Science fiction has always been at the forefront of predicting future technology and related issues. Although not exactly science fiction, Dick Tracy comics by Chester Gould sported the wristwatch communicator, and over 80 years later, we're still waiting for it to become a commercial reality. (Although tantalizing TV advertisements have recently suggested it is a reality...)
Walter Knight, author of the popular AMERICA'S GALACTIC FOREIGN LEGION scifi series, has this to say about wearable technology...
I see wearable technology as the next big thing. What used to be science fiction is becoming reality.
most obvious wearable technology I've explored in my "America's
Galactic Foreign Legion" science fiction series is the helmet camera, a
reality now. Soldiers, police officers, security guards, etc., wear
cameras at work. Soon, everyone will be wearing these cameras on
errands and vacations. We've already seen many news reports showing
biker helmet cameras and dash camera images.
are now focused on those cameras' encounters, and on government
intrusion. I'm more concerned with the privacy of the wearer of the
camera. What if an employer insists all employees wear the cameras? Will
your union go along with that? What about bathroom breaks? Cheating at
work? Picking your nose and flatulence? Political
correctness? It all gets recorded and archived. Then there are hackers
stealing images and posting them on the internet.
there is a low-tech solution if this scenario becomes reality. Duct
tape over the camera lens. Ha! Another use for duct tape!
What wearable technology do you think will be the next big thing?
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