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Speech interfaces: UI revolution or intelligent evolution?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Speech interfaces have received a lot of attention recently, especially with the marketing blitz for Siri, the new speech interface for the iPhone.

After watching some of the TV commercials you might conclude that you can simply talk to your phone as if it were your friend, and it will figure out what you want. For example, in one scenario the actor asks the phone, “Do I need a raincoat?”, and the phone responds with weather information.

A colleague commented that if he wanted weather information he would just ask for it. As in “What is the weather going to be like in Seattle?” or “Is it going to rain in Seattle?”.

Without more conversational context, if a friend were to ask me, “Do I need a raincoat?”, I would probably respond, “I don’t know, do you?” — jokingly, of course.

Evo or revo?
Are we ready to converse
with our phones and cars?
Kidding aside, systems like Siri raise an important question: Are we about to see a paradigm shift in user interfaces?

Possibly. But I think it will be more of a UI evolution than a UI revolution. In other words, speech interfaces will play a bigger role in UI designs, but that doesn't mean you're about to start talking to your phone — or any other device — as if it’s your best friend.

Currently, speech interfaces are underutilized. The reasons for this aren't yet clear, though they seem to encompass both technical and user issues. Traditionally, speech recognition accuracy rates have been less than perfect. Poor user interface design (for instance, reprompting strategies) has contributed to the overall problem and to increased user frustration.

Also, people simply aren't used to speech interfaces. For example, many phones support voice-dialing, yet most people don't use this feature. And user interface designers seem reluctant to leverage speech interfaces, possibly because of the additional cost and complexity, lack of awareness, or some other reason.

"Relying heavily on speech can lead
to a suboptimal user experience..."

As a further complication, relying heavily on speech as an interface can lead to a suboptimal user experience. Speech interfaces pose some real challenges, including recognition accuracy rates, natural language understanding, error recovery dialogs, UI design, and testing. They aren't the flawless wonders that some marketers would lead you to believe.

Still, I believe there is a happy medium for leveraging speech interfaces as part of a multi-modal interface — one that uses speech as an interface where it makes sense. Some tasks are better suited for a speech interface, while others are not. For example, speech provides an ideal way to provide input to an application when you can capitalize on information stored in the user’s head. But it’s much less successful when dealing with large lists of unfamiliar items.

Talkin' to your ride
Other factors, besides Apple, are driving the growing role of speech interfaces — particularly in automotive. Speech interfaces can, for example, help address the issue of driver distraction. They allow drivers to keep their “eyes on the road and hands on the wheel,” to quote an oft-used phrase.

So, will we see a paradigm shift towards speech interfaces? It's unlikely. I'm hoping, though, that we'll see a UI evolution that makes better use of them.

Think of it more as a paradigm nudge than a paradigm shift.

Recommended reading

Situation Awareness: a Holistic Approach to the Driver Distraction Problem
Wideband Speech Communications for Automotive: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Google's algorithm update SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2 must turn off!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

What's up blogger by automotique.blogspot.com this is important issue to day I have receive email that also tel about STT2 plugins for wordpress, Related to the latest Google's algorithm update known as Panda, I think it is necessary to deliver several important information as follows: As you know, Google Panda is intended to remove pages that are considered as low quality page from Google search.  "Improve it or remove it.

With Google's Panda Update, low-quality content can impact an entire domain, but removing these pages - or moving Them to a different domain - can help your rankings, " says Google's Michael Wyszomierski.  Because of that reason, I don't recommend you to activate SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2's "Convert search terms into links to search page" feature. This feature used to be a very good feature to increase indexed pages, but now it is better for you to not using it anymore.

To make friend with Google Panda, always put high quality unique contents and strengthen On-Page SEO on the content page with the targeted keywords and say goodbye to Autoblog, leave your autoblog befor google panda update your blog,. Some people even said that now, the most important thing is On-Page SEO, instead of backlink. For me, both are equally important, but I believe that On-Page SEO becomes way much more important than before Panda was updated.

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Enabling the next generation of cool

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Capturing QNX presence in automotive can’t be done IMHO without a nod to our experience in other markets. Take, for example, the extreme reliability required for the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle. This is the selfsame reliability that automakers rely on when building digital instrument clusters that cannot fail. Same goes for the impressive graphics on the BlackBerry Playbook. As a result, Tier1s and OEMs can now bring consumer-level functionality into the vehicle.

