Quick Note: Google's Sergey Brin Trash Talks Smartphones, Praises Google Glass
February 28, 2013 11:47 AM
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Brin said smartphones are "emasculating"
yesterday, according to Google.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who appeared at the TED stage yesterday, explained that smartphones don't allow their users to interact enough with the outside world, and even called them "emasculating." People walk around with their faces buried in their smartphone's screen and swipe at a piece of glass.
"Is this the way you're meant to interact with other people?" asked Brin. "It's kind of emasculating. Is this what you're meant to do with your body?
"When we started Google 15 years ago, my vision was that information would come to you as you need it. You wouldn't have to search query at all."
According to Brin,
-- a hands-free, voice-activated headset with augmented reality features -- is that vision materialized. Brin showed Google Glass off at TED, saying it's the way people were meant to interact with one another while still using digital technology.
Google Glass is being offered to early adopters right now for a steep price of $1,500.
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RE: Google Glass.....
2/28/2013 2:18:23 PM
You are right, it is a flaw. I never use voice command feature on my phone because it just sounds silly. Maybe if I really wanted to do something while I was cycling, but that is a far outlier case.
Voice activated commands wont' always be so primitive though. I've seen technology that can detect your voice commands without a microphone... that's right... it doesn't listen to you. Instead, it detects the electrical pulses that your brain sends to your body in order to command it to speak. So, in essence, you could train such a device (and your mind), to activate "voice" commands without even speaking... more along the lines of "mind" commands.
And this technology is far from invasive. It is simply composed of ultra-thin silicon pads with stretchable interconnects on a polymer substrate, which you place on the back of your neck. In plain English, it looks and feels like a temporary tattoo, moves and bends with your skin, and is waterproof.
When I watch the presentation of this technology I was simply amazed. The graduate students were playing simple 2D video games purely by voice command. They also were able to use hand reflexes to fly a remote control helicopter with the controls simply coming from their nervous system electrical impluses in their arm.
So while shouting voice commands at your phone sounds incredibly stupid today, don't forget that in 50 years we'll all be just as overwhelmed by the changes in technology as our grandparents are today.
RE: Google Glass.....
3/1/2013 1:20:22 AM
I never use voice command feature on my phone because it just sounds silly.
It's actually quite useful when you don't have the time or the ability to insert the information. Google Now is pretty much magic.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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