Now that I’m up to three wearables from time to time (a Pebble, a Fitbit, and Glass), I’ve become convinced that the “Internet of Things on our Bodies” is hamstrung. I can’t use the hands-free bluetooth capability to listen to music on my iPhone while wearing Glass and still do anything useful with Glass. I can’t ask Glass how my fitbit says I’m doing. Anytime I answer the phone these days, I have to tell it whether I want to take the call on Glass, via the iPhone speakers, via the iPhone itself, or – even though I can’t talk to it – on my Jambox. Thankfully the fitbit has no interest in answering a call or I’d be out of small screen room to display all of the choices. The Pebble is also too dumb to take a call, but the Dick Tracey watch is on its way.
What I want from CES is a phone that acts as the one ring to control all of my wearables. As it is, the iPhone is optimized to be a computer, not a remote control. I don’t want as many remote controls for my body as I have for my television. So CES, please read Tolkien?
I am a writer, public speaker, and a futurist. I’m interested in how new technologies might change us and our world, particularly for the better.
I’m excited about my most recent book series, a duology called “Ruby’s Song” which includes the books The Creative Fire and The Diamond Deep, both published by Pyr. I’m also doing a non-fiction blog series, Backing into Eden, which comes out roughly twice a month and explores ways to care for the world, now and in the future.