Wearable Technology: The Future? [Leanne Murabito]
I was listening to NPR this morning when I heard that the Ralph Lauren clothing line has designed a new shirt that will allow its wearer to measure heart rates as well as other vital properties and transfer them to a smart phone for further observation. The discussion continued to the topic of Google glasses. The consensus was that glasses are a very personal fashion item. Currently the styles offered by Google eyewear are very limited and probably will not be as popular as originally predicted. Many feel that once the technology has presented itself as being able to cross over into personal designer frames we will probably notice an increase in wearability and popularity.
So, the question now becomes, do you think these consumers have actually thought about the benefits of wearing this kind of device on their face? And is any of this relevant? Are people so enamored with technology and having the newest thing that they will forget that their privacy will be jeopardized in ways they never thought of? Consider for one minute that you're in the gym locker room and people are walking around doing their "thing"with their designer frames and the "smart phone" technology inside of it. You would'nt know this; heck - how would you? They look like any other pair glasses. Unbeknownst to you a (naked--(awkward !!!) picture was taken and you discover it has been posted on the web, days or weeks later. It's out there but you have no idea how or by whom! Something as simple as wiping a booger from your nose could be used to exploit you. Maybe not today, maybe not this week, maybe not this year, but MAYBE at some point.
I can believe on some level that the government would actually love us to be sporting this technology. GPS tracking will make it so they know your every move, what you eat, what you drink and what you talk about,- access numbers for credit cards, -passwords; you name it-they now have IT! Talk about being Orwellian!
As I see it, the only potential good use for this technology is .... you could inadvertently witness a crime of some sort and have it documented.
I suspect someone ( the proverbial "they" ) will know your every move--just like my 65-inch Samsung 4K Smart TV does. When I loaded the software, secreted deep within the 47-pages of the agreement, I unwittingly accepted its disclosed ability (and probability) to record conversations that are transpiring in my LIVING-ROOM!!!--for marketing purposes, of course!
That invasion of privacy has risks associated with it that are yet to be discovered. It's bad enough the people walk around appearing to talk to themselves--how else will we be capable of determine who's crazy and who's not?
Strikes me as a bit ironic that the cherished independence provided by these smart tools in fact comes with the highest price of all: our privacy and autonomy.