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Cognitive companion: Imagining the perfect smartphone

Posted: 14 Jul 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Jon Peddie Research  smartphone  cognitive companion  smartwatch 

As I get out of the car, the glasses (which are paired to my companion) have visited the social media sites and show me the bio and a photo of the person I'm going to meet. It shows me the company's org chart, and where she is in it. I can also see what her current projects are, and the last three she did. I blink at that stuff and then the string of emails that got me to make this trip show up, thankfully I never had to take my hands out of my pockets this chilly, rainy day.

Entering the lobby I take off the glasses and approach the counter, while bringing out my phone to show the attendant who it is I am here to see, and at the same time sending my information to his terminal. He hands me my badge and my smart companion quickly informs me that the badge doesn't allow me to go beyond the lobby, I guess this is going to be a very short meeting; I may have lost the deal.

I quickly review the email thread again, and my companion highlights the unresolved issues. It knew not to do that while driving here because it would have taken my attention away from driving. I suppose that's another reason to buy one of those autonomous cars that will be available next year.

The meeting didn't go well, and my client isn't happy. It's not me, it's the whole project, but there's nothing I can do to help. Back in the car, my companion advises me about the stress in my client's voice and suggests a follow up phone call tomorrow. It gets entered in my calendar, as soon as I say "good idea."

It's been a long day and drive home, and so I go to the local pub to meet some friend for a snack and a few drinks. My watch is informing my personal companion that my heart rate is a little elevated from the drive home in rush hour traffic, and maybe that extra cup of coffee with the client. "Thanks for the update," I say snidely. My phone's not judgmental about my tone, but I know at times it can, and should be. I like that, all of that.

Dinner and conversation at the pub is pleasant, and the hours slip by when suddenly my phone starts saying "Jon" progressively louder. Pretty soon everyone in the pub can hear my little loud-mouthed companion. I try ignoring it, but it won't stop so I look at it and it says, "Please take a breathalyser test now if you would like to drive your car home today."

It seems my tattletale smartwatch has been keeping track of exactly how many times I've lifted something to my face even more intelligently, based on my heart rate and respiration (again detected by the tattletale smartwatch) my personal companion suggests I start drinking water.

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