An even more wearable version is the smart watches. I am not sure how popular those may become or whether they are in mainstream sale but i am beginning to see them on ads. Google glass as well...wearable computing is very much here even though it will likely get better.
I doubt that it will be very many years before wearable computing is a major technology product category. To a certain extent, it's already here. Why is a phone not considered wearable? It's certainly a bigger form-factor than Google glass, but the only time I'm not "wearing" my smart phone is when either my clothes or me are in the wash. At night, it's maybe 18 inches from my head.
I don't walk around with a bluetooth headset always in my ear, but plenty of people do. Put a camera in it and you are just one step closer.
.. that we are finally beyond the mindset that the smartphone is all there is and will ever be in the future of innovative EE design. I think the future of wearable specifically for telemedicine is the most exciting, in spite of any potential legal issues. It's already here, in the form of heart monitors you can buy at any drug store, blood glucose and cholesteral monitors, ECG smartphone accessories, and the like. More of the same should hardly come as a surprise.
As an aside, I wear a watch and keep my cell phone off most of the time. Doesn't everyone do this too? Oh, I guess I sould add, is it just me or is this new EE Times format suck-o?
@Dylan: Nobody remembers anyone's phone number any more.
To be honest, I don't even remember my own cell phone number -- anyone who needs it has already got it -- I have a note in the note app on the phone with the number written down if I need to give it to anyone :-)
I worry about that too. When access to all the information you could ever want, even recognizing the faces of people you've met before, is always available, what will that mean for people's motivation to commit things to memory?