Being a human cyborg has its perks. Unfortunately, it also causes some people to do crazy things. Steve Mann, a professor at the University of Toronto who is known as the “human cyborg” due to his Eye Tap Digital Eye Glass, claims that he was attacked by several McDonald’s customer earlier this summer.
According to the TG Daily, a man at a McDonald’s in Paris tried to rip Mann’s glasses from his head. But instead of freeing the classes from Mann’s face (the glasses are physically attached to his skull) they caused the “human cyborg” severe pain.
“I’m not sure why the perpetrators attacked, but ‘Perp. 1′ did mention about cameras not being allowed.”
Mann tried to show the man, as well as a McDonald’s employee, a document explaining the device. But the aggressors were not buying any of his cyborg lies.
Instead, they destroyed the documentation and forced Mann out of the restaurant.
But luckily for Mann, he’s a human cyborg. Mann’s digital glasses took several photos of the incident.
Mann writes on his blog that the glasses automatically start recording when they are in the process of being damaged.
“The computerized eyeglass processes imagery using Augmediated Reality, in order to help the wearer see better, and when the computer is damaged, e.g. by falling and hitting the ground (or by a physical assault), buffered pictures for processing remain in its memory, and are not overwritten with new ones by the then non-functioning computer vision system.
“As a result of Perpetrator 1′s actions, therefore, images that would not have otherwise been captured were captured. Therefore by damaging the Eye Glass, Perpetrator 1 photographed himself and others within McDonalds.”
Man said that after the incident he tried to file a report with police but couldn’t find an officer willing to work with him. Eventually, the frustrated cyborg brought his fight to the internet.
Mann is asking for McDonald’s to repair his damaged glasses. The company hasn’t said whether or not they would pay Mann over the incident but did release a statement, saying:
“We strive to provide a welcoming and enjoyable experience for our customers when they visit our restaurants. We take the claims and feedback of our customers very seriously. We are in the process of gathering information about this situation and we ask for patience until all of the facts are known.”