For instance with the first little vignette, we've already got mobile phone/watches being made, or about to be made. We've got voice activated software and I can get my Mac to read me any text on any webpage, e-mail or whatever, and Mac OS 10.5 should bring another leap to speech synthesis technology. As for syncing devices, we've got that with our iPods, but that will only get better as wireless technologies allow for real-time data syncing.
The second vignette is cool because it looks like some kind of advanced GPS application coupled with a mobile phone device. We are getting some of those now. But what's really cool to think about is it's possible that it's not GPS. If the Chinese guy is in a city with a metropolitan Wi-Fi network then his phone could just be communicating with the network to map out the streets. Also having the cellphone wirelessly change the settings of the car and act as the stereo is pretty sweet.
And as for the last vignette, well... what would the future be without a good rave?
This is one of the reasons why I like Apple so much, because of this kind of integration. Like I said, a lot of these types of products are already on the market, but they're not all going to work together the way they do in the video. Apple on the other hand gives me a glimpse into that kind of world. It's not just Apple though, Google is doing a fantastic job of bridging digital gaps. Letting PC's and Macs coexist, pushing your data into a central location (their servers) where you can access it from home, work, or on someone else's computer. Sony is another. I've often thought that if I weren't a Mac addict, I would have all Sony products. Being able to integrate my PC with my TV with my Playstation, movies, Walkman, and Sony Ericcson mobile phone is really exciting.
But that has traditionally been the downfall of these types of technologies; if you want to reap the full benefits of integration you have to sign up for the full package. You have to have all Apple products, or all Sony products or all Microsoft products. Mixing and matching brands is generally going to lead to problems. It's unfortunate, but somewhat true and I think of the big hurdles that we'll need to get over before the future in this video can become a reality. Although that might explain why Intel made this ad. As if to say, buy Intel products now because we've got a lot of cool stuff planned that you won't be able to take advantage of if you buy AMD.
Interestingly though, they don't show us any of the invasive technology that the future may hold. What William Gibson calls BodMod. Getting a wireless implant that can talk to your devices similar in fashion to RFID. Optical implants that show you a HUD (heads up display) that only you can see. Or forget about bone conducting headphones, why not just get the audio implanted into your ear?
Too freaky? Yeah, I agree. In the meantime, I'll stick with devices I can hold in my hand. Besides, what's the point of having these kinds of gadgets if your friends can't see them and get jealous?