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Wired Magazine tech guru predicts the end for tablets and smartphones

TAIPEI--The founding editor of Wired Magazine has predicted that tablets and smartphones will become obsolete as the Internet spreads into everyday products and people gain more points of access to their data.

Tech writer and thinker Kevin Kelly was speaking on the future of the Internet to an audience of technology executives in Taipei. He highlighted everyday objects with Internet capability, such as the recently unveiled Google Glasses, as the next line of products that will unseat the current dominance of smartphones and tablets.

Google recently unveiled a prototype of a pair of spectacles that connects to the Internet and displays information on the things a wearer might be looking at.

"Screens are becoming ubiquitous and devices are shrinking from our view," Kelly said. "The success of innovation and devices are going to depend on their ability to disappear from our lives. The ideal situation is that we carry no devices at all."

In the near future, everything from sneakers to cars will have computer chips that are collecting data on users and communicating that data across networks, according to Kelly.

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