Entertainment ain’t entertaining if something halts the onlooker from being entertained. Right?
How many times have you faced a situation when you were streaming that really awesome batman movie on your Smart TV in the living room and your dad shows up and asks you to get a task done? Or your sister shows up and snatches the remote control to watch her favorite star’s movie that she has already watched a dozen times?
No matter what the situation is, people often face the problem of being interrupted while in the middle of watching a really interesting video/movie.
And when you want to resume watching it, it is often the case that you are directed to the beginning of the video and you have to hit the fast forward button to get to the point where you stopped watching it last time.
Such a hassle, ain’t it?
But fret not! This major inconvenience is soon about to become a history. Our superhero Google has come up with yet another technology that would smash out this problem.
According to the latest patent filed by Google titled Automatic Transition of Content Based on Facial Recognition, a new trend is about to start. Gone are the days when users followed content, now content will follow its users everywhere.
For instance, consider you are watching Tim Urban’s Ted talk on your smartphone/tablet in the kitchen while preparing snacks and suddenly the phone rings in the living room.
You pick the phone and after having the conversation decide to watch something on TV while munching those yummy nachos with salsa forgetting all about the video being played on your smartphone.
And the moment you switch on the TV, it presents you with the option to watch the Ted talk of Tim Urban from the moment right before the phone rang. And that too without logging-in to YouTube account. Magic? No. Technology?
Yes. Face recognition technology, to be precise.
Google is working to harness the power of facial recognition technology in order to improve user experience because no one can understand user experience better than Google.
How YouTube Will Provide Hassle Free Video Resuming on Multiple Devices
When a user is watching a particular piece of content on any smart device, the inbuilt or external camera tries to capture information about the user based on facial recognition data and creates a user id of along with a timer id that could store the session information related to the content viewed by the user.
Now if the user is somehow interrupted or leaves while the video is still being played, and switches on another smart device, the camera on the second device recognizes the user and the user is given the option to resume playing the particular piece of content from the moment when the user was interrupted.
Meanwhile the camera on first device tracks the absence of the user and turns off/shut down based on the settings of the user.
Energy saving. Check.
What If You’re Watching an Video in a Group?
Wait a moment. But what if there are multiple people watching the content on the same device? Will the rules still be the same?
Yes. Google identifies faces and creates a unique user id for each of them and attaches the session of the content watched on a particular device to their account. Considering the fact that almost everyone owns a Google+ account and the sophisticated image technology Google uses, it would be very easy for Google to recognize the email id related to a user.
So if you were watching a heart-wrenching documentary online on your friend’s laptop and had to leave in middle of the climax since something came up?
Well, you do not have to call your friend to ask the name of the particular documentary because your smartphone would already be waiting to present you with the option. How? Face recognition technology empowered by the super powers of Google.
Awesome. Ain’t it?