Nov 4th, 2012: Trends in Electronics and Urban Planning

Hey trendwatchers! This time, Nora Young talks about PredictGaze, software that can be incorporated into electronics such as TVs. It tracks your eyes so that you can, for instance, stop the TV when you walk out of the room. Also, marketers could use its facial recognition capability to see how you're reacting to what you watch (via Digital Trends) It brings together several trends: facial recognition technology, 'relationships' with our technologies, and non-touch interfaces. Meanwhile, Cathi Bond talks about [Y/N] Design Studio's concept plan for London's old canal system: turn it into lanes for swimming! (Via Gizmag) The charmingly wacky idea reminds Nora and Cathi that here in Toronto, we often lose sight of our history, in spite of attempts like the Distillery District. Nora herself just discovered "The Ward". Who knew?

2 Responses to Nov 4th, 2012: Trends in Electronics and Urban Planning

  1. Okay, so I heard that as "Predict Gays", which makes the whole segment all that much creepier. I can just imagine the webcam watching you to figure out if you're gay and then telling the Internet about it…. :-)

  2. Ha! I was thinking that as I listened to it before posting.

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