Smartphones aren’t just useful, they’re murderously so.
Smartphone penetration (1 out of every 5 Canadians owns one) has been deadly for inventors and mad scientists.
Consider all the devices and gadgets that find themselves unnecessary and unloved on the store shelves these days:
- Video Cameras
- Voice Recorders
- Portable video consoles
Electric nose-hair trimmers are doing great business still however (good tip for all you husbands looking for that perfect gift!).
Artificial intelligence is coming to a shopping mall near you soon.
Before long, this article in The Globe and Mail claims, the rich data that has been mined about you online – through your Internet habits, your Likes, your social media postings, your numerous online profiles and all that volunteered information – will be shaped into marketing technologies that can promote the things you like and even predict what you are in the mood for when you shop.
You won’t ever have to think about what you want. The technology will be doing that. You won’t have to carry the item. It will be delivered. You won’t actually ever have to go the mall. There will be virtual malls online.
You will be able to just sit back in your comfy chair and watch your bones gradually liquify until you resemble the humans portayed in the kids’ film Wall-e.
Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning but if I see one more bright-eyed comment about all the amazing things coming our way in technology I am going to throw my mobile device at ….some pillows!
I discovered this ingenious art installation created for Museo Nacional de Antropologica in Mexico City.
It’s like a giant lite-brite; a 45-foot cylindrical steel tower with small, resin-based Tlaloc figurines attached to it. (Tlaloc is the ancient Aztec god of rain). Inside each figurine is a multi-coloured LED.
Here’s where mobile technology takes over.
Passers-by are encouraged to text to a certain number and indicate their current emotion, either: Love, happy, mad, sad etc. Each emotion is represented by a colour. Love = red, happy = green, mad = blue and so on.
As the texts are received, a program groups the emotions in the order they are received and lights a figurine.
In essence, the installation becomes a barometer of the mood of the public at any given time.
(Images from Behance Network)
This may be your introduction to Gmail Motion, the latest technological breakthrough from Google that will change forever the way we compose and send email.
Using advanced motion tracking techniques common to the film industry, and capitalizing on the popularity of game systems like Wii, Google has been able to develop a comprehensive language of signals and motions read by your computer’s camera that replace outdated keyboard and mouse functions.
Gmail Motion evens utilizes an algorithm that can determine such things as exclamation and question marks by the look on your face.
I was skeptical at first but when I saw this intro video I was blown away.
Copeland is working to switch our internal email system over to Gmail Motion, which will allow us to compose more efficiently and keep fit at the same time.