THE ULTIMATE WEARABLE DEVICE
YOU WEAR THIS ONE RIGHT ON YOUR HEAD
Samsung’s recent announcement of a “smart” watch seems to have kicked off a flurry of announcements, pre-announcements, rumors, and speculation about “wearables” in the technology space. The most startling rumor – a leak, actually – is from the “it all started here” company we call Apple.
According to a high official (name withheld, of course), at some time in the last quarter of this year, Apple will be releasing a smart hairpiece called IPiece.
I don’t blame you if you think this is a joke. That was my first thought. But as my source kept talking, I found myself agreeing that it not only made sense, it was the coolest thing I’ve heard of since the the original iPhone.
The wig (custom matched to a bit of your hair) contains all the tech of a modern smartphone plus a little bit more. Perfectly concealed in a high quality hairpiece, technology fades into the background. The need for conspicuous glances at your phone disappears. All communication is wig-centric and unobservable by others.Audio is cleverly handled by bone conduction based on aviva’s micro cranial transduction system. And images are displayed by a revolutionary network of very fine optical fibers woven into the forward section of the head covering. One beta tester described the sensation as surreal. She said sounds and pictures seemed to emerge from within her head.
Input, as you might imagine, called for a radical rethink of everything that came before. Voice uses the WiGig input sensor – essentially a repurposed system of noise cancelling microphones. Ancillary input is based on mapping portions of the scalp onto a virtual keyboard ; with about an hour of training almost anyone can type efficiently by tapping. I was surprised to see how easily “scalp tapping” can pass as mere “fiddling with ones hair”.
The camera, a 38 megapixel beast, by the way, is completely concealed and rises on a small stalk when needed.
Google’s Glass and Samsung’s Gear never seemed entirely convincing to most of us out here in reality land, but Apple may finally be able to prove to its distractors that its best days are ahead of it.
Look for an announcement.