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Getting Lost Will Get Harder in 2013

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wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
1/2/2013 10:03:04 AM
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Re: Getting Lost
Peter, some recent articles on the Google glasses make it sound like late '13 or possibly '14 when we see a good conumer version. The will hane a RTM early this year which is at least 6 months before going commecial.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
12/31/2012 8:00:12 PM
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Getting Lost
Perhaps 2013 will bring us new "wearable" devices, including Apple's IWatch. Another thread mentioned Google's spectacles, and I tend to think that devices will take new forms - and hopefully help to assist us in new ways.

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
12/31/2012 9:59:08 AM
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Re: Someone peering over your shoulder
Personally, I'm lookng forward to the cyborg revolution. It will be nice to get an upgrade for some of these old worn out body parts :)

Besides, we have been augmenting human capabilities with technology since the invention of writing to augment faulty memories.

arv
arv  
12/31/2012 7:20:31 AM
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with so much information
Janine, the indoor mapping will help pinpoint the details to the accuracy of displaying "Cheetos", and as @wbalthrop mentioned the Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality project will make this techonology more meaningful... 

but then big problem that needs attention...

> will be storing the Tera-peta-exa bytes of information. Only the big players like Google can handle this storage requirements and rule the market...

> People from different parts of the world should posses same hardware so that tourists can use it. People from the local region using this technology will be less...

   

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/30/2012 1:43:54 PM
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Re: Someone peering over your shoulder
Haha, PeterJ, it's funny and true to call it an "art." Many people have figured out the fine balance between keeping one eye on the smartphone and the other eye on their surroundings. For those who can't master the art, however, there are actually apps that allow you to see the street in front of you through your smartphone screen while you're texting. I mean... I'm sure it helps many, but the day I decide I need an app like that will be the day I decide it's time to go to the other extreme instead and just put the phone away!

PeterJ
PeterJ  
12/29/2012 9:27:02 PM
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Re: Someone peering over your shoulder
Yes, Nicole - at the local university where I teach there is an art for walking in and outside of buildings wjhile entirely focused on the smartphone! Perhaps those maps have become a part of us by osmosis and we can operate on autopilot? 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/29/2012 2:28:38 PM
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Re: Someone peering over your shoulder
Ah, wbalthrop, good point about the augmented reality glasses and contact lenses. I had forgotten about the impending release of Google's Internet-enabled glasses. Yes that does solve the problem I refer to, though it brings us one step closer to becoming cyborgs. 

tbulone
tbulone  
12/29/2012 8:11:38 AM
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Great Use of Technology
I really like this technology.  This could be an extremely useful tool for assisting firefighters and EMS personnel with getting to an emergency incident, police with coordinating searches for lost or kidnapped people, utility workers and building maintenance staff with rapidly finding specific pieces of equipment, store managers with ensuring merchandise is placed in the "right" location, security staff with preventing theft of merchandise, and many other uses.  Staff and emergency workers that need knowledge of where a specific piece of equipment or merchandise is located can easily be given access to special layers on the map tailored to show the exact location of that equipment or merchandise, (say all fire extinguishers or all water valves in the area).

Oh, and getting a deal on Cheetos is pretty nice as well.

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
12/29/2012 2:08:39 AM
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Re: Someone peering over your shoulder
While I'm not a fan of the commercial aspects that this technology makes possible, this will help improve pedestrian access. In particular I would like to be able to give people who attend conferences here in Las Vegas a map showing where they are in the huge conference center, and direction on how to get to their next session, or a vendor booth. This can easily be extended to the city dweller with instructions to the nearest subway, the nearest public restroom, or a sushi bar.

As for the distraction of people staring at their smart phone GPS for directions, that's so twenty teens. In 10 or 20 years the phone will be replaced with Augmented Reality glasses, or perhaps even contact lenses. Like that commercial where a line appears on the ground showing you the way, AR glasses will simply display directions on top of what you are looking at. That technology is used now in football games to paint lines on the field, and even display virtual advertising signs that only the T.V. audience can see. With AR when you look at a sidewalk, you might see a yellow line indicating the path to follow to your destination.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/28/2012 9:20:05 PM
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Re: Someone peering over your shoulder
I'm with you on "unnerving," Susan. Also, did we need to give people more of an incentive to keep their head downs and stare at their smartphones as they walk? This sounds like a recipe for more bumping into each other in 2013. Hopefully the apps will also come with map imagery that let you know when you're about to endure a head-on collision with another shopper.

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