1. The ultimate wearables – do you want the Networked Society inside your body?

The ultimate wearables – do you want the Networked Society inside your body?

You do not need to worry anymore about losing your keys or even forgetting the code to the office door. It might feel like science fiction – something many years away – but did you know that one office in Sweden is already testing chips under their employees’ skin that will let them do many things like open doors, pay for sandwiches and more. How cool is that! We can call this new era the Networked Society inside your body.

From now on I say this pilot office is the most hi-tech office in Sweden. Let us see what it has to show us under the skin, from an article by the BBC:

“Hannes Sjoblad, whose electronic business card is on his own chip and can be accessed with a swipe of a smartphone, has the title chief disruption officer at the development. I asked him whether people really wanted to get this intimate with technology.

‘We already interact with technology all the time,’ he told me. ‘Today it’s a bit messy – we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn’t it be easy to just touch with your hand? That’s really intuitive.’”

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More than 100 people in Sweden and other countries have already been “chipped” by Sjoblad. Just think: A chip inside your body could open a whole new world. Think what you could do beyond just opening doors. You could pay for things with it; it could be your personal Id; it could connect your body to your phone, GPS and more; and in the future it could maybe also even connect to your brain, just like the mind sharing trend in ConsumerLab’s Top 10 Trends for 2015 and Beyond. Maybe we humans won’t need to go to school any more. We can just download a new language or mathematic skill to your chip.

But before the rest of us start installing chips in our body, I hope there will be one standard and that we won’t need to decide whether we want a Google chip, Apple chip or maybe a Samsung chip. And, of course, we hope that you only need to update the software and not the hardware every time a new update comes around. That could be a little painful 🙂

Written by Poyan Sandnell

Poyan worked at Ericsson from 2007-2015. He describes himself as an entrepreneur and is passionate about technology that helps us in our every day lives and that makes us more socially connected.

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