Personal Digital Assistant

PDAs of the Future

Silly ? I love my PDA !
It’s lost a screw, got a crack down one side and still works !
Actually, the virtual keyboard is not advanced enough.
What I need is ….

1. A PDA with the storage and processing power of a 2005 PC.
This should be able to connect the the new G3 network or via
the frequency of your chordless phone to the internet or a base station.
(not yet available)

2. A special attachment to spectacles that projects an image straight to the retina of the eye.  Probably one eye, that way, by opening one eye you get a ‘virtual world’ overlay on the real world and if you close the other eye, all you see is the virtual world. Connect this to the PDA. (this is currently available but still in development – not _exactly_ sure what you see)

3.  A virtual keyboard. But not one that that projects onto a flat surface, it appears in your vision and sensors in the glasses detect gestures, interprets them and allows you to interact with the software. (these are available, but I think they require a glove)

4, A small microphone in the glasses near the nose that can hear what you say and operate the PDA where the use of the virtual keyboard is not appropriate. (shouldn’t be difficult, just Dragon voice recognition)

5. And an earpiece for one (or both) ears.

I can imagine that such an early system would be cumbersome, making you look like Jean Luc Picard when he (temporarily) became a Borg.

After a few years (decade from now ?) the whole thing (including PC)  would look like a pair of thick rimmed spectacles. Then we would all be sitting and standing around, browsing the internet, talking to ourselves, doing our work and looking like Zombies.

Never mind traffic problems with cell-phones. Imagine the crashes caused by trying to drive and looking at porn at the same time 🙂

Of course by then you two will be cycling to work – you couldn’t afford the petrol.

Written 18/5/2006 (exactly 10 years ago)
Nigel Baker