HP Labs' foray into flexible displays combined with Forrester Analyst Sarah Rotman Epps’ observations on wearable devices opens up intriguing applications in my mind as I wonder about a day in my life in the future. Throw big data into the mix and the possibilities are endless.
Fasten your seat belts and let your mind wander to imagination land where practically anything is possible -- anything that involves “wearables,” flexible displays that can be physically bent like plastic with unlimited access to information with meaning and context all the time.
Here is my experience travelling to imagination land with my wearable computers:
Good morning. As I step into the bathtub, it turns on a lively display of the beautiful creatures that rule the oceans, with its hue indicating the water temperature. My dual focus contact lenses show my surroundings and my daily calendar. A cylindrical tower presents various options for my attire. Information about clothing combinations is already available in my personal data warehouse accessible in real time via all my display devices.
I wear my wrist watch -- the display device on my wrist that provides me the current temperature, the latest news ticker, my remote control for the garage and a minor detail -- the time of day. My coffee mug shows the coffee temperature and the local news. When I travel, it displays the location of the nearest coffee shop and their times. Michael Jordan comes to life on the cereal box and has an interactive conversation with me sharing the latest basketball news.
I hug my spouse causing the sensory flower on her back to bloom that indicates her positive emotions. I dread those days when there is no bloom.
As I get ready to step into my car, the tires display their air pressure with color coded statuses for preset warning thresholds.
My tattoo on my shoulder vibrates an "urgent" call from one of my family members. Turns out my high-schooler needs her poster board and she needs it now! My high-schooler's poster board is an electronic display device in itself. I roll it up (standby mode) and hand it to my teenager who unrolls it (powers up) when the science fair commences.
After taking care of this "emergency," I start driving to work. All the dashboard instruments are displayed on the wind shield – including radar detectors. The steering wheel has flexible tags that serve as turn signal levers. No physical hand movements needed for operating other instruments.
I reach my work location and this is where I end this post -- so that you can help me finish. Your applications for flexible displays, wearable devices, and big data are more than welcome. Please share your thoughts so that with your ideas, I can come back home.
Acknowledging Forrester Analyst Sarah Rotman Epps for the intriguing references she provides in her blog post on wearable devices to dual focus contact lenses, clothing that reacts to our emotions and several other ideas.
You can read about some of the cool projects the HP Labs team is working on at Innovation @ HP Labs .