Mankind to machine: 14 computing devices you'll be wearing in the future

Mankind to machine: 14 computing devices you'll be wearing in the future

Summary: If you thought Google Glass was the "future" of wearable tech, think again. From e-tattoos to 3D printed clothes, ZDNet explores what we could be wearing in the very near future.

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Skinput blends the 'real' from the 'unbelievable'

    A Microsoft Research project, dubbed Skinput, is exactly that: an input device for the skin. It uses bio-acoustic sensing to determine finger taps on the skin, which is projected from a small pico-projector. The technology has been demonstrated in public numerous times, but is not expected to become commercially viable for the next few years.

    Image: Microsoft

  • Some wearable technologies get a little closer to the skin, though

    Electronic tattoos could revolutionize the way we interact with technology and other devices as they can be applied directly to the skin. While still in early development, they could be used in medical situations such as EEGs and EMGs.

    Image: John A. Rogers via CNET

  • While some embed gadgets directly into the body

    From wrist watches to eyeglasses and fitness bands, now teeth? One prototype tracker embeds on a molar tooth to detect oral activities, and can relay back health-based information. Over time, as electronics become more connected with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology, it's hoped that they can transmit data locally to smartphones and tablets.

    Image: National Taiwan University

Topic: Emerging Tech

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  • Data Selling Epidemic With Devices

    It's sad that so many of the wearable devices come with a business model that relies on selling data to support the hardware. Look at Fitbit, Jawbone and many others out there and there are just apps that sell data without any hardware too. It's time to license and excise tax the data sellers. More could go the way of the Tri-Coder who will NOT be selling your data. They are very explicit about it and they are working to keep the doctor patient relationship strong.

    Now add on facial recognition to some of these devices and it gets scary. Again the selling and brokering of data and the ability to use data out of context against us is what we all fear.

    Now it came out too that the same device is marketed for both a clinical and consumer use,just the name is different,go figure. In addition there are a few reports to where doctors are disputing some of the data reported but this is the crazy Algo Duping world we live in and good video here from Charlie Siefe at NYU that talks about how context is everything and you can see how you get sucked in with numbers and reports. If nothing else it will make you ask questions and wonder where you may have been duped along the line, not only with devices but all of what you read today. So how many devices do you plan to use and generate data for sale?
  • Not a chance in he11 I'll EVER use any of these.

    Sorry Zak...ain't happening...ever. I'm not a Lemming.
  • Thanks, but no, thanks, I will not.

    I am fine as I am, unaugmented.

    And how about using a polite 'you may' instead of imperative 'you will' in the title?
  • Time will tell.

    In earlier generations there were some that believed televisions would fail. They were wrong, just as some here will be.

    Never say never!
  • No thank you.

    Borg implants itch too much.
  • Most will fail, most likely.

    Interesting - but most will fail I think.

    But I think that there may come something from this - most likely in the form of a watch. Watches are convenient and already mostly acceptable. And they're one of the oldest forms of wearable technology to begin with. I don't think anybody feels threatened by a watch.

    Glasses are interesting, but they have so many privacy concerns that I doubt they will become popular with the general public. But, they may find some niches, and will likely remain popular among bloggers (who, frankly, are a niche themselves).

    Everything else looks rather silly, to be honest. Tattoos? Really?
  • OMG Nasty

    Why is it when they talk about the wearable tech they show the nasty picture of the wanna be cyborg guy who hasn't shaved, dosen't iron his close and has enough oil on his skin to cook kfc?
  • Let's us not forget where this all started back in 1964
  • There's this thing called...

    ...a brain. Heard of it?
  • And where is Myo?

    I can't believe you forgot this! I suspect a lot of us will be wearing them in the near future.
  • Skin Electronic Tattoos

    Were used in Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Sci Fi books. Pretty cool idea really, in he's books Electronic Tattoos were both tools and decoration!
  • If the manufacturer has a six digit name, there will be pushback.

    Not from Google-hating tech fans, but from the folks who still insist that a document to encourage Christians in the Roman Empire is a blueprint of OUR near future, and the code used to refer to Nero is a code for someone who will run the world TODAY. And the TATTOOS will really get this group of wackos up in arms!