If you could look into Intel’s crystal ball, you’d see that their vision of the future includes context-aware computing. Intel has done extensive research into what people love, and how much of that involves technology and people’s attachment to their technology. As a result, they believe that integrating context-aware computing is the future. What exactly does context-aware computing mean? According to Genevieve Bell, director of Intel’s Interaction and Experience Research Group, context-aware computing refers to “technologies that are able to determine how you feel, who you’re friends with and what your preferences are to better deliver personalized information.”
At a recent event in New York City, Intel showed off four research projects that represent possible future everyday uses of context-aware computing:
1. The Personal Vacation Assistant
When you’re on vacation, you want to focus on enjoying yourself, but at the same time wouldn’t it be great if someone or something could document your travels for you? The Personal Vacation Assistant is a device that uses a combination of “hard sensors” eg: GPS, cameras that are able to recognize objects, along with “soft sensors” that include your calendar and food preferences. So while you’re vacationing, the PVA will offer you custom tailored on-the-spot recommendations for you for as to what to go see, where to eat, and more. And once your trip is over, the system will automatically produce a travel blog full of videos and photos, so that you can look back and find memories from your vacation without having to lift a finger.
Sens is a concept mobile device that is designed to make it easier for you to share information about what you’re doing at the moment, with friends on social networks. The system allows you to use animated avatars to show off what activities you’re engaging in. For example, are you walking and talking on your phone? An avatar representing your activities is displayed on SENS for all of your friends to see.
3. Context-Aware Vehicle
The more cars become advanced, the more technologies there are in the car to distract a driver. The Context-Aware Vehicle attempts to increase safety for drivers by using Intel’s face recognition software, context engine, environmental sensors and personal preferences to help keep the driver’s eyes on the road so that the driver spends less time looking at menus and pushing buttons. To that effect, the Context-Aware Vehicle is smart enough to alert a driver of nearby objects and cars if the driver is looking away.
4. Intel Multi App Framework
This technology is already available for set-top boxes running Intel’s CE4100 processor. It allows people watching TV to simultaneously access apps and widgets that let them do cool stuff like find out more about the show they are watching. The frameworks also allows developers to design a 2D or 3D environment for TV watchers to navigate by using a traditional remote control, or devices that use gesture or touch navigation.