Based on my sleeping cycle, my health bracelet woke me up this morning. After checking the profile of my night, I received the information that I had a good night sleep. Not sure that I agree, but my bracelet knows better than I do, so I had a good night. After walking a few meters I receive a kudos from my watch: my weight is stable, good job. Now time to walk the dog. Too bad for him he doesn’t have any wearables, so I don’t know if I am waking him up during a profound sleep cycle. After a few minutes of walking, I receive my exercise objective for the day: I need to walk 10% more than yesterday because I didn’t achieve my goal.
Back to my place, my Google/Novartis lenses had time to analyze my blood and determine the shake and mix I need to have for breakfast in order to be 100%. Breakfast done, I now receive a message on my watch saying I need to write a blog for Sogeti Labs (why this watch doesn’t give me the subject and content!). After one hour sitting at my desk, my wrist start vibrating – apparently I need to walk five minutes, I have been sitting for too long (too bad I was starting to be inspired and productive). Back to my desk, I receive a call from John Doe, the watch quickly analyzed the email from him and his tweet, and determined that it’s probably a very important call and that John is probably not very happy today (I guess he doesn’t have a health bracelet that tells him how he slept!). And the day continues …
That was not the story of my day, but unfortunately it may be like that in the near future. I do believe in the potential of wearable technology and all the benefits we can have from it, especially in the health care industry. But I also believe that there is a useless part in it, like the smart deodorant that will remind me to put some on every morning and a good amount! Seriously, are people already giving up? I feel like at this speed we could really quickly lose control of our life and just listen to our phone or watch to tell us what to do and when.
I don’t want to be a Cassandra, I myself have had Google Glasses for a long time, but I am just wondering about the long term impact. How will we be able to innovate and improve the world if we are just listening to a smart watch or smart phone and never facing any issues? I am just a guy who believes in serendipity and on the benefit of it.