For a lot of time, voice has been the go to medium for enabling digital assistants to work for us. Right from the basic Google voice powered searches that caused quite a stir some years back, to devices that are always listening for a keyword to deliver to your commands – voice enabled user interaction has definitely come a long way. Which brings about an important question: Given that Artificial Intelligence and Context are evolving at gargantuan rates, what will be the next big things in voice enabled user interaction? Add to the table the heavy investments that Google and Apple are making in this area, and we’ve got ourselves a booming space for connected devices.
A couple of days back, I came across this application which scans your face and automatically adds dynamics – it makes you look older, younger, can add or modify your smile and even show how you’d look if you were of the opposite gender. A novelty app at best, FaceApp does bring about the big question: Can AI actually power the next generation of consumer technology?
Bots are going to be big in the near future, period. With Microsoft and Facebook already having stated that chatbots would be the next thing on their agenda for their developments this year, we’re heading into a world where applications will be replaced by bots and mini assistants – thanks to the power of artificial intelligence and complex machine learning algorithms.
Technology is improving by leaps and bounds, and one key trait is shared by most developments in the various verticals of the tech landscape: devices and software are now becoming enabled to intelligently sense the user’s requirements. Be it in the form of smart voice assistants, or even smart home devices under IoT, there is a paradigm shift in the way machines interact with users.
With the advent of Context in the app design fundamentals, and smartphones being designed to enhance the lives of the users in all ways possible, one thing is certain: technology is becoming more and more intelligent. We’ve already stepped foot into an era where app interactions and activities are no longer dependant on user inputs alone; applications are now equipped to produce outputs on the basis of inputs from sensors.
We’ve seen Context been applied to a plethora of sectors – all mainly pertaining to the technology world. Context is making lives easier by enabling artificial intelligence systems to sense vital parameters in the user’s environment and then provide results or outputs which might help the user. Context – aided with sensors within a smartphone – can give data to the user before the user even asks for the data. It is therefore no surprise that contextual applications have tremendous scope in the near future.
It’s truly amazing to see how far Context has come through the years. With the help of bigger spheres such as Artificial Intelligence and Deep Linking, we’ve seen Context being introduced to common platforms so that they can be accessible to the maximum target audience. Be it in the form of virtual assistants, or smart feature of applications, one thing is certain: Context is here to stay, and it is definitely going to grow more in the time to come.
Indoor Positioning Systems are generating a lot of buzz across various sectors, right from retail to workplaces to even hospitals. We are seeing a massive growth in the technologies involved, and with the involvement of big industry players such as Google, Apple and Microsoft – among others – things look all the more promising for the sphere of indoor positioning.