Category: New Tech for New Media

Assignment 5 – Elena DeLuccia

With the SparkFun listed Single Lead Heart Rate Monitor, I thought that maybe it would be interesting to see what different types of music or specific beats do to your heart rate. When people listen to EDM music and go to raves, they get adrenaline rushes. What other genres could this happen in, and how often during a song does your heart rate raise? Is it specifically when the beat drops or is it the buildup, and what brings it back down?

With this specific monitor, it magnifies the heart beats even if there is enormous background noise, which is where I thought this experiment could come in handy.

Another idea was to see when someone with social anxiety has their heart rate elevated to determine a possible medication or coping mechanism plan.

Minkewicz Vision Paper

Sarah Minkewicz

New Tech for New Media final paper

The Rise of Alexa 3000

It’s the year 2050 and if you think you could pick up a newspaper and coffee and be on your way you’re wrong. Not that you would mind much anyways because people haven’t been reading on paper for quite some time now. Besides was it ever really efficient to carry both your coffee and a paper while walking and reading? Probably not.

Every one and everything uses technology and with Alexa 3000 that’s all you need.

The first model came out a few years ago, and at first I was unsure if I wanted to make the investment in one. Amazon was still working out some technical problems with the model, and to be honest it was a little out of my price range. Total cost of $1,000 and you had to pay an annual fine of $150 a year for software updates. It all seemed excessive to me. However, more and more people were purchasing them. So I made the investment.

Morning routines are typically planned out with a specific schedule. Watching or reading news stories in the morning can help people catch up with the latest stories and add talking points throughout the day, but the opportunity to sit down to absorb the news is something that busy Americans cannot afford and this is where technology comes in.

Contrary to the iconic, traditional image of the average American family sitting down to eat breakfast together, mothers and fathers are busier than ever and in this day and age unrealistic. Morning is not the time of day when people browse through the newspaper or have a living room discussion about current events; morning is an overload.

Responsive AI devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa 300, brings the news back into one’s morning with no real delays or changes to the typical morning routine, and I’ll talk about the consequences of this a little later.

These devices can load and display top stories and current events with a simple, “Show me today’s news” command. Amazon’s Alexa 3000 can even play audio recordings of news stories or live streams of some news services.

Convenience is key with Al, and these devices are certainly convenient for the hectic schedules of most Americans.

So your probably wondering how any of this is even possible? Well, Alexa 3000 uses sensors to track EVERYTHING. What people are saying and when they’re saying it, and what news is going on the second it happens. Eliminating any news job that ever was. We no longer turn on the T.V. if a natural disaster occurs you can turn to Alexa and ask her what’s going on and she will give you a full report right then and there. Most importantly it’s accurate. With all this debate about fake news, Amazon thought it was important to invest in technology that would eliminate this stigma that comes around with sharing information. They nailed it. Unfortunately they took my job out in that process. Did I forget to mention that’s why I didn’t want to invest in this technology?

I never thought a piece of technology would be able to effectively tell stories the way newsmakers can. After all, a T.V. reporter has to interview, shoot and write most news stories. But this technology allows Alexa 3000 to already see everything that’s happening and capture it. The technology is even able to get interviews with those involved in the events and stories, most of whom are willing to talk anyways. Many of them expressed relief in talking to a piece of technology then a person, because like almost everyone, they also owned an Alexa 3000.

As I mentioned before, this technology provides a service that people can rely on for information. However, relying on that convenience impacts journalism in traditional media sources. If someone chooses to consume news stories through an AI service in the morning, that individual may decide not to turn on the local news station after returning from work. Moreover, continued reliance on an AI device’s service may breed familiarity and fondness for that specific style. Similar to how people may grow to love their station’s news anchors and reporters, Alexa 3000 is now that fond, familiar voice–ready to report on the latest news at any moment the user requests it. If you didn’t grow up with this type of technology, you might find yourself like me and think this whole thing is weird. However, it’s now the norm and something even I have to get used to.

