Our Challenge and Goal
The Information Age is maturely upon us. And much like the years following the Age of Industry (Industrial Revolution), our world will soon experience the detrimental effects of similar rapid expansion and technological development. As of October 2014, the number of mobile devices on Earth exceeded the number of human beings for the first time. U.S. data trends show the rapid rise of mobile device ownership in the wealthiest country on Earth (U.S. GDP $21T, 0.3 Billion people) has continued at a staggering pace despite conventional wisdom that American appetite for additional devices would stagnate by now. Developing countries with massive potential emerging economies such as China ($15T GDP, 1.4 Billion people) and India ($3T GDP, 1.4 Billion people) have exponential capacity and potential relative to the U.S. to continuously contribute to the global glut of mobile devices.
Recent research has shown Digital Consumers across the planet each own 3.2 connected devices. And this data does not include obsolete or discarded devices which are no longer connected or actively used (many of which are not properly recycled).
What will be the global effects when emerging economies like China and India begin the same rapid device ownership growth as the U.S.? And what will be the long term effects on our planet, environment, and people during this exponential increase?
The answers to these questions are staggering. First, many researchers predict the impending effects on global health will be crippling due to exposure to electronic waste, known as “e-waste”. Most electronic devices contain toxic materials such as lead, zinc, nickel, flame retardants, barium and chromium. When e-waste is warmed up, which naturally occurs in waste dumps, toxic chemicals are released into the air and ground. These toxic chemicals seep into groundwater and affect human, marine and terrestrial life and contribute to neurological and respiratory complications.
Consider the Chinese city of Guiyu. Guiyu is known as one of China’s largest e-waste disposal sites. Most workers employed there are migrant laborers. They painstakingly disassemble electronic devices such as cellphones, computers, printers, speakers, appliances, monitors, circuit boards, etc. Primitive methods are used in the recycling process, such as burning devices to extract (smelt) metals and separate them from plastics. These methods release harmful acrid chemicals into the air. The ground is highly contaminated by heavy metals and toxic pollution which has contaminated all local and regional water sources rendering them undrinkable. Streams are colored black and reek of industrial waste. 90% of children in Guiya are lead poisoned. The average lead level among Guiyanian children is 149, about 50 points above the level considered unsafe by international health experts. One adult Guiyanian worker was recently found to have the highest level of toxic flame retardant (carcinogenic) levels ever recorded in a person. These are the affects of e-waste.
While the U.S. is not innocent regarding e-waste pollution, the evidence is undeniable that our global neighbors are negatively impacting the environment and global health condition. We are are all connected, whether by air or water or land, and the hazards of e-waste pollution will be the single greatest global threat by 2100 unless we solve this crisis now. In time, there will be no way to insulate from these risks and hazards even from distant places across the globe. The environmental destruction and societal health impacts of one continent or country will be shared by all.
Time Frame and Scope … into The iDigital Age
Our technology will provide a global solution to the impending e-waste crisis for Mankind by 2050. We must evolve and enable our potential to enter a new Age, free of the crippling health and environmental hazards resulting from exponential global accumulation of e-waste.
Imagine giving up your cell phone, computer, T.V., radio, social media system, or internet in order to mitigate our e-waste crisis? In our current Information Age, this notion can be concerning for some people, impossible for others. After all we need our devices for everyday life.
Next, imagine you have infinite access to all these functions but without the hardware, devices, or bulky equipment. Access to all your information and connections with nearly zero e-waste. Enter the iDigital Age!
Introducing iHUD … the infinite device of the future. iHUD combines Augmented Reality and Heads Up Display (HUD) technology into a discreet eye lens providing the User with a state-of-the-art, interactive experience by projecting an interface image in the User’s vision. All of the functions of a smart phone, computer, television, camera, GPS with none of the devices to carry around or potentially pollute the Earth.
iHUD, by design, requires only minimal hardware for a fully functional experience. The main human-computer interface is via the HUD eye lens (biomechanical distributer) – this device displays the Augmented Reality image in the user’s vision. The majority of the processing power and wireless communication functionality is performed by a series of dozens of micro-computer processors housed in a sleek, wearable ring known as the Hub. Users can customize their Hub ring design along with the individual functions of the system.
Installing the biomechanical eye lens is no different than putting in a regular contact lens. The wireless lens has multiple cameras, projectors, micro-computers, and biomechanical stimulators to communicate sounds and volume with your vestibular system.
Your wireless Hub ring is comprised of dozens of micro-computers with the processing power to make 1,000 quadrillion calculations per second, also known as 1,000 petaflops. This unprecedented technology can deliver data at speeds up to 1.5 terabits (TB) per second.
To put this massive processing power in context, the fastest supercomputer on Earth in 2018 called Nvidia could only conduct 200 quadrillion calculations per second at a modest 300 gigabits (GB) per second. Nvidia, however took up an area the size of two tennis courts and required 4,000 gallons of water to cool it’s GPU’s. Because of recent breakthroughs in micro processor technology, our Hub device is faster and operates on a micro scale.
Machine Learning Customization
iHUD customization utilizes complex Machine Learning algorithms relying on a series of neural networks to adapt to your individual desires and intentions. During the initial setup phase, the User is required to “teach” iHUD how they want to open their HUD menu display projection. Some Users prefer a “swipe” action with their hand or finger to call up their iHUD menu, while others prefer a particular “tap” of their Hub ring to call it up. iHUD will also learn how the User wants to navigate through individual submenus and functions… all of which are based on Machine Learning concepts. Regardless of what the User chooses, iHUD will learn and evolve with the User.
Constraints and Ethics
Ethical constraints and future considerations include ensuring the product is made of fully recyclable materials – and making sure those materials can still produce the same results. Other ethical constraints include durability, comfort, and waterproofing for the user so that they (1) Aren’t creating more waste by buying frequent iHUDs due to lack of longevity; (2) Aren’t creating discomfort for the user; and (3) Aren’t going to harm the user with electronics in a wet area of the eye. Societal constraints that exist in this system of high concern are user Privacy – if you are having information display in your iHUD, it may be visible by people in front of you. This can create a hacking risk for the user if they’re dealing with personally identifiable information (PII) or banking information. Other societal constraints include the negative impacts of social media that already exist – and how that may impact societal mental health as a whole when it’s being display directly in the iHUD interface in your vision.
iHUD Main Menu
Your iHUD Main Menu is customizable and can contain as many or as few Applications as you want. Most Users choose to combine the Applications of their smart phone, computer, T.V., and camera. With your Main Menu open and projected, simply select your App with your finger command to enter the submenu.
Selecting an App in the iHUD Main Menu will open the applicable Submenu. For example, see the Submenu for the “Home” application below. The selections in this Submenu allow the User to manage home features such as security, lighting settings, appliance settings/control, and entertainment in different rooms of your house.
User Walkthrough And Task Analysis
Or scroll through the Document below!Future-Human-User-Walkthrough_10_23_2019
Frequently Asked Questions
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• If it isn’t possible to make iHUD out of fully recyclable materials, – make it have extreme longevity and durability to still monumentally decrease waste.
• Create specialized iHUDs for users with specific eye issues to enable use and allow better comfort (e.g., astigmatism, color blindness, etc.)
• Create a waterproof wearable contact lense and ring for safety
• Ensure different ring sizes don’t influence overall computer power
• Create a “privacy mode” like opening a private browser where other users can’t see into your iHUD when handling PII
• Create a “Do Not Disturb” mode for each iOS and social media application to allow mental breaks