You might think you have a fairly good idea of the direction that gaming is heading in the future. After all, we love video game season and getting our hands on the latest titles like Super Mario Odyssey and Assasin’s Creed: Origins will certainly be a highlight of the 2017 Christmas season. But look further into the future, jumping forward five or ten years, and you might discover that gaming isn’t going to be anything like what you’re used to.
Say Goodbye To Console Generations
You might be eagerly awaiting the announcement of the PS5 or perhaps the Xbox Two. But, you might find yourself waiting a while. A few years ago the main developers promised we were reaching the end of the console wars and generation leaps that we had grown used to. Instead of the PS5, Sony announced the PS4 Pro. Instead of the Xbox Two, Microsoft revealed Scorpio which quickly became the Xbox One X. Why did they do this? Despite the graphic improvements and the advancements in the software, the new consoles don’t justify a new title. As such, an add-on really is what they should be referred to as. Despite the hefty price tag, typical gamers aren’t getting much more for their money. Now that might change in the future, and in one or two years we may see the PS5, but don’t count on it. It seems far more likely that the console wars are over.
Buying A New Game? There’s An App For That
We have known for years that developers have started to shift their attention towards mobile gaming and perhaps not in the way we’re used to. Mobile games were add-ons, they weren’t new experiences. But with Pokemon Go and other mainstream titles that’s changed. You might love Final Fantasy, the RPG that has been held up as a pinnacle of gaming for years. Well, if you want the newest one, you need to check out the app store because that’s where you’ll find it. The latest title was made exclusive for mobile, and it’s rather good. This is a trend that you should expect to see grow in the future. For instance, Nintendo made a massive commitment to mobile, and this could lead to the end of the handheld gaming systems they are wildly. Since the 3DS, Nintendo have been quite on the handheld gaming front, and we can’t help but wonder, is this the end of the road? After all, the Switch is essentially mobile, and there was even a rumor that Nintendo were creating their own phone. It seems clear that mobile gaming will become a more prominent part of the industry in the future.
VR and AR
According to Apple, the future is AR, and according to sony, it’s all about VR. Too radically different types of tech. Meanwhile, Microsoft can’t seem to decide which direction to head in. So, which one will win out in the future. VR and AR will both continue to evolve and become more important. AR will rise up on the phones while VR will become more crucial for awesome game experiences. However, eventually, both will meet in the middle with holograms. That’s right, we’re quite far away from this, but eventually, we will see holograms become prominent in gaming and every part of society. Expect the first movements and advancements in this tech over the next five to ten years. Games will be primitive at first with small levels that are merely demos similar to VR right now. But it will evolve, and slowly but surely we’ll move towards a point where we can walk around and interact with a holographic world.
Farewell To Hard Copies
Of course, before we reach that point we will also see the end of the hard copies of games. Blu Ray and DVD is already being phased out of the market thanks to streaming options and capabilities. Games require larger files that need downloading and as such the movement isn’t quite there yet. But we are certainly moving towards that direction, and within ten years hard copies of games will have disappeared from the market completely. Everything will be an online download. Will we still have gaming stores? Not once the consoles disappear as well. As already mentioned, the consoles are dying. Eventually, they will reach the point where they are completely obsolete.
Do you think this is the future of the video game industry? Or, could things head in a completely different direction. We’ll just have to wait and see what the years bring.
In-Store and Online Best Buy Shoppers Now Have Access to Voice-Activated AI Trainer
Provides Personalized Coaching Through Biosensing Earphones
LifeBEAM Labs, a leader in AI wearable innovations that has developed technology for NASA and the Air Force, has announced Vi, the world’s first voice-activated AI personal trainer, is now available in Best Buy stores and online. Originally launched through a Kickstarter campaign in summer 2016 that raised $1.68 million and became commercially available at www.GetVi.com in April 2017, Vi is built into biosensing earphones with beautiful sound powered by Harman Kardon. She brings consumer AI to the next level by adapting to a person’s behavior, environment and physiology to deliver tailored, real-time coaching that makes workouts more fun, motivating and effective.
