The biometric fingerprint reader in Apple's iPhone 5s is only the start, according to David Nield writing in Tech Radar. He thinks that in the next ten years, things might look like they came right from a sci-fi novel.
Imagine taking a hands-free call without a headset, for example. Or feeling your temple buzz when you enter an open Wi-Fi zone. Or swallowing a pill that can report your body temperature and health back to a dedicated phone app.
This sort of tech is not a distant pipe dream: it's being developed right now, and could be in mainstream use more quickly than you might think.
Implanted chips and more intrusive types of technology might take some time for people to universally accept, but it's already starting to happen. For instance, the CorTemp pill from HQInc can measure your temperature and heart rate, among other things. It transmits the data wirelessly to other mobile devices. With technologies like these, we can spot health problems before they happen. Grindhouse Wetware is developing a small implantable circuit board that also looks at your vitals.
Google Glass can also be placed in this category. It conducts sounds through a bone-conduction speaker, letting you know about calls, notifications, and plays your music.
Security is where things seem to be at right now. But, Apple isn't the only one thinking about this.
We've already seen some possibilities bounced around various tech conferences — Motorola's Regina Dugan floated the idea of pills or an electronic tattoo as authentication methods at the Wall Street Journal's D11 conference this year. Essentially, you become the password.
It's not all pie-in-the-sky, either: MC10's Biostamp tattoo is built from stretchable silicon and contains very small circuits and antennae that can be used to prove you are who you say you are. Don't be surprised if you see it appearing alongside the iPhone 7 or Nexus 8 — one day, your phone will respond to your touch and your voice alone.
Now that people are comfortable with this security, it seems like body monitoring is the "realistic" next step.
Check out Nield's full article below.