Thanks to Nick Rheinberger for bringing Alexander Hayes and myself back onto the Morning Program on ABC Illawarra 97.3 today to share our reflections on IEEE ISTAS13 veillance.me. Here's a summary of what we spoke about. Interestingly, we covered a broad range of topics, one of which was how sportspeople use wearable monitors these days. I recollected a blogpost I had written on this site regarding cricketers. For those interested see BodyMedia | FIT technology.
I entered the studio and there was Mr Rheinberger all happy to greet me with his wearable Sound Equalizer Rave T-Shirt. I was very much impressed with the preparation he had gone to light up the segment! He commented on how affordable these wearable items are getting. I agreed. I can purchase in Australia a high definition covert surveillance device for no more than $50, and the t-shirt below for $22!
What does that mean when we consider the future of wearables and their embeddedness in most clothing? What will happen when the t-shirt we wear has a large portable screen in the front of it that records everything in view and sends it back into the Cloud for keeping?
Of course, wearables like this can be a lot of fun- just ask Eric Boyd who joined us at ISTAS13 during our panel session and whose necklace kept flashing every time he spoke!
But seriously are people thinking implications at all? Yeah, I agree, there is a fun factor to most of these new innovations, but after the novelty wears off we are left with the consequences, and they might be more severe than what we might imagine!