Mirror mirror on the wall….Monday, September 5th, 2011 by Roberto Saracco
Few days ago I posted some thoughts on a world made of screens using the iPad as an example. Today I pick up the iPad once more (yes, I do like it!) with a news published by Technology Review on medical doctors adopting the iPad for their day to day work.
Take a look at the video linked above. You’ll see doctors moving around with their iPad, discussing cases among themselves and with the patient. All data are at their fingerprint, as they have been for some time now by having patient data digitalized in the hospital data base and having them accessible by PC in the doctors’ office.
But now, with the iPad, doctors can bring the information to the patients and the patient can see himself, his health status as watching a mirror. This “mirrors” will become more and more common, we will be able to interact with objects and see the information about them and related services as a sort of halo surrounding ourselves and the object (the Web 3.0 and the Internet with Things).
This is what strikes me as interesting about the use of the iPad by doctors. It is not a shrunken PC, it is a different way of interfacing with the world and this is going to happen in many other places.
I saw a restaurant where the iPad is used to show the menu, to see the recipes, to link with your diet from the restaurant table, to get information on the “history” of that recipe, to order and to share your feeling about that dish and its taste with friends via Facebook…
It is really going to be a world of mirrors, mirrors because in the world around us we are going to see a reflection of ourselves. And along with that we will have to wonder how real the image is, how many artifacts are there and how much can we trust this mixture of bits and atoms…