CIO Leadership, Applications

BYOD gets a new definition — Be Your Own Device

Reducing layers of interaction to increase Return on Innovation

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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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Mark Jensen 0 Points | Tue, 05/14/2013 - 16:28

My first thought is the use of Google Glass or Microsoft Kinect in business situations. How about using Google Glass in the design of a product? Or Kinect technology in manufacturing or warehouse management? Could I use Kinect in combination with a display projector to view a map of my retail store or warehouse, then virtually move objects around to design flow or improve space use. Once complete the design file is updated.

E.G. Nadhan 271 Points | Tue, 05/14/2013 - 20:21

Mark, I like the way you have extended the application of this device in real-life.  In theory, I do agree that almost everything that can be captured using cameras and video cameras can be integrated as enhancements and real-time improvements to existing designs in an agile fashion.  Exciting and innovative!

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Pearl Zhu 90 Points | Wed, 05/08/2013 - 16:33

Interesting perspective upon innovation, the emerging innovative gadgets do make innovation more tangible and enjoyable, and human's five senses well collaborate with device's intelligence, though the snapshot of photo could be only a wink away, how about insight or wisdom, could it be that simple?

E.G. Nadhan 271 Points | Wed, 05/08/2013 - 19:50

You raise an interesting point, Pearl.  Taking this innovation to the next level, we could have meaningful context be applied to the elements in the photograph to have a broader perspective on related images.  The data captured in the photograph can be informationalized to realize value using the right tools.  As Big Data states it, it is not just getting the picture, but it is really getting the Big Picture:

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John Dodge 1526 Points | Thu, 05/09/2013 - 13:29

I am assuming the Google Glass functionality will eventually be built into a contact lens. 

E.G. Nadhan 271 Points | Fri, 05/10/2013 - 18:39

That would be nice, John!  This would also eliminate the need to wear glasses or have a visible accessory to eyeglasses which may not be an appealing proposition to folks.

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John Dodge 1526 Points | Fri, 05/10/2013 - 19:03

I am also trying to find out if CIOs should care about Google Glass. Also doing a poll asking them if they should. Feel free to vote...

E.G. Nadhan 271 Points | Sat, 05/11/2013 - 05:07

Well, these are the types of innovations that CIOs need to care about if they are planning to innovate Planet Earth by 2020 -

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