Technology is creeping more into everyday life

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Syd Bolton

, Last Updated: 11:56 PM ET

It's fair to say that computers are everywhere now. They are in our work cubicles and home offices, but they are also in our cars, microwaves and wash machines. What I am finding more and more each day, however, is that technology is really starting to creep into places I never would have suspected.

Let's start with "keyboard pants". Designer Erik de Nijs has brought together modern jeans with a flexible keyboard (using Bluetooth technology) to create the ultimate keyboard pants. You can see them here. And it appears to work. Though, a keyboard embedded into any other piece of clothing wouldn't be as effective.

The TowelHub just might be the most effective use of technology merged into something that many of us already have. Designed primarily to hold paper towel rolls, the TowelHub combines adds a USB hub to the base of the holder to allow you to charge your phones and tablets and also smartly incorporates a wine stopper in the top in an aesthetically appealing package.

If you ever feel like being a real-life spy, why not do it in style? This HD video camera is actually built into a pen. It's hard to believe that it can shoot and record video in 720P (which is pretty decent quality if you are not sure what those numbers mean). The pen includes 4 GB of storage that allows hours of recording. Find out who has been eating all the cookies in your home with this handy little device.

There have been a lot of advancements recently in the medical field working with 3D printing. In fact, scientists are working on 3D printed organs. It's hard to believe that something like this has even become possible, but it could mean a completely different standard of life for all of us going forward. There will be some resistance to this at first but likely the latest generations will accept this hybrid approach to our bodies since we already seem to be integrating technology into and on our bodies.

With Apple expected to join to the smartwatch market later this year (in fact, this article says it's already in production), the idea of wearable technology is moving a step forward. Samsung and Sony (among others) have already been producing these watches for several years and they are finally maturing to the point where they are becoming very useful. Apple will likely change the market even more and bring a wider acceptance to the market.

Technology is really heading into the kitchen more than ever. The Egg Minder is now "the" smart egg tray of choice. Well, it might also be the first. Have you ever wondered exactly how fresh those eggs are that you have? Have you ever run out of eggs because you weren't aware that you were down to your last couple? Worry no more as this tray tracks your eggs and their freshness with the smart app that works with it. We might just be going a little too far with this one.

How about controlling your crock-pot with your smart phone. Seems a little crazy, but there's an app for that too. Using WeMo home automation from Belkin, you can monitor the cost and usage of your home electronics and do incredible things like control the Crock-Pot from wherever you are. Cooking will never be the same.

When I first got into computers, I knew that they were going to become extremely popular. I knew that working with computers would be a good choice for me job-wise as I predicted that virtually every job in the future would require the use of computers or technology in some shape or fashion.

But it has gone beyond my wildest dreams and now technology is literally everywhere. Some of it is a little "cheesy" and likely unnecessary but going forward it will all shake out to a world of convenience and utility like none we have ever seen. We are just at the beginning.

Syd Bolton is the curator of the Personal Computer Museum and the manager of Information Technology at ACIC / Methapharm. You can reach him via e-mail at sbolton@bfree.on.ca or on Twitter @sydbolton.


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