Vision Paper; Maxine Williams
May 11, 2016
200 years from now, the world as we know it will be almost unrecognizable. With technology constantly changing how we consume and share media, the future will be extremely different from what we know now. I will now describe an average day for a college student in year 2216.
Waking up on time for an 8 AM class is not a problem in 2216. There are smart beds by Samsung, Sony, Apple, and other electronic companies that wake you up based on your daily schedule. Similar to the technology used in sleep apps like Sleep Genius and Sleep Cycle, these new beds are equipped to wake you up during the most sensible time of your sleep cycle. These beds became popular in 2201, and were tested on college campuses in hopes to improve the quality of sleep for college students in America.
Choosing an outfit can be done in the comfort of your own bed, due to smart closets that have images of you in each of your clothing pieces. Similar to Cher’s closet in the movie Clueless, with your smart closest you can scroll through all the pieces of your wardrobe and put them together based on what you see that looks best on you. The smart closet can also make recommendations based on trends of outfit pairings that you wore in the past, and also based on the weather. This is all possible due to technology in your clothes to be virtually downloaded into your closet. From that point, your closet will 3D scan you in your under clothes, and you will be able to play dress up without ever actually trying things on.
Now you must pack your bag for class. Laptops have not been a necessity for college students since the Microsoft and Google collaborated to create smart vision, in which users wear contacts or glasses to interact with their learning environments. Smart vision is used mainly for educational purposes, though there are design companies that uses it as well.
After getting yourself ready for your day, you must visit the dining hall for breakfast. The menus are displayed from interactive hologram projectors that allow you to see how the food looks, the health facts for each entrée, and the wait time for fresh food. This is helpful for students who don’t want to waste a meal swipe on entrées that you don’t want to eat. Americans are more health conscious now because there has been research that found fast food as one of the main causes for a group of deadly diseases. As a result, fast food was outlawed in America, though you can still find unhealthy foods on the black market.
To get to class from you building you decide to take your Samsung smart bike for some exercise. This bike is synced with your daily calendar, and is able to recommend the best route to class based on how much time you have. This bike can also be powered by solar energy, which helps you power up hills with ease if you’re not up for an intense workout. On your way to class you see student flying by with their hover boards that actually hover off the ground.
In class, it’s very important to stay engaged in class because the teaching styles at universities are more hands-on, no need for taking notes and memorization because you’re taught to understand the material and think about it in a new way for the learning process. During your 45-minute lunch break, you head to the digital cluster, a large work room space for smart vision users to have a blank space to browse web pages, do research, or communicate with friends. You decide to engage in online shopping, where you decide to order some new slippers. After leaving your next class. Your slippers are delivered to you through Amazon Prime drone delivery. Drones are used for every type of delivery, so most packages can get to you within hours instead of days.
When you get home you meet up with your friends to discuss your travel plans for spring break vacation. Your mode of travel will be teleportation, a faster way to travel across the country, with drone traffic congesting the airways in the sky. However, teleporting is usually only used for short trips because bags are really expensive to teleport. After you all solidify the logistics, you all decide to head to the campus VR theater. Each of you and your friends choose a front row seat, and when the lights come back on, you’re taken to the Beyoncé concert experience. You’re in the Houston NRG stadium and you can feel the bass of the concert speakers booming through your body as you sing along to Beyoncé’s hit song, “Crazy in Love”. After the concert the campus alien invaders game competition will commence. Everyone checkouts a smart shirt so each opponent will be able to see each other in the game. As you kill an alien you feel the guts splatter on your face and clothes. As you try to wipe off all the gunk, you fall into a snake pit. Just as you feel the python snake inching around your neck, your shirt gives you a slight vibration, and you’re shocked out of the game from being killed. After that near death VR experience, you decide to go to home.
When you get to your room you get ready for a shower. Before going into the bathroom you toss your clothes in your smart closet where the clothes are sorted to the dirty clothes. The dirty clothes are displayed as unavailable in the interactive closer so you won’t accidentally create an outfit that isn’t clean. After your clothes are sorted you head to your bathroom to shower. Though there are models of smart showers, equipped with a self-cleaning feature, the dorm showers are just regular. After the shower you sit at your desk and look at your homework assignments through the smart vision. After completing your assignments, you decide to watch your favorite 3D book, where each page is acted out by 3D-scanned actors for the characters. This is all projected through the exterior of a book binding, similar to the old school pop up books.
