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Freescale's initiative will serve to broaden the horizon for touch screens, allowing the technology to extend itself into applications outside of the smartphone and tablet industry. Given the low cost, it could be of great benefit to the medical and educational sectors.
Many iPhone owners seem to like to play games with Siri, like suggesting what it can go do with itself and seeing how it responds. I'm guessing the second-gen Siri will be more innovative as far as how it replies to queries it doesn't "understand."
You've got a point there, Alex, with the problem of the machine "overhearing" a conversation not meant for it. Do you know how that is addressed with Siri? Do you have to touch a button first to get it's attention or do you address it directly? I can see it now: To friend: "Seriously, I'm not going to call my boss and tell him..." PHONE: "Calling Boss...."
Jack, now that touch is being accepted and widely deployed, it'll be interesting to see how quickly voice (recognition) will evolve. If you'd asked me a year ago, I would've said it isn't even on the radar. Now, with Apple's Siri, which I believe is based on Nuance's Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition technology, we see that voice is actually consumer-ready. So this means it will move into the business arena shortly, too. The scary thing with speech, though (aside from the technical challenges of background noise), is that you actually DON'T want in-plant speech recognition technology to be too responsive. You want to authenticate the user (not that you do that with touch-- their presence on the plant floor and/or access to the HMI panel is their authentication). I guess what I mean is, you don't want to voice recognizer to do stuff when a command isn't really intended. Like when someone says "I was so tired last nite, with I got home I went to sleep," you don't want it putting some industrial computer in sleep mode.
Glad to see this technology taking shape. I remember when I first introduced touch as the operator interface at my former company - a manufacturer of off-road industrial vehicles. Half the place said that it would never be accepted. Then, as soon as it was introduced, people started clamoring for this type of technology.
"Touch mania," as author Colin Johnson characterizes it, is indeed the order of the day. I can't tell you how much interest I've seen in HMI and touch-panel interfaces of all sorts at all the automation shows I went to in 2011.
Freescale does it again. I have some experience with the Xtrinsic line (accelerometer). This is definately a game changer. As touch screens become more widely deployed, the cost of the screens becomes a driving cost factor. With MS Windows 8 supportig touch screens, there will be a move to support touch screens on a PC platform without increasing the cost significantly to compete with tablets.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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