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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   10/8/2013 11:37:16 AM
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@Duane: Or, even better, an alarm that talks to my calendar...

Now you are getting into the swing of things...

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Duane Benson   10/8/2013 11:35:46 AM
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Max - Or, even better, an alarm that talks to my calendar. The alarm could see the flight and subtract an estimated get ready and travel time. Then my alarm would ask me: "Would you like to wake up at 5:00am." I'd only need to reply with "sure" or "a half hour earlier."

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Max The Magnificent   10/8/2013 11:31:03 AM
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@Duane: For me, the alarm clock fits into a different situation. I have to get up earlier on Monday's for a meeting. If I had an alarm that could take a different setting per day, I'd be fine.

I'm thinking of an alarm that you coudl say "Clock, wake me up at 6:00am on Monday mornings and 7:00am the rest of the week, but don't wake me on Saturday's or Sundays" and your waife could say "Clock, wake me up at 8:30 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday." And it would know you were two differemnt people who wanted different times. And if you thought of something liek "I have to catch a plane tomorrow morning" you coudl call your clock on your smartphone or you coudl email it saying "wake me at 5:00am tomorrow morning and cancel my alarms for the rest of this week"....

 

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kfield   10/8/2013 11:07:47 AM
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@Duane I'm not sure about telling my alarm clock what time to wake me up (come to think of it i tell my husband that!) but I could definitely be into shouting at it to turn itself off, rather than fumbling around for the off button.

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Duane Benson   10/8/2013 10:59:45 AM
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Max - "Would you like to use your smartphone to text a message to your alarm clock for a 6:00am wake-up ... or would you rather walk into the bedroom and simply say "clock, wake me up at six o'clock tomorrow morning"?"

Hmmm. Tough question...

Really though, I guess voice recognitionis okay in appropriate situations. I can acknowledge that it can be useful for many people in many situations, but I'm still kind of a Luddite on this one.

For me, the alarm clock fits into a different situation. I have to get up earlier on Monday's for a meeting. If I had an alarm that could take a different setting per day, I'd be fine. But, as it is I have to remember, some time on Sunday, to set my alarm early. I'm usually some place else, so when the thought pops into my head, I probably would like to be able to send a text to my clock before I forget again.

On the other hand, my phone is my alarm and it's always with me so my argument is invalid.

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Max The Magnificent   10/8/2013 10:10:25 AM
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@Duane: I'm still skeptical of voice recognition. I know we talk on the phone and talk to other humans, but with text messaging being so common, I think people may actually be moving away from speech as a preferred method of communications.

Would you like to use your smartphone to text a message to your alarm clock for a 6:00am wake-up ... or would you rather walk into the bedroom and simply say "clock, wake me up at six o'clock tomorrow morning"?

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Duane Benson   10/8/2013 12:25:33 AM
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Max - re: 'but I also think that machine speech and machine vision will come into play, like being able to simply say "Screw Clockwise" and have done with it.'

I'm still skeptical of voice recognition. I know we talk on the phone and talk to other humans, but with text messaging being so common, I think people may actually be moving away from speech as a preferred method of communications.

Talking to an inanimate object just doesn't sit well with me. It's worse than talking to an actual human in my opinion.

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Max The Magnificent   9/28/2013 2:42:36 PM
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@R_Colin_Johnson: In point of fact, the Black and Decker screw driver houses an Invense gyroscope which senses the direction your wrist flicks and switches the screwdriver clockwise or counterclockwise as appropriate.

I think that we've only scratched the surface of applications for sensors in general and MEMS sensors in particular -- but I also think that machine speach and machine vision will come into play, like being able to simply say "Screw Clockwise" and have done with it.

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Duane Benson   9/27/2013 6:21:40 PM
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I think that would be a SawStop brand saw. It's a very interesting story. They're only a couple of miles from where I live so their lore has been around for a number of years here. My understanding is that they first tried to license the technology to other saw manufacturers. For whatever reason; liability fears, fear that customers wouldn't pay for safety, or whatever, the big saw companies wouldn't buy it, so SawStop started building their own table saws.

They're confident enough in their product that they have a "report a finger save" form on their website.

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R_Colin_Johnson   9/27/2013 5:48:37 PM
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@betajet Is that screwdriver any relation to Gyro Gearloose, master inventor?

I doubt it, especially since Gyro Gearloose is a Disney character, but I sense your humor :)

   In point of fact, the Black and Decker screw driver houses an Invense gyroscope which senses the direction your wrist flicks and switches the screwdriver clockwise or counterclockwise as appropriate.

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