Friday Apr 25, 2014
Are Smartphones Getting Smarter?
Tech Expert Weighs in on products at the Consumer Electronics Show
The Consumer Electronics Show kicked off this week in Las Vegas with high expectations for this year’s host of forward-thinking tech products. This year’s convention brings the trend of context awareness to the forefront of electronics—in other words, products can know what you want without any commands.


Tech expert Karl Volkman of Chicago’s SRV Network, Inc., predicts that context awareness will be a major factor in the next wave of “smart” products.

“Right now we have products available that can detect what a user wants it to do, but only when given a command. In the coming months, we’re going to see products that can sense what the user wants without a direct verbal or physical cue. It’s a big step,” Volkman says.

The idea of context awareness has been discussed for several years, but for it to take shape in the real world is a major step forward in the world of tech products. This week’s Consumer Electronics Show will introduce device sensors that interact with its other components, like cameras and microphones, to determine the needs of the user.

Companies like Qualcomm, the largest supplier of chips for smartphones, also suggests mobile devices will be able to interact with external sensors, like in a user’s home or car. They refer to this as a “digital sixth sense.”

Smartphones already have sensors that detect movement, what direction it is facing, and orientation. While applications like Apple’s Siri have been popularized among mainstream consumers, experts predict that even smarter devices will be introduced that include facial recognition and hand gesture recognition. Movea, a tech company based in France, is working on motion sensing technology that can detect where it is on a person and whether that person is in a car or on a bike. France Telecom and Omek Interactive Ltd. are developing products that can be controlled by hand gestures.

Karl Volkman, the Chief Technology Officer of SRV Network, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, is an IT Professional with over 30 years of experience. Prior to his position at SRV Network, Karl was the Director of Technology for the New Lenox School District 122 in Illinois, the Chief Information Officer of the Habitat Company in Chicago, and the Manager of Networks & Communications for John Nuveen and Company. Karl’s certifications include HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Adtran, Objectworld, and Cymphonix. His capabilities include IT Management, Planning and Technician, Telecomm Technician, Programmer, DBA, and Technology Instruction.

For more information on SRV Network, Inc. or to speak with Karl Volkman, please contact me directly.

About SRV Network, Inc: SRV Network, Inc. is Microsoft Gold Certified partner that offers a variety of IT services, including a variety of flexible service packages that meet any client requirement, from as-needed technical help to intensive, regular on-site work. They work with all technology platforms and have a broad expertise in a wide variety of technology solutions.  They specialize in Network Design and Implementation, Network Maintenance and Monitoring, Disaster Recovery and Prevention and IP Telephony. Please visit www.srvnetwork.com for more information.


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