A Home Where the Digital Wallpaper Changes When Grandma Visits

first_imgDigital wallpaper in a teenage boy’s room can change when Grandma comes to visit and the room becomes hers. Microsoft Home is designed to be the model of what a home may look like in five to ten years. It’s a home that has the elements of touch and gestures to to display contextual data on walls, counters and tables. It is an example of the connections between devices and physical objects. It shows how intelligent systems change the reality for how a room functions and people interact. It’s an environment that has a deeper relationship with data which in turn affects our preconceptions about reality.I took some notes using Google Docs on my Android. Gave me a bit sense for this house as I tapped as best I could on the micro tap keyboard of the MyTouch 3G that I find increasingly unsatisfying. The experience helped me realize that no one could live in such a house now if dependent on a smartphone with a poor interface. It would be unmanageable. The home is connected and managed by machines that use the physical objects in the home to display what the homeowner wants to view, engage with or display.For example, In the area adjacent to the kitchen, a picture cabinet uses object recognition to scan 3D pieces. The cabinet then displays correlating images that appear in window panes. For example, a souvenir piece of the Eiffel Tower triggered a search to display images related to a vacation in Paris. The tour went on to show a dining room table that doubles as a visual knowledge base. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I went on a home tour at the Microsoft campus in Redmond yesterday. I saw a plant with a sensor that notified our guide it needed a bit of water. The plant delivered the information to our guide’s smartphone which she then placed on a platter by the front door. The platter became a digital screen that displayed the news about the plant and other little things that people check when they walk into their homes.I rang the doorbell but no one was home. The doorbell took my picture. My guide saw the image of me on her smartphone. She was right there but might have been at Pikes Market. In this home you don’t need to be there to let someone in. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 3D glasses were provided for us to view art and other objects at a gallery that we enter seemingly as if we were there visiting.Throughout the tour we were accompanied by Grace, a virtual assistant that takes commands and performs tasks.Much of this home did not feel too futuristic. It all seemed plausible to some extent. It’s a reminder of the compute capability that comes with cloud managed systems that can control the experience and command physical objects to do tasks whether with people are there or not. It’s a home that I’d like to live in. But first I’d have to get a better smartphone. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Agent Viru

first_imgSaturday, February 19It wasn’t easy getting hold of Agent Viru after his knock of 175 in the tournament opener against Bangladesh. Just short of midnight, though, I received his replies to my texts. And, they sure were worth the wait. On how he got Sachin Tendulkar run out, Viru replied, “Coach asked me to watch the ball. How can I watch the ball and the other batsman at the same time?” On what it was like to bat for 47 overs, he texted, “Life-changing experience. Now, I know why Dravid and Gambhir have such long faces. The boredom of batting between overs 20 to 35 could make even Shah Rukh Khan look like a cow.”Sunday, February 20Agent Viru’s stated intention to bat 50 overs has sent bowlers in every team queuing for life insurance. One day before their first game, Mitchell Johnson told Brett Lee, “Jeez, I didn’t think he was serious about it, mate. Any chance we may not crash out before facing him?”Viru was not amused, though. “I am scared of Johnson. He is a smart man. We Indian players only open restaurants. But he started Johnson’s baby powder. I used it on my son’s bum when he had rashes. See? Both his bowling and business involve him spraying it around. How smart is that?” said Viru.Monday, February 21 I caught up with Agent Viru at the coffee shop of ITC Gardenia, Bangalore, where he was reading the Sri Lanka vs Canada match report. Without taking his eyes off the newspaper he confessed that for the longest time he had no idea that countries like Canada also played cricket. “It turns out that even Canadians don’t know that,” a deadpan Viru added.advertisementTuesday, February 22One day after the Australia vs Zimbabwe match, the Gujarat Cricket Association lodged a complaint against Australian captain Ricky Ponting for smashing an lcd tv in the dressing room after being run out. They are angry because they believe only their President, Narendra Modi, has the right to break unnecessary items like screens, cameras and the law. When asked about it, Ponting initially claimed that he was in such good form that he was seeing the ball as large as an lcd screen and mistook the one in the dressing room for a ball. Later, smarter brains got together and drafted the official version. Apparently, the tv wasn’t working and Ponting simply tapped the top of the screen to get it started. “It’s not his fault that he’s built like Khalli and the tv like Ajit Agarkar,” the press release said. Viru, on hearing of the controversy, looked concerned. “I hope Sreesanth doesn’t get fined for that smashed tv,” he told me.Thursday, February 24 “What’s common between India in 2007 and Australia in 2011?” Agent Viru texted me early in the morning. “Greg Chappell,” promptly came the reply too. The joke is now doing the rounds in every team. Word has it that the Australian chief selector’s special liking for middle-aged, left-handed batsmen will do to Australia what it did to India four years ago. Worse, Ponting believes so too and is said to have communicated some choicest Australian pleasantries to Chappell after hearing about Michael Hussey’s recovery from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the World Cup squad.Highlight of the weekPakistan captain Shahid Afridi was spotted thinking. No one remembers when he was last seen doing that.The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.last_img read more