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Why Theory Y is on Intelligent, Digital and Mesh Technologies

Why Theory Y is on Intelligent, Digital and Mesh Technologies

Intelligent things, as manifest in smart cars, IoT-enabled industrial systems, and more, represent the future. However, the future still has to be realized, and it requires considerable effort before tempting possibilities translate to real-life workable solutions.

The Mainstreaming of Intelligent Things

Intelligent things interact smartly with its surroundings and the wider ecosystem. However, not all intelligent things are equal. Different intelligent things have various levels of autonomy. For instance, drones are capable of dodging objects autonomously, whereas self-directed vacuum cleaners have very limited autonomy. There is also a long way to go before such autonomous things prove its worth in an at-scale, business environment, and permeate into our day-to-day lives.

As of now, the biggest application of intelligent things is in controlled settings and geofenced zones, such as in warehousing, mining, and farming operations. Smart driverless vehicles perhaps hold the biggest promise for intelligent things to break the shackles of operating in a controlled environment, and impact every single human being connected to civilization. However, even here, the actual position on the ground does not match the hype. Estimates suggest the use of autonomous vehicles being limited to well-defined, geofenced and controlled areas. There is also the legal requirement in many geographies for a person in the driver’s seat should anything go wrong, considering the accidents such vehicles have encountered over the last couple of years.

The onus is on the stakeholders of the emerging technology, such as industry leaders and solution providers, to develop workable solutions that would push autonomous cars and other intelligent things into the mainstream. Embedding Artificial Intelligence into everyday use things require greater interactions between the digital thing and the human consumer. Three technologies which contribute to the purpose are conversational platforms, immersive experience solutions, and blockchain mesh technologies.

Conversational Platforms to Bring Intelligent Things Closer to Mainstream

Propelling intelligent things to mainstream requires enabling the “thing” to have greater interactions with humans, and here the stakes of conversational platforms run high.

Conversational platforms represent a shift in approach, from the conventional technology-literate people to the forward-looking people-literate technology. In other words, it entails shifting the burden of translating intent from the user to the computer.

The basic feature of any conversational system is the system taking commands in the user’s natural language. The different conversational system basically translates the natural language to computing language, to execute the user’s intention, in many different ways. With maturing technology, providers seek to offer differentiation through co-opting advanced capabilities such as emotion detection capabilities through facial expression analysis, human health status through olfactory analysis, and more.

Amazon Echo, a simple speaker connected wirelessly to an assistant, powered by machine learning, is the most common manifestation of conversational interfaces, as of now. The future holds potential for developing several such systems, and expand its scope, both in scope and breath.

Immersive Experience Unlock Newer Possibilities

The immersive experience, manifesting in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) solutions, offer a paradigm shift in the way in which people interact with the digital world. VR’s computer-generated 3D environment encompasses the user, and offers natural overtones to the engagement. AR solutions interlay or annotate a digital layer atop the natural layer, to offer greater clarity and deeper insights. The best immersive experience builds on the visual aspect of the experience and co-opts other sensory aspects such as haptic feedback (touch) and spatial audio (sound).

Interest in immersive experience is growing by the day, as its potential to offer viable solutions outside the entertainment sphere becomes manifest. Providers are developing Immersive experience-based solutions to deeper customer engagement, to deliver better field service capabilities, and to offer viable solutions for several other real-life scenarios.

The VR and AR market attracted funding to the tune of $2.09 billion in 2016, and investments are rising every year. In 2017, Apple introduced ARKit 15 and Google introduced ARCore, both delivering an immersive experience in mobile computing devices.

The Blockchain Mesh Brings Control and Sanity to the Innovations

Amidst the nearly infinite possibilities in the artificial intelligence enabled digital sphere, the question of trust and security often acts as a dampener in the works. However, blockchain and other distributed-ledger technologies rise to the occasion, offering the promise of trust in untrusted environments, and eliminating the need for a central authority.

Blockchain, by making the ledger independent of individual applications and users, facilitates distributed trust architecture, and enable untrusted parties to undertake commercial and other transactions, with a high degree of safety and reliability.

The potential to remove business and technology friction, the promise of enabling native asset creation and distribution, and the facilitation of a managed trust model makes blockchain a very powerful and sought after tool. However, here again, the onus is on smart providers to offer consumable products to the customers. The most manifest application of blockchain as of now has been in bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. It is only when industry players leverage the technology to develop viable solutions in other niches, related to healthcare, government, manufacturing, supply chain, content distribution, identity verification, title registry, and more, will the real benefits and potential of the model become manifest, and the technology will enter the mainstream.

The onus is on industry leaders like us to leverage the emerging technologies, and develop cutting-edge innovative solutions which will bring Artificial Intelligence to the masses, and make it mainstream. We at Theory-Y is up to the task, delivering robust Artificial Intelligence based solutions to facilitate startups and others make day-to-day use appliances, hospital equipment, and many other “things” smart.

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How to Drive Successful Innovation through the Interface?

How to Drive Successful Innovation through the Interface?

Does Software Innovation Mean Tinkering with the Interface?
The Interface as the Critical Driver of Innovation

Successful innovation disrupts the existing ecosystem, by radically changing the accustomed behaviour. Such change is often accompanied by muddling the waters, usurping incumbents from their cosy ecosystem, and giving new challengers an opportunity to make their mark.
More often than not, interface changes bring about such disruption.

