The Oscar nominated film “Her,” which focuses on a man’s intense relationship with an operating system, has left many moviegoers sufficiently ”creeped out.” In fact, a completely made-up graph will show you (based entirely on my own personal experience and opinion) how certain groups of tech users viewed “Her:”
If you think about it, a lot of the mannerisms and behaviors we find “normal” today would have made someone uncomfortable 10 or 20 years ago. Have you ever walked down the street and seen someone seemingly talking to him or herself? A few years ago they were crazy — now they’re obviously just chatting on their bluetooth.
Even Siri, today’s closest publicly released technology to Samantha, is not fond of “Her.”
“Her” is unsettling because it’s somewhat believable. We’ve seen it before. We experienced the debut of bluetooth headsets and Apple’s Siri and have since adjusted to handsfree talking and asking an electronic voice for directions. We’ve seen the addition of geolocation tags and slowly become okay with people constantly telling us exactly where they are.
Technology is constantly altering our behavior, language, and way of thinking. To many, these advancements are startling at first; but slowly we adapt, and before we know it the things that used to be unnatural become second nature. That being said, sometimes “creepy” is simply unavoidable. As a tech company, we’ve had to become pretty comfortable walking the line of weird and wonderful.
Here are a few examples of products that we feel have the potential to conquer eerie and radically change our lives for the better.
An Estimote is a small, wireless device, that, when placed in a physical space, broadcasts tiny radio signals to smart devices using Bluetooth LE. You don’t even need to have your phone on or be logged into an app to use it.
2) Social Cooler
The Social Cooler uses Bluetooth LE technology to give you a buzz. When 4 people are within range of the Social Cooler, it pops open for your beverage-guzzling enjoyment.
3) Project Tango
A 5’’ phone capable of tracking the device’s motion in full 3D, real-time, as you hold it. The implications of this are huge- you could automatically have extremely detailed building maps and dimensions without doing a thing.
4) Social Radar
SocialRadar is an app that provides real-time information about the people around you. It combines your phone’s location with information pulled across social networks to tell you who is around, how you know them, and what they have been up to.
What new products out there are making you uncomfortable?