Why did Google Glass fail as a potential mass-market item? Was it perceived as too “elitist”? Was it the privacy concerns? Was it because it kind of made you look like a jerk?
No, I think it didn’t catch on because it was only an intermediary step in a larger evolution of tech that will eventually see us accessing digital information via body implants. Sounds crazy? Well, not according to consumer research group Ericsson’s study on the technological trends for 2016.
Ericsson ConsumerLab’s report reveals that the future of tech is moving away from smartphones—which are perceived as “cumbersome” and possibly “dying out” within 5 years—and towards AI, virtual reality and possibly implanted sensors in our body.
These sensors, called “internables,” could also monitor your bodily functions and probably automatically order your fave lunch from Seamless when your stomach reaches a certain hunger threshold.
From the Ericsson report, which polled more than 100,000 people in 40 countries:
8 out of 10 smartphone owners would like to augment their sensory perceptions and cognitive capabilities with technology—the most popular being vision, memory, and hearing…Research showed that one in three is very interested in implants that add internet information to what they see and hear, indicating that these internables will be connected to the internet.
And so that’s ultimately why I think Google Glass and others of its ilk aren’t catching on…we’re going to jump over that whole thing and just get the implants. And then you’ll have a situation where you’ve basically become a cyborg, mixing your dreams of social media stardom with enhanced eyesight and even brainpower.
You’ll have your Twitter and Facebook with you ALL the time, as part of your very own eyes and neural network. And won’t that be grand?