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Things I wish 'Ok Google' would respond properly too

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After switching to the Google Pixel, I’ve found myself using ‘Ok Google’ more and more. Particularly when it comes to doing things like setting reminders, and events and navigating.

This is a list of things I wished worked, in no particular order, with dates attached so I can record when they do start working.

Notes

  • Some of these things are limitations of the assistant, and some of them are limitations of the application
  • It possible some of these already work and I just don’t know how to access them. Though that is itself a failure. Discovery should be easy.

April 2017

  • Take a note - Says I don’t have a note app installed
  • Navigate to X (decides that I want to walk regardless of how far). “Navigate to X by car” works, but it should be more intelligent about what it suggests as the default.
  • Navigation: Toggle the toll roads / no toll roads per trip, rather than as a global setting in the navigation app. While ‘Navigate without tolls’ works
  • Send a Telegram message
  • Send a Whatsapp message
  • Set an all-day event (The flow can only handle ‘one hour’ meetings)
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VR at Officeworks

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Not the first VR headset I’ve found in a retailer here, KMart has had both an incredibly dodgy headset and also the somewhat cooler viewmaster, but it’s interesting to see Officeworks dedicating some space to VR headsets.

VR at Officeworks

They’ve previously done 3D printing though that didn’t end up sticking.

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SXSW - VR for Architecture

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Another great session at SXSW. InsiteVR and Interior Architects talking about how they’ve been using VR to increase understanding of upcoming work.

They’ve had experiences where people had incorrect perceptions of what a space was going to look and work like, that were corrected by seeing it in VR.

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SXSW - Regina Dugan - Making Epic Sh*t

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Yet another brain dump.

Regina Dugan - Making Epic Sh*t was probably my favourite talk at SXSW so far.

  • Credentials: DARPA + Google ATAP
  • Innovation is a discipline
  • Breakthrough vs Evolutionary Innovation
  • When operating at the level that DARPA/Google ATAP operate at failure is just a part of it - Said differently Breakthrough Innovation is going to involve failure.
  • Failure isn’t the problem, fear of failure is the problem
  • Pasteur’s Quadrant - Picking highly applicable technologies for which the science is now ready

The talk wasn’t recorded but I did find a bunch of other Regina talks after:

The Google I/O talk is longer and potentially better (though slightly older).

An even older talk while Regina was still at DARPA is also interesting:

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VR at Biennale Sydney

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Recently visited Cockatoo Island in Sydney for the 20th Annual Biennale. Plenty of great artworks, however the VR installation was my favourite. It was quite a basic implementation (not even using head tracking). Even without the advanced features I’m now used to the effect of pulling yourself forward down a tunnel while a display was strapped to your head was surreal.

VR at Biennale Sydney