Multicore is another example. The automotive market is just starting to take note while QNX has been enabling multi-processing for more than 25 years.

So I figure that keeping our hand in other industries means we actually have more to offer than other vendors who specialize.

I tried to capture this in a short video. It had to be done overnight so it’s a bit of a throw-away but (of course) I'd like to think it works. :-)

QNX and Freescale talk future of in-car infotainment

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Paul Leroux
QNX and Freescale enjoy one of the longest technology partnerships in the field of automotive infotainment. The roots of their relationship reach back to 1999, when QNX became a founding member of MobileGT, an industry alliance formed by Motorola (Freescale's parent company) to drive the development of infotainment systems.

If you've read any of my blog posts on the QNX concept car (see here, here, and here), you've seen an example of how mixing QNX and Freescale technologies can yield some very cool results.

So it's no surprise that when Jennifer Hesse of Embedded Computing Design wanted to publish an article on the challenges of in-car infotainment, she approached both companies. The resulting interview, which features Andy Gryc of QNX and Paul Sykes of Freescale, runs the gamut — from mobile-device integration and multicore processors to graphical user interfaces and upgradeable architectures. You can read it here.

When will I get apps in my car?

Monday, October 24, 2011

I read the other day that Samsung’s TV application store has surpassed 10 million app downloads. That got me thinking: When will the 10 millionth app download occur in the auto industry as a whole? (Let’s not even consider 10 million apps for a single automaker.)

There’s been much talk about the car as the fourth screen in a person’s connected life, behind the TV, computer, and smartphone. The car rates so high because of the large amount of time people spend in it. While driving to work, you may want to listen to your personal flavor of news, listen to critical email through a safe, text-to-speech email reader, or get up to speed on your daily schedule. When returning home, you likely want to unwind by tapping into your favorite online music service. Given the current norm of using apps to access online content (even if the apps are a thin disguise for a web browser), this begs the question — when can I get apps in my car?

Entune takes a hands-free
approach to accessing apps.
A few automotive examples exist today, such as GM MyLink, Ford Sync, and Toyota Entune. But app deployment to vehicles is still in its infancy. What conditions, then, must exist for apps to flourish in cars? A few stand out:

Cars need to be upgradeable to accept new applications — This is a no-brainer. However, recognizing that the lifespan of a car is 10+ years, it would seem that a thin client application strategy is appropriate.

Established rules and best practices to reduce driver distraction — These must be made available to, and understood by, the development community. Remember that people drive cars at high speeds and cannot fiddle with unintuitive, hard-to-manipulate controls. Apps that consumers can use while driving will become the most popular. Apps that can be used only when the car is stopped will hold little appeal.

A large, unfragmented platform to attract a development community — Developers are more willing to create apps for a platform when they don't have to create multiple variants. That's why Apple maintains a consistent development environment and Google/Android tries to prevent fragmentation. Problem is, fragmentation could occur almost overnight in the automotive industry — imagine 10 different automakers with 10 different brands, each wanting a branded experience. To combat this, a common set of technologies for connected automotive application development (think web technologies) is essential. Current efforts to bring applications into cars all rely on proprietary SDKs, ensuring fragmentation.

Other barriers undoubtedly exist, but these are the most obvious.

By the way, don’t ask me for my prediction of when the 10 millionth app will ship in auto. There’s lots of work to be done first.


Ferrari 599 GTO soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo

Thursday, October 20, 2011

KIKIMIQBALSOFT.blogspot.com Ferrari 599 GTO soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo as long as it is known as car enthusiasts, especially the latest sports. And most recently, the Portuguese footballer was caught riding a new car, the Ferrari 599 GTO

Ronaldo detikOto quotes The Telegraph, Friday (07/15/2011) Some time ago he was caught driving a Ferrari 599 GTO was painted black. The local media have called this car the last car Ronaldo also known as Batman Batmobile.
One of the players in the world are grazing with Real Madrid was driving a Ferrari 599 GTO to go eat at a Japanese restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal.    READ MORE>>

Marking over 5 years of putting HTML in production cars

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Think back to when you realized the Internet was reaching beyond the desktop. Or better yet, when you realized it would touch every facet of your life. If you haven’t had that second revelation yet, perhaps you should read my post about the Twittering toilet.

