1) can someone weigh in on what kinds of image processing is out there now that we slashdotter's can get in on? I ask because of number 2 (cue The Prisoner reference)...
2) Just taking a moment to consider this...
I'd be more comfortable if this were open-source, but there's some neat uses for this idea. I've considered getting a hololens, if only to poke around with it, but the idea of AR seems much more useful in day-to-day life than VR at the moment.
It obviates the need for sensors in everything (keys, eggs, fridge, etc) and could actually, with some work, help cut down on the need for the IoT. I'll assume that our new Helper is named Harvey, since I'm not a fan of Cortana.
Harvey could be a connected series of "eyes" or sensor suites. .One might be trained on the kitchen. Every time you open the door it might have a laser sensor that measures the temp of the fridge as well as what you take out of it. If you have dumb fridge, it might recommend that the surface temp of the egg carton could be put more in line with FDA recommendations by lowering the fridge temp, or by putting it in the crisper. It could see how many you have left, or it might see what you're taking out of the fridge, stuff it in a queue, and if you ask,"Hey Harvey, what should I make for dinner?" it could sift through the web and make a suggestion, also bringing up search results on a HUD you may have in your glasses, or on a screen in your kitchen.
Harvey might be in your garage and could measure reflected light to determine if your car could be washed and waxed (I dunno...). Harvey might be able to process what a good configuration for all your stuff in a room is, showing optimized places for putting things away, or talking to a robot who can put all the things away after cataloging where it all goes, making cleaning up much less cognitively intense (I, personally, can get overwhelmed trying to put all those things away); that's a version of image processing I'd be happy with!
My issue is that it should be open source. I should be able to go in and change how Harvey works, how we interact, and see what Harvey is doing with all that data; many people won't care, I suspect. I do see a future where people like ourselves program our own Bots (hey Joel Hodgson!) to help fit our lives. If we can keep these items secure, I believe it could lead to a much more productive and probably content future where we can focus on the things we love to do (cue 50s housewife music, "brought to you by GE!")