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NEC’s tactile touchscreen nudges at the future (video)

Monday, March 26th, 2012
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A touchscreen’s fatal flaw is its lack of feedback: imagine the satisfaction if you could feel those Angry Birds as they flew across the screen. NEC and the Tokyo Institute of Technology wanted a simpler solution to tactile displays than Senseg’s electrostatic-field based tech. Instead, this device uses a wire (yup) anchored on each corner of the display — when force is shown on screen, it jerks the screen in the corresponding direction. You can see it in action after the break, accompanied by the restful tones of Diginfo’s narrator. If there’s a better way to start a week, we don’t wanna know about it.

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NEC’s tactile touchscreen nudges at the future (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Mar 2012 06:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note: So much more than just a smartphone

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

It’s no secret that BGR Editor-in-chief is not a fan of the direction Samsung took with its latest smartphone, but he may have been looking at the mammoth handset all wrong. ”The Galaxy Note’s tagline asks if the device is a tablet or a smartphone, but like a girl in Spanx, it’s so much more,” The TechBlock’s Abdel Ibrahim and Jon Dick said of Samsung’s giant Galaxy Note phablet. Smartphone popularity continues to explode around the globe and while these converged devices offer tremendous utility compared to feature phones, no other smartphone on the market can match versatility of the Note. Hit the break for a few images of some of the many functions Ibrahim and Dick found for the Galaxy Note, and follow the read link for a hilarious account of one man’s switch from the iPhone to Samsung’s supersized smartphone.


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RIBA-II healthcare robot now stronger, smarter — still a bear

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

RIKEN’s original RIBA healthcare robot was already fairly adept at lifting patients while not completely terrifying them but, as is the case with such things, it’s now been succeeded by a new and improved model. While its outward, bear-like appearance hasn’t changed, the new bot boasts a series of upgrades that now lets it bend over and lift patients up directly off the floor, not just off a bed or wheelchair. It’s also now able to lift patients that weight up to 176 pounds (41 pounds more than before), and it packs an array of new sensors that let it more accurately gauge a person’s weight and carry them more comfortably — not to mention some touchscreen controls on its back for when it needs a bit of direction. Hit the source link below for a video.

[Thanks, robotbling]

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RIBA-II healthcare robot now stronger, smarter — still a bear originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 02 Aug 2011 15:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Oscium’s iMSO-104 turns iPad, iPhone into mixed signal oscilloscopes

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
We’ve seen oscilloscopes repurposed as clocks and MAME machines, but we hardly ever see the pendulum swing in the opposite direction. The iMSO-104, however, actually turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPad touch into an oscilloscope display. Using a Cypress Semiconductor system on a chip, the iMSO-104 touts a 5MHz bandwidth and as much as 12 megasamples per second, and connects to your device by way of the dock connector — according to its maker, it’s also the world’s smallest and most portable oscilloscope. That’s all well and good, but what we really want to know is, does it support Tennis for Two? The iMSO-104 is now available for pre-order for $300, but if you’re itching to see the thing in action, you can download the corresponding app today and give it a test drive. Full PR after the break.

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Oscium’s iMSO-104 turns iPad, iPhone into mixed signal oscilloscopes originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Editorial: It’s Apple’s ‘post-PC’ world — we’re all just living in it

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

On Wednesday, Apple introduced the world to the iPad 2. A beautiful device, to be sure. Feature packed? You bet. Soon to be selling like hotcakes? Absolutely. But the introduction of an iteration on an already existing product wasn’t the most notable piece of the event, nor was the surprise appearance of Steve Jobs. No, Wednesday’s event was significant because it introduced the world to Apple’s real vision for the foreseeable future, a theme the company has hinted at but never fully expressed. This week, Apple showed everyone where it was headed, challenged competitors on that direction, and made it clear that the company not only has staked a claim in that space, but is defining it.

This week, Apple stepped into the “post-PC” era of computing — and there’s no looking back, at least not for the folks in Cupertino.

By joining the company’s ongoing vision of a “different” kind of computing with a soundbite friendly piece of marketing-speak, Apple has changed the rules of the game, and made the competition’s efforts not just an uphill battle, but — at least in the eyes of Steve Jobs and co. — essentially moot. But what exactly is the “post-PC” world? And why is it significant? Let me explain.

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White iPhone 4 starts to get Best Buy, The Source shelf space

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

This shelf tag was apparently spotted this weekend at a Best Buy in Houston, and it speaks for itself: white iPhone 4, AT&T, $599.99 off contract (the same price as the black). Of course, we all know this thing is coming within the next few weeks at this point — there’s just too much evidence pointing in that direction — but the fact that we’ve got big box retailers printing and placing tags for it now suggests that it’s coming sooner rather than later. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, that QR code link is dead at the moment — we’ve linked it below in case you want to give it a shot.

Update: Looks like The Source (Canada’s version of Radio Shack) is also making room. See for yourself after the break. Thanks, Anonymous!

[Thanks, Joel P.]

