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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.

#1.1 DIGITAL COMPANION

The future of motorcycles is looking up. Here is an artificially intelligent machine built by BMW wherein the rider needn’t wear a protective gear or a helmet. Equipped with a set of intelligent systems that work in the background, it also gathers a range of connected data from its surroundings, which keeps it informed of what lies ahead. It has self-balancing systems to keep it upright, both while standing and in motion. Its matte black ‘flexframe’ allows the biker to turn the handlebar, while it adjusts the entire frame to change the direction. When riding at low speed, slight input is needed, while at high speed, it requires strong input to change direction.

Source: bmw.in

#1.2 GESTURE DASHBOARDS

The auto industry is gearing up for a major tech development that will see drivers control functionalities with a few simple hand gestures. In the near future, automakers will replace the use of some button and knob controls with hand motions such as using a finger at the screen to answer a call and two fingers to access the navigation screen. Moreover, the driver may soon be pointing and swiping, instead of pushing and turning to control temperature or to change music. Developers are further working on controlling some functions with eye movement. Both Volkswagen and BMW have recently built gesture-driven ‘info-tainment’ systems into the dashboards of some of their prototype cars.

Source: Mindshare 2017 Trend Report

#1.3 Skin Touch screen

Developed by a group of former Apple, Dell and InFocus employees, Cicret Bracelet turns your arm into your smartphone touch screen with all touch screen functionalities. It has an inbuilt proximity sensor that tracks what is occurring and communicates commands to the device via bluetooth. More than just a fitness tracker, it has the ability to detect movements and inputs and is equipped with a micro projector, a vibrator for alerts, and WiFi plus Bluetooth radio.

Source: cicret.com/wordpress/

#1.4 Finger Communication

Whether you are at a friend’s party or at the supermarket, answering calls has gotten a lot easier with Sgnl, a smart strap that allows you to make calls by tapping your fingertip on your ear. It receives a voice signal from your phone through Bluetooth, which generates vibration through its Body Conduction Unit (BCU). It then transmits the vibration through your hand to your fingertip. So, when you place your fingertip to your ear, the vibration echoes to create amplified sound within the closed space of your ear. The microphone embedded in the Sgnl strap helps you listen to the voice with full clarity, even in a noisy surrounding, and also ensures privacy, especially from smartwatch users.

Source: kickstarter.com

#1.5 TAKE ME ALONG

Intrinsic interest in haptics (recreating the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations or motions to the user) and an accidental meeting with a visually-challenged acquaintance, led Michigan University graduate, Krispian Lawrence, to create a product that can give detailed route guidance at every turn to a visually impaired person. Five years, 15 prototypes, a core team of over a 100, and countless hours of hard work later, he created Lechal, a footwear that uses GPS to track down your location through a GPS-linked app, sends vibrations to your soles, and tells you which turn to take. Built into the shape of a small pod which comes fitted into insoles, it functions through an app installed in your smartphone. More than just a wearable, the footwear works without Internet or data connectivity and has a battery life that lasts up to 15 days. It also allows you to keep a record of your route and checks your fitness levels by counting the steps you take.

Source: lechal.com