22 May '15, 3pm

Know Your Wearables Slang

Know Your Wearables Slang

A while back I read an interview with a wearables researcher. This person has a doctorate from MIT, so you have to assume she’s pretty smart. However, when asked about the future applications of wearables, she mentioned “jackets that tell you what the temperature, barometric pressure, or smog level is” and “a baseball hat that tells you the score of the game.” These ideas are so comically useless that I had to double-check that I wasn’t reading the latest issue of The Onion . If we are on our way to becoming citizen-terminals , bristling with body-mounted gadgetry, if we are becoming that close to the machine, then let’s hope it’s for better reasons than these.

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