Today’s geek holiday is the perfect day to talk about our newest project. It is with a fount of excitement that I am announcing we’ll soon be launching a sister publication, WearableFOMO. My obsession with robots and wearables began at a very young age. Movies like Star Wars, Terminator and WarGames peppered my young mind with notions of a crazy computer-loving future none of us could comprehend. It never occurred to me that there was an issue being geeky or that other people would be resistant to the pursuit of technology. Until my whopping failure of a science project…
My failing junior high science project was for a “wearable” watch / computer. I took the band off of a watch and sewed it neatly to a pink t-shirt my Mom gave me. In my thesis, I predicted that one day we would be wearing our computers. Given what Hollywood was cranking out at the time this thought wasn’t so far fetched. To be fair to the teacher who graded my invention, I may not have done all of the supporting paperwork properly. However, what stuck with me over the years was the biting commentary from my teacher.
People don’t want a watch on their shirt. Nobody in their right mind would ever want to wear a computer.
I was deflated, but not dissuaded. I continued to pursue my dream of the future, eventually learning to code and doing some pretty cool stuff. Ultimately, my unwavering vision of becoming some type of cyborg was the fruit that bore my high school (and current) nickname, “Annebot.”
Many years later I have finally gotten my vindication! The upcoming launch of WearableFOMO is something I’m very proud of, something that’s been many decades in the making. There’s a conversation happening that needs to be written about. Wearable computing is far more than just the Apple Watch or the Pebble, it’s our future. It’s how we’ll check on our health, on the safety of our homes. Humanity wasn’t destined to stare at tiny mobile screens all day, we were destined to live our lives while technology quietly supports us.
It is with great pride I announce the launch of WearableFOMO in June 2015. We’ll have giveaways, breaking news, industry expert commentary and even how-to’s. We’ll also explore how companies and individuals alike can take advantage of this trend.
May the 4th be with you,
Anne A. Ward, aka annebot!
— NASA (@NASA) May 4, 2015