Today, a contact lens is equipped with a camera and can project images straight into the user’s eye. It's not far-fetched when a machine will work as a human organ and integrates seamlessly with the nervous system. Interacting with technology via voice, sensors and wearables have made way for injectables, implantables and embeddables that will make our interactions ever more closely integrated with the human body.
The way we command computers is changing. No longer is it governed by a physical switch, typing or swiping. Rather, it’s voice that’s taken over - 20 per cent of
In the next big leap, technology will come closer to the human body.
Google searches in the US are now carried out by voice.
In the past year, we witnessed the emergence of Apple Home, Google Home and Amazon Echo that brought together distinct smart home devices into the interconnected ecosystems, including finger-tip implants that translated and interpreted natural gestures into digital action, retrieving information at your command.
In the next big leap, technology will come closer to the human body. While it now understands human gestures, it is getting attached, implanted or embedded in the human body, thereby integrating it with a machine outside and sending data incessantly. These will be intuitive interactions with the Internet via the human body, enabled by a series of macro trends; exponentially increasing processing power and miniaturization (fueled by Moore’s Law), cloud computing capacity and AI advances, such as NLP (natural language processing).
1It is estimated that by 2020, there will be 21 billion connected devices in a global Internet of Things. The shift from connected devices to the connected self to a connected world is, thus, ubiquitous. You, me and the digital world are all connected.
Connected to virtually everything. This could open up a plethora of opportunities for the healthcare companies. Imagine a digital pill sensor that can measure various vital signs of the human body. This would mean not only doing away with various painful tests but also getting real time information. In fact, a top airline is considering serving passengers a ‘digital pill’ to monitor their stomach acidity levels and change dining options accordingly, to help improve their travel experience.