IPVMU Certified | 04/07/16 05:45pm
Can I vote interesting? I am still undecided; I have had several customers ask us if we integrate with IFTTT and Alexa recently (these are not small-time residences either, specificaly for voice command). Home Automation is certainly becoming more popular; we sell a home automation device with almost every system now. I would expect technology like this to grow in popularity in the years to come. My guess is this stuff will not become more widespread until Millenials takeover.
IPVMU Certified | 04/07/16 06:00pm
This reminds me of when Nest disabled 'Wave' gesturing (which they've never turned back on) because motions could been misinterpreted by the smoke detector.
Gesturing seems cool, but might kick off more problems that it is worth.
This could be a good thing, if they could fine tune it.. I know I have turned off the Gestures on my Galaxy simply because it seemed like I could never get it to do what i want. I would think they'd have a similar problem with systems for security/access. They would have to make the gestures over-generalized, or they will be spending a while getting the recognition software down to a 'T'. IMHO.
Pro Focus LLC | 04/07/16 07:27pm
Works well for an Xbox, but not sure I want it used for any security based device.
However, with voice control, whether it's Siri or Amazon Alexa, becoming more common, it seems a little late for something like this.
Anyone who has Alexa will tell you it's great if your a bachelor, less so the more people in the room. Waiting for clear space during a get together to be understood can be frustrating, and kids make it even tougher. Even with two people having to stop your conversation to turn the music down (though novel the first few times you do it), is awkward. A simple understood gesture would be preferable.
And never make the mistake of talking about it with non-Alexa owners, where it can hear you. "Hey, what if you told your Alexa to erase your hard drive, would it do it?"... "Drive C: is erased. Would you like to format it now?"
Don't get me wrong, the thing is amazing at deciphering speech, but it does have it limitations. So gestures in addition would be great at least until they get the direct mind interface working better.
I see it being problematic with picking up on just everyday movement, especially of visitors who don't know it's there.
Kind of like the one restaurant I worked in that had all these tiny little unisex bathrooms, all with motion-activated sink, garbage, soap, towel, and flush... they were so small, and the motion sensors so sensitive, that just walking into one and closing the door would set everything off.
Thanks for the high level overview of false alarm / challenging control with Alexa.
In security, excessive false alarms can be mitigated with overlapped or layered sensing, provided Bayesian logic is accessible.
Similarly, it would be interesting to see if integrated gesture + voice is more powerful and workable together than either one would be, by itself. One imagines a high fantasy setting in which physical gestures accompany incantations to achieve effects.
While our kids might love the ability to create their own in-home MagicQuest scenarios, could we find ourselves singing and dancing just to close the garage door?
IPVMU Certified | 04/09/16 09:01pm
I can see people doing the gesture a little off and then getting aggravated when things aren't working right.
A lot of things like flipping a light switch off is just as simple by flipping the switch off with your hand as it is to wave your hand down in front of a gesture sensor.
I'm sure for some applications they might make sense, I just haven't thought of any yet.
IPVMU Certified | 04/10/16 04:12pm
At a quick glance, my brain seems to perceive the time better with the analog clock.
Ones perception may have to do with your age. If you grew up looking at nothing but analog watches and clocks, that may be the way your brain is wired.
As far as gestures to control the home and security system, it's kind of like the change of going from mouse to touchscreen on a computer. I personally find a mouse far more precise and efficient than a touch screen and constantly watch people struggle and complain about touch screen control, yet that's the way things are going.
I think gesture control should be used in situations where they make things simpler and more efficient, perhaps for handicapped people.
Killer app: ASL
Beyond the core ASL constituency, it might also help expose the odd gesticulating funeral charlatan in the moment, rather than days later...