An interface represents a shared boundary between two or more components of a system. Users depend on such interface to communicate between the connected systems, meaning the interface is the point where humans connect with the technology.

Interfaces have been constantly subject to innovations over the years. In fact, most of the major big-bang innovations in computing have been centred on the interface, with each innovation, almost to a rule, providing smarter and simpler ways to use a thing or the underlying technology.

The Journey of the Input Device

One of the earliest big-bang innovations in computing has been the humble mouse. When Douglas Engelbart of SRI International invented the mouse in 1964, he actually innovated to offer a simple “point and click” way to interact with the computer, a big improvement from entering keyboard commands.

Now, Pranav Mistry’s “Mouseless” is all set to do away with the mouse together, replacing it with an infrared laser beam and an IR camera, allowing users to interact with the computer by simply moving their hands over the table. Likewise, Leap Motion replaces the mouse with a tiny metallic bar placed between the keyboard and monitor. The bar captures the user’s swipes and waves of the hands, made in the air.

Such innovations have permeated the mobile space as well. The iPhone, as well as Nintendo’s Wii controller, enables users to control games and applications by manoeuvring the device through the air, without having to make physical contact with the touchscreen. The technology leverages the gyroscope, compact magnetometers, and accelerometers, for the purpose.

Startups such as Xtr3D and Soft Kinetic are on the verge of developing computer vision software, which leverages infrared, to sense whole-body-movements, to take gaming based app interface to a whole new level.

Newer ways of Interaction

The scope of innovating with the interface is not limited to device hardware alone. Researchers are constantly prototyping newer and novel software for people to interact with computers, access information, and store information digitally.

Text-to-speech was a major disruptor, offering a viable innovation to the keyboard interface. Various applications have been built upon the technology, with each application innovating to unlock new possibilities. Of late, text-to-speech has been subject to further innovation, paving the way for the rise of natural language interfaces such as Siri, Cortana, and other virtual assistants. Intuitive developers are further innovating on such technology, with the rise of intelligent chatbots the best manifestation of the same.

Virtual Reality and Augmented reality applications represent another milestone in the innovation of interactive solutions. Examples abound.

  • Augmented product displays in stores, to give users product information and web access, allowing them to read reviews, and do additional research, on-the-fly, without having to access their smartphones and search for the information.
  • Ambient Apps, such as Google Now, Circle, and Highlight monitor user behaviour and context. These interfaces innovate to become invisible, and push the relevant information to the user, at the right time, and at the right context. This is a big disruption from the traditional apps and devices which requires users to search and pull the required information.
  • TaPuMa, (Tangible Paper Maps) offers real-time directions when placing objects atop the digital touchscreen. For example, placing a boarding pass atop the touchscreen generates the map to the airport gate. Placing a debit card atop the screen offers direction to the nearest ATM machine.
  • Apps such as Nokia’s Mobile Augmented Reality Application (MARA), and Wikitude, collect data from a wide array of GPS receivers and other sensors, to provide precise positioning capabilities. This unlocks a wide range of new possibilities, such as identifying the location of a person or a vehicle, playing location-based games, unlocking location-based offers, setting up geofences, and more. For instance, iNap, an intuitive new app, leverages all these capabilities and much more, to monitor a person’s position, and wakes her up, before she misses her bus or train.

Some Caveatse

What distinguishes these cases o successful innovation from the multitudes of failures, or innovative ambitions being withered down to “reinventing the wheel?”

The first and the biggest caveat is the underlying infrastructure. Innovating the interface succeeds only when it is supported by the underlying infrastructure and technology. For instance, the success of micro-transactions and free-to-play model in the gaming industry, which has disrupted traditional game studios, is owing to the maturity of supporting infrastructure that made possible frictionless payment systems. It goes without saying successful innovation requires not just the idea, but sound competency in the underlying infrastructure.

Another caveat is the culture. Innovation thrives only in a supportive ecosystem. A culture of openness, transparency, and self-motivation are essential ingredients to enable the application of innovative solutions.

Yet another caveat is the seriousness in which users or the target audience regard the innovations. Many hugely successful interfaces were dismissed as toys or fancy gadgets in the beginning before it gained traction and went on to achieve mainstream dominance. A push, to make the end-users and stakeholders aware of the latent possibilities, and how it would make their lives simpler, helps.

References:

  • https://www.medium.com/the-mission/the-future-is-driven-by-interface-changes-dcccf5b8edf8
  • https://www.xerox.com/en-us/insights/user-interface-examples
  • https://www.cio.com/article/2402611/innovation/the-future-of-human-computer-interfaces.html#slide10
  • https://www.technologyreview.com/s/412880/the-best-computer-interfaces-past-present-and-future/
  • https://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/28/instinctive-innovation-10-experimental-projects-that-completely-rethink-computer-interfaces/

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Theory-Y ™ Technologies Inc. is a global information technology solutions & products company, offering progressive & full stack end-to-end software Product Development, especially in startup space.

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RHINE GEORGE

When they say the sky’s the limit, it doesn’t apply to Rhine, as she is highly motivated and her thirst for knowledge is unquenchable. Having moved into Project Management domain within a few years of experience in software project management, she is growing and learning everyday. Being a seasoned Project coordinator, her expertise has been utilized in multiple portfolio’s and this young aspiring person is still seeking new heights.

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