HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
REGISTER   |   LOGIN   |   HELP
News
Electronics & Test
Touchpads Put In-Car Entertainment at Your Fingertips
4/19/2012

Fixed in an armrest or steering wheel spoke, TRW's touch pad would enable drivers to communicate with the vehicle without taking their eyes off the road.   (Source: TRW Automotive)
Fixed in an armrest or steering wheel spoke, TRW's touch pad would enable drivers to communicate with the vehicle without taking their eyes off the road.
(Source: TRW Automotive)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 3/3
Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Seems simple enough to use
Beth Stackpole   4/20/2012 7:04:37 AM
NO RATINGS
My husband has always had cars that have voice recognition (he trades a car every three years for work) and it's been a constant source of entertainment for the family. He's somewhat of a techie so he'd get everyone all ready to see how accomplished his voice recognition system would be--how the car would automatically dial grandma or find a cool restaurant along the route. The things that came back during the interaction were literally hilarious and never even close to the command he was issuing. I have to say, over the last few years, even though the voice systems have gotten better, those experiences have made him lay off using the capabilities pretty much altogether. Perhaps something like Apple's Siri can change the technology's bad rap.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Seems simple enough to use
Charles Murray   4/19/2012 7:43:21 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree with you, Beth. I think it's a better solution than voice recognition. If you have kids in the car, voice recognition would go crazy.

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Seems simple enough to use
Beth Stackpole   4/19/2012 12:52:43 PM
NO RATINGS
I think there's a lot of potential in terms of using scripts. Much like the old short hand, you could have a long list of options and cut to the chase with commands pretty quickly. I'm definitely very interested to see where this technology can take us.

PLMJim
User Rank
Iron
Re: Seems simple enough to use
PLMJim   4/19/2012 11:38:03 AM
NO RATINGS
I think the script idea is a good one, and it's been around for a long time. Back in 1983 I used a CAD system from Applicon that employed user-created symbols that you could define to do whatever commands you chose.

If you could choose what symbol you wanted to create (a Z for the radio, a C for the cruise, N for navigation, etc.), then you could customize your experience, and have hands-free customized access to everything.

That's what we did with the Applicon CAD system, and it was the most productive system in the department.

-Jim

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Seems simple enough to use
naperlou   4/19/2012 10:20:03 AM
NO RATINGS
Beth, I fully agree with you.  I think this is why voice recognition software for PCs has not really taken off.  I am sitting in a Starbucks (the office of choice for many, I notice) and I would not want to have to speak to enter this post.  I notice, by the way, that there are very few people with iPads (or other tablets) here.  Just about everyone has a laptop open. 

Formula 1 drivers intereact with their cars via the steering wheel.  These have become fantastically expensive (primarily becuase of the low volumes).  In fact, they stay with the driver.  A system like this one from TRW in a steering wheel could be an interesting twist on that idea. 

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Seems simple enough to use
Beth Stackpole   4/19/2012 6:11:18 AM
NO RATINGS
I'd trade voice commands for script commands any day. This technology seems pretty promising in that it seems, on the surface, pretty simplistic in terms of usability. The problem with voice is there is so many openings for the system to misinterpret what you're asking of it that it's almost a joke. This seems much more straight forward, especially if the commands are simple.

<<  <  Page 3/3
Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Eric Chesak created a sensor that can detect clouds, and it can also measure different sources of radiation.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Practicing engineers have not heeded Yoda's words.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Rockwell Automation recently unveiled a new safety relay that can be configured and integrated through existing software to program safety logic in devices.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
3/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
2/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
12/18/2013 Available On Demand
11/20/2013 Available On Demand
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 21 - 25, Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: April 29 - Day 1
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service