A sci-fi or exceptionally tech-savvy character needs to use a computer, whether to contact allies, scan for vital data on the McGuffin
, or precision-target a rabble of mooks. The only problem is, computers have a habit of making even the coolest of characters look a bit geeky, and then there's the whole sitting down issue, the staring into a monitor etc. Far better to somehow integrate the computer onto the person of the character, preferably in a somewhat awesome and futuristic way. The answer? The Data Display Headset
- usually a computer screen suspended a few inches in front of the eye by a piece of plastic reaching back to the ear.
Anime & Manga
- Fry in Futurama gets an eyePhone - this is an interesting example, as the hardware is actually installed between his eyeball and his eye socket.
- The United States military spent loads of money trying to develop something similar in their Land Warrior programme.