No one can deny that we live in a futuristic era – drones, robots, 3D printing, and digital tattoos. It’s all very exciting! But there are two current futuristic trends which are grabbing the international community’s attention by storm – wearable computing and digital cryptocurrencies.
Since 2013, Google’s increasingly popular wearable computing device Google Glass was introduced to the world, allowing developers to acquire a prototype and mess around with its programming. The Glass device was tweaked and hacked, with thousands of new applications created as a result. At around the same year, an already known cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) had reached the peak of its value, becoming the most popular digital “currency” available.
Both trends are not without their controversies – Google Glass with its anti-privacy potential, and Bitcoin with its über-privacy potential. However, that hasn’t stopped their growth in both popularity and usage. One company in particular being the Dutch startup EAZE. Applying both Glass and BTC, EAZE has developed an app that’ll allow consumers to simply nod their head in order to purchase items, from clothing to food.
Using Glass’s facial hardware, once presented a QR code to scan, all you have to do is nod twice and your payment is automatically transferred. BTC is currently the only cryptocurrency in which EAZE allows, but that may change as more digital “currencies” become available. The EAZE app has already begun its beta testing phase and is available for registration on their webpage.
- Google Glass is a wearable computer engineered by none other than multinational corporation Google;
- The first ever prototype was designed in 2011, and became first available to developers in February of 2013;
- Previous designs were explored before Glass, such as for the military and the father of wearable computing Steve Mann’s EyeTap design, plus much more;
- The consumer-based product of Google Glass is slated to be launched sometime this year; and
- Current prices for Google Glass are at around $1500.
- Cryptocurrency Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system that was first developed and introduced by Satoshi Nakamoto in January of 2009;
- Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity remains largely unknown to this day, unclear whether s/he’s a single person or a group of people;
- Bitcoin became controversially famous with its relation and use with the largest online black market throughout the Deep Web known as Silk Road, and continues to be used for Silk Road 2.0 which can only be accessed via Tor browsing; and
- Bitcoin is now being used for wide international applications, with its current value per BTC being just over $444.