Why This Futuristic Tech Will Be The Future of Computing

TIME - Tech

In the 25 years or so since I've been working on voice recognition projects, the technology has evolved a great deal. Today, all the major tech companies, from Apple to Google and beyond, are combining voice recognition with artificial intelligence software to create new platforms and interfaces for their users (think of Siri, Alexa or Cortana.) This kind of voice-activated innovation will continue to be important. But I believe a different technology will be even more significant: Augmented reality, or AR. Simply put, AR technology integrates virtual images and information with a user's real-world surroundings.


9 technologies to watch in 2016

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Technology advances not so much when it exhibits innovation, but when it becomes truly practical for everyday people. In 2016, we'll see an acceleration of that shift of technologies from the drawing board and geek-only curiosities to consumer devices that change our lives in ways small and big. Here are a handful of technologies that are on the cusp of major action in the coming year. For decades, artificial intelligence was a thing best understood by sci-fi fanatics and screenwriters. That started to change n 2011 with Apple's Siri voice assistant, but 2015 turned out to be a watershed year for computer algorithms that could ape human thought and interaction.


Android O, Google Assistant and augmented reality: What to expect at Google I/O

Mashable

Google's biggest event of the year is about to get underway. The company's developers conference, Google I/O, is just hours away so naturally the rumor mill has already kicked into high gear. At this year's event, we expect to hear much more about the next version of Android, Google's plans for its Assistant, and what's going on with its VR platform, Daydream. Of course, as with every year, there are bound to be a few surprises as well. But for now, here's a look at everything we're expecting to see (and, in some cases not see) at I/O.


Apple's big wow moments: a voice speaker and augmented reality

Boston Herald

The iPhone maker has finally jumped into two of the hottest tech trends of the last two years -- augmented reality and voice-activated speakers, with a promise to dominate these markets pioneered by its rivals. Two years after Amazon introduced its sleeper hit Echo device, and a year after Google Home, Apple now has the voice-activated HomePod, a high-end music speaker priced at $349 that will be powered by Siri. That often maligned but widely used artificial intelligence assistant is also getting an upgrade, though for HomePod, Siri's main task is clear: play music. Apple also unveiled a new augmented reality developer kit that would help Apple app developers integrate this technology that overlays digital images on the physical world, made popular by Pokemon Go. Facebook and Google have been showcasing such distorted reality tech at their own demos, with plans to revolutionize commerce and communication.


The 5 Biggest Announcements Google Just Made

TIME - Tech

Google had plenty to announce during its event on Tuesday, including the debut of two new smartphones, the introduction of its first virtual reality headset, and more details about its Home smart speaker. Google's new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, are the first handsets to be designed and engineered in-house by the company. This is evident in the phone's design, which has a slicker, more premium glass and aluminum build than Google's previous Nexus phones. The Pixel devices are available in three colors and are available for preorder immediately. Google is flaunting the phones' improved camera and embedded intelligent assistant as their main draw.