Wearable technology like Google Glass or smart contacts may be the death of the smartphone. Repent iPhone…the end is Nigh! Time to look up at the horizon again.
I remember the first call I received on my very first cell phone. I was driving down the highway and I suddenly had the most unexpected sensation. My hip was vibrating! My first reaction was panic and my mind raced for an explanation. It was 1996 and I had just purchased a [easyazon-link asin=”B004ZSGAMU” locale=”us”] Motorola [/easyazon-link] StarTAC, the very first cell phone to introduce the vibrating call feature, also known as (vibracall).
I looked down and realized that my new cell phone was vibrating! I had no idea a phone had this capability and in 1996 this was a big deal. I never expected it to vibrate when it was designed to ring! What else could this little flip phone do that I had never expected? The world was about to change.
During my recent keynote speech at the Connecting Connectors Conference created by Michael Roderick in NYC last month, I presented the audience with ideas on future connections and technologies that would change our lives in the next 10 years. I talked about what philosopher[easyazon-link asin=”1561840564″ locale=”us”] Robert Anton Wilson [/easyazon-link] called “reality tunnels,” the concept of “hive consciousness” and how technology will inevitable breakdown barriers to connections in our society to a point of ultimate transparency.
It went well and it appeared like they could get behind these ideas. However, the one thing I said that really got eyes rolling and heads shaking in disbelief was when I explained that cell phones will not exist in the near future, not as we know them today anyway. The future of the connected smart device will manifest in the form of wearable technology. These [easyazon-link asin=”B004DI7F76″ locale=”us”] wearable technologies [/easyazon-link] will be based around the head and eyes and will include [easyazon-link asin=”B001UZHASY” locale=”us”] EEG headsets [/easyazon-link], smart glasses or contacts.
This may sound out of step with current trends in our smart phone saturated culture until you look into what I call the ” techno-cultural echo” These techno-cultural echoes are whispers of what is instinctively wrong with certain technologies or designs that interfere or agitate our culture. These technologies are often counter intuitive in design. Did humans really evolve into a standing position so that suddenly in the mid 1990s we could start looking down at these little “smart” devices? We have been hearing these echoes for years from all sides, “we never look up” or “my text neck is acting up!”
The most dangerous part of this head down smart phone era is that we still have people that drive while texting or walk into objects and other people on the streets. We have an entire generation that continues to look down at their smart phones instead of looking up at the horizon for obstacles or possible opportunities. It is inevitable, this head down approach will not last.
However, is Google Glass too late? I believe the singularity is already in motion and we can see evidence of this with the number of articles and videos all over the internet questioning if we should skip Google Glass and go straight to smart contacts. Didn’t some say this exponential change would speed up faster than we could keep up with? Hummm…
Would you wear Google Glass or smart contacts?