Is this the future of technology?
Google have recently filed a new patent for a wearable, electronic tattoo which would attach to its users throat- aiming to control electronic devices via the sound of our voices. The tattoo can also be used as a lie detector. This technology is a massive development following the “google glasses” which essentially work as a handsfree smartphone/computer .
While many may be sceptical to a semi permanent, electrically charged device attaching to their person, wearable technology is set to become the next big thing.
The worldwide market for so-called wearable tech is already growing well and looks likely to exceed $8bn (£4.9bn) this year, according to specialist market research firm Futuresource.
Oliver Rowntree, research analyst at Futuresource, said people are buying a range of items including wireless gadgets, ‘smart’ watches, activity trackers, wearable GPS, heart-rate monitors and ‘smart’ glasses.
Signs of growth in this market suggest that wearable technology will soon be a part of everyday life- effecting the way we interact with all of our surroundings including retail.
The google glasses are the type of immersive technology I would like my idea to provide, google glass have the power to transport wearers to other places with the click of a button. I hope to incorporate this into my service .
- CNN Wire ,(2013) ,Google patenting an electronic ‘throat tattoo’ with microphone, myfox8.com [Internet] November 12, 2013. Available : http://myfox8.com/2013/11/12/google-patenting-an-electronic-throat-tattoo-with-microphone , [last accessed 25th November 2013]
- Ozoda Muminova, 2013, Through the Glass Brightly, The Guardian Newspaper,London, 26 November 2013, p 10
- Google Unit Files Patent Application For Lie-Detecting Throat Tattoo Microphone (oneworldchronicle.com)
- Wearable tech sales nearly at $8bn (channelweb.co.uk)
- Wearable tech to take off, report finds (http://www.news24.com)