One of my favourite things about reading non contemporary books is discovering fictitious gadgets that I wish existed in real life. So I thought it would be fun to pick some out and speculate on how I might use them.
I was very tempted to pick book boyfriends as my first gadget as no man could ever match up to them! I’m in awe of how they always know the perfect thing to say. If I even mention the dreaded F word ‘feelings’ my husband breaks out in a rash and pushes wine and chocolate at me. Anything but talk about feelings!
However tempted as I was, I suppose I can’t really call them gadgets! So instead I’m going with the Smarteye as seen in Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. Just in case you haven’t read the book, let’s recap. The Smarteye is a clear device worn over your left eye and it takes you to the Realms which are virtual spaces where you can go wherever and do whatever you want. And as this is me right now…I’d be happy to escape even virtually.
I know they are only virtual spaces so they would never be as good as the real thing but they sound pretty good to me. In a funny way, reading a book is a little like a Smarteye for me as I feel they transport me away to the world I’m reading about. However with a Smarteye all your senses are engaged and you experience everything as if it were actually happening. “Better than real” is their slogan which I don’t believe but I’d be willing to test that! You get also get messages on them which seems a bit like a constant twitter feed to me, sounds handy if maybe a tad distracting!
Right now if I could stick my eye on; I’d spend the morning shopping in New York, relax with a book over a tasty lunch, then go to a spa for the works for the afternoon. Then I’d glam it up in my new clothes and head to a musical on Broadway. Followed by drinks and dinner in a top notch restaurant. And then fall into bed in a plush hotel with the freshest and crispest bed linen in the world.
Bookish Chat : Slap your second eye on and share with me what realm you are going to visit? Would you like a device like this in real life?