The tech landscape is constantly evolving and today’s consumer demands a seamless experience with their daily tech. Brands are constantly developing solutions to keep the 'always-on' culture of tech alive, we've explored the latest 3 wearable tech developments which could change the way we interact with, and control, tech in the (not-so-distant) future.
Type As You Think
Back in 2017, Facebook announced that they were developing a brain-computer interface which would allow users to type as the thoughts formed in their mind.
2 years later they have announced an update on the project, sharing the news that they have been working closely with researchers at the University of California to build a Mind Reading Headset which could help patients who have neurological damage to speak again.
Researchers have been conducting trials and analysing the participants’ brain activity in real time by asking them questions and directing them to reply out loud. Currently, the procedure is fairly invasive, requiring electrodes to be surgically implanted onto the brain’s surface, however Facebook’s Research Lab are exploring alternatives - including infrared which is proving to be the most promising.
Ultimately, it’s very early days for the technology, with much room for improvement. While the capabilities could be life-changing for some, questions are already being raised about privacy and whether brands could breach the last safe haven for personal data; our thoughts.
Blink Twice To Zoom
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created biomimetic contact lenses, made out of an elastic polymer, which can zoom in or out if the user blinks twice.
The movement is controlled by electric signals which are generated through the wearer’s eye motions and picked up by electrodes which, on the initial prototype, are placed around the eye area.
Similar to Facebook’s ‘Mind Reading’ Headset, the device is still in the early stages and requires an external power source so it may be a while before they become viable for wider public use. However, the teams are confident that the development of the prototype will result in an accessible product for consumers.
In the future, the researchers hope that the devices could be used in visual prostheses, adjustable glasses and remotely operated robotics in a bid to take the next steps in visual technology.
Google have unveiled a teaser clip for the Pixel 4, whose users’ will be able to control their phone simply by using hand gestures; the ultimate hands-free experience.
Using Motion Sense, which is operated by Soli - a radar technology, users will be able to navigate areas of their phone using their hand movement, for example skipping songs, snoozing your alarm or silencing phone calls.
Alongside this, owners of the Pixel 4 will also be able to unlock their devices by looking at it, the mechanism for which has been made more secure than it has been in the past.
While some of these concepts are still within the early stages, there’s no doubt that the future of tech will be driven with our bodies at the centre.
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