Imagine this. You start off a weekend day shopping. Then you catch a baseball game. For dinner you meet some old friends, and top it all off with an evening at the opera. All day every question you have is answered, every hunch confirmed, you’re never lost nor confused nor out of the loop. It’s like you’ve acquired a new sense, one you could only describe as… omniscience?
Okay, maybe that’s a bit strong.
The early stages of such a concept is one being explored by Patie Maes at her MIT labs and was recently unveiled at the TED conference. From a device that hangs from your neck and is controlled by hand gestures, the technology would allow users to interact seamlessly with the environment, delivering relevant, time-sensitive, and personalized information, without the need for mobile or computer screen interfaces. This glimpse into the possible future of mobile devices is sure to dazzle gadget lovers and terrify technophobes.
And while still an idea-in-progress, the potential for future widespread adoption of a technology like this continues to challenge the issues of privacy, abuse of technology, and high cost of convenience. Look no further then the lively comments section below the video to see the passionately mixed responses the device has generated thus far.
Make sure not the last line of the presentation right before she walks off stage… key for dramatic effect.