A very interesting question came across my desk this evening ... what is the future of the Swiss Army Knife? The multi tool infamous for its utility, and all to often relegated to the pockets of boy scouts and adventurers. I took some time and really thought about what I think the SAK of the future should have, taking into the kind of SAK I am, and what I think utility is going to be for me.
Learn about my SAK below the fold.
SAk will follow the ultra personalization trend that everything is going towards. SAKS will first off be custom manufactured to meet specific customer needs and more importantly fit perfectly in your hand. Forget the features - it is all about YOUR KNIFE IN YOUR HAND. Using biometrics your hand size will go into the SAK manufacturing database and they will select blade size and handle contour to fit you like a glove.
My SAKs will have a bio lock preventing anyone other than me from opening it and accessing the features.It will be Wimax linked and carry internal flash memory to hold and select data. My SAK will carry my eHealth records, as well as record and catalog certain biological metrics.
Forget steel and instead give me 2 ceramic polymer blades (smooth and serrated) to eliminate the need to sharpen and save weight. Ditch the leather punch for a laser pointer, and a heat sources (think flame less lighter). Replaced the magnifying glass with an optical scanner that can access databases via wimax to identify millions of objects and present data about them via onboard speakers, mini projector.
An on board microphone will link into a global system of language translation programs and provide near simultaneous translation. Of course my SKA will come with a GPS geo-locater to tell me, and whom ever else I want, exactly where I am, and give directions on demand.
What is your perfect future Swiss Army Knife?