Thursday, November 17, 2011
Voice, face, or movement recognition is not new but it allows to develop awesome devices.
Movement detection in Kinect
Kinect was introduced in 2010 and became popular in 2011. It is one of the best selling game devices. It has changed the way we play games (playing games without using controllers). The users now are “controllers”!. Maybe in the near future, with this technology, we won’t need remove controllers to control our TV.
Siri on iPhone 4S
The idea of using voice for interacting with devices is not new but Siri is the best voice interaction tool we have ever had on a real mobile device. After Siri, many other voice based apps have been announced.
This idea is also not new. The basic idea is to put all your data on cloud automatically so that you don’t need to worry about the failures of data storages and you can access and edit your data anytime and anywhere. However, in this year, with Cloud Derive and Cloud Player of Amazon, and iCloud of Apple, the cloud becomes popular.
In the beginning of this year, Facebook integrated the face recognition into their automatic photo tagging function. FB can automatically find and tag people in a image based on the face database generated from previous images. The face recognition is also used in Android 4.0 for unlocking Android devices.
Google auto driving cars
Google introduced their fist auto driving cars based on Google Maps and obstacle detection technology this year. Although they have encountered some accidents and problems with these cars, this technology provides promising results for future.
Several devices having glassless 3D screens were introduced, such as Nintendo 3DS and HTC EVO 3D. Although glassless 3D is now not very good and can make your eyes tired, it may be an important trend for 3D technology.