Google Throat Tattoo
Here I can't help but picture implants and stuff as fairly massive, because anything that portrays them is usually from the 1990s or very early 2000s, and what was shown was high tech for the time. I keep forgetting that tech has advanced significantly beyond what I actually use, because I'm not only cheap, I'm a poor college student (for about 3 days longer). If that's all the more complex it is, and temporary, I'd actually consider it. It'd certainly cut down on wind noise and annoying people because throat mics let you sub-vocalize great.
I have this theory, that we're right on the edge of TL9 right about now. Every time I stop to think about it, I realize just how close we are, and then I forget when I go back to focusing on school or whatever.
We're not quite there yet, but darn close. Amazon has a 3D printing section, it has gone mainstream enough and is available enough, even if it's not particularly useful for things as of yet. We have rockets that can take off and land again, and maneuver, all using a single nozzle (all previous rockets required a separate nozzle design for every application, built to neutralize the specific frequency produced by operation to avoid being shaken to death). We've got working prototype super capacitors, and are just working on refining the tech down to allow them to actually be useful for things. Smartphones of course are beyond what even most science fiction predicted in the not too distant past, and practically ubiquitous these days. Nanotech is at least laboratory testable, instead of just being theoretical, which is still quite an advancement. Walking robots and powered exoskeletons are actually things, even if they aren't widely available.
We aren't at the future quite yet, but we're getting darn close.
In an entirely unrelated matter, I'm apparently terrible at tab clearing, and have nearly enough tabs again/still to warrant another one.