Over the years, size and form factor have defined the emergence of innovative devices people use to interface with computers. From punch-card readers to terminals to desktop computers to laptops to BYOD to wearable devices and flexible displays — the focus has been on reduced layers of interaction. The growing omnipresence of our devices of engagement ensures information is available to us where we want it, when we want it. So, have we reached the limits of innovation? Perhaps not. We may not even need to have a layer of separation between ourselves and our devices. We could be our own device — welcome to a new definition of BYOD. Let us see how.

The Google Glass app, which lets you take photos with a wink takes innovation to the next level where your body part becomes the device — a wink of an eye gets you the photo of your choice. This is a whole new concept of BYOD where you are no longer bringing your digital assistant but you become the camera. Get the picture? It gives new meaning to the term photographic memory!

This app triggers several other possibilities in my mind. If the eye can take a photograph, how can we apply the art of innovation to extend to other faculties we have at our disposal? Here is my list of initial thoughts. (This should trigger some thoughts in the minds of CIOs with a 2020 vision to innovate the planet.)

  • Widen your eyes to zoom out and squint to zoom in.

  • Move your eyes end-to-end to get a panoramic view.

  • Move your face to get the video in motion — with the 3D Video innovation from HP Labs, you get multiple real-life perspectives.

  • Twitch your ears once to mute the audio and twitch twice to unmute.

  • Frown to restart the app.

Most of us are born with the basic faculties that we leverage to learn and grow our intelligence. In a way, we are actually an excellently packaged set of infrastructure components that enable us to lead daily life in a coordinated manner — a Human Moonshot, shall we say? Humans have leveraged this intelligence to innovatively define technologies that we are now applying back to our basic senses to improve our own quality of life — the fundamental definition of Innovation.

The Google Glass app is breaking new barriers, forcing us to think ahead about exciting new ways of interaction and Being Our Own Devices. Of course, this app does require the Google Glasses, which is a device in its own right. But even this blends in with the artificial apparatus we have created for ourselves through eyeglasses, which is why it fits in well overall with the Be Your Own Device theme.

How about you? What other possibilities come to your mind? What are some of the other innovations you have come across that could be applied in a similar manner? Can you share a photo that you have taken recently? Wink! Wink!

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