ADOTAS – Most people agree that our technology is getting smarter, but most don’t realize just how smart. Sure, they know their smart phones have GPS capability and their smart appliances are capable of improving efficiency, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In reality, smart technology is around us every day. From surveillance cameras to clothing, today’s smart technology is watching us, helping us, and getting smarter because of us.
This is the second part of a two-part series. For the first part, and more examples of the applications for smart technology, click here.
Smart Technology You Can Wear
Realize that smart technology isn’t always about something you hold in your hand or a device you intentionally manipulate. Now, even the clothes you wear can have a technological component.
For example, there already is a product called “The Helmet Hero.” With it, you can take a helmet, such as a bicycle, ski, or motorcycle helmet, and mount a small high-definition camera on it that can record as HD video or capture still photography. Thanks to an SD card, you can record up to two and a half hours on a single charge.
Additionally, since one of the hard trends of technology is the ability to make things smaller and smaller, you can create high-quality video or still camera pictures from a very small lens that’s clipped to or embedded in your sunglasses, and then upload it
directly to Facebook or other social media platforms. So, for example, if you’re walking on the beach or hiking a mountain, you can have that feed go directly to your video Facebook page.
While this might sound great, the newest wearable technology goes even beyond all this. For example, Adidas has created an “intelligent football boot” that can upload performance data, including your maximum speed, minimum speed, the number of
sprints you took, the distance you took for each sprint, the distance you went at a high-intensity level, etc. In other words, they’ve created a true training device that keeps track of your entire training regimen. They started with football, but it will surely spread
to other sports.
Going a little further, the U.S. military has developed smart underwear. It looks just like normal underwear, but it has micro sensors that can monitor respiration, heart rate, body posture and skin temperature. Now we can really see what’s happening with troops in the field. And since all the data can be transmitted wirelessly, we can monitor the well-being of all of the people in real time. If someone has a problem or has been wounded, we already have body monitors on them in their underwear.
Now let’s take that to the next level. If this technology works for the military, couldn’t intelligent underwear work for professional sports, too? Of course. It can track hydration levels, heart rate, and other things to help coaches determine when to pull someone from the field.
Going even further, smart underwear has a medical application too. People who are having a medical problem and who need to be monitored over time can wear the smart underwear and the data can be instantly streamed to the doctor’s office for analysis.
Currently you have to wear expensive monitors and report to the doctor’s office to get the information from the monitor read. It’s both costly and time consuming. But with the smart underwear, it’s quick and much less expensive.
The Next Generation of Smart
Here’s the really exciting part of all this: You may remember the old Star Trek television series, where they wore a little piece of jewelry on their shirts that they would touch to communicate with people in other parts of the ship or those who beamed down to a
foreboding planet. If you think about Apple’s Siri, you’ll see that we’re actually beyond that piece of science fiction right now. With Siri, we have an ultra-intelligent electronic agent with us at all times. Currently, we need the smartphone to use Siri, but soon we
won’t. Imagine wearing a piece of jewelry that you touch to activate. You might say, “Read my voicemails,” and then respond to them. You can do that now with Siri, so why not just make it a piece of jewelry rather than phone? We don’t need to have that whole big phone with a touch screen to do this. Imagine walking around hands-free and running your day: “What’s my next appointment? Write an email. Read my messages. Where is the nearest Starbucks?”
Yes, that’s what we’re going to see soon rather than needing a full smartphone. When you have no screen and use voice input only, you could, in reality, have a device small enough to be a Star Trek-like communicator, only better.
Smartness at Your Fingertips
As our processing power, bandwidth, and storage continue to expand, we will definitely see more and more smart technologies in our life. From cameras to clothes, the wealth of information that can be gleaned, stored, and transmitted will grow exponentially,
giving us access to new and usable knowledge that can enhance both business and life.
The key question for you is: How can you and your company work smarter with these and other types of smart technologies?