So 2014 huh? Oculus rift and alternatives and maturation continuing in NUI with kinect2 or new APPL / primesense offerings?
APPL and MSFT and GOOG need to start talking about replacement rear view mirrors in cars tricked out with peer-to-peer traffic management for crashes, integrated maps, tethering to phone for capabilities of that device rather than their replication in the system! screen display on rear view and / or ability to project from back of rear view mirror onto inside of glass of car windscreen / so to facilitate HUDs in cars which do not have them.
(like this but better and not for watching movies while driving?!)
Its not like we don’t just look at our phones now anyhow while driving. Of course we shouldn’t – but we do. seems safer in field of vision where periphery is viewing forward road rather than view of floor / car interior as user stares at cell phone.
MSFT + sign language + live translation – ability to produce consumer applications akin to gift of tongues for online media. Public address system with autotranslate to any given (reasonable) language, even if rough accuracy, enormously powerful. Enables types of societal interactions previously not achievable in real time. Important in societies with oral preservation of histories, diplomacy helper / cost reducer as opposed to live human xlate etc etc.
why are TWTR and Weibo not cross feeding and auto-translating? this seems like a prime space for inter-culture collaboration between US / CN, it’d be good for the people and 140 character blasts seem like a good thing to know how to xlate quickly from large rate stream pipe from either system. Perhaps no profit in it? Gov resistance from either end? likely. None the less, its too obvious not to be explored.
MSFT – Kinect2 is fantastic at vocal recognition. It can and is used in conjunction with VR headsets like oculus rift (I am so happy these are making a comeback in a manner worth half a damn, in 10 years they’ll look like snow goggles, contacts break, surgery will not be palatable for ‘cosmetics’ for 18-25 i’d say – worth risk of surgery for medically blind in 10 and on the way if we work it I’d say).
2014 could see some really nice setup for this. Dunno about the trackmill thing you strap into and run around on, in anything other than niche / dedicated play space. These things need to be like Kinect, without peripheral.
Oculus we can forgive because it puts a screen in front of our faces because we cannot do that yet with direct / reflected projection onto the eye in the consumer space at high resolution.
So we’ll put on space hats and look at webcam views of the world we’ve blinded ourselves from to augement sight of!
Whomever creates a collaborative minecraft style game that overlays AR projection onto real world locations / allows group graffitti etc. is going to make lots of money once these things around, if they take off and are good and ideally can be made mobile. damned batteries…
The security space is huge in areas like airports for HUDs on screeners. Technological capabilities of the civilian market will cause similar systems to be utilized by threat agents. It seems wise for the governments concerned with securing such zones to achieve technological superiority.
Home 3D printing needs to be more than a plotter that extrudes plastic of the types we used to melt in shop class to make pencil holders for dad’s day. Mind you, we can make functional guns.
Drones are always thought of as flying… why are we not focusing hell bent on sewer cleaning ones, and automated road freight convoys (like they have been in JP for years).
I’ve seen some community people involved in the civilian space – the potential is enormous and many untapped areas such as physical defense and intercept in law enforcement spring to mind when one considers coordinated swarm action and capability to carry varying modular payloads.
…In other XBOX ONE – need Office on my XBOX one. If not to modify then to present via an xbox one in powerpoint, using it as a projector. Smart glass stuff, secondary display for various apps blah blah.
‘Do your homework’ parental control mode. puts xbox one in mode where plug in keyboard / mouse and do work. plausible in apps VM? S
biometric health monitors we wear on our wrists as those techs that be try to convince us we need to carry timepieces other than our smartphones.
What the fitbits / fuelbands / UPs / LGs OLED one etc. need is not an extra piece or earphones (LG) that monitor heart rate, but that funtion occuring in the wristband.
the form factor is important, the bracelets are easy to see, distribute, size, and have a bunch of software core algorithms well written and understood (I assume) for the handling of the data as sourced at the end of the arm.
Heart rate provides a ton of information on biological operating state / disposition of the user actor. It has direct implications in medical triage situations (imagine first responders tagging patients with bands, which then geolocate relative to a workstation mgmt point via bluetooth, wifi or w/e for prioritizing critical care at the scene.
energy density a problem for heart rate monitors in the batteries? They have them in these new smart watch things they’re trying to peddle but those are large, over reaching (except maybe the adidas one) and seem unnecessary…. my bias away from a second compute unit with display screen on my wrist with no apparent real function aside, these things to date all have terrible battery life.
