The most important tech subject of 2017?
The camera of your smartphone is set to revamp everything. And yet that has nothing to do with clicking photos.
It goes without a doubt that mobile phone manufacturers are getting better and better at making cameras. Among all the things that make up a device’s camera: hardware improvements and advancements in computational photography, perhaps, we have the best set of lenses in our pockets with the latest genesis of the flagships.
Of late, cameras have become the heart of a criterion shift that’s resulted in changing the way we connect with the world. Unsurprisingly, cameras have now become the medium with which we enjoy technology and search content.
Cameras go down the line
Suppose, you’re taking a walk, and you come across a restaurant that intrigues you. What you’d do is just fish out your mobile and just Google the restaurant. Guess what you’d about the same situation in the near future? All you will have to do is point the camera of your phone at the restaurant and you will know everything about it.
These days, we’re spending so much of time just brushing our phones’ keypads to research what’s required. Honestly, so much of that typing can be reduced if we could simply share some kind of visual context about what we want to convey. For instance, instead of Googling how to fix a sink, what if you could just spot your camera and get repair instructions? How handy would that be!
Yes, bit by bit we are approaching this kind of technology. However, it has never been more dramatic than in the year 2017. Some people also say that “camera is the new keyboard,” as a type of extended hand to communicate what’s going on.
And it’s happening already
We can tell that cameras are gaining power because they have brought back the QR code. The technology wasn’t quite wellreceived and yet, four years down the line, almost all the popular social media handles: Spotify, Pinterest, Venmo, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger have created their own versions of this feature. Even popular brands like Apple have added QR code-scanning to the iPhone’s camera. It gives an impression that the QR codes are here to stay.
Cameras are definitely heading somewhere special. Google and Pinterest have both unveiled popular devices by letting you to conduct searches where you just need to point your camera at the object in your surroundings.
Even though these teeny meeny tools are in very early stages, they are coincidentally termed as “Lens.” It is clear to now imagine where exactly tech is heading.
“Search what you see”, Google had announced using a blog post earlier in 2017. The tech giant Microsoft too is now researching along the lines of computer vision in the camera. It has come up with an app called Seeing AI. This app intends to aid the visually impaired people to “see” what is happening around them. The app will narrate the exact description wherever you point the camera.
Of course, the AI technology is still in its nascent stage. But it will not be difficult for anyone to imagine what wonders this technology can create for the visually impaired.
What happens next?
Things aren’t that easy to achieve though. We can’t bring ourselves to deny the adaptability of pointing our cameras at anything and getting helpful information about it in no time. However, it raises the question as to who gets to veto what information arises. This is primarily different from looking at a page of blue links in the form of search results. The results are ranked, however it is entirely upon the searcher to choose one. If you are using AR for such researches, it will be unlikely for you to receive any alternative information, if any.
Furthermore, cameras and computer vision will stimulate the fact that pairing through various pages of results seems as old school as texting using a numeric keypad.
AR has the capacity to change the privacy equation as well. When you open such apps to absorb the whole world around you are, in turn, also giving out huge amounts of private information to these services.Hence, these services will now be able to know more about what you are up to, how you are feeling, and what you are thinking at any time. Now, this is not something that you can easily digest.
These concerns are definitely something to think about. Tech giants should step forth and address such issues sooner rather than later because they will only be enhanced and accelerated in the future. We have witnessed in the year 2017 what actually happens when tech companies come up with tools for public use. And these companies are slow to adopt to the misuses of these tools that are bound to happen.
Still, the smart camera is set to become the ultimate future. Wherever you look, the companies are totting up layers upon layers of intelligence to their cameras at such a fast rate. And even when none of these apps are, by themselves, enough to alter your life, if you put them together, they open up a whole new world of camera that’s augmented with precise sensors, powerful chips, and a huge database in the cloud that becomes the most essential app on your mobile