The future may be a lot more to do with intuitive interaction with the web via the body. Think of kit like DuoSkin, which looks like temporary tattoos but actually allows users to control mobile devices, as well as display and store information on their skin. Plus there’s the Samsung smart contact lens equipped with a camera that can also project images straight into the wearer’s eye.
This is all about ‘connected me’ where simple interactions with everyday objects, data, and the world around us will be rendered more physical, simple and intuitive, according to Mindshare’s Trends 2017 report.
Gesture and movement have already been established as a fun form of gaming control with the likes of Nintendo’s Wii, John Tippins, Mindshare strategy director, points out. “But now developments in facial recognition, biometrics and wearables are creating an ability to analyse, react and respond to our very physicality.”
Key developments in the coming years will probably be related to voice with Amazon Echo and Google Home. The use of biometric tech by consumers will continue to grow but will largely be driven by the security demands of the banking sector. Implantables are likely to be a slower burn over the next five to10 years, led by health services trying to deal with the challenges of ageing populations and spiralling costs by applying technology for more preventative healthcare, says Mindshare.