A practical next step in computer functionality is introducing the wearcomp, a wearable computer that people wear almost permanently upon their bodies. Wearcomps would take various forms.
One of the first iterations of the wearcomp could be a combination of a mobile phone with enough computational power and “glasses-plus”—goggles that provide 2D and 3D video, audio, virtual keyboard, virtual mouse, etc. There is no need for huge 3D screens in order to watch a perfect movie. The glasses-plus include mounted micro-cameras, brainwave sensors, low-powered laser, and infrared beamer. The mobile phone and the high-tech glasses exchange data via Bluetooth or similar wireless technology. The cell phone provides constant broadband Internet connection. It should have a powerful processor, and sufficient battery power for the processor and the wireless.
The glasses-plus can easily fit into a jacket pocket or a purse.
One can also connect the wearcomp to a regular monitor, keyboard, mouse, hard drive, printer, and other devices through cable or wireless, via a hub or directly.
The mobile phone should provide broadband connectivity through a variety of devices and wireless communication systems like Wi-Fi, WiMAX, UMTS, CDMA2000, GSM, CDMA, and others. Widespread usage of wearcomps would require a new wireless communication standard. Billions of customers with wearcomps traveling all around the globe would be a serious business and a huge challenge.
The technology of the proposed wearcomp is already available, though some of the components are still in early stages of development. The electronics manufacturers could start assembling wearcomps right away, since the concept of the device already exists.
The future glasses-plus could also provide a personal holographic display.
Keyboard and mouse: through the glasses plus the customer could see a 3D virtual keyboard, which could have various shapes: a regular keyboard, an old fashioned typewriter, a fancy futuristic keyboard, or one could draw or design a unique personal keyboard.
A low-powered laser or infrared beamer projects onto the place where we see the virtual keyboard. The fingers make keystrokes on the virtual keyboard, actually moving into the empty space. This breaks the beam and light is reflected back to a camera where it is analyzed and turned into keystrokes.
Another method is used by the 3D gesture control systems; two micro-video cameras, slightly apart, monitor finger movements. The cameras pick up the movements, and software analyzes the finger movements and turns them into keystrokes. Various such systems are already in use.
The brain-computer interface enables people to control computers and other devices, and to communicate by mere thought.
Bionic hands are already on the market. Sensors placed over the skin above the nerves read the electrical impulses from the brain to manipulate the limbs, and a person can successfully control multiple, complex movements of a prosthetic hand and fingers through thoughts.
Man can also learn to control virtual hands and to type texts on a virtual keyboard via thought alone.
You can have total computer control using only your eyes.
The Tobii PCEye is an easy to use eye control device. It brings hands-free control to the computer. The Tobii PCEye works by near infrared light being emitted from the eye control module. This light is reflected in the corneas of the eyes of the customer. The reflections are picked up by sensors and processed.
Similar eye tracking system could easily be integrated with the wearcomp.
The communication with computers and other devices can be vastly enhanced and accelerated by eye tracking. There are a number of methods for measuring the eye movements.
The wearcomp customer can control the computer keyboard and mouse through really movements of the hands and fingers or solely through thought.
A brainwave scanner and software can turn the brainwaves into computer commands. Such a noninvasive brain-computer interface is safe, reliable, and convenient. Researchers are designing various brainwave-computer interfaces. It is just matter of time before we control our computer and type texts with our thoughts alone.
There will be no need an electroencephalography-sensitive cap. A sophisticated brainwave scanner on the glasses-plus will do the magic to control the wearcomp through thoughts alone.
A wearcomp with brainwave-computer interface will allow users to conduct noiseless phone conversations, by pronouncing the words silently. The brainwave scanner, monitoring brain activity, turns the electrical impulses of the tiny muscular movements that occur when we speak into a computer-generated voice. It is very convenient when speaking in a noisy environment, when other people should not hear the conversation, or in order to avoid disturbing them.
The user could also type texts or control the computer by pronouncing the words silently or aloud.
Simple thought-controlled gaming devices are already on the market. Soon we will have them integrated into computers so as to type on a virtual keyboard and click a virtual mouseл
The brainwave scanner could also be used to monitor user’s health.
Physical keyboards have drastic limitations. The users of the wearcomp can design their own virtual keyboard. They can change the shape and the size of the keyboard and the size and color of the keys; they can reposition the keys and add their own keys. They can instantly change the typing keyboard with a keyboard with frequently used phrases, signs, symbols, pictures, and then return to the typing keyboard, but this time with foreign alphabets like Arabic, Mandarin, Hebrew, etc. Customers can also use keyboards with mathematical or engineering symbols. The possibilities appear to be limited only by the user’s imagination.
Certainly, researchers will also discover new and unexpected ways to input information into the computer instead of through a virtual keyboard, however conveniently modified.
Most of the computers of the future will not have keyboards. The people will type texts and control the computer with their thoughts alone.
Soon the wearcomps will be the norm.
The cameras and the beamer (emitting electromagnetic radiations like laser light and infrared light), which could be part of the hand- and finger-motion-tracking system mounted on the glasses-plus, could also be used to measure distances and for non-contact measurement of objects; to see in the dark, in a fog, in rain and in snow; as laser pointers; to create still and motion holographic images, to analyze the food we eat, to drive vehicles more safely; to see through walls…
The implications for industry, business, medicine, army, entertainment, etc., are innumerable.
When people start using virtual keyboards and virtual mice, both virtual gadgets will integrate and change very much.
People with implanted chips or wearcomps with brainwave sensors will enjoy a comfortable mental interface. The monitor, the keyboard, and the mouse will be coalesced into a single mental picture in the mind of the user and will be controlled by thought.
The wearcomp (in all iterations) will be your buddy, your butler, your colleague, your simultaneous translator, your partner, your personal advisor, your doc. It will become an extension of yourself. Actually, the mental picture provided by the wearcomp and your mind will make what you accept as yourself. Your mind and the “mind” of the computer will merge into a higher and much more powerful YOU. If the wearcomp is removed, you will feel crippled, disabled. A person who can no longer match normal wearcomped people will be out of the flock.
The wearcomp will become an extension of the human mind and memory, and will have constant access to humanity’s entire knowledge and practical information in all languages (the universal translator knows all tongues).
Exocortex, a term invented by the researcher Ben Houston in 1998, is an artificial external information processing system closely connected with the brain, which would augment human intelligence, memory, and access to all human knowledge. The exocortex was coined as an allusion to the neocortex, the evolutionary latest part of the mammalian brain, which involves higher cognitive abilities such as conscious thought, sensory perception, motor commands, spatial reasoning, and, in humans, language. The new term suggests a new, higher level of thought.
Almost everyone will become savant and prodigy from the perspective of today’s unwearcomped man. Man will instantly “know” everything from the Grand Encyclopedia, which contains all knowledge known to Homo sapiens, and will never forget. Man will “remember” in picture, video, text, and sound every single detail of your life, and will “know” all human languages.
The wearcomps are going to transform every aspect of human life: our education, our entertainment, our social life, our thinking and imagination, our medical care, the way we do business and wage wars.
Extract from the book The Hidden Alpha by Alexander Popoff. Complete book can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/