Keyboards going the way of the floppy disks?
48% of consumers surveyed by Pindrop Solutions expect that keyboards will be used seldomly in four years (2023) as voice technology becomes the primary interface for many devices. The study surveyed over 4000 respondents in France, Germany, UK and US. ZDNet
dis-rup-shun: Voice control will remove much of the friction of operating devices today in homes, cars, kitchens, classrooms and offices. Excessive noise from many people speaking to devices in public areas will be a problem to be solved by better microphones that cancel ambient noise and detect whisper-level speech. Just when the latest trend in office cubes is to lower walls to increase interactivity, it will be time to raise them again to muffle noise so that knowledge workers can speak freely to their devices.
Smart homes are source of terror in Chucky remake
The upcoming movie, Child’s Play, features the terrorizing doll, Chucky, who utilizes a smart home control system by the name of Buddi to turn connected appliances and smart devices against his owners. CNET
dis-rup-shun: Aw, Chucky, why’d you have to use smart home products? According to a number of industry analysts, a high percentage of consumers are unwilling to adopt connected home products until they feel they are more secure from hackers. Combine this with fear of AI-powered devices getting a mind of their own, and you have a serious perception problem. At least Chucky will increase awareness of smart home products.
Robot army perfectly synchronizes to move a truck
Boston Dynamics has created a robot army designed to pull heavy loads and, when perfectly synchronized, can pull a large truck down the road. Watch the video. Wired
dis-rup-shun: If you grew up with Star Wars, you wondered how anyone could possibly defeat a large army of drones of different shapes and sizes, all with unique specialized killing skills. Where would you use robots like these? In dangerous places like forest fires, chemical spills, shipwrecks, nuclear reactors — places where only machines should go.
Squishy robots can safely land in bad places
Squishy Robotics, a startup just emerging from stealth mode, is funded in part by NASA. The company’s mission is to create robots that can land from 600 feet or higher, without being damaged, then move toward a target. TechCrunch
dis-rup-shun: As mentioned above, robots can go places where people shouldn’t, and Squishy’s purpose is to drop into a dangerous place and measure air quality and temperature to detemine if first responders can proceed to a site. If dropped from high altitude, the device can be blown off course, so it must be mobile. Squishy’s geodesic-looking structure absorbs shock upon impact and moves by tightening some of the cables around its structure, causing it to roll in the desired direction.