We are moving closer and closer to a world dominated by machine-oriented data. As technology evolves and shrinks, it will work its way inside the human body–changing the definition of wearable technology. At the recent, Wearable Technology Conference in London, David Evans, the chief futurist at network design multinational Cisco spoke of this shift and what it means to us.
As reported by the Irish Examiner, Evans used the evidence that, on average, the same computer processing power becomes 100 times smaller each decade. Referencing the fact that today’s musical greeting cards now house technology with the same level of processing power as the 30 ton ENIC computer built in 1946.
Evans believes this level of shrinkage will change the definition of wearable technology. “At the moment, wearables can tell me what I’m doing, not how I’m doing. But this is starting to change. Wearables are becoming awareables; they’re becoming aware of me and they’re becoming aware of their environment.”
According to Evans, “there are three things required to make a wearable become an awareable; and they are contact, connections, and context.” Context being the physical contact to the wearer.
Currently “awareables” is just a concept. However with Google’s unveil of its diabetes-sensing contact lenses, the concept may soon become a reality.
Source: Irish Examiner