Let’s switch gears and take a little bit about how this technology functions. So when you want to know something you basically ask Alexa 3000 and she projects all the information for you in a virtual screen that you can interact with. Here you’re able to read articles, watch news stories, and see what others on social media are saying. We no longer need the service of a reporter or journalist, and because of that those jobs and mine are no more.

I’ve considered working for the giant corporation Amazon, but I’m so bitter about how everything turned out I’m not sure I can. Plus I would have to go back to school and learn a whole new skill set. I’m torn.

So here I am jobless, and clueless. Others have found the transition to be a smooth one, Mainly those working in the government and technology. Those two go hand in hand nowadays. There are even laws being passed that force you to own an Alexa 3000 otherwise you can face multiple fines and jail time until you do. One for each household, that’s the rule. Crazy to think that something that started as a feature to help male like become more simple would turn into something that’s more involved in your life than anything else. The argument is that it makes life easier, and yes it does, but when is it too much? To have technology listening to your every word and following your every move and not having control of that is toomuch in my opinion. There’s even an Alexa 3000 in public bathrooms!! I mean come on that’s over kill. I mean it knows when you’re in the bathroom at home so I suppose it’s not different. What information can you possible gain and use from that? To each their own I guess.

The other day I was having a conversation with my mother about why she favors Alexa 3000 and she made some valid points. She needs help getting ready in the morning, and because Alexa 3000 is a full on person pretty much, it’s able to help my mom get dressed and ready for the day. It also helps my mom with grocery shopping and balancing her checkbook, weird concept right? These small tasks take a lot of pressure off of my mom who sometimes can’t remember where she left her car keys. Oh did I mention Alexa 3000 drives my mom to the store as well. I guess without this technology my mom would have to relay on her children and family members to help her with these basic needs. This is something her children can’t do for her because everyone of her five children live in different countries and aren’t able to move because of their jobs. That I can get and I agreed with her, and just for the record I was in town visiting so don’t think of me as someone who can’t help my own mother… Even though now that I’m unemployed I can… Alright maybe I should rethink some life choices. All in all though she’s pretty comfortable with her set up and I think at this point she’s very used to it. I could always ask her if she’d want my help but I think she’s turn my offer down giving me some reason that the technology is more efficient and can do anything I can do better and faster. She’s most likely right about that. Even my own Alexa 3000 runs my errands that I either don’t want to do or find I don’t have enough time to do myself. Who am I to argue with my mom about something that even I do myself? Seems kind of pointless because with all the points she made, she’s very much right. We are all reliable on this technology to get us through the day and without it we would feel completely lost.

I can see this technology continuing to take over more and more careers. As well as completing every day tasks effortlessly. While I see the benefits to investing in this technology I can’t help but miss those days where we as people were more independent and worked for many of the things we wanted. Where we took the time to research what was going on in the world and come up with our own opinions and conclusions. Not have a piece of machinery constantly feed us information that we have to take at face value because we don’t have any other choice. We were once thinkers and innovators and go doers and that’s been washed down quite a bit. Is efficiency worth it if it means sacrificing those basic human instincts to be curious and learn more? I don’t think so.

This concludes my rant. I’m going to go job hunt now.



Vision Paper – Elena DeLuccia

Sleeping used to be so easy before the project. It’s supposed to change everything. I didn’t know what to expect when I signed on; most of us just needed the money – I know I did. It sounded like a luxury, too. All this power at the blink of an eye, literally. It seems, however, that we might have taken on a bit more than we were capable of.

It’s been about a month since I became a part of the project. They offered a bi-monthly pay of $11,000 to a dozen individuals who had the proper amounts of time, intelligence and stability. We will get our pay once we’ve spent two months following the instructions to a tea, and reporting all of our experiences. Other than that, we simply live our lives. I haven’t seen the others since we got implanted. We met, talked about how intrigued we were, danced around our hesitance, and exchanged contact information, in case the manual confused us. They told us that the manual will get smaller the more reports the test subjects give. We’ll be the ones to figure out the tricks to making it work. The manual now consists of pages upon pages of the neurological make-up of each section of the brain. Which neurons are supposed to fire where, what they mean, why they might do the things they do, and how we know it all. After this month, I’ll have only scanned a few pages at random. There are no guides in the manual about what to do when your intrusive thoughts kick in and lead you to videos or articles of someone driving off a bridge, or punching someone in an office.

