“Human cruise control” may be the future of navigation, freeing us from latching our eyes at our smartphones for directions and, instead, concentrating on the journey.”
The smartwatch has been a first attempt by developers to bring consumers back to the world — it’s a device that allows users to glance at their wrists to see just the important notifications. If the smartwatch is any indication as to how the smartphone will be utilized in the future, it’ll act as a kind of hub for other, less disruptive devices.
Take the “human cruise control” a group of German researchers are working on. According to Rachel Metz from MIT Technology Review, who reported on the study, the device will allow consumers to focus on the journey, rather than their five-inch screens when they’re getting GPS directions.
The technology electrically stimulates a person’s legs to direct them where they’re supposed to go. If adopted by a wide consumer base, it would alleviate much of New York City’s sidewalk-rage over people stopping in the middle of the walkway to look at their phones for directions.