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.
Methane Sensors, Cows and Air Pollution (Assignment 5)
May 7, 2016
Sensor Journalism is a medium of storytelling fairly new to me. In the Sensor Journalism Tow Center report, there are five case studies on how journalists used sensors to measure or sense something in the world to be featured in a research based story.
After reading these case studies and visiting the Spark Fun website with thousands of different sensors, I knew what would be an interesting variable to measure.
I went to Robert D. Bullard’s guest lecture , sponsored by the Geography department a few weeks ago where Dr. Bullard discussed his studies of air pollution/pollution in general, in relation to Geography. His findings were extremely interesting and I immediately thought of this while reading the Houston Chronicle case study from the Tow Center Report.
Bullard did case studies in Houston, TX, Flint, Michigan, small towns in Tennessee, and many others. All his findings lead to the fact that neighborhoods surrounding locations with bad air quality, water quality, or other forms of pollution, were full of minorities. He then went into the politics of neighborhoods and urban spaces, revealing remarkable data about how these communities often go unnoticed.
My idea for a sensor has to do with air pollution in relation to farming. After hearing Bullard’s lecture my interest was sparked in learning more about air pollution and how we can stop it. One interesting finding was that cattle farming contributes a significant amount of methane gas emitted in the air due to cows releasing large, concentrated amounts of gas, when they are corralled in large groups on cattle farms, “Ruminant livestock can produce 250 to 500 L of methane per day. This level of production results in estimates of the contribution by cattle to global warming that may occur in the next 50 to 100 yr to be a little less than 2%.”
One scholarly article I read about cows and methane emissions admitted that there are several factors that influence methane emissions from cows including, “level of feed intake, type of carbohydrate in the diet, feed processing, addition of lipids or ionophores to the diet, and alterations in the ruminal microflora.” If more farmers knew about the effects of their cattle in the atmosphere, and how they could stop/change it, we could really make a difference in the air quality in the next few years, “Manipulation of these factors can reduce methane emissions from cattle.”
The sensor I’m interested in using was the Methane CNG gas sensor. My study would involve teaming up with several groups of cattle farmers. I would then ask them to initially use the sensors to measure their current air quality, then I would have different groups change different factors in their cattling techniques to see how each change would effect the air quality. Finally, the change in cattling with the biggest difference made in air quality would conclude my studies. This would be very valuable to farmers who are interested in helping the environment any way they can. This study would be time consuming but I thing the end goal would definitely justify the means.
Scholarly Article citation:
Johnson, K. A., and D. E. Johnson. “Methane Emissions from Cattle.”Journal of Animal Science 73.8 (1995): n. pag. Alliance of Crop, Soll, and Environmental Science Societies (ACCESS). Web. 4 May 2016. <http://dx.doi.org//1995.7382483x>.
Other links from above;
Sparkfun Methane Gas Sensor, 4.95
Robert D. Bullard Lecture Announcement
Tow Center Sensor Journalism Report (Required Reading)
When Journalism Students get access to the Microsoft HoloLens… (Assignment 2)
April 25, 2016
During the Week 2 lab, I was able to use the Microsoft HoloLens headset. We were some of the first students on campus to use the product because the headset was recently ordered and received in early April. This was one of the first times I had experienced augmented reality, other than with the Oculus Rift headset from Week 1’s lab, and it was amazing. In our first class we watched an advertisement video about the HoloLens, and after viewing the video, I was sold. Unlike many other “futuristic” technologies being created today, the HoloLens can do pretty much everything it’s advertised to do.
While using the HoloLens I was able to virtually place 3-D objects in the innovation lab. This was an interesting feature, and when using it I immediately thought of it being useful for designers who could be able to design their products digitally with the HoloLens. I think the best part about the HoloLens is that since it’s a Microsoft product, the interface is very easy to use, especially since I’m a PC user. I was able to watch YouTube videos, and go to different websites, just as a I would on my PC laptop.
Using the gestures made me flashback to scenes in the Iron Man movies when Tony Stark would gesture with his home computer system. Using the HoloLens is actually very similar to how the Jarvis technology was portrayed in the movie, especially in that you can view and change your designs virtually. Of course, it’s not as advanced as it is portrayed in the movie, but it seems we are getting close to technology similar to what was portrayed in the movie in the next few years. I can’t wait to see the new advancements as they develop in the future.
The only negative to this technology is the bulkiness of the headset but I’m sure with time and work, it will be scaled down to a more sleek design.
My career goals aren’t extremely clear for me yet, but as a sophomore dual Geography and Television major, I’m interested in creating content that will provide the world with information about the problems in the world, specifically in urban development. With this is mind, I feel the options with my career and the HoloLens are endless. In my geography courses we discuss different environmental problems and development issues everyday, and with the HoloLens we open up a new way of viewing a problem visually, which promotes a more creative outlook on problem solving.
Wearing the HoloLens is like having access to your own personal projecting device, but you’re projecting screen is anywhere! This provides a different mode of viewing television/video content. I can imagine a new industry of interactive media created for the HoloLens that will create a new experience for an audience.
Assignment 2: Post a blog entry about what you experienced with HoloLens. How do you think augmented and “mixed” reality might affect your career in the future?
New Technology Science Fiction Predictions in the Real World (Assignment 1)
April 12, 2016
Her was a science fiction/romantic comedy movie released in 2013 that was about a man’s relationship with an artificial intelligence software for companionship. This movie included multiple examples of new technology predictions throughout the movie.
In relation to our class, there was one specific scene in the movie where the main character was playing a game that was projected into his living room for a fully inclusive 3D simulated experience. In our second class when we met in the innovation lab, I immediately thought of that scene when we were playing the games on the 3D gaming software in the lab. This is a clear example of a technology prediction shown in a movie that has come into real life.
Here’s the scene here!
After looking into the contributors to the scene a little deeper, it turns out that the programmer of the version of the game shown in the movie, David O’Reilly, has decided to create the game in the real gaming market.
O’Reilly announced his plans for the game, Mountain, at the Horizon Indie Game Conference at E3, and ultimately released it in the indie game market in June 2014.
Here’s the game trailer:
Here’s the Mashable article where I found the information about O’Reilly’s game
As far as my field test, I am still unsure of where I want my focus to be. 3D gaming is very interesting to me but I don’t know how I can apply it to media. Hopefully after more research I will come up with my official field test idea.