For me, the realization occurred 11 years ago, when I signed up with QNX Software Systems. QNX was already connecting devices to the web, using technology that was light years ahead of anything else on the market. For instance, in the late 90s, QNX engineers created the “QNX 1.44M Floppy,” a self-booting promotional diskette that showcased how the QNX OS could deliver a complete web experience in a tiny footprint. It was an enormous hit, with more than 1 million downloads.

Embedding the web,
dot com style:

The QNX-powered Audrey
Also ahead of its time was the concept of a tablet computer that provided full web access. When I started at QNX, I was responsible for tablets, thin clients, and set-top boxes. The most successful of these pioneering devices was the 3COM Audrey kitchen tablet. It could send and receive email, browse the web, and sync to portable devices — incredibly sophisticated for the year 2000.

At the time, Don Fotsch, one of Audrey’s creators, coined the term “Internet Snacking” to describe the device’s browsing environment. The dot com crash in 2001 cut Audrey’s life short, but QNX maintained its focus on enabling a rich Internet experience in embedded devices, particularly those within the car.

The point of these stories is simple: Embedding the web is part of the QNX DNA. At one point, we even had multiple browser engines in production vehicles, including the Access Netfront engine, the QNX Voyager engine, and the OpenWave WAP Browser. In fact, we have had cars on the road with Web technologies since model year 2006.

With that pedigree in enabling HTML in automotive, we continue to push the envelope. We already enable unlimited web access with full browsers in BMW and other vehicles, but HTML in automotive is changing from a pure browsing experience to a full user experience encompassing applications and HMIs. With HTML5, this experience extends even to speech recognition, AV entertainment, rich animations, and full application environments — Angry Birds anyone?

People often now talk about “App Snacking,” but in the next phase of HTML 5 in the car, it will be "What’s for dinner?”!


2012 Toyota Yaris HSD Hybrid

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

kikimiqbalsoft.blogspot.com Toyota benar-benar serius dalam memproduksi mobil ramah lingkungan dengan tidak hanya memproduksi Toyota Prius yang bagi sebagian orang dianggap sebagai mobil hijau mahal, sekarang Toyota juga memperkenalkan nya "2012Toyota Yaris HSD Hybrid" pada 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Toyota mengklaim bahwa mobil ini akan menjadi pertama di dunia B-segmen mobil hibrida dan berjanji untuk menawarkan kelas-terkemuka ekonomi bahan bakar dan pengurangan emisi. Toyota HSD atau Hybrid Synergy teknologi drive pertama yang tersedia di Hybrid Prius, tetapi akan tersedia pada Yaris juga sehingga bisa didorong dalam modus full-listrik.

Toyota akan memancarkan nol emisi knalpot dan penggunaan bahan bakar nol untuk Yaris Hybrid HSD. Sistem mesin hijau menyediakan model Toyota dengan mengurangi biaya perawatan karena tidak memiliki alternator, motor starter atau sabuk drive. Membuat drivetrain HSD cocok menjadi Yaris merupakan tantangan terbesar Toyota. Toyota mengatakan, "Pengenalan teknologi hibrida penuh ke segmen B-telah menempatkan kami dengan beberapa tantangan rekayasa yang unik. Powertrain baru harus dioptimalkan untuk instalasi dalam kendaraan kompak, desain kemasan yang efisien tanpa mengurangi kualitas sistem dan kinerja juga akomodasi penumpang dan loadspace. " READ MORE >>

What is Acne? Facts about acne

What is Acne? What Type and Type Acne? Acne can be defined as a condition common / prevalent on the skin that can result from a combination of excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells that clog the pores of the skin. Acne-causing bacteria will grow in this blend and breed. If it is allowed, the clogged pores will swell and ooze pus.

Classification of acne:

Acne is divided into a 4 (four) levels or levels as mild, moderate, somewhat heavy and heavy. Rankings are determined based on the number of existing acne on the face, chest and back, as well as large size of small pimples or acne inflammatory conditions. In addition, the following are also included in the different types of acne:

Acne in babies (newborn acne): This type of acne affects about 20% of newborns and classified as mild acne.

Acne in babies (infantile acne): Infants aged 3-6 months are also covered with acne, and it will grow back when she was a teenager.

Acne vulgaris (acne vulgaris): This type of acne is most common in adolescents and young people are growing up, about 12-24 years.

