Last Week I Heard Robert Scoble Speak About Wearable Tech…
…the event was hosted by Google Tel Aviv as part of their Campus Talks series.
The talk was engaging and all about Wearable Technologies. @Scobleizer as he is known on Twitter filled the room with his personality as much as the crowd there to hear him speak.
Some of the things I took away from the talk were: –
- Wearables are here and the technology works.
- People will opt in even at the cost of their privacy for the benefits they gain.
- Services are mostly supported in the high population density areas like downtown urban centers.
- Security is not about opting out it’s about the implicit social contract between users and companies built on trust and transparency.
- The streams of data involved here are massive but each service is an ecosystem in its own right.
This being held at Google there were obviously Google Glass wearers there. One more take away from the talk was that Glass is version 1.
The camera unit design needs to evolve so it doesn’t come between the wearer and other people they are trying to converse with.
The Warptest POV
Wearable technology has incredible potential which we have only begun to realize. Robert Scoble evangelizes this niche enthusiastically and with a great deal of personal knowledge.
One thing that occurred to me after hearing about the miniscule sensors involved in this that I have thought again and again,
“Much of technological evolution in the late 20th and 21st Century owes a huge thank you to Star Trek.”
The big question is where will we be when flipper communicators, stun gun phasers, wireless medical tricorders and other inventions actually exceed the forward thinking of the show / movies?
I would even go one step further regarding Google Glass, perhaps the dislike many have for Glass wearers is due to the subtle, visual association with cyborgs like the Borg.
Personally, I’m fascinated by Glass not disturbed but it clearly has some iteration to go.
In a nutshell, Wearable tech is turning us into vast, mobile data sources. Those who avail themselves of this technology will be more exposed but will also reap the benefits.
If nothing else Robert Scoble is clearly our Captain Kirk, boldly going where no-one has gone before (with respect to Wearable Tech).
Are you going to follow him?