A lot of the discussion going on at during Ford's Trends conference today has been amount smart devices and how they can all integrate and communicate with one another. During a panel discussion, Ford's John Viera and Andrew Hoffman of the University of Michigan discussed what the future might bring as far as smart devices are concerned, as well as general innovations.
After investing in Pelican's array camera technology a couple days ago, it looks like Nokia is on the fast track to add the tech to their smartphones by as early as next year. Pelican CEO Chris Pickett has revealed that the company's 16-lens array camera is currently be tested and will make an appearance on at least one smartphone that will release in 2014.
The Antarctic is a crazy place. The ice on the cold continent slowly moves toward the ocean at a rate of a quarter-mile every year, so establishing fixed structures isn't necessarily feasible. However, a new kind of research station that's set to open on February 5 has legs, and it can walk over the ice to avoid falling into the ocean.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently touched down in Australia to give a speech at the QUT Business Leaders' Forum - on the same day the iPhone 5 released in the country, no less. While he was there, Australia's 9 News reports that he took some time to look to the future and consider the technology we'll be enjoying in 40 years. It turns out that he's excited for the AI era to arrive in force, talking about all of the advancements we'll have made in just a few decades' time.
Google Glass is definitely something to get excited about, but do we want a world where everything is constantly connected through devices like it? A few years ago the notion would have seemed absurd, but now a future where everyone uses devices like Google Glass is certainly a possibility. A new short film named Sight by Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz examines such a future, and even though there are some exciting possibilities, there are also some pretty terrifying ones.
There’s been some interesting developments in the camera arena over the past year, with Nokia showing off the 41-megapixel packing 808 PureView at MWC and customers getting a taste of the Lytro not long after. How about a camera with a billion pixels? That’s what researchers at Duke University are currently working on, with resulting images containing extreme amounts of detail even when zoomed in.
Google sure does love its self driving cars, and a new bill has passed the State Senate in California that will set standards for safety and performance for the vehicles. Now that the bill has passed through the State Senate, it’s heading to the Assembly. There’s no firm timeline for when it will pass, but it should be within the next month.
NEC has today announced the research and development of a technology that would see users interacting with information via gestures and movement. The system comprises of a movable camera, projector, and displays, allowing the user to physically manipulate information and photos ala Minority Report. No traditional input devices like mice or keyboards are needed, with a demonstration showing photos being moved with just a single hand.
American Sign Language happens to be the sixth most-used language in the US and yet there are few options when it comes to bridging the communication gap between those who understand the language and those who don't. However, that may soon change with an interesting project by three engineering students from Cornell University who have developed a glove that can translate gestures into spoken letters.
Everyone is trying to find all sorts of creative uses for Kinect: 3D mapping, motion controls... but what about as a glorified remote control? Suidobashi Heavy Industry is building a 12.5 foot tall robot weighing 4.9 tons that partially relies on Microsoft’s Kinect system. The robot itself utlizes the V-SIDO system for controls, but the Kinect is used in the cockpit, detecting the pilot’s head movements and turning the body accordingly.
Just yesterday we talked about Evrythng pushing for "The Internet of Things" involving the digital interconnectedness of all physical objects around us, well Ericsson has long had an even grander vision applied to growing urban areas in what the company calls its Networked Society Project. Recently, they've delved deeper into this initiative with a new video called "Thinking Cities" to show the potential beauty of information and communication technology when deeply woven into cities backed by positive motives.