Back in the day when the personal computer first became available, a significant portion of the populace never envisioned the need for a computer in every home. Of course by now there are usually several computers in any given household – except for the odd dwelling or two that are still writing on slates. In all, it took about 30 years for computers to go from geeky tech things to ubiquity. Who back then imagined Notebooks, Netbooks, iPads and the like?
In this same way, Bill Gates envisions it will possibly take decades before the personal robot is in every home. What’s needed is for programmers to write applications that are fun and useful. Sure the Roomba promises to keep your floors dust free, but it will take a lot more effort to get a robot to clean windows and bathrooms for example. Human work is much more complex. Even taking out the trash would require significant application programming for a robot. Much more than trying to get your teenager to do it. So until software people figure out the applications, we won’t see robot stores popping up at the local mall, though it is an idea worth pursuing.
While you can’t get a personal robot, latest technology expands the possibilities for you to play games with an avatar. Softkinetic has a patent-pending technology for real-time 3D gesture recognition. Its depth sensing imager allows users to watch their video images or full-body 3D avatar while interacting in real time with computer-generated characters. This type of software promises to revolutionize the gaming industry in a new world without handheld devices. The iisu™ software is ready for “Developers of Interactive Digital Entertainment, Serious Games, Interactive Marketing solutions and Consumer Electronics applications.” But wouldn’t it still be nice to have a personal robot?
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