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Personal Imaging is a camera-based computational framework in
which the camera behaves as a true extension of the mind and body,
after a period of long-term adaptation, as described in .
In this framework the computer becomes a device that allows the
wearer to augment, diminish, or otherwise alter his or her visual
perception of reality. Moreover, it allows the wearer to allow
others to alter his or her visual perception of reality, and therefore
becomes a communications device.
Mediated reality arises, for example,
through the eyeglass-based version of WearComp
(called ``WearCam'', as described in http://wearcam.org/research.html)
in which the glasses absorb and quantify incoming rays of light,
process this visual information, and then reconstruct new rays of
light in response to the processing. In a fully-mediated reality
environment, the wearer of the glasses would be blind to the outside
world, but for the processing that is inserted between the analysis
(``camera'') and synthesis (``display/viewfinder'')
portions of the glasses.