Acne conglobata (cystic acne): This type of acne occurs in young men, classified as serious but rare.

Acne is one of the most frustrating skin problems teens, many young people during adolescence because of excessive oil production disturbed by acne.

Based on research (research on consumer attitudes and concepts of a series of anti-acne products acnes rubs in the Asia Pacific region in 2004), among teenage skin problems, acne (47%) ranked second, the first is oily skin problems (57%) . Among them were 94% of teens who have acne problems will use anti-acne products for acne problems.

That is why anti-acne products are safe and effective is an angel helper for skin problems which come to expect by the youth in his teenage years. So, if you still are not powerless against acne on your face that make dizzy?

Check out tips on preventing acne article next week! Tips powered by Treatment Acnes Series of MentholatumR USA


BBDevCon — Apps on BlackBerry couldn't be better

Unfortunately I joined the BBDevCon live broadcast a little too late to capture some of the absolutely amazing TAT Cascades video. RIM announced that TAT will be fully supported as a new HMI framework on BBX (yes, the new name of QNX OS for PlayBook and phones has been officially announced now). The video was mesmerizing — a picture album with slightly folded pictures falling down in an array, shaded and lit, with tags flying in from the side. It looked absolutely amazing, and it was created with simple code that configured the TAT framework "list" class with some standard properties. And there was another very cool TAT demo that showed an email filter with an active touch mesh, letting you filter your email in a very visual way. Super cool looking.

HTML5 support is huge, too — RIM has had WebWorks and Torch for a while, but their importance continues to grow. HTML5 apps provide the way to unify older BB devices and any of the new BBX-based PlayBooks and phones. That's a beautiful tie-in to automotive, where we're building our next generation QNX CAR software using HTML5. The same apps running on desktops, phones, tablets, and cars? And on every mobile device, not just one flavor like iOS or Android? Sounds like the winning technology to me.

Finally, they talked about the success of App World. There were some really nice facts to constrast with the negative press RIM has received on "apps". First some interesting comparisons: 1% of Apple developers made more than $1000, but 13% of BlackBerry developers made more than $100,000. Whoa. And that App World generates the 2nd most amount of money — more than Android. Also very interesting!

I can't do better than the presenters, so I'll finish up with some pics for the rest of the stats...

New release of QNX acoustic processing suite means less noise, less tuning for hands-free systems

Paul Leroux
This just in: QNX has released version 2.0 of its acoustic processing suite, a modular software library designed to maximize the quality and clarity of automotive hands-free systems.

The suite, used by 18 automakers on over 100 vehicle platforms, provides modules for both the receive side and the send side of hands-free calls. The modules include acoustic echo cancellation, noise reduction, wind blocking, dynamic parametric equalization, bandwidth extension, high frequency encoding, and many others. Together, they enable high-quality voice communication, even in a noisy automotive interior.

Highlights of version 2.0 include:

Enhanced noise reduction — Minimizes audio distortions and significantly improves call clarity. Can also reconstruct speech masked by low-frequency road and engine noise.

Automatic delay calculation and compensation — Eliminates almost all product tuning, enabling automakers to save significant deployment time and expense.

Off-Axis noise rejection — Rejects sound not directly in front of a microphone or speaker, allowing dual-microphone solutions to hone in on the person speaking for greater intelligibility.

To read the press release, click here. To learn more about the acoustic processing suite, visit the QNX website.

The QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite can run on the general purpose processor,
saving the cost of a DSP.


Wanted: Haunted Vehicles

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween is just around the corner, and that reminds me of the haunted room at Lucent Bell Labs. Mind you, it wasn’t really haunted. But for a moment, I was convinced.

Let me explain. As I entered the room, I could hear two of my colleagues talking to each other, and by the sound of their voices, they were both sitting right in front of me. But when I looked, I could see only one person. Creepy, to say the least.

It took a few seconds, but I finally realized what was happening: The other colleague was in a different room, talking over a perfectly tuned prototype of a conference phone. The sense of presence was so real that I couldn’t help but feel we were all in the same room — even after I became aware of the “trick” being played!

It was then that I realized it: We don’t know what we’re missing until we experience it.

Making it real
Current telephone calls don’t sound like face-to-face conversations because the telephone network and terminals band-limit speech from about 50-10000 Hz down to 300-3400 Hz. To make matters worse, the phone’s single channel of audio eliminates spatial information about the sound source. As a result, we perceive most sounds as coming from the same point in space.

