I will begin this year with a subject that came to me after a conversation with some good friends out there. I just hope that if they are reading this post they will find it interesting.
I was looking into the ideas of natural and intuitive user interfaces trying to find out what is the actual definition for each of these and how they relate and so on. After some search I expected to find some concrete definitions in papers but I was unlucky. I finally realized that definitions in such new domains are not that clear so I will attempt to describe them in my own words. Read the rest of this entry »
Elderly person using a smart TV
Why should people get sleepy while watching TV? Why shouldn’t a user friendly TV read our eye lids and take the courageous decision to either close or change program? Why shouldn’t the user friendly TV take the liberty to freeze the running of a movie to let us go to the toilet or alert us to go to the toilet in case we need to but are unable to see the risk? Why shouldn’t our user friendly TV adapt viewing settings so that we don’t need our glasses – a self-calibration of the presented images would allow the user to watch his or her favourite program without changing the settings.
So, the TV is a device that enables access to content but may also have decision-making capabilities. Access to content does not take place the way we have been used to: a child is not enabled to follow an adult film, same way as a manic depressive person is not allowed to have access to certain broadcasts, while a deaf person is given the necessary support through captioning and / or subtitling so that he / she may follow the program. Read the rest of this entry »
Mobile phone used as wallet
I started this blog some months ago looking at the shopping process and how smart shelves could become a helpful tool for customers with disabilities instead of just helping a company with their logistics and storage management. The shopping experience however doesn’t stop in the shelves. There are a number of other steps and today I am looking at the payment.
Usually customers in a large shop are going through the checkouts where the paying process takes place either in cash or using a credit card. In many cases, stores are also issuing loyalty cards to customers giving them special offers in exchange of the information they are providing when using the card. The latest trend in payment is mobile payment. Major players in the mobile computing domain have shown interest in the area of mobile payments with Google entering the competition by introducing Google wallet. Read the rest of this entry »
Stephen Hawking and his device
In September-October 2011 the Economics Intelligence Unit surveyed 567 executives from all major industry sectors and all parts of the globe, for their opinions on how technology would change business between now and 2020. The survey entitled “Frontiers of Disruption: The next decade of technology in business” was released in 2012 and is available on the website of the Economist.
Almost 60% of executives feel that the vertical markets in which they will operate in 2020 will bear little or no resemblance to those in which they operate today. 70% expect to see a high degree of convergence between previously distinct business sectors. Many fear that their own company may no longer exist in 2020. More than half of ICT executives fear that their company will not be able to keep up with change and will have lost their competitive edge by 2020. Read the rest of this entry »
Learning algorithm in School of One
In previous post about education one of the key factors for inclusive education is the ability to adapt teaching methods, materials, tasks etc. according to learners’ needs and profile. Either by having a co-teacher, a robot co-teacher, a traditional CSCL system or a teleconference based CSCL system the key factor for success is to adapt teaching methods and learning objectives according to students’ needs and performance. Educators need to know how well students perform, what are their strengths and weaknesses and focus on them. This means that the learning process has to be adapted for each student individually and the traditional model of one-size-fits-all teaching and learning should be abandoned. Read the rest of this entry »