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worn device

The proliferation of electronic devices worn by the end user on their body, and the integration of such devices including some (such as a wristwatch or calculator or even hearing aid ) that were never included in the term mobile device or cell phone, forces living ontology to use only the term worn device for all such devices. The MP3 player is also obviously worn but is rarely or never called "mobile device".

Since the term:mobile can apply both to devices attached to vehicles and clothing, it is deprecated except to describe the net which integrates all such devices.

capabilities


The most capable such device, usually the hub of a body net, is the PDA phone). However, other worn devices such as watches, pagers and cordless headset phones continue to be used and will continue to be used throughout the world.

Means to scan barcodes and RFIDs are also easily integrated using Bluetooth and other devices.

The capacity to manage contacts is also increasingly integrated. Phone services such as Voxable make such services available to wired and wireless phones both.

GPS capability is also becoming common, which tells the user where they are.

tracking


It's already possible for phone service providers to tell where the user is, roughly, based on the patterns of pickup of the signal from the providers' own signal infrastructure. This leads to some serious user privacy problems related to surveillance, and there are some geospatial spam "services" that inform users of "special offers" where they are.

biometrics


The use of biometric information for authentication relieves some privacy issues in case of a stolen device, but it raises other questions of privacy and of certainty, e.g. if a device is confiscated in a court case it could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone used a device, e.g. to buy marijuana. The incidence of increased enforcement of very unpopular laws might rise, as with driving speed traps.

Also, certain kinds of biometric data such as fingerprints can be forged and left given an accurate depiction of them. That said, the fingerprint is better off coded on a worn device owned by the user, than in a police database which is very easily breached for purposes of frameups.

evolution


Eventually the very personal computer will evolve from today's worn devices as medical monitors and more sophisticated software to manage tasks and perhaps even manage moods. It might be possible even to measure happiness and the impact on flow of various actions.

Many related issues arise from the deep integration of personal information within networks that are not run by the users.

use for open politics


Open politics itself relies on use of worn devices for live meeting support, candidate portal and journalist portals. openpolitics.ca itself now supports "mobile mode" for use on any PDA or PDA phone.