Every thought needs to be controlled lest the computer catch on to that specific thought and bring you to some obscure part of the internet. I’ve unintentionally watched countless videos of people on bicycles crashing into things because when I see someone riding a bike I think: Hey, what if they just hit a patch of sand and ate shit. Lo-and-behold, hundreds of videos, articles, pictures, of hysterical and/or horrifying bicycle accidents. There are also, of course, the contacts that pop up. Aunt Sandy, Shithead, Patches Barber Shop. Aunt Sandy is the hardest to get off the phone. Shithead is an old boyfriend of mine whose number I was never ready to get rid of. He doesn’t ask too many questions when I accidentally call him since I’ve done it a fair few times. The first time I ever called him was the day I got home from the implantation. I explained to him the project so he wouldn’t think I was just the creep who calls their ex-boyfriend two years after last speaking. I had been spreading mustard on a sandwich wondering how much mustard a person would have to eat before their shit turned yellow. Then I thought about how disgusting it was that I always have involuntary thoughts about shit running around my head, following which, the ringing began. I reached to my back pocket for my phone which wasn’t there anymore. They took everything I had on my phone and transferred it to the chip, so it would feel the same: photos, videos, saved web pages, games, contacts, apps. I still technically owned a phone, it was just in my head. The ringing continued and I realized I had made a phone call, not knowing to whom.

“Hello? Hello? Devin? Why did you call me? Hello?” He took no time between each question, breathlessly moving from one to the next. I rolled my eyes and hoped that this wouldn’t trigger some Google search for ‘irritated looks’ or ‘sarcastic responses’. His voice sounded from the inside of my ears. It felt as though someone was whispering into my ear from behind, the sound circulating like wind through a tunnel deep within in my ear canal; I almost felt the sensation of breath down my neck, but there was no one around. What’s most unsettling was that I could have just as easily been having a conversation with myself. I had to constantly remind myself that he was real, and hearing me too.

“Yeah, um, hi. Sorry I didn’t mean to dial you.” No one said anything for a moment.

“The last time I checked you had me in your phone as ‘shithead’. How do you ‘accidentally’ dial shithead?”

“It’s just this whole thing. I’m sorry. I’ll go.”

“Okay, bye.”

Hang up, I thought, but I still heard the buzz of sound from the other line. Hang up. I thought louder, but still the buzz, and a few quiet breaths. I wondered why he hadn’t hung up yet. I began to blink ferociously and shake my head back and forth to get the phone call to end.

“Dev? Are you still there?”

“Sorry yeah. I don’t know how to hang up so can you please?”

“New phone?”

And so began the conversation where I explained to him everything. How I was selected out of hundreds of applicants to have a chip inserted into my brain that would pick up the electrical impulses from my neurons as they fired. The chip has all the capabilities of a computer; I, and the 11 other people selected, simply had to learn how to control it. The research goal is to get our thoughts organized enough to control an entire computer with our brains, thus giving us limitless knowledge and constant access to the rest of the world. Someday, the chip will hopefully sell with the ferocity that the iPhone does.

