YOUR COMB IS A SPY
Can you imagine having a heart-to-heart with your toothbrush? Just like Philip K. Dick’s story: the character doesn’t pay rent, so the door to the apartment doesn’t want to open until he pays. Then the character starts to make trouble and bargain with the door, because it can talk. Or as they would say today, it is a “smart” door.
This “smart”-future isn’t that far away. Pretty soon, all the home appliances will start talking, and not just the flatirons that they’re always referring to.
It starts with plumbing that has a base in psychoanalysis, and ends with pillows that sing you lullabies or can recite the Feynman Lectures for you.
L’Oreal, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, presented a “smart” hair comb.
It is equipped with sensors that enhance the “combing technique”, with a price tag of $200.
These thinking combs have a microphone, gyroscope, and a device for measuring acceleration. If you are overzealous and start to harm the hair, the comb vibrates indignantly. “The built-in microphone records the sound of hair being broken.” I dare say the sound is more terrifying than a collapsing building or a car wreck.
Other sensors in the comb create a profile of its owner, locking in how the user manages their hair.
And to please those that are fond of their privacy, as well, this crafty comb shares its information with the app through WiFi or Bluetooth.
It’s clear what the next step is: the comb will start to keep tabs on you, take your lingerie, and demand money as blackmail.
“The comb’s security software uses all this information to assess the quality of your hair and track the effects of different combing methods.”
I foresee a Hollywood story: a spy-comb will ferret out all of the practically bald CIA director’s secrets, who hired a special agent 008. The film will end with an epic battle between the agent 008 and smart comb on top of Mount Everest. The comb is smarter than any agent, for obvious reasons, but the agent is physically stronger.
“You’d be surprised what so many women are going through because of the fragility of their hair,” said the vice-president of technology at L’oreal. “The most difficult part about combing your hair is knowing how much is too much. This can lead to structural damage of the hair,” he continued.
Nowadays, many companies add touch devices to their products because it is fashionable.
Next time I’ll let you know how the future will look. In the meantime, I’ll note that eye operations which are done by robot, and without human assistance, are coming not very soon. So if you have problems with your vision, I advise you to go to the best surgeon with the best team and best equipment today.
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