This is the s#!t!
Exploring the Twittersphere can leave us with mixed feelings between cycles of breaking news and analysis, hashtags, abusive users and much, much more. When fully immersed it can sometimes be hard to differentiate what is real and what is not when reading sarcastic reactions.
But researchers at Carnegie Mellon University now boast higher detection rates of sarcasm to an accuracy level of 85%. The breakthrough comes at broadening analysis from linguistics to also include broader elements of context. The furthered analysis of other factors such as author, the audience and the general response adds new depth in monitoring sentiment and discrimination between serious incidents as opposed to just people blowing off steam or making a joke.
The advancement of trained computers to understand human interaction and language constructs like sarcasm goes a long way into making computers ‘smarter’ and opens up a new direction for nuanced audience engagement and understanding.
The website that lets you chat with your Future Self
A new site, ‘Future Self’, offers an online platform to look into the future – albeit that future is a somewhat creepy, older version of yourself.
Originally created as a fun and digital ad campaign, the project pushes the boundaries of real-time simulation. The ability to talk to one’s self in a different, future, environment shines great light onto the integration of humanity with the possibilities of technology.
Future Self works with the mixture of motion capture software, speech recognition and 3-D rendering, creating a semi-realistic simulation and interface between you and what you may look like 20 years on. Automated responses are a mixture of jovial and potentially real things that are predicted to happen.
This space pushes the boundaries of real-time simulation and the possibilities of greater digital interface. An interesting area for future innovations and interactivity.
Polaroid Print plus AR for Mobile
Now who doesn’t love those moving photos in Harry Potter, where people aren’t just still and a greater depth and engagement is provided to the viewer. Equally, doesn’t everyone have that little bit of nostalgia for the charm and old ‘lo-fi’ look of instant Polaroid prints and yester-year’s way of sharing moments.
To be released this month; Prynt Case combines smartphones and augmented reality to overlay videos on top of printed photos, as well as the ability to instantly print from the device. Whilst using the app and taking a snap, it will also automatically record a five-second video which is then associated with the specific shot.
When the print is shared, others utilising the app’s built in ‘scanner’ can overlay the recorded video onto and even track the movement of the image in the frame making photos that ‘come to life’ through their smartphone screen.
Whether this could be a novelty that wears off is still uncertain, these are more than just paper images – they are living moments and can bring new ways of sharing and creating memories with presumably a younger audience. Plus it’s one step closer to being in the wizarding world like Harry Potter.