Thursday, December 15, 2016

#TBT Computer Science Fiber Optic Necklace

This #tbt is a much deeper cut than the last couple. This is another item from the Kokoba alpha release, as it were.

FIber Optic Necklace by Kokoba
You see these kinds of beads marketed as cat's eye, or sometimes cat's eye glass; they are created from the same kind of optical fibers that are used today in digital communications. The particular stock of beads these come from dates back (I'm pretty sure) to the 80s, if not earlier—so they obviously predate broadband by some years. The principle is still the same, though!

I guess these aren't as popular as they once were, but I don't really care. How cyberpunk is it to wear the backbone of today's Internet around your neck? Pretty damn cyberpunk, IMO. Or cybertwee, if that's more your thing.

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