After watching your last chapter, you receive a hologram Skype call from your tablet that’s connected to your smart vision. You simply nod your head to accept that call, and within the next moment your mom and dad can see your whole dorm room. Your mom comments about how you shouldn’t be watching books this late, but your dad remarks that it’s what they did when they were your age. After your conversation with your parents, you fall asleep.
Now we will go over the problems with society in reaction to the new technologies since the 21st century. The biggest threat in the year 2316 is hackers. We’ve known about these individuals since the internet and computers were invented, but in the year 2316, this problem is tenfold with everyone’s lives literally being online. The most dangerous hacking event happened last year when a group of middle aged hackers attempted to hack into the Amazon Prime shipping drones, attempting to aim the drones at people. Luckily, the government was able to intercept these attacks, but it was definitely an eye opener for the country and the world on taking safety precautions when around drones. When drones were first being sold in the early 2000s, every precaution was taken for the safety of living things; animals, humans, etc. But since the technology has become more important to consumers, they’ve unknowingly waived their rights to safety in the outdoors. Other common items that have been hacked are smart vision, smart beds, and basically anything with an internet connection. There have been many laws and acts enacted in an effort to stop hackers but the problem persists because truly professional hackers can remain anonymous.
200 years from now, life will be more exciting and technology based than the world we are familiar with today. It’s hard to imagine the new technologies as they are developed, especially in speculation on what will be the next ‘iPhone’ phenomenon. New technological advancements are always fun to hear about so I will remain an avid tech enthusiast, always open to trying new things to change my life for the better through technology.
Drones + Me =? (Assignment 4)
May 7, 2016
As a Geography and Television dual major, I feel the options for drones in conjunction with my career are endless. Right now I’m interested in either working in the urban planning field, the television industry, or somehow combining both career paths for an awesome hybrid job.
In geography, I can see drones being a great asset in creating accurate maps of the world. I’m sure in the next few years there will be drones with long lasting batteries that can be used to study climate change, crops, and other physical changes over time in the world.
In the entertainment industry, there is already projected ideas about the use of drones in future. I found an article about the use of drones in the hit Netflix series Narcos, in which there is technology used to program drones to track and record an actor’s movements.
“Four actors jump between rooftops and sprint through sheets drying on clotheslines while a camera tracks them from above, hovering close enough to see their faces. The sequence, filmed in Bogotá for the coming Netflix drug-war series, “Narcos,” was too intimate to capture by helicopter and too intricate to choreograph easily from the ground. Cue the drone.”
There is also a video attached to the article that discusses different projects where drones have been used, from Music videos and movies to personal low budget projects with amazing outcomes.
Here is OK GO’s ‘I Won’t Let You Down’, a cool music video where drones were a key in the making of the project.
Though there are still health concerns about the dangers of these flying cameras around the general public, the possibilities for this new technology is endless. If the price range were a little lower, I’d be in line to buy one at this very moment, but until then I’ll enjoy the projects that come from drones, and see how other students are using them at school.
Assignment 4: Drones and News Media
April 28, 2015
Drones can go to more places far faster and easily than human with a camera.
For that reason, we can expect that soon all major media companies will adopt drones.
For example, just recently, Nepal experienced a devastating Earthquake. Naturally, the event has received global 24-hour coverage to document the damages and the rescue services, which are currently underway. One of the clips that has been shown a lot on CNN came via Reuters. That clip is a skyview drone video surveying the widespread damage and destruction.
Of course Reuters can afford to have drones and not every small town newspaper can afford a drone, but as the costs decrease, more and more companies will find creative ways to use them.
Drones get a lot of flak for their use in military strikes, but, depending on who you ask, most military drones are used for covert surveillance in war zones. News organizations could do the same thing; instead of sending reporters out into disaster zones or war zones, an organization could send a drone that records and live streams video. (Of course, sending a journalist to the scene and a drone to the scene are not mutually exclusive. The best stories will make use of both).
Naturally, possibly more than most, news organizations will have hurdles in terms of taking and releasing video captured by drones. Because drones can go places and see things that a human couldn’t see or do from the ground, privacy is going to be a problem. This problem will only grow as more organizations come to rely on drones to get their footage.
– Jake Cappuccino
Mickey Mouse Just Flew Over Me: Disney Takes on Drones (Assignment 4)
April 28, 2015
by omar daouk.
