I think Craig Hockenberry @chockenberry is right on track with his Wearing Apple post.
I’ve been thinking and talking about a “personal secure network” among a collection of devices you are wearing or carrying for a while now and it seems like a no-brainer to me. Seems totally silly to put all the battery, radios, antennas, storage and whatnot in a single device (google glass for example).
You need less battery in what I call the ‘motes’ if the LTE/WiFi radios and antennas are in the ‘core’ (“hub” in Craig’s post). What are ‘motes’ ? Think rings, earrings, necklace, bracelet, phone in pocket, flexible battery in belt, piezo generator in shoes, motion generator in umbrella/walking stick, bluetooth earpiece, display in glasses and/or contacts, high performance computing cube in our backpack, and sure, even a watch 🙂
What’s the problem with this vision? Lots really 🙂 Charging all these devices will be a pain. Clearly you need something like a flat pad you set ‘motes’ on while you sleep and they charge inductively. Better yet would be if they had small energy harvester chips with fractal antennas that harvested ambient energy (microwaves, cellular signals, AM, FM, etc) to extend their battery life. Oh, yah, better batteries would be a big win and this may not get cool until that happens.
Want to get even more “out there?” Check this out: Sugar-powered biobattery has 10 times the energy storage of lithium. Pretty cool but one of the implications of this might be devices that could be powered from our body’s internal processes directly. So to charge your devices you just eat more. Be a boon for obesity. Need to lose weight? Play more flappy birds! 😛
This then lets us surgically implant devices so you don’t have to worry about forgetting it at home. You may think I’m being silly, but the convenience will win people over. Also, note the long-time existence and surgical implantation of pacemakers & defibrillators. Then look at how common tattoos and body piercing are in youth today (in parts of the USA anyway). We are not that far from this.
Ok Geek’s hungry so leaving it at this quick “jot this down” for now.