Brenda Cooper

One Ring to Rule them All: Our phones are failing

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?glassphoto

One Response so far

  1. 1. Pauline Cramer

    If you get the one ring to rule them all, you have to throw it into the volcano.

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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.

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