The future of the touchscreen

May 23, 2010

Imagine being able to feel the buttons on your mobile when you slide them across the screen or feeling the material as wood, metal or stone.

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Toshiba’s working on just such a project, which operates on the basis of a film affixed to your smartphone’s touch panel. Electrical currents are sent through this layer, and your fingers are shot up with the simulated sensation of touching those various surfaces.

And it is not fiction anymore as they have a working prototype and they weren’t shy to show it off.

@maniac13


My Gadget wish list for 2010

May 10, 2010

In my line of work (and because I love it) I come across a lot of cool gadgets and usually (at least if you ask my wife) I spend too much money on them.

So this year I will follow my moms advice and make myself a list.

Usually I start these lists with the least and work my way up to the best, but I want to start with the device I really really want this year.

1. Samsung Galaxy S

I have been using my 8310 blackberry for too long and for a while there I was carrying around 3 devices to do my phonecalls, emails and browsing and gaming, but the Samsung will be able to do all that.

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So why do I want it?

for a start I don’t like the iPhone (don’t get me wrong I think it is a good phone for “normal” users), but it just doesn’t do what i want from a phone.

apart from that here is my  shortlist on why I want it:

* 4 inch WVGA Super Amoled screen (finally a device i can use outside)
* big (as in big capacity) battery – 1500mAh
* 16GB internal memory + extendable with micro sd
* wireless n
* camera capable of 720p video @ 30fps
* support of MPeg4, H.263, H.264, WMV, RV, DivX, Xvid and MKV – no more converting movies
* Samsung Social Hub – no more opening up app after app after app – I just have it all in one inbox – sweet

 

2. Tablet

I had a chance to play with the iPad for a few weeks now and I have to say I am not impressed – especially since Apple announced the AU pricing for it today and again, Australia gets screwed – all you really get is a big iPod

so what do I want in a Tablet?

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The future of touch includes a stylus

April 10, 2010

Even though Apple’s Steve Jobs was very clear about not liking a stylus, it looks like Microsoft Research went back to it to combine it with touch input and give the user new tools that weren’t possible before.

Of course this comes from the research department and might never see the day of life, but it looks awesome and I can see this “addition of the past” bringing some useful things to the end user.

check out the video

@maniac13


See the future at Microsoft TechFest

March 3, 2010

Techcrunch was able to get a preview of the upcoming projects that MS will show off at the upcoming TechFest.

As usual not all of these will become an actual product but most of them are definitely interesting.

Here are the once I like:

Immersive Digital Painting

The translating telephone

Cloud Computing

there are a couple more here if you are interested

@maniac13


The future of board games

February 1, 2010

The Human Media Lab at Queen’s University in Ontario wants to use slim, networked touchscreen hexagonal tiles with edge-to-edge OLED displays to play the games.

Check out the video below where they demo the idea by “faking” the hexagons with projectors, because the tech out there is not quite there yet.

Also even if the tech would be around already your board game would be about $1000

I’d play it if I could afford it

@maniac13


It’s a map… of the future.

November 4, 2009

Created by DensityDesign, this impressive piece of info-cartography takes a while to digest but is worth a look if you’re into this sort of thing.

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Wonder if this belongs on Strange Maps? 🙂

Also makes me think of the iA Web Trends Map:

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@iclazie


The future of the multi touch interface

October 26, 2009

Everywhere you go now you see touch interfaces, phones with touch screens, computers based on touch screens, maps in shopping centres are touchscreens and Windows 7 will support multi-touch.

Something we saw in Minority report would give you aching arms after a while and a tablet would just destroy your neck.

So the guys at 10/GUI came up with their own version of the future of Multi-touch and I think it is rather nice. It will take a while to get used to but so did the mouse when it first got introduced.

check out the video:

  Here is the site


Things Your Kids May Never Know About

July 24, 2009

Now that I am a dad I get drawn to different types of topics that never really interested me.

So I came across this one and it made me sad because it’s so true.

Being a geek myself I enjoyed reading about the “good old” days and i made it my mission to at least teach my child about all the great gadgets from the past.

here are my top 10 that i hope our children will remember because we tell them about it.

  1. Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something
  2. Sending that film away to be processed
  3. The scream of a modem connecting
  4. 5- and 3-inch floppies
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  5. Screens being just green (or orange) on black
  6. Phone books and Yellow Pages
  7. Waiting several minutes (or even hours!) to download something
  8. Putting film in your camera: 35mm may have some life still, but what about APS or disk?
  9. LEGO just being square blocks of various sizes, with the odd wheel, window or door
  10. Finding out information from an encyclopedia – times before Google and Bing

There are plenty more here


Coolest Record Player ever

June 29, 2009

Up to now this is only a concept, but if they ever get this to work I am so going to dig out my old records and get me one of these.

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This is how it should work:

The record player uses a carrier and dock outfitted with a magnetic and auto-calibrating control system which carries the LP into thin air as it is playing music. A self-running record player shaped in the form of a red sphere, contains a needle, amplifier and speaker, spins around the record, bringing the music to life.

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It was inspired by the Vinyl Killer which you can see here in action:

If they ever get this on the market, I will so get one.

found here.


Microsoft takes multi-touch beyond the screen

October 22, 2008

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Microsofts SideSight research project promises to do away with that pesky need to actually touch the screen. To do that, Microsoft proposes to employ a whole range of proximity sensors around a device, which would be able to detect gestures up to ten centimeters away, with a quick motion towards the device representing a click, for instance, or a twisting motion letting you rotate an image.

While Microsoft has actually built a prototype of sorts using an HTC Touch (seen above), it still has quite a ways to go, as the sensors on the prototype actually just connected to a PC via USB and then relayed back to the phone using Bluetooth. Eventually, however, Microsoft says that the system could allow for multi-touch to be used on very small devices, which could possibly even use printed sensors that would cover the entire casing.

full story here.


Five digital technologies that will change the marketing landscape

September 2, 2008

Here’s an article I wrote for AdNews last month – it was edited down for publication so here’s the full thing. Uncensored:

We all keep hearing about the pace of change and how much we need to constantly shift our businesses both as agency or client. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to look with so much going on; an ever expanding web and new devices appearing daily in the consumers lounge and pockets … all places we need to harness for marketing success.

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Batteries… soon to have a 30 year gap between recharging?

One thing’s for sure, it’s going to get more complicated, not less so I thought I would share five of the key technologies that are set to change the digital landscape in a significant way within the next ten years… here’s my TOP 5:

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