Monday, June 26, 2006

Video IM: Who needs it?

I always thought that Video IM was purely for the voyeurs and just a feeling of being closer to the ones you care about.
My eyes were opened on Saturday, when I popped into this cyber cafe.

I saw this guy waving his arms around in front of a web-camera. First I thought it was someone who was just a first time video IM user.. when I realised the truth....
He was deaf and dumb!

He preferred to communicate with his friends using sign language, rather than words.

I never thought of this ... and realise how blind I was.

Maybe this is where we are going... to a stage where people will have a choice of communication channels, depending on which one they are most comfortable with.



Tuesday, June 20, 2006

From mobiles to Robots

This is amazing

You always wonder what is the next big thing.
I mean first it was these amazing devices called personal computers... which have become our personal companions.
I mean, when im bored... I don't turn on the TV anymore... I turn on my comp.

So, if you think of the mobile vis a vis the computer... it's a smaller better connected computer.

But if you think of a Robot, what you get is a machine which not only helps you out with mental exercises... but actual physical exercises as well.
A mechanic's typical question of "what do i do with a computer" is now answered!
Because he presently does all the physical jobs... as well as other mental jobs.

The robot then comes to handle only the physical jobs.. which are pre-programmed by the mechanic.

Ofcourse at this point the Three Laws of Robotics come into mind:
  1. A robot may not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
So maybe the concept of a robot... is finally... a computer for every kind of person.. the physically inclined as well as the mentally inclined.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Who needs GPS?

Back home in Bangalore, India, GPS was just a technology, something about averaging signals from 3 satellites to find your location with an accuracy of a few metres.
I mean, why would u spend Rs. 16,000 on a device supposed to show u the way, when the cops change two way roads into one way roads almost fortnightly :-p
Ofcourse, getting there means asking every second person("What is the address?") on the road, who will gladly show you the way (especially if you'll give him a lift while you're at it :p) . Some guys will tell you to just follow them, if you're lucky enough to be going their way.

Here in Berkshire, there is hardly anyone around. Most people drive cars, so asking around for the way, is a little cumbersome.
Even the taxi guy, who has been driving in England for around 15 years, will switch on his GPS if there is an inkling of a doubt.
Every place is well mapped. When I have to go somewhere, I'll get the map of the location on the net, take a printout, and reach the place in a jiffy.

All my doubts about whether GPS would be dumped in favour of Galileo, have suddenly Disappeared ;)
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