Over the past couple of decades we've moved from the birth era of computing where the only inputs were the ones that fed in through keyboards, tapes or cards to a world of sensors.
As sensors have become increasingly accurate, small and cheap, everything from our phones to our cars has been transformed. I spent my entire engineering career figuring out how to take sensor data in cars and use it figure out what the vehicle and the driver were doing. Once we figured out what we thought the driver wanted and how the vehicle was responding we could send out control signals to make sure the car stayed on course.
A decade ago phones started to get cameras and gps sensors that could tell the 911 operators where we were in an emergency (or the authorities surreptitiously tracking you).
Those systems were just the beginning though http://fordfusionstory.com/latest/index.php/2012/04/09/the-2013-ford-fusion-will-be-americas-smartest-midsize-sedan/
Now cars have driver assist system that increasingly provide autonomous control before the driver can such as emergency braking, lane departure prevention and automatic parking. In the not too distant future, our cars may know more about us than we know about ourselves. http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=36728
As software engineers figure out how to combine all the signals around us, our phones will tell us what we want to know before we even figure out the question and our cars will simply deliver us to where we need to be.
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The world of mobile just shifted to a new contextual age
Read my blog for how significant yesterday's announcement by Qualcomm is. This is huge and will affect everything mobile for years to come.
Mobile 3.0 arrives: How Qualcom just showed us the future of the cell phone (and why iPhone sucks for this new contextual age) — Scobleizer
Mobile 3.0 arrives: How Qualcom just showed us the future of the cell phone (and why iPhone sucks for this new contextual age). July 11, 2012 By Robert Scoble Leave a Comment · Tweet. Google Now scree…
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