Augmented reality monocle is the hipster tech we don’t need, but it’s probably coming

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If it looks silly and appears within 24 hours of April Fools’ Day, it’s a fair target. Therefore, our latest object of scorn is the hipster-ready augmented reality concept device called the MonoLens.

The device is exactly what it sounds like: A single lens that hangs off your face and delivers all the wonders of augmented reality, without the cumbersome load of real augmented reality devices like the HoloLens.

Envisioned by London-based creative agency Rewind, the concept device comes with its own elaborate promotion video in the run-up to a supposed Kickstarter campaign promised next Monday (don’t hold your breath).

“MonoLens is the first of its kind: a stripped-back, single optic augmented reality device that brings your digital world to life in real time,” the company writes on the page promoting the device.

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They even go as far as offering a Warby Parker-level amount of design and color choices for the discriminating fashion douche.

However, fans of the classic series The Prisoner will notice two major wink-winks from the Rewind team in the device’s promotion video. First, there’s the appearance of the series’ penny-farthing bicycle, and then we’re given the circle-around-the-eye hand gesture from the same misdirection-filled TV show, usually accompanied by the phrase, “Be seeing you…”

But back to that ridiculous concept device.

We can laugh at it now, but here’s the scary part: At the current rate of wearable tech development (and with Google Glass still fresh in our memories), at some point, a device like this will be a reality, and then we’ll be forced to look back on this imagined device and wonder where we went so wrong.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/04/01/monolens-concept-device-prank/