We talked about how he was my first phone call. How it was triggered by an uncontrolled thought about shit. He asked me to tell him what the 62nd number of pi was and what the capital of Uzbekistan is, two things he was positive I didn’t have in my repertoire of knowledge. It didn’t take long for me to figure out how to conduct a proper Google search in my head. Some thoughts are louder than others. I can close my eyes and see that the capital of Uzbekistan is Tashkent, and its neighboring cities are Urtaaul to the west, and Yalangach to the northeast. I’ve even mastered conducting these searches with my eyes open, although I haven’t yet learned how to focus on the person I’m talking to and conduct a search at the same time. Everyone now knows that I’m scrolling through Facebook or Twitter when I check out of a conversation. Last week I visited my parents to update them on the progress I was making with the chip. My dad raved about the government’s involvement in my thoughts and how this was the stupidest decision I had ever made. My mom still wants to talk to me about work and how my life is going. While my mother tries to explain to me the plot of the most recent book she’s read and my father tries to talk over her about the government knowing when I’m watching porn, I find something else to do.

“… but only in the third act of the book does she realize that he was poisoning their daughter all along and that’s why he stayed…”

“… every time you’re doing nasty things to yourself the government knows it because they’re probably off somewhere checking your temperature and sperm count…”

I’m already logged in. I can still hear my parents talking, but it’s just like looking down at your phone and honing-in on whatever you have pulled up on your screen. It’s easier to pay attention to that.

“Nadine just give me a second to talk to the boy.”

“He’s heard it all before Alan just let me tell him about my damn book.”

I’m staring intently into my mother’s eyes as she talks giving her the idea that I’m engaged in her words but I’m looking at the most recent engagement picture on new news feed. Samantha Litto got engaged to this huge man with a perfect beer belly despite his young age of 27. The picture is of them on a boat standing next to each other, him pointing to her hand and her holding out her ring finger prominently. The bottom of her fiancé’s hairy belly is poking out of his t-shirt and I’m disgusted by it.

“I know, terrible, right? Guts everywhere and not a clue who did it, but I know it’s going to be the step father, obviously.” My mom continues, reading the disgusted look on my face as a reaction to her story. I tune back into her but the photo is still in the fore front of my mind and I have trouble getting it to close. My mother keeps talking as I mentally track the mouse to the ‘x’ at the top of the screen. Unfortunately for me, my mother gasps, remembering a new bit of information from the book, causing me to click on a video. The volume is already up way too loud, as I last had audio playing during the shower, where I need it turned up.

“AGH” I cringe and clutch my ears; my parents start to talk to me in a panic and I put my head between my legs with my hands still up at my ears, which doesn’t help at all, by the way. With my eyes closed though, I can concentrate. I can focus not on my environment but on getting the mouse to click ‘pause’, and then to move it to reduce the screen. The song stops and my surroundings become clear instantly. I slowly take my hands off my ears and my parents are dead silent. All I can hear now is the sound of the dishwasher running and leaves rustling outside of the glass door at the back of the dining room.

Slowly looking up, I see my father standing there, arms crossed and smug. My mother’s eyes are wide and she is clearly coming down from a moment of sheer panic watching me settle myself. I take a breath and look at them. My mom speaks up:

“Was that the government?”

Field Test – Elena DeLuccia

I had an interesting time with my field test! I originally planned to go to Ithaca’s gorges and get a one-minute 360-degree video at each, but with the very, very limited time I’ve had with finals, projects, my job, etc. it just didn’t work out. So, instead I decided to take the Nikon KeyMission 360 to New York City with me on my apartment search and make a quick stop at my favorite place: Lincoln Center. I wanted to go on top of the awesome grass field that rests above one of the buildings because that’s absolutely the best place, but it wasn’t open for the season just yet so I stayed in the main plaza.

In New York City, there are no tripods allowed without a permit. I tried to swing it but got caught by the cop that roams the premises – and I have the 360 video to prove it. I quickly decided to leave the camera resting on the fountain (under careful watch) in order to get a shot of the entire plaza. I know that height is a huge consideration when doing 360 video, so it’s unfortunate that I had to leave the camera at a child’s height, although I still think it gives you a cool look at the plaza.

I had a little trouble getting the camera to agree with me and record, but after a few tries I finally got it to work. I have two full takes that worked really well, but I just uploaded the first one since the plaza looks a little better.

