Five Senses and Near Self

What's Next In Communication Technology

Posted by Patrick Sheldon Wee on November 25, 2016

With all the readings, videos and discussions I've had for this semester in terms of communciation technology, the next logical step is, what is 'next' in terms of communication technology! Here are my two ideas for the future of communication technology!

Five Senses. What if you could communicate with all five senses?

Five Senses

One of the big problems of current online communication is the fact that only two of our senses are being used in communication. What this means is that when I do a call, I can physically see and hear the person I talk to, but not touch, taste, nor smell.

A new communication technology I propose is one that uses five senses in communication technology. This communication technology would allow a person to interact with a person using all five senses in order for the person to be able to see, hear, touch, taste and smell. This would involve for example, a mouthpiece that could help people taste things, or an odorizer which provides digital scent technology to be able to for people to smell.

This could be the future of communication where people all over the world will simply communicate with 5 senses through a mobile device that supports five sense communications.

Near Self. Imagine this but with weight and mass. Cool?

Near Self

Imagine being able to see a person just right beside you as you talk to them online even if they are really a thousand miles away. It would be super cool, to for example, be able to see your mom physically right beside you, even if she is back home.

A new communication technology I propose is near self CommTech which tries to emulate the person you are trying to talk to using Lidar (laser) data and colors, and then reproject this through Virtual Reality. This way, you can 'see' your mom or a loved one simply right beside you with just a pair of VR goggles.

This could again be the future of communication and technology, where people are able to bring themselves and other people to talk with a more 'real' presence.

These are the two ideas I have for the 'next' communication technology paper. I think both are viable, and there might even be the possibility of putting both of these ideas together. From my research, I think these are two new communication technologies that can be adapted. What do you all think?