Leonardo DaVinci and Google Glass

It’s no surprise that Leonardo DaVinci was a brilliant man, with the honor of being able to say that he is the forefather of many of the inventions of the modern age. His genius in the realms of science and arts classifies him as a renaissance man, and I know no one who would readily dispute that claim. DaVinci is the prototypical example of a renaissance man, and a polymath. He’s done everything.

But now, word is surfacing that the new invention from Google, the Google Glass, had been predicted or drawn out once by DaVinci but 800 years earlier. Dr. Burt Wilde of the University of Illinois claims that a makeshift drawing of an invention similar to the Google Glass was done by DaVinci centuries ago. Here’s the picture as he had envisioned it:

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On the right hand side of the picture is an illustration of what the mechanism would do.

Now here’s a picture of Google Glass:

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Interesting, isn’t it? The similarities are uncanny. Both display an eye mechanism that seems to illustrate the surroundings. Both seem to be made to assist in figuring out descriptions for locations, areas, technologies, and people. The purposes and intentions of the technologies are eerily similar.

To clarify, I am not trying to discredit Google here; however, I simply find it intriguing that Leonardo DaVinci had thought of the same idea that they had, only centuries beforehand. Obviously, DaVinci was unable to bring the invention into reality, and would not have had the same massive platform for sales that Google has.

I have my friend Andrew Shough to thank for notifying me of this discovery. It furthers my belief that Leonardo DaVinci was the greatest man alive, and still has a significant, realistic impact on all of us to this day. I realize this blog post is a bit different from what I usually post here, but I found it incredibly interesting and worthy of your viewing. Hope you all enjoy your days!