Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
WEB 2.0 Tool
AudioPal allows audio input and my direction with it is to use this tool for my website Procloudenginneringservices.com for anyone to enter a request for services even with no arms(to type) or toes to select with (keyboard entry). They would be asked on the first page if they would like to use audio input yes or no? If the answer was yes all prompts would be audio and all answers would be audio. Someone with my company would interpret the data and one link provided from the customer would be a phone number. If there were any interpretation questions my agent could get them clarified.
Another use of audio would be for anyone that liked it and had full use of their limbs. It would certainly be a novelty in Engineering. Of course a model's voice would add intrigue to it.
Posted by Lyle at 8:38 PM
One of the Futurist’s proposals in the Futurist Outlook for 2011 that intrigues me is the prediction that we may be able to control robots with our brain waves. The robots will react to our mental commands and will do what we trained them to do in response to that particular command. My Ted.com video in this blog shows that measuring and using brain waves for object movement on a computer screen is being researched currently and because of that I believe that using brain waves has many possible uses.
The fact that research shows brain waves are useable for controlled tasks and the prediction that they can be used to control robots shows very real potential in the next 2-5 years at least as a starting point with more research achieving greater success and use of this new tool in the 5-10 year range. So if men are able to control machines with their minds they will see what women have been enjoying (control over men by their minds) since Adam and Eve.
Forces that need to be dealt with in the research of brain waves being used for robotic control include perceptual and contextual at least. Perceptual because currently it is thought that robots will replace humans in certain manufacturing environments, but completely replace them, not to be a slave to them. Just as in the 1970’s it was thought that Computer Aided Design (CAD) software would replace the designers completely, but was then discovered that it took a human to control the CAD system and in the case of robots doing particular jobs, it will still require a thought process to do any complex work.
The CAD systems since the 1970’s allow the skilled designer to make many iterations of part placement and connection and allow changes to be made rapidly thus saving immense amounts of time from a human doing the job manually. Major savings were created but not in the originally intended manner.
The second force to challenge the use of brain waves to manipulate robots is Contextual. There are many uncertainties as to what effect using brain waves will have on the person whose brain waves are being used. The complexities of what limits should be placed on this activity for the protection of the human and what possible problems could arise are also forces to be considered.
Posted by Lyle at 7:17 PM
Thursday, January 27, 2011
My The Horizon Report 2010 Choice
By Lyle Tompkins
My choice from The Horizon Report 2010 to talk about is Mobile Computing because it is related to my dissertation topic of Cloud Computing. One of the overall goals of Cloud Computing is to make all of a small to medium sized company’s data available anywhere at any time on any handheld device such as a smart phone. With so many Smart phones available and so much competition between Cell phone vendors, this future product expected to take one or less years is here now in its primitive but effective form. I can get my email and certain company data on my I-phone in most coffee shops and restaurants and it is sized for my screen when I get it so that I can easily read it. The best toy I have purchased in the last 5-6 years was this I-phone. I had a Nokia small just phone previously and used it only as a phone. This smart phone so far has taken the place of my Franklin Day-Timer, my address book and my GPS as well as has functioned as a phone with very versatile settings for different tones for different callers.
More than the Smart Phone, mobile computing is taking on shapes like netbooks, smartbooks, ipads and lately your automobile dashboard. Who knows what form is next – maybe your wristwatch if anyone wears those anymore. How about a shirt or blouse cuff? Maybe a shoe which is far enough away from your eyes that those of us who are arm-length challenged in reading menus won’t need those cheater glasses to see our shoe screen.
Posted by Lyle at 10:08 PM