Live Shades must not be limited to Spider Jerusalem
, as his maker
created him a pair of them without question. He specifies them for still photography
, with "2 gig onboard" and keyed to his optic nerve
, with standard control
. Over the course of the series he does everything by tell his shades to snap a photo ("Picture.") to set them to capture motion. The shades are capable of taking widescreen
photographs as well. I imagine that in the age of Transmetopolitan
, Live Shades could also be created to handle video
The strange appearance of his shades can be attributed to his Godti 101 Maker, which came equipped with self-made hallucinogenic hardware upgrades. The right lens is a narrow green rectangle, while the left lens is a red circle.
In Spider's first journalist life, he also had a pair of live shades. When he visits Theirry Bernier in Paris, France] (issue #11), we see Spider wearing a pair of shades that look similar to his modern sunglasses. The lens frames are both rectangular, and are the same color. Behind the left lens, however, is a circular dark-red lens. On the next page (p3), we see that the dark-red lens is indeed a TV monitor, as he watches the BBC newsfeed. However, on page 6, Spider is standing up, with the "live shades" on, and there is no dark-red left lens. Though one can assume that they had other capabilities, the flashback doesn't give us any more information than that.
Sources: Transmetropolitan: Back On The Street, digital archive of Transmetropolitan Issue 11 (Freeze Me With Your Kiss Part 2 of 3. I own Lust For Life, but it's easier to look at JPGs at 2AM than it is to search for a TPB])