Thanks to Moe Howard of the "Three Stooges," it used to be that sporting a bowl cut was quickest way to fashion yourself a helmet-headed moron. Lloyd Christmas, anyone? But now, thanks to Justin Bieber's old do, an even shaggier version of the bowl cut has swept across the nation and Goofus has now become Gallant.
Same goes for techie geeks. They've been plucked from mom's basement and put on pop culture's pedestal. Essentially, they're rock stars and Silicon Valley is their Xanadu.
Suddenly, donning a wearable computer doesn't have the geeky stigma it once did, unless, of course, you work at a McDonald's in Paris. Google's Project Glass has shown us that this is technology's new frontier and marketing the first one is like a race to see who can land on the moon first.
Not to be left to eat Google's dust, Apple has joined the race and they've drawn inspiration from the bowl cut. "Patently Apple" reported last week that Apple filed a patent in January 2011 for a video glasses project called "Display resolution increase with mechanical actuation."
The patent's drawing shows what looks to be a bowl over the wearer's head with eyewear that extends over one eye. Inventor of the head-mounted display is credited to Edward Craig Hyatt.
Most of the patent seems to detail improvements of the resolution of images seen through the eyewear.
Here's the patent's abstract overview:
News of Apple's patent should excite those in the Dadaist Pastafarian community. After all, their religious faith requires them to wear a colander on their head, so Apple's bowl-headed video glasses should be a big hit with them.
Credit: Patently Apple