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I recently watched the short documentary, Connecting which I’ll link to in my next post which will highlight key points. It got me thinking about why we aren’t already connecting our physical devices to utilize all of the data we collect on a daily basis. There is so much information about where we go, who we talk to, what we say, when we say it, and what we want that it should be utilized and shown to us without all the hassle of manually keeping up to date. Sending status updates to friends saying, “I’ll be there in 5 minutes” while important, requires us to send it ourselves. Our smart phone knows where we are and when we leave a specific location, and it should be able to tell from our text where we plan on going and even what time. So I wrote some thoughts, a brainstorm of ideas on where this subject is now and some questions on it.

Smart devices are only smart when directed by us. Are they really smart?

The phone being able to search the internet, or know where I am. – That’s not smart, its just more portable. I still have to direct the device.

These devices are taking over what used to be important not changing it. Instead of conversing with each other on a bus or train, or just absorbing our surroundings, we face down at a device. This is only because, we have to connect ourselves to what we want. The device doesn’t do it for us. – We want to do both!!!

Why do we have to refer to a device to find information.

  • to check the weather
  • to see when a friend will arrive
  • to ask a friend where they are, why does the friend have to respond?
  • The device should connect to another device – it should be smart enough to do this on it’s own.

Sure we can do these things anywhere, but we still have to do them. It is not as convenient as it seems. It just feels that way because it’s new.

New things are exciting, but then new things take their place. If it’s replaceable, is it really that important?

Is the future of smart devices, really just about being able to connect to more different platforms? Shouldn’t these connections start to occur on their own?

Is it really that important for you to tell your wife, that you will be home in 20 mins? “I’m leaving the office now”. – Maybe it is, but your smart device knows where you are, thus it knows you are leaving. It CAN send that message, why do you have to tell it too? Why do they have to check there phone every 2 minutes to see if you have responded? It’s obvious you want to know where they are, if you didn’t, you wouldn’t be checking your phone, but you are.

We have grown accustomed to having these “quick updates”, “status updates” but really it has just given us one more task/ many more tasks. Is that really what we need? One more task?

Why can’t we be connected like we want, and not have to command it?

GPS knows that there is a gas station on a map, if you go to it, why should you have to tell someone you stopped for gas? We are not getting rid of the interaction that takes place. In reality, we created this interaction that we didn’t use to have before texting/ smart devices.

All of the technology is there

  • motion tracking
  • facial recognition
  • frosted glass projection
  • frosted glass touch
  • image recognition
  • holograms
  • networking
  • algorithms
  • speech recognition
  • predictive interests algorithm / found in online marketing
  • schedule planning
  • GPS

The technology we need and as stated above, is small, it can fit anywhere, it requires very little power, it is all available. The question is, why aren’t we using it?