Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Voice is the new touch: Amazon fire TV

Last August, after three months of wearing Google Glass, talking to it and having it talk back to me, I had an epiphany, a revelation, and I wrote this post: Voice is the new touch, or in other words, in the near future, every piece of software and every piece of hardware will include or add a new layer of voice.

In the same way now customers demand an app with touch screen for cells and tablets, after experiencing this new come back to natural interfaces such as voice  customers will expect and want voice everywhere, they'll demand voice, and we developers will have to add a new layer of voice to all of our apps. 

Amazon fire TV is the perfect example of what I meant by Voice is the new touch in the level of a hardware piece.

Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality? I say both!

While the whole tech world rebelled against the purchase of Oculus Rift from Facebook, I rejoicing in knowing that the future of Virtual Reality is nearer.

In a clear bet to the future of social 3D virtual spaces Facebook bought Oculus Rift at such an early time and low price. I trust the Oculus Rift team enough to know that as part of the deal they guaranteed their independence and roadmap to continue in an accelerated way towards their goals.

Even when inmature reactions such as Minecraft's CEO started to happen, I stick to believing in Oculus Rift and the vision that Facebook is having to bet in such a future to be relevant in the future of how we live and communicate.

Augmented Reality, represented currently by Google Glass although not technically it, as well as Virtual Reality with front runner Oculus Rift (might be closely followed by Sony) are the two most exciting future trends in tech devices. Two different ways to compute, one by augmenting our physical reality overlapping extra data and the other by offering a substitute to our real life, a substitute that might become exceedingly better in some ways.

The old new issue of privacy

Since 1890 we've been talking about the need to legislate privacy in public spaces when the first Kodak Brownie Cameras appeared. 
Maybe this conversation has been going on for too long ... I think we're getting to the bottom of it.
Transparency is like entropy, it is an arrow that only goes in one direction. The only way to compensate for losing privacy is by adding more transparency, transparency on our personal lives, on our organizations and governments.

Which side feels more human?

At the end of the awesome SXSW Glass Explorers panel, we Explorers got together for a pic. Here are the two sides of the pic which really raised the question of which one feels more natural? more human? Could Google Glass help us get technology a bit more out of the way? Judging for this picture it could ...

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