Blog article
See all stories »

Sputnik: the shape of things to come

The bio-rhythmical silent haptic alarm goes off on your Sputnik smartwatch, gently waking you up during the optimal sleep phase. You glance at the watch to check the outdoor temperature and weather forecast, select the clothes to wear and head to the shower.

You press the Action button - the only one on your Sputnik - to switch on your coffee machine and multi-room Hi-Fi. You use Sputnik to select a playlist and turn the volume up before stepping into the shower.

Whilst having breakfast, you use Sputnik to switch on your TV and select the news channel. Back in the kitchen, another silent alert comes in - you glance at Sputnik display to see the "Water me, please" request from one of your plants.

After you left your house, the haptic alarm alerts you that the next bus leaves in ten minutes so you pick up your pace. Another haptic alert goes on when you pass the drycleaners to remind you to collect your shirts for the forthcoming business trip. You board the bus which automatically "checks in" your journey point.

On your way to work, Sputnik (which is Russian for a "travel companion", but also came to mean "the first, the leader") silently alerts you of incoming calls, SMS and emails. You wave your wrist to divert calls to voicemail, and glance through the list of email subjects to check whether the latest sales figures arrived.

When you step off the bus, you are automatically "checked out"; you will be billed for all your public transport trips at the end of the day - Sputnik will even buy you a daypass if that's a cheaper option.

You pass through the office turnstile by tapping Sputnik on the contactless reader. Haptic alarm silently reminds you about the teleconference call that starts in five minutes. As you sit down at your desk, Sputnik wakes up your PC monitor and you log in by pressing the Action button. You will be automatically logged out when you go for lunch. If you leave your phone on the desk, the phone will be automatically locked when you go to get some coffee.

In the afternoon, you head to the airport. Having paid for your taxi ride by taping Sputnik on the driver's contactless reader, you pass through the security and divert to Duty Free when Sputnik silently reminds you to buy some toiletries. With a simple arrow or easy haptic signals, Sputnik guides you to your departure gate where you present the boarding barcode which automatically pops up on Sputnik low-energy display.

At your final destination, Sputnik guides you to your hotel using the method of transportation you selected. On your way, local virtual SIM is added to Sputnik so that you can use a local tariff for outgoing calls and data instead of paying exorbitant roaming charges - your calls and SMS are still coming in as normal.

As you walk into the hotel, your room key is pushed to Sputnik via Bluetooth and you head straight to the room, tapping Spitnik on the contactless reader to open the door. You power up your laptop and press Sputnik Action button to log in. You press that button again to access your Gmail account.

Having finished your work, you head to sauna to relax, leaving Sputnik on the wireless charging pad. When you come back, you swipe your finger on the biometrical sensor to tell your Sputnik that the master has returned.

You put Sputnik back on, check the travel charges for your morning trip to work, set the alarm, and go to sleep. Sputnik automatically turns off all the alerts until the next morning (you may still choose to let the calls from your loved ones to wake you up). Sweet dreams.

Sputnik™ ETA: Q4 2013.


Comments: (0)

Member since




More from member

This post is from a series of posts in the group:

Innovation in Financial Services

A discussion of trends in innovation management within financial institutions, and the key processes, technology and cultural shifts driving innovation.

See all

Now hiring