Have you ever thought about not using your SmartPhone? Didn't think so, it's just not an option to many of us and in some cases, an addiction. But what if you didn't need your SmartPhone? What if you only needed a pair of sunglasses? Would you stop using your SmartPhone then?
It's an interesting conundrum, replacing your SmartPhone with a SmartDevice. Moving away from something that is stored in your pocket to a device that is (almost) permanently planted on your head. It seems like a good idea, right?
Humans are on an unavoidable path of technology evolution. Things are getting better, smaller and more affordable. You only need to look back at the Post iPhone period. Imagine having to wait until you are home or in front of a computer to send an email, post an update or look up something online. The iPhone was definitely humans first step away from the computer and the distance is getting further and further all the time.
A startup from Ontario, Canada, North, has developed a pair of SmartGlasses called Focals that seamlessly integrate with services such as text updates, Uber, Calendar, weather apps and event Alexa. The glasses are another step away from the keyboard, where the user views updates via a holographic display beamed on to the right lens.
The company claims that: "Using Focals, you can see and respond to texts, get turn-by-turn directions, check the weather, request an Uber, talk to Amazon Alexa and more — seamlessly and immediately."
Google tried to create a wearable Smart headpiece in 2012 with Glass, it was considered a failure by many and the company subsequently axed the project. North, the maker Focals, claim their version is much more user-friendly as they are a natural pair of glasses and I have to agree, from what I have seen, they are. They are just like real glasses.
North is on to something with Focals, they have resolved the technological barriers that have held back SmartDevices from becoming fully wearable. Devices like Focals are going to change our lives, just like the iPhone once did. In my opinion, Focals are humans next step away from the computer, whether you like it or not.
To check out more on North and their Focals, visit www.bynorth.com