The recent development of a new material called GraphExeter, described as “the most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity,” has been hailed a significant breakthrough for the field of wearable electronics. Several major companies, including Google’s “Project Glass,” have been working to create electronic devices (such as computers, smartphones, MP3 players or even video screens) that can be integrated into a person’s clothing or eyeglasses. My question to our readers is: Would you even want such a thing?
I’m reminded of the scenes in ‘Back to the Future, Part II’, which is set in the far-off future year of 2015, where the characters wear goofy clothes that talk to them or automatically tie their shoes. I don’t personally think that I’d have much use for wearable electronics. Anything built into clothing would seem to be ridiculously disposable. (If you tear or get a bad stain on your shirt, there goes your smartphone!) And a video screen or augmented-reality display in my glasses would just be distracting. I see myself absentmindedly walking into traffic or falling in an open manhole while checking the latest LOLCats update in my glasses’ computer screen.
Maybe I’m just being short-sighted about this? Would you want to wear your electronics?
[Source: Science Daily]