By Daniel Bates
PUBLISHED:09:45 EST, 28 August 2012| UPDATED:09:47 EST, 28 August 2012
They have been billed as the future of the way that we will interact with computers.
But a new science fiction film suggests that augmented reality glasses actually have a far darker side – and might allow us to control one another.
‘Sight’ shows how virtual reality can take over from normal life to the extent that we can’t exist without it.
The seven minute short follows bachelor Patrick on a date which goes wrong when he gets found out for using a ‘Wingman app’ to help him charm her into bed.
In a sinister twist he then appears to patch into his date through her virtual reality lenses – and take over her mind.
So far only Google has trialled augmented reality glasses with breezy PR shots of hip young models wearing the trendy metal frames.
The prototype version has a clear display just above the eye and allows users to stream information through the lenses and send messages via voice commands.
But in ‘Sight’, by Israeli filmmakers Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo things go much further and indicate that augmented reality needs to be kept in check.
It follows Patrick who works for a company called Sight, a futuristic tech firm which makes virtual reality contact lenses but has run into controversy over allegations they are also developing mind control methods.
The film starts off with Patrick lying chest down on a mat in his bare bachelor pad as he plays a parachuting game in virtual reality, earning points as he passes through hoops on his descent.
He opens his fridge to see an X-ray style image which shows him how many items are in plastic containers so he does not have to open them to look.
Cutting a cucumber is turned into a game called ‘Fruit Ninja’ and he earns points for slicing along the virtual lines which projected onto the vegetable.
Patrick then sits down and gazes at the TV on his wall – although in reality it is just blank and his apartment is empty, suggesting he he has a hollow and fake life.
On his date with a woman called Daphne things start to go awry when he can barely hold a conversation so has to call up his ‘Wingman app’ on his virtual reality lenses to help him.
It’s initial assessment of Daphne is that Patrick’s chances of success are 29% and that Daphne will be ‘difficult’ to charm.
The app then suggests asking basic questions most people would take for granted like ‘a beverage perhaps?’ whilst scanning through Daphne’s social networking profiles for things to talk about.
When they have had a few drinks the app helpfully points out that Daphne has ‘Alcohol level 65%: Optimal’
The pair go to Patrick’s place where Daphne, who is wearing her own augmented reality lenses, spots his Wingman app on the wall and tries to storm out.
She calls Patrick a ‘creep’ but as she is leaving the film takes a disturbing twist when Patrick tells her to stop.
Her virtual reality lenses glow as he appears to patch into them and take control of her.
The film ends with Patrick putting a chilling smile on his face as he says: ‘Now let’s try this again’.
The film is loosely based on the technology Google is developing for its glasses project.
The firm announced earlier this year it will begin selling the glasses to developers early next year for $1500 per pair.
However, it has not yet revealed when the public will be able to buy them, or how much they will cost.