Technology continues to evolve and develop, dramatically altering the way we do things. Here are three innovations that help businesses shift the needle ahead on human-computer interaction as they aim to provide consumers with a smooth and easy way to communicate with it.
You've probably seen a variety of science fiction television shows deal with this idea. It's often regarded as an unrealistic crutch used by show authors to keep the plot going along.
The television trope of the "enhance button" is also a staple of many crime dramas, enabling our heroes to zoom in on and enhance a tiny, blurry picture into a bright one.
What if modern technology is capable of accomplishing that?
Super Resolution is a concept that refers to a technique in which software can dramatically increase the image of a low-resolution frame. So, what's the deal? AI and machine learning are two of the most common buzzwords these days.
You can increase the resolution of a small 10-megapixel file to 40-megapixels using this tool. You can also blow up a little cropped 128x128 image to make it big enough for a large print to display on the wall.
When you push the enhanced image button, the algorithms begin scanning the pixels in the low-resolution image right away. It then compares and analyses all of the image's surrounding pixels before upscales it using context from its large archive of sample images.
It's understandable if any of this seems to be confusing. There's a lot of math and algorithms going on here that you won't note because you just have to push one button. After all, those cheesy crime shows were right.
Facebook's wrist-worn AR interface
One of the ultimate priorities of future technology development is to be as invisible as possible. The aim is to reduce the gap in how we work with technology by simplifying it. Smart spatial interfaces that emerge when you try to communicate with something in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are now telling us how this is possible.
With the aid of augmented reality, Facebook's Reality Labs have created an app that is a natural, intuitive way to communicate with the world around you.
What is the meaning of the wrist? When you give your brain an order to do something, like raise your hand, the electromyography (EMG) sensors on the computer interpret signals from your brain by tracing the direction of the neurons that migrate down your spine.
The ultimate aim is to create a natural, neural interface with perfect human-computer interaction. Imagine not wanting to open up your phone to see any of your missing messages as you walk up to it. The interface could simply display all of your messages in a small box that hovers over the screen.
Machine learning is used to create real-time audio and video captions
To create captions or subtitles, Google's machine learning algorithms will listen to and analyse video or audio.
This is good for people with disabilities or whether you choose to leave the video silenced. This functionality has now been added to the Chrome browser, and it will function on any video or audio you access in it.
To check it out for yourself, open your Chrome tab and press the three dots next to your account logo in the top right corner. On the left, check for "Advanced" after clicking on preferences. When you expand the box and choose "Accessibility," you can see a toggle for Live Caption.
This is a totally offline application that saves anything to your computer.