Disruptions: next step for technology is becoming the background

July 10, 2012 | Source: New York Times

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The invention of the motion picture enabled visual storytelling and at a mass scale unimaginable before.

The equivalent to that moment is happening right now with the advent of wearable computing. These wearable technologies like Google’s glasses that project information right where a person is looking will have the same effect on smartphones and computers as the motion picture did on books.

The screen of Project Glass sits off to the side, clear and unobtrusive. You interact with it when you need to. When an e-mail or text message comes in, you can look if you want, or simply ignore it.

When technology gets out of the way, we are liberated from it. Wearable computing will free us from peering at life through a 4-inch screen. We will no longer have to constantly look at our devices, but instead, these wearable devices will look back at us.