If your life is anything like mine, you may find yourself longing for a personal assistant. Someone who can off load mundane tasks that consume time but aren’t core to your daily objectives. Of course such a luxury is not in most of our household budgets, but what if your smart phone were truly smart enough to perform this role?
Justin Rattner’s keynote address in the final day of the Intel Developer’s Forum focused on context computing – making the machine more aware of the user’s surroundings so that it could best provide information and services without being specifically asked to do so. One application that is being co-developed between Intel and Fodor enables a hand held travel companion to proactively identify nearby points of interest, restaurants, and even make recommendations with regard to appropriate attire based upon weather conditions. The device utilizes a variety of “hard” (accelerometer, GPS, etc.) and “soft” (web searches, calendar, etc.) sensors to learn about the user’s behavior, tastes and preferences such that the device become better at anticipating the user’s interests over time.
This technology is intriguing with a great many applications that can enhance the user’s quality of life, but as is the case with most behavior altering technologies, there is a cost. Increasingly, our interactions during the course of the day are with machines, lacking a certain critical element – the human element. For example, if I were touring a vacation spot and didn’t have a device to tell me where to eat, I would stop to ask one of the locals where the best restaurants are in town. In doing so, I may engage in conversation and learn something new about the area and satisfy my basic human need for interaction with other people.
But perhaps there is a compromise. What if my smart phone could be my personal assistant and off load mundane tasks but then connect me face to face with other people when I am ready for human interaction? This is the beauty of VidyoMobile – making sure that your personal assistant remains… well… personal.
- VidyoMobile Demonstration
- BusinessWeek Article: Virtual Meetings for Real-World Budgets
- TechCrunch Article: Vidyo Bets On The iPad And iPhone for the Future of Videoconfering
- PC Mag’s Article: Video Telephony: The Next Big Thing. Again.