We know that smart glasses, which include VR, AR and XR functionality and heads up displays are coming. But what if those glasses could also look back at us, and especially assess our physical and emotional state using biometric feedback from our eyes?

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This can be a dangerous time of year as you head out on your holiday road trip. Road safety is imperative, and one of the biggest issues is driver fatigue. Imagine if we could solve that with technology.

My name is Graeme Codrington, and welcome to Throw Forward Thursday. Come with me sometime in the very near future where we combine a whole lot of different technologies to create a pair of intelligent glasses.

We’re expecting Google and Facebook and Apple to bring out some of these glasses, glasses that incorporate augmented and extended reality that gives us some heads-up displays and giving us information. And you could use those as you head out on holiday. You could have map software and directions in your glasses. But I’m thinking of glasses that are actually looking inwards, looking back at your eyes, which are one of the earliest indicators of fatigue.

You can see if somebody is tired by just looking at the droop of their eyelids and the bloodshot eyes, and, well there’s probably a whole lot of science behind seeing fatigue in somebody’s face, and especially their eyes. Imagine we wore glasses that not only gave us information about the world that we were in but gave us information about ourselves and alerted us to our tiredness levels.

Of course, some people will worry that we go a step further and don’t allow you to drive at all and switch the car off when the drivers fatigued. Some people might think that’s a bit of an invasion of privacy, other people might think that’s exactly what we should do. And if we could look for signs of drunkenness and drug overdoses and so on at the same time, maybe keeping those people off of the roads is a good thing.

Who knows where this could go? but sometime in the future, we are going to get biometric feedback that’s a lot more powerful than we can get at the moment, and that will influence our decisions about whether we get into a car and in onto a road trip or not.

Throw Forward Thursday, thank you, as always, for joining me as we take a look into the future and get excited by what we see there. And if you are heading out on holiday on one of those road trips, stay safe, and stay healthy.

I’ll see you next week.

 

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Graeme Codrington, is an internationally recognized futurist, specializing in the future of work. He helps organizations understand the forces that will shape our lives in the next ten years, and how we can respond in order to confidently stay ahead of change. Chat to us about booking Graeme to help you Re-Imagine and upgrade your thinking to identify the emerging opportunities in your industry.

For the past two decades, Graeme has worked with some of the world’s most recognized brands, travelling to over 80 countries in total, and speaking to around 100,000 people every year. He is the author of 5 best-selling books, and on faculty at 5 top global business schools.

 

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