7 Black Mirror Technologies That Already Exist
The new 7 Black Mirror Technologies That Already Exist technology below that mimics what’s being shown in the show “Black Mirror” will change the world enormously in the near future.
You might consider the sci-fi show “Black Mirror” a perfect glimpse into thedarker side of the future. However, some of the devices and apps you see in the series already exist.
1. Magic Leap
The Florida-based startup called Magic Leap is developing a device which incorporateselements of augmented reality with computer vision. A prototype of the hardware impressed investors so much that the company received $4.5 billion in funding from major Silicon Valley players led by Google.
Magic Leap is going to be a much more elaborate alternative of Google Glass and the Oculus Rift.
Unlike the Oculus Rift that projects different images to each eye that focuses on the flat screen right in front of them, Magic Leap generates 3-D patterns of light rays.
This allows your eyes to focus on the depths of artificial 3-D objects just as they would in the real world. An approach like this can provide a far more realistic illusion of virtual objects merged with the real world. The device can give you a taste of visiting “San Junipero,” a virtual paradise city featured in Episode 3, Season 3.
2. Microsoft HoloLens
Magic Leap is not the only company that delves into augmented reality. A headset from Microsoft is employing a technology that augments real world with holograms. The device is equipped with Microsoft’s custom-designed Holographic Processing Unit (HPU). It analyses all of the data from the cameras and sensors (accelerometers to detect motion and a Kinect-like camera system to detect depth). The HPU recognizes gestures in real time, creates a map of the environment, and ensures that virtual 3D objects retain their position in the real world. Microsoft HoloLens is another example of how rapidly the boundaries between the digital and the physical are blurring.
Veeso is a VR headset able to capture how you’re feeling through their sensor technology. The sensors track facial expressions and interpret human emotions. Users can transfer their facial expressions onto any character from their favorite games in real time. It also opens the door to creating advanced VR social networks where you can communicate with your friends expressing your real emotions instead of using Emojis.
The concept takes us to “The Waldo Moment” (Episode 3, Season 2). The episode tells a story of a comedian who performs the voice and movements of a blue cartoon bear named Waldo, a virtual character who expresses human emotions in real time.
4. Snapchat Spectacles
Sunglasses with a connected camera inside can record 10-second video clips that upload to Snapchat through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on your smartphone. A circular ring of LED lights up when video is being shot.
Although they look like a toy, Snapchat Spectacles take on a similar concept featured in “The Entire History of You,” (Episode 3, Season 1), where characters could record and playback all of their memories through embedded contact lenses called “grain implants.”
ChatLike.me creates a bot that analyses all your tweets and becomes your Twitter doppelganger. It posts tweets that sound just like you. Kind of.
The plot of episode 1 of season 2 is centered around a young wife who lost her husband in a car accident. Desperate, she starts using an online service that allows people to communicate with the deceased. Although ChatLike.me is far from being as eerie, the app illustrates the ongoing trend of automated personality development.
6. Pact & Bitwalking
Earning money for leading a healthy lifestyle is an awesome idea, isn’t it? The concept is already used in at least two apps.
Pact is more about not losing money than earning it. Users deposit real money into the app. Those who keep living a healthy life earn money from those who fail. The unusual approach gives a very productive incentive to exercise and eat healthy food. Another alternative is Bitwalking. With the app, you can generate money by walking. Users will be able to either donate the accumulated funds or spend the virtual money on sports gear and equipment. These apps take us back to the episode “Fifteen Million Merits” (Season 1, Episode 2) where everyone must cycle on exercise bikes to generate electricity and earn virtual currency called Merits. The worst part: you are constantly interrupted by commercials that cannot be skipped without financial penalty.
The episode “Nosedive” (Season 3, Episode 1) is set in a world in which everyone is constantly rating each other using an app called RateMe. As a result, everyone is trying to be awfully nice to each other. Because the higher your rating, the more luxurious life you have, and the more privileged you are. The number of likes and followers already measure the level of social popularity. Peeple is an app creepily reminiscent of RateMe. It allows users to rate your personal, professional and dating achievements. It’s a bit of a relief to see that the app was actually poorly received by the tech community.