When I got back home, I uploaded the video into Nikon’s KeyMission Edit Application that I downloaded for free on my Macbook. I actually edited the sequence down on there and since it had a function for saving the video in the correct format for YouTube, I uploaded right after. I decided not to add any background music because I wanted the audience to hear the natural sounds in the city to feel like they’re there, on 65th, sitting on the fountain with people surrounding them.


Assignment 4 – DeLuccia

Drones are way more intense than I thought after seeing yesterday’s demonstration, but I know that they’re such an important part of my industry right now! As a film and TV production manager, drones are actually super important in my line of work. They can replace the immense expenses of a crane for certain shots, or even helicopter sequences to get an overlay of a city or landscape. Even though drones are expensive and so are the operators, it costs at least $20,000 less than a crane would – saving studio executives and producers like myself a LOT of money. This leaves more room for VFX, shooting time, and maybe even bigger key stars. The downside to this would be that audio issues may occur because of the sound of the drone, if it’s close enough to the actors and if the scene has dialogue. There’s always ADR (recording the actors’ voices later, in postproduction, to match their mouths) but we try to avoid that as much as possible.

Even in corporate work, filming with drones is almost essential now to get shots that you wouldn’t have been able to get in the first place. It boosts your resume and gets you hired on the next job, although it might pigeonhole you a bit.

NTNM assignment 2 Tony Yao

During these classes, I have got the opportunity to get in touch with all these latest technologies. What interested me most is computer generated Virtual Reality. By creating a virtual world, it is possible to do things that we cannot do in the real world. Apart from Augmented Reality, computer generated Virtual Reality has a more limited use conditions while can also be used for repeatable purposes such as training and designing.

For my field test, I would like to create a Virtual Reality scene of assembling. I would like to test in the current technology limitation, is it more efficient to use virtual tools as training method or in the real world. Is it possible to create a virtual training program that will not only save actual materials but also time to actually learn something new. My plan is to set up a LEGO building simulation and ask people to do it in the real world as well as doing it in the simulation program. By giving the direction in animation or giving a manual, I want to compare the efficiency of both methods and reach a conclusion on that.

Assignment 1: 3D Model —Yi Zhang

It was really fun to see a 3D model of myself being printed out. During this project, I learnt some basic operations of modifying 3D models through Tinkercad.

I think the way of capturing and sharing 3D information online may change people’s life tremendously. The first possible application that comes to my mind is education. In the future, students will be able to learn things through 3D models, which will be easier for them to understand. Also, 3D model can  be used for online shopping. Sometimes, we buy some clothes that look really good on the models. But when we try them on, it looks not that fit for us. In the future, people may be able to upload their 3D model to shopping websites and try on clothes  to see the actual look on their body.

The Makerspace is a great place for students to work on some hand-made projects. We were introduced a fantastic machine. With 3D glasses, we could see vivid and detailed 3D models.


Field Test – Jason Mussman

The Issue:

How can people experience the daily life of others in a complete environment like they are actually that person.


Giroptic 360cam.  $499

“Three eyes and three ears to capture everything around you and make your 360 degree photos and videos as immersive as reality itself: Up. Down. All-Around.

The 360cam is a beautiful, yet highly technical, device that is busting open creative and recording possibilities for a wide variety of usages.”


The Hypothesis:

If I take the 360 cam with me for a day and photograph everywhere and everything I do for that day it will allow others to experience my life.  Viewers will get to have a 360° view of my surroundings and actually feel like they are in my shoes.



All the people I showed the video to said they felt like they were me or with me.  The hypothesis was proven and as you can see for yourself using the power of 360° video users can experience life from other peoples perspectives.



Vision Paper – Jason Mussman

What does the future look like?  Its difficult to tell but just seeing what we’ve accomplished now and seeing everything that’s been done and imagining is pretty incredible.  I’m going to break this paper up into roughly 6 parts, I apologize in advance for jumping around, I got excited and kept thinking of new ideas as I was writing:  Military, Health, Transportation, Entertainment, Business, Homes.

