In the January Mac Life magazine, leading tech bloggers and editors were asked to postulate about what the next great Apple product would be. The theory that made the cover was a pair of glasses called iVision by Michael Brook (the editor of T3 Magazine). In his vision, Brook imagines windows that translate the physical world into an extension of Google maps to our eyes, as well as windows through which our ears receive information in the form of the classic ear bud. Rather than having the power of the mobile smart phone in you hand, Brook postulates the possibility of always seeing through such a device as a window to the world.
Many cars now offer heads up display options that project visual information onto the windshield of a car in front of the driver. Just when we thought we understood certain simpler windows, they decide to add a level of interactability to bring the window up to par with the rest emerging in our world. The Wii game system sparked a desire for a window that can see how we are interacting with it. Windows protect us from the outside elements, but also provide us openness to them. It is now the task of humans to mentally and thus socially progress to understand how windows both give us access and violate sanctity. It seems like new technologies always have people freaking out about how to stop them, rather than how to appropriately integrate them into everyday life.