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In the past few years, information technology has become increasingly personal and social and has made its presence very much felt. The emergence of wearable computing and other forms of empathic ‘things’ seems a logical further step: even more intimate, more human-oriented, and ubiquitous. There are more and more devices that count our steps, take our blood pressure or measure the indoor temperature, track our location or conversations.
We are witnessing a computer boom in terms of kinds, shapes and sizes – around, on or inside the body – that behave increasingly smart and link up more and more intuitively with man’s extremely personal and natural interface.
In the next decade Personal Computing will become really personal: inside, on and around the person with attention for the context of the individual. In this study we explore this development and present seven manifestations that can define the impact on business, such as the ‘quantified employee’ and the ‘body as the new password’