This is probably my most-used text message and it is sent, not surprisingly, to my four children who are far flung and don’t always respond when I call. I give them two or three messages and then I ask what any good detective would ask: Are you dead in a ditch?
But I have recently learned of several new devices that could virtually beam me into their lives, something I’ll bet they would love.
We all know there are medic alert buttons and call devices for seniors so they can access paramedics or even remember to take medications. Some even look like sleek wristwatches.
But my idea goes further. It would go right into the devices of one’s child. I think “Beam Me Up” might be a phrase that’s already taken, but you get the idea.
Your kid is at college or at work, and suddenly his phone lights up like a slot machine. Wow-wow-wow sirens could be optional, but he would definitely know there was an incoming message from Mom, right?
He glances at his smart phone or Android, and there would be a lovely photo of his parent, waving their arms along with audio reminding them to take their vitamins. Or get enough rest. Or call home.
Better yet, we could appear as a hologram, hovering in the air like Princess Leia, only life size. Now that would be a welcome greeting, right? And we could appear in a board meeting, a classroom, while they’re on a date, pretty much anywhere.
I'll bet they'll have this new technology in no time. Every few minutes our phones become obsolete anyway, because smarty pants kids (who probably want to hear from their moms) are inventing new technology to replace the old stuff. This is just the brave new world that’s next up. And then we can be sure you’re not dead in a ditch.
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