Wearable Computing

The spread of computing to every corner of our physical world doesn €™t just mean a proliferation of screens large and small €”it also means we €™ll soon come to rely on mobile computers with no screens at all. €œIt €™s now so inexpensive to have a powerful computing device in my car or lapel, that if you think about form factors, they won €™t all have keyboards or screens, € says Scott Huffman, head of the Conversation Search group at Google.

Google is already moving rapidly to enable voice commands in all of its products. On mobile phones, Google Now for Android and Google €™s search app on the iPhone allow users to search the web via voice, or carry out other basic functions like sending emails. Similarly, Google Glass would be almost unusable without voice interaction. At Google €™s conference for developers, it unveiled voice control for its Chrome web browser. And Motorola €™s new Moto X phone has a specialized microchip that allows the phone to listen at all times, even when it €™s asleep, for the magic word that begins every voice conversation with a Google product: €œOK €¦ €

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Down the road? It is but a matter of time, and not all that much of it, before we integrate the computer into our physical bodies.

WNBTv has long held that the increase in self €œmutilation” is but the first baby step in our eventual evolution into cyborgs: piercings and tats are ritual preparations. By the time the Astas are my age most computing will be internal to the human body. 1

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  1. Though undoubtedly not without one final (we fervently hope) violent spasm from organized religion.

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