Where should we draw the line between technology and software integration in to our bodies? Lately, it seems, we are assimilating in to the Borg.
Don’t believe me? Here are five new products that are tracking and changing the way technology is linking in to our biological processes.
1. Contact lens that will monitor diabetes. Released just a few days ago, this contact lens being introduced by Google contains a glucose sensor that will track glucose levels. This technology is still in its research phase, but researchers are optimistic that this will take huge strides in diabetes management.
2. Bracelets that monitor your activity. Tracking bracelets are no longer just for parolees, fitness bracelets are the new rage in the world of fitness. Most activity trackers count steps, calories burned, sleeping habits and heart rate. Top it off, many of the bracelets also connect to wifi enabled scales, blood pressure monitors, and weight loss programs. It is like having a doctor, trainer, and dietitian on your wrist.
3. Magnetic speakers that are embedded in the ears. Now I admit this one is a stretch, but a would-be cyborg man recently implanted magnetic speakers in his ears for listening to music.
4. Heart Monitors. Insertable cardiac monitors are used to monitor heart rhythms and record these rhythms automatically. The device is implanted just beneath the skin and acts to record irregular heart rhythms which assists doctors in making appropriate diagnoses.
5. Google Glass. Quite possibly the most futuristic of the bunch (or dorkiest), the Google glass is a wearable computer that displays smart-phone like hands free format. You thought texting while driving was bad, well expect a lot of abnormal blinking while driving.
What’s next? The world of health monitoring and hands free assistance devices seems to be the new trending force of the Borg culture. For better or for worse, we are becoming integrated with our technology in more intimate ways. If this can positively impact preventative healthcare and early warning systems for the critically ill, I’m all in favor. As for the hands-free technologies…well you know what they say about idle hands.