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Steve Mann says he’s the world’s first cyborg — and that you’ll join him as one pretty soon.
“It’s kind of obvious that everyone is moving along that trajectory,” Mann told The New York Times in an interview published on Tuesday.
Mann, a professor at the University of Toronto, is a big figure in the world of wearable computing, which he pioneered in the 1980s. His most recent project is EyeTap, a camera attached to his face that records what he sees.
Mann believes it won’t be very long until the likes of Apple and RIM follow Google’s lead and introduce their own head-mounted displays. This battle, he says, will eventually eclipse the smartphone one that the companies are waging right now.
Commentary from Andrew Spong
Just as Nike is evolving from a provider of sportswear into a healthcare company, so the convergence of interests that the manufacturers of wearable communications could precipitate may see Apple and Google becoming principally healthcare concerns.
How can pharma and providers prepare for this disruption from such powerful new entrants? Or must they accept that their future success lies in partnership? Will future mergers and acquisitions in healthcare be controlled by the giants of technology manufacturing?