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6 New and Emerging Tech Highlights Pt. 2.

Continuing our discussion from my last blog post, we will finish the list of new and emerging technology out there in the world at this very moment.

Machine Learning

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You may have heard the term machine learning before, and are likely unfamiliar with what machine learning actually is. As defined by expertsystem.com, machine learning is a branch of artificial intelligence (AI) that aims to give a program/system the ability to learn and improve from experience without actually being programmed by an individual. It involves programming the the original software to be able to recognize patterns and therefore make better decisions in the future. This is achieved by giving the system example information, and instructions in its coding.

One of the most common examples of machine learning technology that is being used in the world is Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop uses machine learning to find faces in images, analyze the faces and find “landmarks” such as eyebrows, lips, and eyes to determine the position of the face and alter the facial expression of the person, all while not making the image an absolute mess to look at.

Chatbots

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Chatbots have been around for quite a while, and are essentially an AI system developed to talk with the user as if it were another human being. These programs started quite a long time ago with sites called jabberwacky, and cleverbot letting you have a conversation with this bot. The early iterations of chatbots were not very good at making it seem like you were having an actual conversation. They would often spout nonsense and seem to just babble. As they’ve developed chatbots have started to be used by businesses to interact with their customers who are visiting their websites and need assistance. They are generally used to help guide the customer through the website and start email exchanges for support tickets for products. Starbucks has its own chatbot that syncs with it’s mobile app and lets you place your order, and customize it through a text chat with their bot. The aim of chatbots for the future is for them to act as a concierge, guiding the user to where they need, as well as reminding them when they need to restock on certain products, and answering their questions.

Facial Recognition

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Facial recognition is known to be used predominantly in the security industry, but it is being used more and more in other industries. One industry being hospitality. Expedia has partnered with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and with the viewer’s permission, is using facial recognition software to see which images and videos (showing various different activities on the Hawaii Islands) on their site evoke the best reactions by detecting by analyzing the movements in their face to determine the emotions of the viewer.

All in all, technology is making great strides forward and we should all be excited with the potential and possibilities that lie ahead for technology.

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6 New and Emerging Tech Highlights Pt. 1.

When it comes to technology, there’s a lot going on. From new tech that is helping to personalize online business to customer interactions, to tech that helps to make your devices more secure, to the always present virtual reality. We’re going to take a quick look at some relatively new and emerging tech, as well as tech that’s been around for a while and is getting progressively better.

Virtual Reality

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Let’s start with one that’s been around for some time and has been progressively getting better. We all know what virtual reality is. You put on a funny little headset, swing your arms around wildly trying to hit a monster, slash a block for points, or pick up an object just because you can. All the while you are more than likely going to run into something or someone because, well, you can’t see anything outside the game. That’s all virtual reality is right? Really janky controls that barely work and the possibility of real world hurt. Honestly, you’re not completely wrong. You’ll run the risk of running into things due to your lack of real-world spatial awareness once that headset is on. On the flip side, virtual reality has come a long way in so much as the design of the games is at the point where the team at vrgluv.com have created haptic gloves which use precision hand-tracking to help control your movements in-game, making it all the more realistic of an experience.

Biometrics

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Biometrics (think sensors that are able to read what’s happening in your body, fingerprint scanners, etc.) is an interesting branch of technology. It has been around for some time, but is getting to the point where it’s usable for more than just scanning your fingerprint to unlock your phone. There are iris scanners for more secure protection on your devices, as well as special sensors that can measure your heart rate, blood glucose levels, body temperature, and more. This technology is making it easier for individuals to help regulate and track their “stats” if you will. It can be used by fitness buffs looking to stay healthy, people who don’t like inputting passwords to unlock their devices, and most importantly, can be used in the healthcare field, helping doctors and nurses regulate and track their patients’ vitals.

Voice Activation

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Voice activation is a technology that we’ve had access to for some time as well. From the ability to text using your voice, to virtual assistants on your devices (Google Assistant & Siri), to your Amazon Alexa or Google Home for activating things around the house easier. This technology has progressed to the point where you can more confidently ask your phone to call your best friend by name and not have it dial a random number. This tech keeps getting more precise and accurate.

This post will carry on next week with the continuation of this interesting and emerging tech list.

