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Racist technology. Doesn't work for us people who have accents!
I think that as AI advances, that will become less of an issue.
Coincidentally, I have been taking a lens design class for half a day over the last 6 weeks, and the new camera lens has been discussed in minor detail. Apparently it is possible to buy the lens assemblies for iPhones for something on the order of five or ten dollars US. The guy teaching our class is a free-lance lens designer and he is waiting to get one of the iPhone 4S lenses to examine. They are supposed to be made from plastic. Also there is a piezo-electric auto-focus system in the iPhone4S, but I am not sure about earlier models.
...Music can be used to stimulate mass emotion, while mathematics cannot; and musical incapacity is recognized (no doubt rightly) as mildly discreditable, whereas most people are so frightened of the name of mathematics that they are ready, quite unaffectedly, to exaggerate their own mathematical stupidity.
G.H. Hardy in A Mathematician's Apology (London 1941).
Coincidentally, I have been taking a lens design class
You are truly a renaissance man. How did you even come up with the idea?
Anyway, http://www.16-9.net/lens_tests/k800i/index.html was a pretty interesting read regarding camera phones - though I think the evolution there's going a bit slower because cameras are considered extras instead of main selling points.
"Part of an instrument is what it can do, and part of it is what you do to it" - Suzanne Ciani, 197x.
Synthesizer Programming Megathread - add your tips & tricks or ask how to recreate sounds!