Headline Sep 19, 2015/ ''' REMOTE CONTROL & STUDENT AHMAD '''



VERY HONESTLY,  -I would have,  never ever  believed this story and happening, of Texas Student Ahmad Mohammad, had I not seen it for myself on CNN

So, I would be terribly repetitive, if I go through the details once again.

Since the President of the United States Barrack H Obama has  tweeted. I best leave it there and hope for many lessons learnt and incorporated for the future.

In an imposing townhouse, on London's Fitzroy Square, one guest is frantically jumping, but self-consciously facing a TV monitor, above which an video camera and infrared sensors are tracking his movements-

In 48 points around his body, then instantly converting his every twist and stretch into impressively responsive motion by an on-screen replica of himself. 

He soon learns, though, that his body has now become his remote control.  

A BUNCH OF TRENDS are colliding: 
Body-mapping software has now reached the futuristic  Minority Report stage whereby a mere wave of your arm: Let's you zoom into a map, or change a TV channel.

Face-recognition technology will not only estimate your age and ethnic origin, it also seeks to predict your mood. 

EEG based brainwave electrodes are starting to let disabled people to use thought to control wheelchairs. Then there's voice recognition, which even today ensures Google Nexus One Phone can pretty accurately transcribe-

As you are talking  -before translating whole sentences instantly into Chinese or German and then reading out those sentences.

 Microsoft's futuristic and next billion dollar play: a radical new approach in which your movements, your voice, even your facial expressions are the means by which you relate to the on-screen action:

We are, quite simply, entering a new era of sentient devices, with intelligent technologies responding reliably to our physical movements, our spoken commands, even our brain patterns before we start to move.

And that rewrites all the rules about how man relates to machine. Within 10 years Google would have mastered  artificial intelligence  to the extent that you won't know if you are talking to a person or a  'bot'. 

So why does it matter if you don't play games? Because all this tech is bridging the gap between our digital lives and the real world  -and in a way that needs no handset.

Remember the  Minority Report scene in which Tom Cruise waves his hands through the air to interrogate a computer database? 

Two MIT students, Tony Hyun Kim and Nevada Sanchez, have just recently developed augmented reality gloves that let you navigate and manipulate a map simply by waving your hands.

At MIT's Media Lab, researcher Pranav Mistry has bolted together a webcam, a battery-powered projector and a mirror to track gestures. Turn your fingers into a picture frame:

And the camera takes a photo. Hold an airline boarding pass and you'll be directed to the departure gate. Draw an  ''@''  in the air and up flashes e-mail.

Mistry calls the device  ''SixthSense''. Sure that's one more than the humans are meant to have. But if it helps out other five senses interact more effectively with the outside world, who wouldn't want an upgrade? 

Eradicating the game handset is just a small part of the revolution  -but one which starts to suggest how we'll be interacting with all sorts of devices.

'' All interfaces will become much more naturalistic and intuitive and it's not just gaming,'' said Ashley Highfield, Microsoft's UK MD:

''It's the ability to control TV through gestures such as hand-waving, with the system knowing that because there are two of you on the sofa you'll want different EPGs. Once a device recognizes you, puts you into the event, then everything changes. It's pretty profound.''

You can get a sense what's already possible by searching  YouTube for a video demonstration of Milo, an interactive  on-screen character being developed for Natal by British game creator Lionhead Studios.

Milo talks back intelligently to a real life woman chatting to him through the TV screen, he even reads her facial expressions to detect her mood. And although there's a certain  online  scepticism about the veracity of the demo's real-time action-

Peter Molyneux, the Lionhead Studios boss whose team is leading much of the the Project Natal Work, sees the potential as vast. ''It's not just motion control, it's vision, it's recognising you, it's hearing you,'' he says.

And goes to add : ''For me as a designer, I'm having to go back to school.  One thing that will be created by Natal, and I'll bet money on it, is whole new genre s of games [not] defined by controllers.'' 

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of America. See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

''' Healing Time '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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