Best Music Production Equipment if you’re on a Budget

Music Production Suite for Beginners – On a Budget

To be involved in music production is a daunting task,  and the choices involved will cost a fortune. The first thing to worry about is the gear you will be picking. So this will determine the budget. For this tutorial we will go over a  recording kit for a solo artist.  In my home I use the Apex 435B, I think this is perfect for vocal recordings,  if you have a filter or a soundproof room it makes it the better.  Opting for the USB input mic is not an option if you need high fidelity, so I use the Scarlet i2 interface, it has 2 XLR Inputs. It can cost between $149-240.  If you have interest in doing MIDI work, I would recommend the Akai mini pad controller for only the reason that it is great for beginners and it’s portable. It is $129. Read More

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Why Building From Scratch is Better Than Not!

“Calling All Gamers, I Repeat, Calling All Gamers”! I’m here to inform you guys and gals why you should look into building your own gaming pc instead of buying store bought products. Some reasons that I will let you guys in on will be Price, Performance, and Components to have a stellar, yet powerful pc for any types of games or videos that you are about to delve into.

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Making Friends Online.

These days, there seem to be apps for everything dating, adventure-seekers, and book-lovers, but limited apps for making friends. Making friends when you’re younger just happens naturally. But making friends as an adult is more like seeing the dentist. You know you need to do it. You know it’s good for you, and once you’ve done it, you feel good about yourself. OK, so maybe I’m being dramatic, but unless you’re one of those natural social butterflies or if you’re like me who just hangs out inside their room, finding new people is tough. So, to cut to the chase and make some bona fide friends,here are some of the apps or social media accounts below can help.

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Can You Hear What I Hear?

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From Baldy Phones to EarPods and Beats, headphones made quite a change over the past century. Since music has been a big part in our lives, what is better than listening to your favorite tunes when you’re the only one listening. As headphones are placed on your head we feel like it’s an escape to our own world. Everything around us just fades away.

The first ever working headphones were created by Nathaniel Baldwin in 1910, it was the only way to listen to electrical signals (until amplifiers became available). The headphones that Baldwin created were made from iron, the metal part of the headphone speakers. Think about that, wearing headphones that are made from iron? That would be so heavy, so uncomfortable and irritating (ha get it, irritating – (ear)itating). In 1958 stereo headphones became a thing, while the Sony Walkman in 1979 released the earbuds. Earbuds became very popular when they paired with the Ipod from Apple in 2001. In 2012 however, Apple designed a new look for the earbuds. A much nicer look and more fitting to the ear.

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Inspiration in Your Pocket: The Subtle Art of Adobe Capture CC

As a Graphic Design student, Adobe Capture CC has quickly become my most reliable ally. Capture is part of Adobe’s mobile App family and easily the most beneficial for designers on the go. In 2016, Adobe combined four of its mobile asset building tools into one, forming a single app that can capture colours, patterns, materials, brushes, and shapes.

Adobe Capture CC opened the door to unlimited possibilities. With a few simple clicks on your mobile device, you can now create project assets from anywhere that are accessible all across Adobe’s mobile and desktop apps.

 

Shapes

Originally, the shapes function was the reason I downloaded this App. Capture takes your sketchbook doodles and instantly turns them into vector shapes, you can also create shapes from high contrast photos.

Quick tip: Make sure to outline your doodles with a dark coloured marker before using the app, it will pick up the lines and curves easier.

 

Colour Themes

It’s so simple, just point and shoot for colour themes. Pulling colours from the real world has never been so easy. Snap a picture in the moment or use a picture from your camera roll on your phone and let Capture do the rest. Six movable circles will show up on the screen, once you’re happy with the colours picked, you can save your colour theme and use it over and over from your CC Library.

 

Patterns

Create new and authentic patterns using the digital kaleidoscope with the Pattern tool. Select one of five geometric real time templates at the top of the screen and move your camera around until you find exactly what you’re looking for. The app prompts you to refine your pattern before saving it to your CC Library.

Furthermore, Capture goes above and beyond by building  textures and materials in seconds and also allows you to create customized brushes, forever creating original and authentic designs.

To top this digital sundae off with the perfect cherry, all assets created in Capture are instantly saved to your Creative Cloud Library making them accessible in all of your Adobe mobile and desktop apps. Creating genuinely original designs has never been so simple.

Adobe Capture CC is a designers dream and it fits right in your pocket.

There is more information available on Adobe’s website:

https://www.adobe.com/products/capture.html