Thad Starner

Wearable computing pioneer

Thad Starner is a wearable computing pioneer. He is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Technical Lead on Google's Glass, a self-contained wearable computer which was named a Time Magazine Invention of the Year. Starner was perhaps the first to integrate a head-up display based wearable computer into his everyday life as an intelligent personal assistant, and he coined the term "augmented reality" in 1990 to describe the types of interfaces he envisioned at the time. Thad is a founder of the annual ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers and has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He is an inventor on over 80 United States patents awarded or in process.

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