For anyone who follows technology today, one thing is certain. The future is coming. Smaller, faster, lighter, with more capability seems to be the order of the day. Remember the Mac? Not two decades ago Apple and the Mac were synonymous. Then along came iPod which became Apple’s #1 product. Things change. A few years after iPod’s rise to glory Apple introduced the iPhone and that changed the entire computer industry. Out with the old, in with the post-PC era of mobile devices.
This week the Boston Red Sox were caught using Apple Watch to steal signs from opponents. High tech has gone criminal. Well, it’s always been criminal, but using such technology to steal catcher’s signs and signal to batters which pitches are coming seems like a misuse of Watch.
What of the future?
Apple Glasses will be a thing because smaller, faster, lighter, and more capable technology needs places to grow. Google tried with Glass and mostly failed. Apple seldom is first to the market with a new product but you can bet your Florida or Texas flood and hurricane insurance that our favorite Watch maker is working on Apple Glasses.
What does that mean?
More criminal activity. Such glasses of the future will be more capable than Google Glass, probably more discreet than the 21st century Borg-like look Glass embodied, but just as creepy and just as secretive about what goes on behind those camera lenses.
Think for only a moment of what such Apple Glasses could bring to humankind and you’ll likely respond with, “Wow. Cool. I want one.” And, if you think another moment you might say, “Wait. Are they recording me?”
Yeah. Now you’ve got the future of Apple Glasses.
That’s when spying goes mainstream, when all of us have a device that can take video and audio recordings of anything we see and save them in the cloud and nobody will be the wiser. The only shortcoming likely will be battery life. Initially.
Already Apple Watch can be used to record audio conversations about as surreptitiously as possible. I use the Just Press Record app, and, literally, that’s all I have to do to begin recording audio on Watch. Press the red button.
What I miss and what may come in the slightly more distant future– a future where batteries last longer and both audio and video recording is the norm– is an always on function so I can record everything that takes place in front of my eyes all day, every day.
Cool, right? Criminals may not like it. Politicians, too. And car salesmen, fast food clerks, policemen, etc. But being able to record everything that goes on while you watch would seem to be a game changer in human life, especially if all the recordings are saved on iCloud, and fully searchable by Siri.
Me: Hey, Siri. “What did my wife actually tell me about dinner with the Wilsons on Thursday.”
Siri: “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”