But here's the thing: The historical reasons for transmitting these single-channel narrowband speech signals no longer apply. Current technologies — such as wideband speech coders, spatial audio, and VoIP — are enabling speech communications with wider bandwidth speech and greater spatial information.

Many in the industry refer to these next-generation telecommunications systems as telepresence systems. “Telepresence” refers to the degree of realism created by a telecommunications system. Traditional systems have low telepresence while newer systems that use wider bandwidth speech and spatial audio have high telepresence.

Some people believe that a visual display is a must-have for a telepresence system. In reality, a display can decrease telepresence if its quality is poor. Experience shows that an audio-only system can have such high telepresence that people can't distinguish it from face-to-face communications — witness my haunting experience at Lucent Bell Labs.

Until recently, widespread deployment of telepresence systems has hit a roadblock: lack of standardization. Fortunately, the IETF CLUE Working Group and ITU-T Study Groups 16 and 12 are actively developing standards to remedy this situation.

Pimp my ride with telepresence
Telepresence systems have a lot to offer in an automotive environment. For instance, they could:

  • reduce driver distraction
  • make it easier to understand speech in the presence of vehicle noise
  • reduce the fatigue that comes from trying to understand a degraded voice signal

Moreover, a telepresence system makes the talker on the far end of the phone connection sound more like they are in the vehicle; it also makes the talker easier to identify.

Successful deployment of telepresence in an automotive environment depends on several factors:

  • attention to the design of vehicle platforms
  • use of high-performance acoustic processing algorithms (AEC, NR, etc.), such as those provided by the QNX acoustic processing suite
  • the ability to transport telepresence signals between telephony terminals — this is being enabled by increased VoIP availability (via LTE, for instance)

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to the day when my vehicle is haunted like that lab in New Jersey!

For additional reading on this topic, download the whitepaper, "Wideband Speech Communications for Automotive: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly".


NISSAN MARCH review spec and picture

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Nissan March review spec and picture

kikimiqbalsoft.blogspot.com Nissan Motor Indonesia (NMI) sebagai distributor merek Nissan di Indonesia berencana memasarkan mobilnya begitu sedikit yang Maret (AKA: Micra di Eropa). Nissan March memiliki dimensi lebih kecil [...]



kikimiqbalsoft.blogspot.com NISSAN MARCH NISMO MODIFICATION, Nissan March city car terbaik saat ini, Nissan March Nismo sepertinya tidak mempunyai batasan untuk di modifikasi, Nisan March mempunyai bentuk yang sangat mudah untuk di modifikasi sesuai dengan keinginan sangat fashionable,



Friday, October 14, 2011

kikimiqbalsoft.blogspot.com berikut ini adalah AVANZA modifikasi yang saya suka, bergaya elegan simple namun mempunyai karakter kuat, ini bisa dijadikan bahan rujukan untuk yang ingin memodif  TOYOTA AVANZA dengan tema elegan Murano... mantaff chek it bro

Lyrian Sexy Japanese Girls Pictures and Clips

Identify the characteristics of brain cancer

Identify the characteristics of brain cancer

http://cancer-htc.blogspot.com/ Before you understand more about brain cancersymptoms, you need to understand the structure of the human brain first. The brain is an important organ that regulates all activities / movements of the human body. Just imagine you're on a motorcycle, how many activities you do? Looking at the road, driving, look left-right, look in the mirror, to balance, not to mention while thinkers about what to eat tonight ... In one second, there riburan things happen in your brain (which happens either consciously or unconsciously).

The brain can be multitasking like this because all of the activity regulated by different brain parts (each part has a different function). In general, the human brain is divided into three parts, namely a large brain (cerebrum), cerebellum (cerebellum) and brain stem (brain stem). Each part is divided again into smaller parts, in which each small part is divided again, and so on. Space filled with fluid between the brain (cerebrospinal fluid), while the exterior is protected by three layers of the lining of the brain (meninges) and bone of the skull. READ MORE>>

How to preventing brain cancer

How to preventing brain cancer
http://cancer-htc.blogspot.com/, there is cancer, cells undergo changes / mutations that cells divide uncontrollably, invade the surrounding tissue cells are abnormal, and could also move to other body tissues via the blood circulation (metastasis). So far have not found a method to "cure" of abnormal cells, so the only way is to remove abnormal tissue from the body to other body parts were not infected. In certain types of cancer, eg breast cancer, if the abnormal cells are detected early then the network problem can be removed / discarded. But on brain cancer, if cancer cells have spread to vital parts of the brain that there is no way to remove the abnormal cells.




