As kids, we all grew up watching super hero shows. My favourite was Batman. Not your annoyingly near-perfect Superman, but just a man, with one crucial difference – augmentation. His array of gadgets, devices (and the Batmobile) extended his abilities and took him from a creeper in a cape to being a real hero.
Through wearable technology, we all have the chance to supercharge ourselves and legitimately call ourselves Batman. ‘WearTech’ dominated the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, and is widely seen as the next frontier in consumer technology.
Here are six reasons why TV should embrace this:
1. It offers new levels of access to our favourite characters off the TV
Any show hoping to make an impact today needs to have larger-than-life characters, and what better way to show off their huge lives than through filmed point-of-view vignettes from their Google Glasses? It’s less tweeting, more streaming their lives for our viewing pleasure. We could binge on celeb’s ‘life feeds’ featuring their videos, pictures, recordings, check ins, and bring us into their worlds like never before. No glassholes allowed though.
2. Super duper contributors
Joe Blogs would become Joe Vlogs – with all contributors on a show connected to one another through wearable tech, we could follow their different off-camera conversations, much in the same way we have various conversations on our smartphones. In time, tech like the Razer Nabu could also pave the way for seamlessly finding out more about the people we’re watching, and those we’re sat watching with. Cameras worn around their necks could log their lives; Its a world of Big Brother, and we just choose to link into their feed and get swept away on the tide of updates whenever we choose.
3. Every health and body image show ever would use it
The contributors on the show are not only diagnosed by the expert doctors, but wear wrist bands that monitor their physical activity over the course of the day, show how many calories they’ve gained or lost, tell them how far they’ve walked and if their posture is terrible. Wearable tech informs them on making more informed and personal recommendations for getting in shape. And then we at home can join in the fun with our own bands, compare our results with those of the contributors, and share our results with the world.
4. Breaking news from your face, in your face
One of the areas that wearable tech will change broadcasting the most is in journalism. The ability to capture and share breaking events instantly is now a possibility. One ‘mobile reporter’ could record the main events on Google Glass, film protesters rioting on the side with their phone, send a stream of images with a worn camera, tweet messages from their smart watch, and record a running commentary from their headset.
5. It will make you feel like you’re there at the game, or in the love scene
The idea of virtual reality has been around as long as VHS, but technological limitations meant the only reality they could offer was eye-achingly bad. Literally. Today, Sony’s Home Theatre headset projects a relatively scaled IMAX-size image and uses a gyroscope and accelerometer so you can ‘look around’ your scene. Not to mention you can find out additional stats about what you’re watching, in-screen. Dizzyingly good for Tennis and football broadcasts, and great for any film by James Cameron.
6. It’s making tech sexier than ever before
Let’s face it, sexy people on TV drive up ratings. And in our Age of the Geek, where we’re more interested in tech people than ever before, its in broadcasters interests to make tech sexy. So its rather helpful that Apple has recruited the former head of Burberry and Google is rumoured to be collaborating with Ray Ban. It’s no longer enough for tech to be useful, we want it to make us look good and be desirable too. And of course, Apple will be looking to come in with their iWatch and try to revolutionise wearable tech all over again. At least we can confidently say this revolution will be televised.