Wearables: What Are We Getting Wrong?

The usual conception about wearables and personal computing is:

  • Processor, memory and battery in your phone
  • Processor, memory and battery in your watch
  • Processor, memory and battery in your glasses
  • Processor, memory and battery in your tablet or laptop
  • Processor, memory and battery in your… whatever!

If the preceding points were in a programming code, the duplication could be fixed. The: “processor, memory and battery” can be encapsulated. A WiFi, Bluetooth or something similar will make it easy to encapsulate a processing and data storage as a separate device in your pocket that is different than the screen(s) that you take out to use.

May be the batteries can’t be encapsulated (yet), but a recent technology from Stanford University is very likely to succeed in making the battery is the screen.

The later advancements in wireless charging will connect the bits towards scattering the personal computer around our bodies. Imaging this: a unit that has the battery in your pocket that is responsible for all the energy that is needed for your phone, glasses, watch and tablet or laptop. The same thing with a storage and processing units. This way, your phone will be an extremely thin screen to display what’s on the processing and storage unit. Your glasses will look more like “glasses” without all the processing, storage and energy capabilities stock to your face!

A tablet (thin screen) can detect the nearest authorized units (the one in your pocket or office), and begin to display and compute using their energy capabilities.


P.S. what if those battery units are harvesting energy from our bodies?

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