How Intelligent Assistants Will Anticipate Our Needs

Anticipatory Computing - Fascinating stuff by ExpectLabs!

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Anticipatory computing is another area where intelligent assistants will shine. Watch our founder explain how this technology will enable software to know precisely what you want — even before you do.

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Robhatia gifs.. heh!

3D body scanning and its implications on online shopping.

As a new resident of New York and an ITP graduate student, NYC’s disruptive innovation scene  drew me in very quickly with no bandwidth for anything else in life. No longer having time to sift through racks in storefronts, I turned to online stores to shop for clothes. Soon thereafter – as my mirror was mocking me for my most recent online purchase, an ill-fitting dumpy skirt – it became apparent to me that the current framework for online shopping does not work. It could vastly be improved by adopting emerging technology. 

A number of companies are aiming to improve the online shopping experience. For example, True Fit, FITIQUETTE/Myntra.com, and UPcload allow consumers to create avatars based on several questions about their body type and then virtually try on outfits. Although I applaud the effort, the approach isn’t progressive enough in my mind.

Why isn’t there a Kinect based Xbox shopping app?

I pondered over an interesting intersection of 3D depth sensors and online shopping.I wanted to use the xbox kinect to try on clothes virtually before I bought it. Could this situation have been avoided (or minimized by reducing the frequency at which online clothing purchases are returned) if consumers were able to try on clothes on their actual body scan before purchasing?

Nordstrom Labs has done interesting experiments in collaboration with Styku. Styku stemmed from Microsoft’s accelerator program, and aims to pioneer a precise apparel fit and size prediction and visualization platform. Their current solution requires an initial in-store body scan at a storefront. Once consumers’ scans have been generated, their measurements are saved to a web-based profile. From that point forward, consumers are able to virtually try on clothing from the comfort of their homes.  ”Nordstrom appears to be on the cusp of rolling out a similar program but has been hesitant given their sales staff has "expressed difficulty understanding the commission scheme for online sales."

What we need to understand is that 3D body scanning technology is here. It’s here for tablets and it’s here for the smartphones. Given it’s applications, 3D body scanning technology is only going to get faster, smarter and more efficient. Companies, like 3D-A-PORTER,  are working on solutions that seem more viable. On the consumer end, 3D-A-PORTER offers options of body scanning from a booth, computer or iPhone. For the retailers, they offer solutions for 3D scanning of their inventory, virtual try-ons and 3D mirrors. 

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This seems like a perfect solution for e-commerce retailers who have seemingly been more likely to experiment with technology-based solutions to augment the online shopping experience for consumers. MyHabit (owned by Amazon), for example, currently uses 360 video technology to showcase the fit and drape of most apparel on live models. I think fashion e-commerce retailers would stand to benefit from streamlining efforts to organize a new team that support virtual 3D fitting rooms. A part of this team would develop their websites and apps to integrate virtual try-ons. Another part of the team is focused on 3D scanning clothes and building out their inventory.

I believe this is the near future scenario they must accommodate for to be industry leaders. 

ITP listserve’s compiled Podcast Recommendation

A History of the World in 100 Objects - BBC
All Songs Considered - NPR
Anime World Order
Art Bell coast to coast
Astronomy Cast
Bowery Boy’s podcast about NYC’s history
Car Talk (NPR)
Comedy Bang Bang! (interviews with comedians)
Decode DC
Doug Loves Movies
Fast Karate for the Gentleman (anime, games)
First Listen (NPR)
Football Weekly - Guardian
Fresh Air - NPR
Front Row Daily - BBC
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy from Wired.com
Generation Anthropocene
Guardian Books Podcase
Guardian Culture Podcast
Hang Up and Listen - Slate
Hardcore History 
Highlights from Talking History - Newstalk
In Our Time - BBC
Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service
KCRW’s Left, Right and Center
Let’s Make Mistakes - Mule Radio
Lexicon Valley - Slate
Mark Kermode Film Reviews - BBC
Ninja Consultant Podcast (ok that’s mine)
NPR - Pop Culture Happy Hour
NPR Intelligence squared!
On the Media - NPR
Out Loud - New Yorker
Philosophy Bites - Institute of Philosophy
Planet Money - NPR
Reith Lectures - BBC
Running from the Law - Mule Radio
Savage Lovecast
Science Friday - NPR
Science Weekly - Guardian
Slate Culture Podcast
The Dinner Party Podcast
the history of Rome
the Moth
The Nerdist
The Political Scene - New Yorker
The Skeptics Guide the Universe 
The splendid table
The Vergecast
This American Life
Tiny Desk Concert (NPR)
Uhh Yeah Dude
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
who charted! (comedy)
WTF with Marc Maron
Transparent Ruler with display that supplements drawings - Imgur

Transparent Ruler with display that supplements drawings - Imgur

KEW GARDENS - Beyond the Gardens: The Forgotten Home of Coffee

Boxing ITP projects today - Mechanical Jellyfish,  Severed Robots, Space Invaders Wall Installation, CubeFace Speaker and so many circuit dreams..  

Full bodied with soul..  

This track exists - A  Punjab to Mexico Hindi Hangover remake MUST be in production!

The gif of my life!

The gif of my life!

Gay and Straight

Gay and Straight

Playing Journey again on Ps3. Something about that limited live interaction with other players  is.. just.. so beautiful!  

Playing Journey again on Ps3. Something about that limited live interaction with other players  is.. just.. so beautiful!  

rewatching! “Please don’t squeeze the shaman!”  just got this.. heh. 

rewatching! “Please don’t squeeze the shaman!”  just got this.. heh.