The early days of wearable computing and Personal Imaging

Steve Mann, with his 1980s rig

My personal imaging (wearable computing, mediated reality, etc.) work began as a personal hobby in the 1970s, but it was not until the mid eighties when I had my first solo exhibition of my cybernetic photographic work in a Toronto gallery in 1985, that others began to show an interest showed interest in my concept of mediated reality.

Shortly afterward, after having won the National Photo Contest, with some of the lightspace "dusting" pictures I had taken with my wearable apparatus, a picture of me wearing the apparatus of my invention was published in Campus Canada:

Steve Mann with his "Wearable Computer" (WearComp) invention, using it in one of its first applications, the "photographer's assistant" (Personal Imaging system)