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Day: August 21, 2017

  • Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times. Techcrunch Microsoft is pushing their AI very hard I am surprised since Cortana has a small amount of market share.  
  • After months of waiting (and a bizarre octopus Easter egg), Google finally announced that the next version of Android — previously known as Android O — will officially be going by the name of Android Oreo. The use of an existing brand makes sense for Google. There aren’t a ton of good “O” dessert foods out there, and Oreos are pretty much as universally beloved as a cookie can be. There’s also precedent for the partnership, as Google had previously teamed up with Nestlé and Hershey’s to call Android 4.4 KitKat. The Verge Great to see Google still using comfort food as fun names for Android.
  • August 21, 2017

    DJI Spark Drone Gesture Control Update

    Since its launch in May of this year the DJI Spark Drone has become the must have video drone.  It may not be the smallest drone on the market but at seven and a half inches from rotor to rotor it’s a highly portable bit of kit.  What makes it special of course is its innovative use of gesture control. Launch it from the palm of your hand and it will hover three feet above the ground.  Hold the palm of your hand up and the drone will follow it.  Wave your hand and the drone will soar to thirty feet.  Make a square with your thumb and forefinger and it will take your photo and the new firmware update now allows you to stop and start recording with a wave of your arm. Gesture control for apps and gaming The gesture control world of Minority Report is getting closer every day.  Nintendo began development of their ground-breaking Wii controller way back in 2001 and since then gesture control has moved slowly but surely into the mainstream.  The partypoker mobile app is an interesting example of gesture control being used in a natural and intuitive way rather than just as a gimmicky bolt-on.  The poker app enables you to discard cards or place bets with gestures appropriate to the game.  This approach is now being echoed by a range of games developers: Horn is a third person adventure game in which all the action is controlled by touch and gesture. Source: partypoker Android apps such as ‘Side Control’ enable you to create a specific gesture for a particular task, likewise, iGest Gesture Launcher enables you to create a gesture and associate it with an action. Car manufacturers are continuing to experiment and implement gesture control Major car manufacturers have been...