There is no question that Hollywood stands to gain tremendously from the use of drone technology. Think about it; the demand for drone use (primarily as a replacement for expensive and dangerous helicopter shots) is so high that studios are more than willing to pay more than $15,000 a day to rent and have someone operate drones for filming purposes.
But can drones just be used in the entertainment biz for filming high-level shots?
Walt Disney has recently revealed that they have filed 3 different UAV-related patent applications for use of drones in their multi-million dollar theme parks across the globe. And no, not for surveillance purposes, but for creating aerial light displays, holding up mega-sized projection screens, and controlling large animated 3D puppets. This would replace traditional fireworks, actors paid to wear costumes and interact with visitors, and 2 dimensional projectors.
Here are the 3 patents that they filed for:
- Aerial Display System with Floating Pixels
- Aerial Display System with Floating Projection Screens
- Aerial Display System with Marionettes Articulated and Supported by Airborne Devices
This is a pretty innovative solution to entertaining a new age of consumers on vacation. Granted the legal complications that already exist with Drones and entertainment, and the upcoming wave of complications Disney faces with the legality and restrictions of drones used for entertainment park displays, it will not be an easy battle. But putting that aside, imagine having a projector up in the sky that you could look up to see. Or a giant, 3D Disney character walking about the park and interacting with other drone-controlled creatures. Below are some of the images that they used in their patents that demonstrate how drones will work in this context:
The possibilities are endless. If you can’t imagine how it would work, here is a simple video demonstration:
Assignment 4: Drones in Journalism
April 27, 2015
Drones have the ability to transform the way broadcast journalists do their jobs. For breaking news, drones can be flown to the scene. This can show viewers the full “picture” of what is happening.
For stories that journalists/cameramen can’t get to right away, drones can be flown over the areas. An example is during a protest when a journalist can’t get through the crowd. The crew can fly a drone over the crowd to show how big it is, and the camera can be pointed to where the most action is. This will give viewers quick coverage of the biggest stories.
To save resources, stations may just be able to send a drone out to get video for smaller stories. No “human” has to go out on the story then, and reporters and cameramen can focus on the bigger news stories of the day.
For bigger news events, multiple drones and multiple cameramen can be on the scene. This will show many angles and can tell different stories. It will allow for multi-faceted coverage.
For races, like large marathons, drones can follow the runners for up-to-the-minute coverage. Drones can show the full picture of a race and show the contenders as they run to the finish.
Drones can help viewers see exactly where stories are taking place, exactly how a scene is unfolding, how big an event is, what is happening at the moment, etc. Drones can play a big part in news coverage going forward if commercial use is allowed and the technology is invested in by news outlets.
Assignment 2: The future of virtual reality in journalism and media
April 14, 2015
Relatively soon, we won’t just see events happening in front of our eyes on TV; we will experience them virtually or from previously inconceivable angles. Of course, not every event can be captured in such a way, but many events will be. Take yearly events like the New York City Marathon for example. Instead of rote sideline footage with some close-ups and a few wide angle shots, we’ll have a drone flying over the runners themselves capturing the footage. Or, a reporter will run alongside the runners in the marathon with some kind of 360 degree camera to capture every angle of the experience for the viewers who could then experience running in the marathon in virtual reality.
In short, new technology is going to present consumers with an increasingly immersive and innovative experience. Eventually, the technology will advance to a point and decrease in price to a point that making 3D video and virtual experiences will be as simple as shooting 2D video is today. In 1895, a 50 second film of a train pulling into a station reportedly scared patrons. It was that groundbreaking and new and took 100 years to become easy as it is today. In the same vein, eventually virtual reality experiences will become as common. I say “eventually,” but computing power grows exponentially so “eventually” could be sooner than we think. And as this technology continues to roll out throughout the journalism industry, more and more competitors will look to it as the key differentiator between themselves and the other competitors.
If that sounds like a bunch of bologna, the digital news leaders of today are already doing this. The National Association of Broadcasters, Gannett, and Facebook are all looking into virtual reality as a viable means of interactively conveying information and experiences. With that kind of heavy investment behind virtual reality from digital news organizations as well as heavy investment in virtual reality from tech and video game companies, virtual reality is going to be the next “big thing.” It won’t just shake up journalism and media, it will shake up every kind of remote experience from news events, to movies, and probably a million things that at this moment seem inconceivable like surgery, sports and things that haven’t even been invented yet.