Why Wearables are a Bigger Deal Than Smart Phones
Wearables; the term has been around since the 80’s, but you can’t quite say that it was a household name, until the last decade. With the increasing miniaturization of processors and displays, wearable computers can finally exist within the consumer market at a reasonable cost! You’ve probably also heard about things like wearable fashion accessories, which include everything from glasses, watches, to even contact lenses. No one really seems to care at the moment; however, regardless of how wearables perform in the interim, they are part of a greater vision at play. That vision is something called the singularity. The bond between man and machine, to create something more than just a human being. Take a look at the graph above, it theorizes the degree of integration the human body has with technology at various points in time.
Stage 1 is the organic stage. This is when there is zero technological integration with the human body. At the moment, a significant majority of us fall under that stage.
Stage 2 is when things start to get a little bit more interesting. This is when we begin to see the rise of wearable computers! I expect this to commence in 1-2 years, when people strap, wear, tie, and band all sorts of devices that allow them to receive information that is greater in scope and easier to access. This is information regarding their surroundings and, more importantly, themselves. You’ll notice as the curve approaches Stage 3 (S3), there is an exponential growth in technological integration.
Stage 3: I divided S3 into 2 parts. Stage 3.1 and Stage 3.2. S3.1 relates to the rise in prosthetic limbs, which is already occurring simultaneously with the rise of wearable computers. More limbs will be synthesized, the robotic arm will be perfected, and the bionic eye will patch sight in real-time colour. Then follows S3.2, which nears the height of technological integration. Here, the embedding of technology into our bodies will not only be for prosthesis, but to enhance communication and cognitive human abilities. The easiest way to understand this is to imagine an implanted chip inside your head that can help you store greater memory, access the internet, and establish a cellular connection with your friends. Sounds crazy I know, but I’m not done yet, it gets worse!
Stage 4: You’ll notice that Stage 4 is followed by a decline in technological integration. S4 occurs upon the introduction of genetic programming and enhancements in biological implants. What does that mean? We won’t need technology to remember more, run faster, or to replace missing limbs, because innovations in medical technology will be able to achieve the same result organically. Upon Stage 5, society will substitute organic inputs for biological augmentation. This way, our bodies will maintain their ‘natural integrity’.
In a nutshell, our bodies are moving towards deeper integration with technology, which is then followed by a ‘de-intergration’. So yeah, no one care about wearables at the moment, but they’re certainly a start to something big. Come October, perhaps the iWatch will be the beginning of a complexed evolution cycle, one that is coming all too soon.
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Awaad Aamir, Growth Guy at Sniply
After revolutionizing the whole concept of a business card with his previous venture, he’s now joined Sniply to take part in the next big thing! Awaad seems like a serious guy at first, but get to know him and you’ll find a happy camper!