Harman infotainment systems gear up with QNX technology

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Paul Leroux
If you've ever driven an Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, or Porsche, chances are it used a sound system or infotainment unit from Harman International.

Mind you, Harman isn't just about the high end. They also offer a scalable infotainment platform that can target both higher-end and lower-end vehicles. And they aren't just about European cars, either. Earlier this year, they became the first non-Japanese supplier to supply an infotainment system (the QNX-based Entune system) to Toyota. They also supply systems to Hyundai, Lexus, Subaru, and Ssangyong.

Since 2003, Harman has used the QNX OS as the software platform for its infotainment products. (In fact, Harman owned QNX Software Systems for about 5 years, before QNX became a subsidiary of RIM.) In this video, Rick Kreifeldt, Harman's VP of global automotive research and innovation, discusses how QNX technology and expertise help Harman cut time-to-market and create greener products. Check it out:

A version of this post originally appeared on the On Q blog.

QNX Auto Summit Japan 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

How many car guys does it take to change a light bulb?  Three normally, but only one if you've already lifted  the engine block out of the way!

There's an actual reason for this joke which I'll explain in the epilogue.  But let me shamelessly segue: there's a whole room full of car folks here in Nagoya, and they're working on something which needs a good more heavy lifting than needed to change that troublesome light bulb.  They're building tomorrow's car systems.  To help, QNX is hosting a full day event here in beautiful Nagoya, covering what the latest goings on are in the automotive space that's near and dear to our hearts--in-cab vehicle electronics.

Getting seated before the day begins
Our first presenter was Dr. Motoyuki Akamatsu, who broke the ice with a very entertaining video about an early 1966 study on driver distraction.  The driver is wearing a device that looks like a giant eyelid that closes over his face on regular intervals, occluding his vision.  The driver is coincidentally also the narrator, calmly describing the whole experiment as his view of the road is completely blocked every couple seconds or so.  This is all while normal traffic is flowing around his car, totally unaware that this test driver could run into them at any moment. What they got away with in the sixties! The rest of his talk was equally informative; Akamatsu-san talked about how modern testing for driver distraction is done, and how mobiles can impact that.

I gave a talk about picking the right HMI (or UX if you prefer) framework for automotive infotainment.  There's a ton of choice out there--HTML5, Adobe AIR, Qt, Android, Meego, EB Guide,  OpenGL ES--I could go on and on. There are a lot of things to consider.  Given that I didn't have an abundance of time and that it was all being dynamically translated into Japanese, I couldn't cover as much as I might have wanted.  Look for a future blog from me where I can give the topic a little bit more space.  (Mini-spoiler alert: I've listed my favorite first.)

The president of ARM Japan gave a talk about ARM use in vehicles. A short summary: ARM processors are on the rise everywhere in the car, and trending upwards. ARM licensed 6 billion CPUs last year, and they predict 100 billion devices by 2020.  Japan is probably the only area where they aren't dominating (yet). A short roadmap then was presented about Cortex family--A8, A9, A15, and A5. Also he talked about the ARM M series. I must apologize that my jet lag affect my attention span during ARM M series (that architecture is almost irrelevant in infotainment, if that's an excuse). He also talked about ARM's Mali GPU built on Midgard architecture (supporting both OpenGLES 2.0 and DirectX9). 

Alex Kinsella of RIM gave a talk about separation of personal and enterprise use of devices, in a way that gives simultaneously more freedom for the user and more options and security for the enterprise.  All very cool stuff for enabling more OEM options to the vehicle.

