The Future of Wearables - BODYNET
- Swetha Y
- Sep 18, 2019
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The Future of Wearables- BODYNET
What will the future look like beyond smartphones? Several areas of developing technology like continuous monitoring systems, stretchable electronic skin, smart clothing, wearable’s, and IoT suggest that current electronics capabilities, as well as new abilities altogether, could shift from the two-dimensional world to our three-dimensional reality.
If these technologies are combined in a bodyNET ecosystem, lives could be drastically improved. Qualities that exemplify humanity like physicality, empathy, communication, culture, and creativity could be brought to the forefront of technological advancement. And instead of using the black boxes in our pockets, we could use our bodies as central digital interfaces.
The bodyNET concept is centred around the idea of becoming superhuman - not as a select group of all-powerful individuals, but a global society that is interconnected with technology strengthening existing human qualities. To illustrate this concept, several scenarios were developed using storyboard renderings. One of the most impactful scenarios involves a young couple starting a family.
Ravi and Radha both find out about her pregnancy at the moment of conception with the help of sensors that continuously monitor her status. While her baby is developing, peripheral imaging devices connected to her smart clothing provide constant updates on her baby's progress. When her baby reaches milestones, like its first kick, not only can Radha feel it, but Ravi can feel it too - through haptic feedback. This highlights an exciting new ability. Interconnected bodyNETs could physically connect individuals at a distance to create shared experiences that were once impossible.
As a brand new mother, Radha becomes anxious regarding what she believes is that the onset of labour, however, her bodyNET identifies false contractions. When she does go into labour, an alert is sent to the local hospital so caregivers can prepare for her arrival. A self-driving car with optimized navigation is also prompted to immediately pick up the couple and escort them to the hospital. The parents can't always be physically present with their baby, but they want to know what the baby needs as soon as it happens. Fortunately, they receive notifications which, in this case, wakes Radha up to change diapers and give Ravi more rest since she just fell asleep.