I know what you mean, Rob. It seems almost as if people were looking for an opportunity to be more introverted in terms of their communication, and less extroverted or in "real" contact with people. I personally still like to use the phone for some conversations that could be done via text message or email, and I have some friends who feel the same way. It's not necessarily a generational thing, either, as some of my younger friends prefer the phone as well. I guess it just depends on the person, really.
I'm not sure it's for the better, either, Elizabeth. One thing that amazes me is how quickly our behavior has changed. I didn't realize it would be that easy to change basic behavior like communication styles.
Yes, Rob, I know what you mean. I thought emails were a great form of communication, actually. I used to write long, meaningful emails to friends. Now I write short texts, if anything at all, or try to connect with people in person or the phone when I can, but that's not always possible with friends spread around the world. Chat programs are a good way to remedy this, but they then sort of limit you to short bursts of conversation. Things really have changed in how we communicate, and I'm not sure for the better.
I know what you mean, Rob. I think everyone does. I am guilty of doing that as well, and it's really so anti-social. I really feel like technology is destroying the connections humans used to have rather than providing more connection, which I think it was intended to do. In some ways it does allow people to connect more easily with each other if they want to, but in so much different (and in my opinion, less "real") than face-to-face or voice-to-voice allows us to. But maybe I'm just showing my age (which is approaching "middle age"!).
You're right about not needing one more distration, Elizabeth. After spending the last two years watching my teenage daughter looking down at a smartphone all day and night -- and being at countless meetings where I see attendees looking down at their phones -- I'm tired of being in the presence of people distracted by their technology.
Greg, i totally agree with you that although tactile pressure sensors can enhance or create the basic comfort zone in google glass for the users but the level of comfort or the requirment of comfort is different for different users or customers . It totally varies from customer to customer because of the difference of the psycy of the customer .
I know what you mean, Rob, I haven't really heard a lot of good things about this, either. But I'm open minded and think it could be interesting. Although I'm not so sure we need this much access to information...or to wear glasses that could blind us to the present moment. I think we already have enough gadgets distracting us from that and what's happening around us.
Comfort is an interesting topic since everyone has a different level of what is 'comfortable'. I like the idea of using tactile pressure sensors to help develop comfort metrics, but this may not capture all of the dimensions of what 'comfort' is to each individual. However, I do agree that this can establish some baseline levels of comfort.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.