To start off the streets of the city will be completely different.  Only very basic travel will take place on ground.  Shuttles are going to be extremely popular in cities of the future. Like current subway systems but these will be state of the art and above ground.  These shuttles will stop every couple of blocks and will be the primary method from city travel.  Every individual owning a car in the city is pointless.  If someone cannot walk from the shuttle stop to their location a ground vehicle will be available but the number of ground vehicles will be very low.

What do you think the military of the future looks like? Well, ground soldiers and ground invasions are a thing of the past.  Same with large aircraft carriers.  The new aircraft carrier is a flying aircraft carrier.  This aircraft carrier will look something like this.   Military intelligence will be at an all time high.  The military will have satellites everywhere in space and will be able to get real time information on any location desired.  Planes aren’t going to change that much other than they are going to be able to hover more and travel at faster speeds.  The weapons systems in the planes are going to change.  Projectile weapons are a thing of the past.  No longer does a plane need to fire a rocket and then watch as that rockets hit its target.  Planes will now have lasers (Seriously).  These lasers will be able to target specific aircraft the same as rockets can its just they are so much faster.

Also long military conflicts are a thing of the past.  Defense spending has gone down because all countries of the world have such powerful technology, kind of like Mutually Assured Destruction.  Still conflicts exist between countries but they aren’t solved militaristically, they are solved more through negotiations.  If needed military ground forces are going to be led through human fighters in exoskeletons.  These exoskeletons will provide the soldiers increased skills such as increased stamina, focus, strength and speed.  These suits will also be able to withstand form whatever ground weapons of the future are being thrown at them.  The suits will also present camouflage ability to help the wearer appear invisible if need be in the environment.  However, soldiers can still be detected by IR and Heat maps.  No more will weapons fire be accidental also.  Weapons will be able to lock onto targets and execute with precious accuracy.  Military weapons will still have the ability to kill targets if necessary however most weapons will be lasers that are set to stun which makes the victim go unconscious for 1 hour.  This will be the same technology that police of the future have.  Police will cary stun guns that work the same as current projectile weapons but only stun the victim for an hour.  The Air Force is going to be the largest branch of the armed services.  Military command will actually be in outer space.  Yes, the Pentagon will be moved to an orbit around the Earth.  This will be to protect the building and those in it.  Also traveling from this base will be extremely easy, vehicles will be able to reach the base in minutes.  Most militaries are going to be smaller in size in physical soldiers but large in terms of what technology can do.

Now let’s talk about health.  Diseases are virtually all cured.  Cancer is a thing of the past and simple diseases do not occur because of medical advancements.  Emergency rooms are still around for your everyday emergency but longterm diseases and recovery are no more.  If any diseases were to occur the patient would go to the hospital and be scanned.  The machine would identify the type of disease and issue the appropriate treatment.  First aid has also advanced exponentially.  Simple lacerations can be healed within seconds because of new creams available.  Also medical emergency transportation will all be done by aerial ambulances (will discuss more in transportation).  Most first aid problems can be solved with simple over the counter treatments however if something more serious happens hospitals will have the technology to fix in most cases around an hour.

One of the biggest improvements in the future will be transportation.  As discussed earlier in large cities shuttle networks will exist kind of like a futuristic subway.  Ground vehicles will have the ability to hover instead of physical wheels on the ground.  All the roads will be smart roads and they will be connected to the cars.  No one needs to drive anymore cars now completely drive themselves.  They also travel at extremely high speeds about 150mph+.  Transportation between cities, states and even intercontinental will also be completely redone.  Thanks to Elon Musk and the Hyperloop transportation between NY and LA now only takes about 30 minutes.  The same amount of time it would have taken past me to travel from my home in Long Island to my job in NYC.  Transportation in cities will also be extremely fast but because of the crowdedness in the city it can still take a bit.  Emergency transportation will also be hovering shuttles.  These shuttles will be connected with the roads and can get emergency responders to their location ASAP.  Information will also be sent to other cars on the road and the other cars will know to take an alternate path and provide access to Emergency Services.  These vehicles will not operate on the same roads as regular vehicles instead will be elevated to move faster.

