Trends and technological innovations enable a phone to be in fashion one week and out the next. The tangible product we call a book is being replaced by an electronic gadget the size of our palm. We assume that old media are dying off however printed words did not kill spoken words. Cinema did not kill theatre. Television did not kill radio – Jenkins 2006. They were forced to live in peace together leading to innovative adaptions of original technologies.
Time, an analog technology, traditionally told by the sun and adapted to a wearable wrist watch. This technology is still around today, however often one will check their mobile phone for the time rather than look at their wrist. We have become creatures of habit. The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwacth has been describe as fashion meets technology, a designer’s dream, making geek even more chic than ever before (Manger 2013). It does everything from showing you the weather, sending a text message and scratching your back (figuratively). Running off an Andriod operating system it features a 1.63-inch touchscreen, 1.9-megapixel camera and can hold up to 70+ Apps.
Google’s new addition to the proliferation of convergent technologies is dubbed Google Glasses. The advertisement featured here emphasises your ability to live your life hands free, go skydiving, running along the beach, ride your bike through the bustling traffic of NY, whilst calling, videoing, texting and searching the web. To be honest, this technology has not sold me, I get enough embarrassment getting caught singing to myself in the car and could imagine the shame of talking to glasses on my head. “Okay Glass, Google strange rash, upper leg?”. I’m sure the person sitting next to you on the train does not want to hear that!
These technologies are literally taking over our body and our life.
Is your phone attached to your hand. Could you see yourself sporting the Google Glasses or something similar. Let me know your thoughts and comment below.
Jenkins, H 2006, Introduction: Worship at the Altar of Convergence – A New Paradigm for Understanding Media Change, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, pp1-25, New York University Pess, New York
Manger, W 2013, Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch, Google Glasses and more tech we could soon be wearing, Mirror News, accessed 07/09/2013, http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/samsung-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-google-2254869