Fictitious Gadgets : Smarteye

February 19, 2014 Bookish chat, Bookish Fun 20

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!


The Strand  spabroadway


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?

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20 Responses to “Fictitious Gadgets : Smarteye”

    • trish

      One virtual trip to go coming up Wendy 🙂
      Ah well at least you are really going in May! You and the girls are going to have so much fun, wish I could slap on my eye and join you! 🙂

  1. Cayce

    Oh smarteye, smarteye take me to New York (also would love to watch Wicked or Rock of Ages on Broadway) or Paris (macarons!!) or someplace warm (bonus points for a beach) because it’s gloomy and rainy here 😉 Great post, it made me smile a wishful smile 🙂
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    • trish

      Lets be greedy and do all 3! Beach first, then a stroll around Paris, followed by coffee and macarons and people watching on the Champs-Élysées, then we’ll hit up a show on Broadway. If only 🙂

  2. Ana @ Read Me Away

    Google Glass? Haha! Maybe a super duper advanced version of Google Glass, which I won’t ever pick up unless it’s just to try it out. 🙂

    But the Smarteye sounds so much more cool! I would go to Japan, eat the delicious food, try on fashions that I would never wear on the streets here, then buy and wear those fashions in Harajuku. 😛 Living life vicariously, I say! LIVE IT!
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    • trish

      Hmmmhh, it’s a little like Google Glass isn’t it. It’s funny to think that technology is already progressing in that area.
      And ohhh Japan would be a great idea. I love the street fashion there, it’s just so much fun. Happy travels Ana 🙂

  3. Kelley (Another Novel Read)

    What a fun new feature, Trish! First, I just have to comment on the book boyfriends being better because husbands scoot away from “feelings” — LOL! I have this joke with my husband (don’t tell him I told you this) that I can always tell when I’m going too far into the “feelings zone” with my conversation because he starts getting sleepy, lol. He always falls asleep when we talk about feelings! I’d much prefer he push wine and chocolate at me, lol!!

    AAaaaannyway. I do think the smarteye is pretty cool. It’s one of the things I found really interesting about UTNS and wish it had been explored a bit more in the series (although I haven’t read the final book yet). Similar technology is explored in so many other books and stories, and I’m sure it’s because of how much the idea appeals to us. To have the ability to just instantly be taken to whatever place you want to go? Ahhh, wouldn’t that be nice!
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    • trish

      LOL at your husband getting sleepy when the conversation gets deep. The distraction techniques they use consciously and sub-consciously are unreal! I bet our husbands would love a smarteye to escape with when we start those conversations! LOL!
      And yes a smarteye would be fun! But at the same time nothing beats real. Travel is one of my favourite things to do, I love to explore new places and I doubt any virtual technology could ever beat that.

  4. Amy Bookworm

    I haven’t read these books but from your explanation I can imagine it quite well C: But, I did mean to comment on this when it first appeared in my feed, my first thought was about Moody’s eye in HP! Imagine if you had both though… Could you use both together? Creepy… Or one on each eye. Would that work? Defeat the point?
    Nonetheless, I agree. Fictional BFs are many fabulous things, and fictitious but they’re not gadgets 😉 Unless you had an android or similar book boyfriend? Actually one of mine sort of becomes a kind of weapon & has armour as part of his body so… Most are just the normal living variety XD The book on your trip is a necessity- use the eye to also imagine a book boyfriend coming out of the book you’d be reading in New York & you’re done. Beyond perfection, there 😀
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    • trish

      My mind is boggling with the though of Mad Eye Moody with a smarteye. I can’t even go there! :O
      Using my smart eye to bring my book boyfriend out of the book is perfect. But I don’t know if my husband would be too impressed, I’d say he would prefer they would stay within the pages only!

  5. Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

    This is such a cute feature! I love this. The smart eye would be so cool! Haha, I was just talking to Jess the other night about how much book boyfriends are going to ruin my love life. I’ll never be able to find a man to live up to their standards 🙂

  6. Miranda @ Tempest Books

    Love this! That totally sounds like an awesome gadget. I DNF-ed Under the Never Sky, but I remember the smarteye from the beginning of the book. I like how you said that books kind of work like a smarteye for you…I completely agree! I definitely use books as an escape. Then can take you everywhere and you can become anyone you want to be 🙂 But a real-life smarteye would be really cool, too.

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