Let’s talk about package delivery and shopping.  All packages bought on whatever the new Amazon will be are going to be able to be delivered within minutes how?  Drones, Drones, Drones.  Drones are going to operate on a different level of airspace than emergency services and planes.  These drones will not be human piloted but will have their own highway networks and will be able to find out where the package is going to be delivered and get the package there within 30 minutes of time ordered.  Drones will also be used to deliver pizzas, sandwich’s and anything else anyone orders.  The drones will operate completely on their own network.

Picking out clothes is now extremely easy online.  Thanks to virtual imaging and scanning you can try on any clothes and visualize yourself in them thanks to your virtual mirror.  You can swipe through as many outfit configurations as you want and then order it and they will be delivered via drone in minutes.  Payment is also extremely easy.  Cash will be virtual, like bitcoin but payment will be as easy as waving your wrist.  Your wallet, phone and keys are all going to be part of a system that every American has.  This system is connected to your wrist and also monitors your health data.  If the program sense that you are about to have a heart attack it will notify emergency services and they will automatically be dispatched to you.  Whenever you are at a store and see something you like you grab it and the store scans it as you are leaving the store.  This is the future of payment.  NO longer will you have to wait on line at a cashier but every item will have an RFID tag and when you leave the store the scanner will know what you bought and will charge you for it.

Lets talk about entertainment.  To start off all feature films, TV shows and other videos are shot using 360° video and are played in VR.  HUD and VR are the new TV, along with holograms.  Holograms and VR will differ in forms of entertainment but both will be available mainstream.  Entertainment systems will be similar to what’s available now such as the HTC vive.  Users will be able to put a headset on and enter a virtual world.  In this virtual world you are an avatar and control the game play.  When you put on this headset you feel like you are actually the player.  If you get shot you feel as you got shot (Obviously no real damage is done).  But these systems make you feel like you are apart of the game.  These virtual gaming networks will be very popular and everyone will be able to use them (Kind of picture the movie Spy Kids 3d Game Over).  Television and Film are all shot and viewed in VR.  This provides an amazing entertainment experience.

The last two things I want to talk about are the home of the future and the jobs of the future.  The home of the future will be completely smart and will talk to the user.  You can choose a name and a voice for your home and ask it anything.  Kind of like a giant advanced Siri all over your home.  The home will be able to nicely wake you in the morning, open the blinds, cook you the meal you selected the night before.  Your home will also be able to have a virtual holographic assistant who can help you with simple tasks such as putting away the groceries.  To conclude I briefly want to talk about my job in the future.  I’m an advertising programmer, so all holographic advertisements you see in the street are mine.  I’ve created programs that can actually recognize a specific program and target them with relevant ads as they are walking down the street.  The smart boards will be able to “read” a person and tell if they are let’s say hungry, if hungry they will recommend a good restaurant close by.  If they are sick the ad will show them medicine that they should take etc.  The future is going to hold crazy technological advancements and I can probably write a 200 page essay on it, but for now this is all.


Assignment 5 – JPEG Color Camera TTL Interface – Infrared

I came across this very interesting sensor from spark fun. The motherboard (tiny green board) comes with six tiny LED lights which allows you to  take photos in dark.

I think it could be a great tool for journalists who do documentary or investigative reporting. Light is always an issue because camera sensors are not as sophisticate as human eye. This kind of sensor can allow reporters to take images in dark (even though they wouldn’t be very artistic).

This sensor can also be used for home security. So this particular sensor allow you to take a picture in absolute dark and then transfer it to your computer through TTL. If combined with another sensor like a sound, touch or motion sensor – you can set it up so it take a picture whenever it sense  some activity going on. Let’s say if you combine it with a sound sensor – so camera will take a picture every time it hears a sound close by and transfer it to your computer. It can be a great tool to collect evidence in case of a burglary or theft.