Our very own Andrew Poliak talked about the various different connectivity options between cars and mobiles--both where we are today (MirrorLink, iPod Out, Remote Skin/BlueTooth SPP+A2DP) and where we see that they're going (HTML5, HDMI/MDL, USB 3.0).
Andrew explains OEM's evolving needs and timelines
Roger Lanctot of Strategy Analytics had a lot of interesting things to share about their in-depth research, covering current industry trends and some of Roger's predictions.
  • Global smartphones are right now 38% of the mobile market, with all signs of growth.
  • You need good traffic info that's predictive.  If it's not, its worthless, and navigation and traffic services are still the biggest customer desire out of an in-car system.
  • Solve distraction problems before they are regulated out by governments.
  • Apps in the car will be very important.  Their research shows over 55% buyers (world wide average) want it.  OEMs though take note--this will sell cars, but there's no profit in it for the OEM themselves.
  • Many different connectivity options exist. Nobody has hmi nailed yet, so there's a big opportunity to get it right.
  • HMI solutions are converging on mobile device communications.
Roger lists every mobile connectivity solution known to man
Probably most emphasized facts of Roger's presentation were about China.
  • China is important. If you don't play there you're writing your own ticket for irrelevance. It's the fastest growing automotive market, with a rich aftermarket space.
  • China infotainment solutions are like the wild west right now, and include some crazy displays that Roger showed us with dozens of touch buttons.  They've even got systems that have the ability to create and edit docs while driving! Microsoft Word at 70mph, here I come!  I can't wait for the next IDE to have in-vehicle recognition so I can program while driving.  
  • China has exceedingly complex HMIs with apparent disregard for any regulations that might exist. 
  • China is not the safest place.  They've got tons of new drivers, new infrastructure, and growth rates that exceed their experience.  The World Health Organization estimates 200,000 vehicle fatalities (significantly higher than China's officially reported numbers).  That's around 18% the world total vehicular fatalities.  Wow.

Finally, our VP of Sales and Marketing Derek Kuhn ended up with a description of where QNX is going for the future automotive platforms with QNX CAR 2.  In a word?  Awesomeness.  (Coincidentally, this is Derek's favourite word.) In ten? Full support for almost everything car makers ever dreamed of. 

We wrapped up the day with a cocktail hour for all our guests and some Formula 1 race day ticket give-aways to some lucky attendees.  

Guests having caught their taxis or trains, and the show nicely wrapped, the QNX staff gave secret surprise birthday wishes to our Alison Canavan, the world's best event coordinator, and to the world's most thoughtful person and our Auto Summit Japan emcee, Kosuke Abe.

All in all, a very busy and successful day.  I'm pooped.  And that's a wrap.

You've probably forgotten about the car guy lightbulb joke already, but I'll finish explaining it anyway. My girlfriend had one of her car's headlights burn out, and she asked me if I could fix it. My male chivalry and handyman pride made me jump at the opportunity to help! I naively went out to the car with a screwdriver, expecting to maybe loosen the screws around the light enclosure, pop out the bulb, put in the new one, and dust off my hands for a well deserved beer in one minute flat. It became immediately obvious that Honda had something much more nefarious in mind when they built the Civic. No screws.  You had to remove the bulb from the back, but there wasn't any obvious way for a human hand (well, no adult human, anyway) to fit in the allotted space.  I went back into the house, grabbed a handful of tools this time, and spent the next 20 minutes trying to figure out what parts of the car needed to be disassembled to get at the light bulb. This wasn't immediately fruitful either, so I went back in the house, consulted the Internet, and lo and behold--I wasn't just an idiot.  I found many other posts from many other delighted Civic owners.  It looked like the most popular solution was to remove the battery, battery cage and power steering pump mounts, lift the power steering out of the way, and then you could get at the bulb.  More of a challenge than I was really looking for, I'm afraid, so I went back to my girlfriend, tail between my legs, and shamefully recommended that she take it to the dealer.

I couldn't help smiling at her retelling of the dealer visit.  The first mechanic came out, all confident with a line something like "well, many guys don't really know how to do car stuff, so we'll take care of it."  Then he spent about 15 minutes digging around, trying to discover how on earth you get the stupid bulb out.  He finally had to call over his boss to get assistance.  They did end up replacing the bulb, but it was a little more complicated than he expected too! Tally it up--me and two mechanics--three guys to replace a light bulb. 

Good thing that building automotive software is so much easier.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

2011 BMW X6 Preview and wallpapers
The BMW X6 combines several unusual features into a vehicle that ends up attracting attention not only for its comfort and speed, but for its tightly engineered engine and unusual body. The 2012 model, which was featured at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, will be radically different from the Upcoming 2012 Cars BMW X6, which has a release date of early 2011. 

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