Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
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Morning, August 26, 2033
Steven Vaughan-Nichols: Yawn!
Another late morning and I've got things to do and little time to do them. So, I blink twice to get the weather report. It's going to be another nice day here, but I have a flight to New York City later today.
So, I look to the left and my flight is still on schedule, let's see look left again and up, OK, it's still on time. I had been a little worried since LaGuardia flooded last year about this same time thanks to high tides and global warming. Oh well, at least the dikes are holding around Manhattan so I don't need to worry about wading to corporate headquarters at 28 E. 28.
As I brush my teeth, I get a flicker of green in my left eye. OK, wink for half-a-second and that call goes into voicemail. That reminds me though I haven't gotten breakfast started yet. Look to the right once, tap my little finger, and the toaster and tea pot kick on.
Breakfast done, I tap twice on the dining room table and the garage door opens and the car starts. I hop in, wait for the car to load the navigation module to my Google Go Contacts, blink twice, and point at the airport on the map in "front" of my eyes and I'm on my way.
How odd to think that people actually used to use separate devices for such common every days tasks. Heck, some folks actually used to think that wearable computers wouldn't take off. How quaint!
Still, I'm not so sure about actual cyborg implants, that's a little much for me. I'll just stick with my pocket, body-heat powered do-everything computer, and my integrated contact lens and "hearing" aid.
Tech will be carried, not worn
Matt Baxter-Reynolds: Last weekend I did a piece about how I'd downsized from a "fat, 1980s style" wallet, to a thin, 2013 wallet. In it there was a mild lament about how I had to carry a wallet even though I had enough technology on me on me at all times to replace the wallet.
I love my digital life. I love having my smartphone on me all the time connecting me 24/7 to the people and things that I love. But it's nice to have it in my pocket. It's not something I necessarily want to drape all over me everytime I leave the house to go to the shops. And I'm a technologist.
The point of technology in the post-PC era is that it stays in the background until you need it. It's hidden away, but close to hand. Wearables run against this idea, trying to make the technology as much of a part of your body as can be achieved without surgery.
The market for wearables is niche. Being able to slap a camera on you when you're skiing, mountain biking, BASE jumping, etc -- that makes sense. But for day-to-day living? Nuh-uh.
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