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Researchers at INRIA, the French public research center, recently revealed the first wearable gadget that gives humans eyes in the back of their heads. The helmet-mounted prototype, called FlyVIZ, increases the wearer’s field of view from 180 degrees to 360 degrees. The team developed a processing algorithm that transforms images captured by a panoramic video-camera system (the bit that sticks up from the crown of the helmet) so that the head-mounted display can show it all.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.