If reality is a little too real for you, here's a whole new way of seeing the world. Walk around wearing lifeClipper's special goggles and backpack and, with the help of GPS, you can see your surroundings virtually.
lifeClipper, created by Jan Torpus, is an open-air art project currently doing the rounds in Basel, Switzerland. There, within the city's historic St-Alban-Quarter, you can don the special gear and take it for a walk. The backpack is a portable computer, and the goggles feature a visual display unit and sound.
So, while you're walking, music, photo and video can all be streamed into the goggles, highlighting areas of interest as you pass them. Real life feels like a film, or better still a documentary. It's like those headphones you can rent at museums, but way more sci-fi.
Point your goggles at a factory wall, for example, and it will show you what's inside, along with sound effects. Apparently it's a real trip to use, and really hard to walk with. (No coincidence that LSD was invented in Basel, say some.)
Currently, lifeClipper isn't available any further afield, but it's easy to imagine it catching on. Who wouldn't want a global positioning system for their head? Sounds perfect for days when you can't get your brain into gear. And, when you're on holiday, you'll never have to ask directions again. RM