Actually, I've been thinking that it would be possible to make a an actual working wristcomp.
A Raspberry Pi or the like, with augmented reality glasses/goggles. Gesture recognition, a small keyboard and LCD, RF or WiFi modules, cellphone and camera stuff, etc.
I've seen ALL these things in different combinations for small form-factor DIY projects over the last year or two. Imagine all of them in one package? Such a wearable would cover, say, half the forearm, but could be made fairly flat.
The tech for a useful wristcomp exists now. Voice commands/recognition would make up for a lot UI issues, considering the form-factor; after all, you'd only have one hand to input information.
If I were a Maker, this is the project I'd be working on. Get it right, and you could leave your cellphone behind.
(You could, unlike me.)
@thaj Well, since they don't actually exist, any usable computer on your wrist can be defined as a wrsitcomp. A smart watch could be even be, I suppose, though such gadgets are really stone age versions of what a Maker could build right now. Accelerometers for gesture input? GPS for location and augmentation details? The sky's the limit. Battery life could even be good, since you'd have the room to put down large ones (half-a-forearm).
@thaj And here's one possible display (Android compatible):
@lostnbronx So Raspberry Pi 0/w for wifi and bluetooth, some sort of eink display (probably impossible to find), a small lipo battery/ charging circuit, a single ear bluetooth earbud with mic, @jezra 's Blather to handle voice commands, and a 3d printed housing (probably out of a semi-flexible material. BINGO - early 21st century janky hacked up wristcomp.
Once built and actually used in real life, continual tinkering/upgrades/redesigns would be inevitable. How long after that before an actual piece of cool-ass cyberpunk tech was on your wrist?
@thaj Then allow me to keep pontificating!
Seriously, though, it only takes the will. The tech is here (more or less).
It's the fucking 21st Century! Don't you think it's about time our gear looked like it?
I mean, is the latest iPhone model really it?! That's all we get? I'm sorry, but that's entirely dispiriting.
@lostnbronx I mean to be fair, I think the devices are fine (assuming I can eventually get one that runs Linux, and no Android is NOT good enough). It's the interfaces that suck. I always thought haptics was going to be the interface of the future, but now its wearables. I think well finally settle on some combination of watch, glasses, audio to interface with a thing in your pocket. Or even better yet with your server at home.
@thaj People are working on DIY projects all over the place that solve a bunch of individual problems. They just need integrating.
The first couple gens of a wristcomp would be slow, and awkward to use, but that would not last long. Two years of hobby-level interest in this sort of thing would yield amazing dividends, re: a real-world device.
I really should have applied myself back there in math class...
@lostnbronx None of this really requires a lot of math, and the math it does require becomes remarkably easy once you have a context to apply it in.
I agree. I love making and working on these kinds of things but I often get to the point of thinking "but my phone can already do all of this". I shouldn't let that discourage me from the tinkering/making/hacking but it does...a lot.
@thaj That's like saying, "Horses are just fine; who needs a car?" For someone in education, that's a strange argument.
Phones have a severe UI problem. You might not think so, because you're used to them, but they can't compare to a well-designed wearable. (In theory, anyway; you could argue that there hasn't been one yet.)
People shouldn't have to stop doing whatever they're doing, just do do anything at all with a networked device. The experience could and should be so much better.
@lostnbronx I don't disagree with you. This kinda fits into the same space as the thing I was talking about on the last urandom, where I convince myself that I can be good at stuff without actually putting work in. I know both ideas are bullshit, but for some reason they are reflexive. I have to talk myself out of it. Character flaw I guess.
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