The computing landscape is about to change radically. Even while Enterprises are still struggling to adapt to the new world of smartphones, tablets, mobile applications and BYOD (Bring your own device) the next wave of computing is rapidly approaching in the form of Wearables and Implants. Products like Google Glass eyeglasses, the Samsung Gear smart watch and multiple Fitness Trackers from many manufacturers are being worn by many people to enhance their lives and as a side effect changing the way people view computers and its role in our lives. This is only the beginning though, without even looking for it I found the following news stories that describe some examples of how computing technology will become even more personal and integrated into our lives.
- Google invents smart contact lens with built-in camera: Superhuman Terminator-like vision here we come
- What Is The Future Of Fabric? These Smart Textiles Will Blow Your Mind
- Smart Tattoos Might Be The Future Of Healthcare
- Robot hand and arm gets official approval
In the not so distant future computing technology is going to be integrated into more and more of the things we wear and will eventually migrate into our bodies as implants. The implications of this will be far reaching and will radically change what we consider and how we use computing technology, it will open up new use cases and new types of applications that we can’t even imagine now. This has the potential to greatly enhance our lives but also raises may questions that organizations need to start addressing now in order to be ready.
- What impact will this have on how organizations handle security and privacy concerns when people are wearing contact lens or clothing with built in cameras and microphones?
- How will wearables and implants affect an organizations BYOD policies?
- What are the ethical considerations to enterprise management of personal devices when those devices are inside our bodies?
- How will organizations adapt their existing applications and services to these new platforms where existing ideas on UI/UX design will most likely no longer apply?
- What are the legal implications to organizations if an application or service causes a failure in a device on or inside the body of a person?
Wearables and implants will be here much faster than any of us expect and they will be embraced by people in the same way smart phones and tablets have been embraced. This is a paradigm shift in how we all see computing and it is also inevitable. All of us in IT need to start thinking about and planning for this now.