Activated AI Trainer Provides Personalized Coaching Through Biosensing Earphones
Interactive fitness devices enter a new phase of evolution today as Vi, the world’s first voice-activated AI personal trainer, becomes commercially available. Created by LifeBEAM Labs, a leader in AI wearable innovations that has developed technology for NASA and the Air Force, Vi is built into biosensing earphones with beautiful sound powered by Harman Kardon. Vi brings consumer AI to the next level by adapting to a person’s behavior, environment and physiology to deliver tailored, real-time coaching that makes workouts morefun, motivating and effective.
“Vi is not like anything people will have heard or seen before. She is a listening, talking trainer that is aware of a person’s surroundings, physiology and activities inside and outside of workout sessions,” said Omri Yoffe, CEO of LifeBEAM. “Our vision is to build the best AI companion for body and mind. The natural first step was delivering an amazing voice-centric running experience, but we are already exploring opportunities to bring Vi to other devices and health and wellness settings.”
Voice Activation with Contextual Human Interaction
To create the experience and relationship with a life-like fitness companion, Vi has been designed with a human voice powered by hundreds of thousands of audio recordings. Vi doesn’t just repeat phrases, but like Alexa for fitness, converses with users–even going so far as to ask if she’s pronouncing their name correctly.
Vi’s functionality is also triggered by voice commands. For example, “Vi how am I doing?” will be met with Vi giving an update of current stats, while “Vi step to the beat” will trigger her cadence coaching capabilities.
From Wearable to Awareable
LifeBEAM has used its expertise developing in-ear biosensing technology for the aerospace industry to place Vi inside state-of-the-art earphones that provide her with a wealth of biometric and environmental data. Unlike other fitness devices you wear, these data points and AI make Vi aware. The advanced biosensing earphones fit snugly in any ear shape and have an array of sensors, such as heart rate, motion, posture, speech enhancement, elevation, touch and more. Vi even knows her user’s location and weather conditions.
Vi tracks a user’s cadence, heart rate, calories, speed, steps and distance, but goes beyond just monitoring stats. She pulls data from a wealth of sources to provide personalized coaching and feedback based on progress and goals. She connects with multiple third party apps such as Google Fit, Apple HealthKit and Strava, to understand a user’s behavior and health levels outside of her training sessions and combines this information with real-time environmental and physiological data to change her training insights on the fly.
She even integrates with Spotify and may suggest running playlists based on her user’s tastes.
From increasing stamina to weight loss, Vi helps people burn more calories, improve their runs, manage exhaustion and avoid injuries to achieve their fitness goals. Vi’s adaptiveness supports a wide range of users from beginners to marathon runners. Vi uses audio cues to improve running cadence, keeping users within the right effort zone and adjusting their pace to help them meet time, distance or fitness targets.
Best in Class Hardware
Vi boasts a lightweight and comfortable design that is sweat and water resistant, and packs an impressive battery life for all day use. This is made possible by Vi’s unique form factor, which hangs comfortably around the user’s neck with magnetic tips at the base that allow her earbuds to be secured when not in use. A set of in-ear fins and interchangeable ear gel sizes stabilize and hold the earbuds in place, even during vigorous workout activity. Vi’s high fidelity sound is powered by Harman Kardon speakers, ensuring that music always sounds crisp, clear and precise, and that Vi can always be clearly heard. With Vi, users can make and receive calls at any time and listen to their favorite music.
Connectivity and Interactive App
Setting up Vi is simple and can be done in seconds through a voice-activated onboarding. Using the Vi companion app, Vi’s earphones connect with iOS and Android devices through Bluetooth & BLE connectivity. Vi uses smartphone GPS during workouts to accurately map routes and the Vi companion app displays visual progress during and after workouts in addition to providing the user with an interface to set goals, review progress and customize Vi.