The Contextual Awakening

Rene Ritchie at iMore wrote a thoughtful piece this week about the evolution of the various sensors in mobile devices, and how rapidly our lives are changing as a result:

Traffic will take a turn for the worse. We'll glance at our wrist, noting we need to leave for our appointment a few minutes earlier. The heat at home will lower. Our car will start. It'll be brand new, but since our environment is in the cloud and our interface projects from the phone, we'll barely notice the seats moving and heating, and the display re-arranging as we get in. The podcast we were listening to in the bedroom will transfer to the car stereo even as the map appears on screen to show us the way. The garage door will open. We'll hit the road. The same delay that made us leave early means we'll be late for our next meeting. Our schedule flows and changes. Notifications will be sent out.

This is not as far-fetched as it may sound. While I maintain a love/hate relationship with the idea of living life this way, I'm still completely enthralled by it all.