It’s been a week since Google’s highly anticipated hardware day, and with the latest AI-powered products plus ‘new’ technologies that the company presented, one question comes to mind, is Google reshaping our world’s communication system?
It’s been a fact for years that tech giants have been trying hard to outsmart and defeat each other with their devices and technologies, be it gadget accessories, laptops, tablets, smartphones, or the AI platforms driving them.
Every year, more and more companies are joining the tech arena in hopes of reshaping the global communication system: ‘new year, new company, new ideas, new technology’ being commonly muttered.
The pond is teeming with young, bright minds.
However, older tech companies have proven themselves tough opponents. Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Google, to name a few, are all pushing the boundaries of today’s technology to satisfy the needs of consumers for faster and more reliable way of communicating with each other.#Google might just change the way the world's communication system works!Click To Tweet
With that, we must agree that innovating our current communication system is highly significant, not just today, but for the many tomorrows still to come.
For now, let’s discuss how Google is actually trying to do it.
Google’s Attempt at Reshaping Today’s Communication System
Perhaps, one of the most talked about gadgets that made its debut at the Google hardware day was the Google earbuds called the ‘Pixel Buds.’
What’s so unique about these earbuds?
If you haven’t watched the event or haven’t read a single tech news site since last week, let’s break it gently to you.
Pixel Buds are a pair of collared Bluetooth headphones that’s powered by Google’s AI assistant, the Google Assistant.. After having ‘smart’ phones, we now have ‘smart’ earbuds. Surprise, surprise!
Apple probably didn’t see this coming by a long shot…
As you can see, the Pixel Buds is obviously made to compete with Apple’s AirPods. It’s wireless, it has touch controls, and you can actually use Google Assistant to interact with it. Primarily, you can utilize it to skip songs, ask for directions, call someone without using your phones, and other things that you could do with any ordinary earphones.
But, to top it all off, the Pixel Buds has the power to translate between 40 languages, IN REAL-TIME!
Again, Apple probably didn’t see this coming!
Just imagine how this technology would foster better communication system around the world. Once just a product of science fiction, Google actually turned the tech into a reality. And, the impressive part about the Pixel Buds translation function is that it has zero lag time.
Today, aside from the lousy translation that we often get from online translation site, applications and programs that offer this feature have issues with providing real-time translations.
Take for example Skype. In 2015, Skype introduced its Live Translation feature that could translate four languages for spoken audio and around 50 languages over instant messaging. If you tried using this function, you might have noticed that there’s a lag between the original message you sent and the time the translated version arrives.
The issue seems to be something Google tried to resolve with the arrival of the Pixel Buds. However, that is as far as the company’s on-stage demonstration portrayed. As of now, potential users are yet to confirm the validity of the ‘zero lag’ claim.
Think how a simple accessory like the Pixel Buds could help reshape our current communication system. If Google’s neckband earphones deliver what it promises, the future of global communication might shift for the better.
The potential benefits of the Google earphones could have significant impact in different industries such as education, travel and tourism, medicine, business management, and many more.
However, if you think Google is done with its ambition to provide the world with better communication system, you’re dead wrong!
It appears that the tech giant also wants people to control devices not just with voice, but with gestures as well!
Smart Gadget Communication Through Gestures
Just last month, Google published a patent for its ‘Device Interaction with Spacially Aware Gestures.’ Clearly, the tech company is not only keen in reshaping the communication system that people use to communicate with each other, but the system we also apparently use to communicate with our devices.
It is a known fact that for years, Google has been working on a tech that would recognize hand swiping through the air as another means to control smartphones. However, this new technology is quite different.
On the published patent, Google said:
“Described is a system and technique for providing the ability for a user to interact with one or more devices by performing gestures that are intuitive to a user.”
So, how would this technology help reshape the communication system we have with our gadgets?
There are two central concepts mentioned by Google in the patent. The first one is the concept that gesture is a Natural Language. Meaning, smart devices equipped with the said technology would be able to recognize and interpret gestures that users made themselves.
Yes. We’re talking here about any sort of gesture created by a user. Customized gesture!
For instance, if a person wants to turn off his device by showing triple thumbs down gesture, he could set that up on his device, and it will allow him to perform the gesture and recognize it as a trigger to shut off.
So, apparently, aside from pre-made gesture controls, people would have the capacity to manage the way they will communicate with their devices through self-made gestures.
On top of that, Google also mentioned the technology’s potential to be used for multi-device gesture recognition. If currently you’re saying ‘OK Google, turn on the lights,’ in the future, you might just have to make a hand gesture resembling the flipping of a switch and any device watching your hand movement would do so as you bid.
Today, we are basking at the awesomeness of having fingerprint sensors, augmented reality, and voice recognition technologies. A few years from now, Google might probably succeed in bringing hand gesture recognition and command tech to reality.
The same way it succeeded in creating the Pixel Buds that could provide translation in real time.
When that day comes, the communication system employed between humans and gadgets would be a whole lot easier that you can finally bid your touchscreens goodbye!