Another issue might be the skin contact area required for the heart rate sensor… but this seems unlikley considering the size and power requirements of medically used heart rate monitor pads – though the cheap disposables tend to rely on a gel conducting adhesive (unknown if conducting layer req or is for stickieness to patient). the watch ones seem to use metal pad sensors.
It’d be interesting to combine the data from a actor attached health / activity monitor with the data from kinect2. could an activity band be made that could operate in a different mode, to stream real time info on the user for the purposes of improving human / computer interaction or the user experience?
I should bloody well imagine so!
Parents are NOT going to approve of Jonny strapping on an Occulus rift for 8 hours a day… we need better parental controls targetted towards outcomes and objectives for learning and development of the player / child. Home work verification, feedback programs of gamertag info into education systems to identify and stream learning or identify career potentials (beats sitting doing those daft tests once or twice in school and them telling you to go be an xyz from your 50 questions).
We talk about the quantified man and blah. I’m certain there’s gaggles of education professionals who’d know exactly what to do with metadata which might empower them to inspire learners in an individual sense. To turn leisure experiential into transferrable workplace skill.
We must rise to this particular challenge. Our minds move at speeds now that demand it.
#snowden – sigh. The key that people like Mr. Greenwald keep overlooking is the why we do this aspect of government signal intelligence operations. Also lacking is a consideration of communications intercept in real time for the purposes of securing the safety of USA citizens, and for forecasting ability derived by analysis of past events and their communications lead up versus patterns that seem similar or odd to a algorithms combing reams of haystacks we worry about being seen.
The NSA does not care about your dodgy porn, as long as its non-criminal. They have had idiot employees who have spied on their loved ones, but I’d bet so has visa, or the police.
They’ve been infiltrated by a knowledge worker in such a devastating way that some say there isn’t even assessment of the totality of exfiltrated artifacts. We, as our USA government, have contracted out too much – and procure in ways that lend themselves to this kind of security situation arising.
Here’s what’s also happened – countries who’d see stuff and previously think ‘oh, neato, I bet that’s NSA doing xyz’ or actively help are now mmuch less likely to do so because of a perception stink bomb let off by a guy who worked at a place for 3-4 months before jumping ship to Hong Kong for a techno-traitor-vacation with a bunch of documents other folk wrote and he was employed and trusted to care for.
So how’s this going to impact who wants what from software etc and tech.
Well built in hardware encryption on SSDs, done right off thier controllers and maintaining your 500 MB/s r/w rates you’d expect, are available now in the consumer price range with 1.2% overhead on the encryption (versus ~13% on a non-HW accelerated SSD).
Western digitals my passports etc. have them now. Seems a good way to go. Work with bitlocker via hardware acceleration. huzzah!
GOOG needs to improve user lifecycle management automation for enterprises within the google apps admin console or associated tools. Much automation achievable now via APIs and custom code but its cumbersome to say the least and hardly inviting to the organization considering a switch. Google apps scripts are neat, the 5 minute limiter on scripts to be executed in the cloud is too low when performance in the scripts execution cannot be guaranteed (imo).
Document ownership transfer needs to improve via native tools, as critically does ability to categorize data in drive and secure it centrally.
Both O365 and GApps need to very strongly consider the security of their data and proprietary information. It must be complex to say the least when interaction occurs with the governments of many countries of the world, with differing views towards corporate espionage and rights of access to information which may or may not concern their citizens on online services projected by these corporations.
Users have become hyper aware of security in a way quite unlike that which occurred in the aftermath of the 9/11 incidents. They distrust the government and now have a pariah feeding them information via sensationalized media presentation.
This does not bode well for perception of government co-operation and collaboration for social projects, security purposes etc.
There must be protection for user privacy.
There are responsibilities of a human using any communications vector as part of a functional society.
Systems of communications are increasingly electronic.
On occasion the governments of the world may have legitimate reason to request that information privately held about a human actor be provided so as to assist with their assessment of the individual – typically as it relates to that individuals likely intent towards causation of harm.
Protocol for such interactions is of paramount importance, as we have clearly seen.
The process is NOT fair. The process DOES impinge on what would traditionally be thought of as ephemeral thought data and uncapturable without massive effort to basically spy on a person 24/7 live with humans.
Yes, we can probably guess at where crimes might occur on hot days by particular block of a given city if we REALLY looked at the data. That’s scary perhaps, but also potentially very useful.
We might also be able to educate out root causes of negative patterns in society, or better yet accurately target needed resources for our people for the purposes of improving the lives of the those that live in these places being watched over by big brothers.
Snowden caused hysteria. Signals Intelligence is a real thing. Sorry. Its not palatable.