1990: Nintendonitis. 1991: Nintendo Neck. 1991: Nintendo Pants Wetting, or Enuresis. 2004: PlayStation Thumb. 2009: Wiiitis. 2013: WhatsAppit. The list you have just read, are all real life examples of ailments proscribed by actual doctors. Now, though none of the above diagnoses are life-threating, the trend to which these cases are creating is an interesting one. WhatsAppitis is the newest occurrence amongst game-related injuries, and it was diagnosed after a woman spent six hours using the message-sending application called WhatsApp. To quote The Lancet, “The diagnosis for the bilateral wrist pain was WhatsAppitis.”
Voice-controlled interfaces are the future of interactions between us and our technological resources. With the introduction of Nuance’s Dragon, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s ‘OK Google’, perspectives in reference to voice-controlled interfaces are growing increasingly intriguing by the day, and for a good reason. We at the Daily Steak firmly believe in the convenience and creativity of voice-controlled technology, and we will be incorporating it into our news application.
What does it mean to relate? This is a question that has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. How do we relate? With whom or what can we relate? And when we relate, are we actually relating? Without getting too deep into such philosophical questions, let us think about a specific relationship: what is the difference between a natural human voice and one generated by a computer, and can we as humans relate to a computer-generated voice at all?
While one person enjoys the same cup of coffee each morning, another prefers a different cup for every day of the week. Who’s to say one is right while the other is wrong? I would say no one has this right. Just as the old adage says, “it takes all kinds.” The fact is choices are key in developing the mind, and for us to grow as people it is imperative that we have options in everything we do. Whether we choose to utilize these options is a personal decision. But there is one significant area of life that is lacking options, and this area of life is the news.
You’ve read up on how newspapers and news radio stations are becoming less and less popular for news consumption among the younger generations. You’ve seen the statistics on the increasing trend of getting daily news via mobile devices, and the use of several devices to gauge reactions and compare viewpoints and opinions.
Daily Steak is the next generation of news apps. Not only does Daily Steak have a Pandora-like algorithm to find you the most interesting and relevant news personalized to your tastes, but it also provides short headlining summaries of each story. Keeping it short and simple isn’t all it can do, because you can choose to delve deeper into the story by drilling into the full article after hearing the shortened summary of it. Then you can compare multiple perspectives, using it as a vantage point to oversee all opinions and allowing you to gather information to form your own opinions.
With such a huge advantage, Daily Steak is available to replace old technologies of news consumption. But how will Daily Steak improve and keep itself “new” in our society of ever-changing technological advancements? Will it come with voice control? Will it expand to using videos?
Do you agree with Daily Steak possibly being a replacement to older forms of news consumption?
We are always on the lookout for more efficient and easy ways to accomplish tasks, especially with the increasingly innovative technological advances now made available. Whether it’s signing up for a social media account or creating an iPhone app from scratch, we want the processes of doing these tasks to be as painless as possible.
One development that has greatly contributed to the convenience of doing certain tasks is voice control. The ability to easily command and control remote devices using a voice recognition system can open a world of possibilities in which we could do things more easily and efficiently. With such hands-free control, there is no need for complicated menu buttons, no need for putting off other tasks at hand. Voice control allows us to say very clearly what we want our device to do, often with simple commands. It also provides us the freedom to do other things, to multi-task while controlling our desired devices.
Voice control is being moved to mobile. Continue reading