about breaking conventional boundaries, according to Pattie Maes. She works for the lab's Fluid Interfaces group and refers to the technology not as something worn in terms of fashion, but more in terms of its utility. In her words, a 'digital sixth sense.'

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