A physical keyboard that pops out of your touchscreen!


This looks like something that would come out of a sci fi movie, but then.. The gadgets that do are often the best. The concept is a touchscreen which can physically transform, ejecting buttons or shapes from the screen itself. In this example the technology is used to make a tablet, or smart phones on screen keyboard become a physical one, in a n instant. It seriously is one of the coolest things i’ve seen, and hopefully we will see it on shelves in a few years.

According to the Verge’s Nathan Ingraham, the tactus touchscreen prototype uses microfluidics to accomplish this feat. Beneath the outer surface of the screen, which appears to be a plastic membrane, are channels for a special oil to flow into reservoirs reserved for the keys of your keyboard. When flat, Ingraham says the channels are barely perceptible. Of course, this being a very very early prototype (and a nascent concept in general), the only pattern the screen can form is that of a QWERTY keyboard in landscape orientation. The idea is to someday be able to form multiple patterns in varying orientations, but for now the company is just trying to get the idea off the ground.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox Smart Glass at E3


At Microsoft’s press conference at E3  the company  revealed a brand new thing called Microsoft Smart Glass.

Smart Glass can be called a sort of new platform, which connects your Xbox 360 with your smart phone or surf board. You will receive an extra window where information can be presented, not unlike the idea behind Nintendo Wii U.

Currently, Microsoft demonstrated how you can wirelessly share movies between your TV and surf the plate, not unlike Apple Airplay. But the Smart Glass aspires to more than that. In some games you’ll use your Tablet as an extra controller, or keyboard while you surf the web on your Xbox 360.

One of the more imaginative uses of Microsoft said during the press conference is that you can surf the plate as a window for extra information, such as an interactive map in an episode of Game of Thrones.

Microsoft gives developers a free hand in terms of Smart Glass, which means we can hopefully look forward to some fun features in the future. Nor is it tied to Windows Mobile and tablets with Windows 8, but also extends across PCs, Android and IOS.

Microsoft Smart Glass will be launched sometime this fall.

Nobody actually likes Internet Explorer, it’s simply convinient to use as it come pre installed with windows. And usually there is a good reason, buggy slow browser with low compability, but now Microsoft seems to have done one good thing. Internet Explorer 10 will be the first browser to have Do Not Track as default, quite different from Google’s Chrome that send information to google without your consent. So this might be a small step towards anonymity being a right on the internet.

And once again…

http://www.sweclockers.com/image/red/2012/06/04/Ultrabook.jpg?t=paneBanner&k=51265d0bRumors that all new Intel Ultrabooks will be equipped with a software called Devicescape that lets you connect to over 8 million wifi hotspots over the world. While this technology isn’t new (boingo, skype wifi etc), this variant will work even while in standby. For example if your laptop is in sleep mode in your backpack while you walk by an open hotspot, it is able to do some quick updates and things like that.  That way you’d be online and up to date (think stock quotes, Twitter, email, etc.) as soon as you actually turn the machine on. There’s no word of course on whether this will affect the price of the machines, or even if it’ll affect battery life. Windows 8 does have Connected Standby, so if that works correctly when the time comes, this whole setup might happen at a minimal impact on battery.

 

Devicescape refers to itself as a “curated virtual network” (CVN) — out of the approximately 100 million open Wi-FI connections in the world, about eight million are part of the Devicescape network. The company measures all potential candidates by quality, availability, speed, and reliability, and only adds fewer ten percent of the networks it measures into its CVN.

So did Intel just win the CPU speed wars against AMD?

http://www.intomobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/amd-ceo-dirk-meyer.jpgAccording to AMD’s CEO the company will no longer strive to built the fastest processing units.. Why? Who knows, they will probably focus on ARM and low cost units now.

“That era is done,” Rory Read said in an interview and added, “There’s enough processing power on every laptop on the planet today.” Uh oh. Those quotes leave room for speculation that is significant enough to upset an entire loyal customer base of enthusiast users and may not have been the smartest choice of words.

“I think we come in and steal the bacon around the whole thin-and-light movement and capture a significant portion of the opportunity there,” Read said.

“It can be a very different AMD going forward, but we have a long way to go,” he said. “There’s been a passion for innovation but there needs to be a passion for delivery and a passion for the customers.”

Ofcourse this dosen’t mean AMD processors suddenly suck, just that future generations will not be as fast as Intel processors. And considering AMDS rather recent aquisition of ATI they might put more energy on making a faster GPU than NVIDIA.

 

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