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In the future, devices will pretty much define us – and it’s a future that is just around the corner.
Consider how smart phones have already changed us. To many of us, our smart phone feels like it is an extension of our self, but that is just the beginning.
Smart watches and wrist bands – up to now, smart watches have not had quite the impact many had expected, but as they become more sophisticated, for example enabling us to make payments by touching our wrists, removing the need to carry a wallet or purse, their popularity will grow.
Wearable devices will also become more sophisticated in providing data on our health and fitness – already there are products, such as ADAMM that can monitor asthma via a patch type wearable, or there is HealthPatch MD, a bio senor that is embedded in a disposable patch consisting of ECG electrodes and an accelerometer which keeps tacks of heart rate, breathing, temperature, steps and can even sense the body position, indicating if someone has fallen over. But this is just the beginning, future technology devices will record a wealth of data on our health revolutionising the healthcare industry.
Some future technology devices providing augmented reality will be in the form of a visor, or glasses or even contact lenses. Some may be used as a kind of camera, to record meetings, or conversations, which we can replay to check what we said, or were asked to do. Others may be used to superimpose images over reality, such as holograms that may, for example, support long distance communication, enabling us to communicate with people viewing them as a hologram, as if they are sitting or standing before us. Augmented reality devices may also support the tourist industry, and could superimpose holograms over historical sites, showing what they used to look like.
Other examples of future technology devices will include earplugs, which may be used to whisper key information into our ears, or translate words spoken by people in other languages.
The combination of augmented reality devices that plug into our ears with visual devices could remind us who certain people are, for example at a networking event, inform us if we have spoken to someone before, and who they are, and what was said – but never forgetting a conversation could be a mixed blessing, meaning we are never allowed to forget our more embarrassing moments, perhaps.
Other future technology devices will include virtual reality products, a headset providing us with a completely immersive experience. We may view movies that surround us, up, down, left, right, in front and behind. Virtual reality will change video games and may provide convergence as video games and movies move closer together. Virtual reality headsets may also change online shopping and how we communicate, interacting with others in virtual space, represented by an avatar.
Looking further forward, future technology devices may sit inside our heads, interfacing our brain to an external computer or artificial intelligence system.
No one can say for sure precisely how future technology devices will evolve, but it is clear they will have a profound impact on the world.