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White iPhone 4 starts to get Best Buy, The Source shelf space originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 06 Feb 2011 21:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Aaron Rodgers Broke a Photographer’s Monopod to Score a Touchdown [Photography]

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 and AMD Radeon HD 6870 square off in dual-card showdown

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Whether you’re an NVIDIAn calling it SLI or a Radeonite referring to it as CrossFireX, a multi-card graphics setup is nowadays almost a prerequisite for experiencing the best that PC gaming has to offer. It’d be negligent of us, therefore, not to point you in the direction of the Tech Report crew’s latest breakdown, which takes an investigative peek at dual-card performance on NVIDIA’s latest and greatest GeForce GTX 580 and naturally compares it to a wide range of other alternatives on the market. AMD’s latest refresh, the Radeon HD 6870, is among those options, though it’s worth remembering that the company’s real high-end gear isn’t due for another couple of weeks. All the same, most people will be buying their holiday rigs right around now, and if you want an exhaustive guide as to what’s what on the graphics front, the source link is your best, um… source.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 and AMD Radeon HD 6870 square off in dual-card showdown originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Dec 2010 11:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG Display snatches ‘world’s thinnest bezel’ title from Samsung with new 37-inch LCD

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

They say two things about war: that it never changes, and that nobody ever wins. Tell that to thin bezel fans, however, and they’ll point you in the direction of the LG-Samsung tussle for the title of world’s thinnest bezel separation. Samsung snatched the glory last month with its 55-inch Digital Information Display, but today LG is upping the ante with a nearly nonexistent frame around its new 37-inch LCD panel. There’s 2.5mm of bezel on the bottom and right side of the screen, and 1.5mm on the top and left sides, resulting in a microscopic 4mm (0.16 inches) of separation. The panel’s designed for outdoor advertising, can be stacked infinitely, and will get its debut demonstration at the FPD International 2010 show in Japan later this month.

LG Display snatches ‘world’s thinnest bezel’ title from Samsung with new 37-inch LCD originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 02 Nov 2010 04:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gucci’s 3D glasses up the ante with $225 fashion tag

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Perhaps we were being unfair with Oakley’s $150 3D shades — that company, in fact, just didn’t go far enough. Cut to Gucci with “optically correct” Real D frames of its own. No wraparounds, it’s all glass forward, and like we said last time, you’ll be the absolute most fashionable person in a crowded room full of people decidedly not looking in your direction for the entire duration of the glasses’ applicable use. Look for these to hit your local US Gucci boutique — if you have to ask where, it probably wasn’t on your purchase list anyway — for $225. Your move, Louis Vuitton.

Gucci’s 3D glasses up the ante with $225 fashion tag originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 31 Oct 2010 12:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Altek Leo, the 14 megapixel Android cameraphone, headed for Europe in 2011

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Altek’s wonderfully outlandish Android-based Leo smartphone, which sports a “real” 14 megapixel CCD with “real” 3x optical zoom and 720p video, was already slated for Q4 of this year in Asia, but Altek has recently announced the phone will also be launching Q1 2011 in Europe. On a slightly disconcerting note, Altek says it’s still in search of “channel partners,” so if you happen to know any channel / partner combos, push this little monster in their direction before 14 megapixels starts to sound old hat, would you?

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Altek Leo, the 14 megapixel Android cameraphone, headed for Europe in 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Oct 2010 08:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Amazon Kindle gets its first premium app: Scrabble

Friday, September 24th, 2010
It’s still a long way from a full-fledged app store, but the Amazon Kindle has just taken one step in that direction with its very first premium app: Electronic Arts’ Scrabble. That’s available right now for $4.99, and it’ll work on both the second and third generation Kindle, and both Kindle DX models. It also looks like it’s already off to a strong start in terms of sales — it’s currently sitting at number four on the Kindle bestseller list, right behind two Stieg Larsson novels and the latest Oprah book club pick.

Amazon Kindle gets its first premium app: Scrabble originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gawker Media Seeks Community Interns [#Community]

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Gawker Media seeks a few brave interns to learn about our commenting system and help us with our beloved communities. The interns will learn about behind-the-scenes administrative tasks and quality oversight under direction by our Community Manager. More »




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The Body of a Tank, the Brain of an Android [Android]

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

We’ve come across plenty of robots that were controlled by phones before, but usually those phones were being controlled by human hands. Some California hackers, however, are building bots that put Android to work for their robo-brainpower.

Their first creation, the TruckBot, uses a HTC G1 as a brain and has a chassis that they made for $30 in parts. It’s not too advanced yet—it can use the phone’s compass to head in a particular direction—but they’re working on incorporating the bot more fully with the phone and the Android software. Some ideas they’re kicking around that wouldn’t be possible with a dinky Arduino brain: face and voice recognition and location awareness.

If you’re interested in putting together a Cellbot of your own—can you even conceive of a cooler dock for your Android phone?—the team’s development blog has some more information. The possibilities here are manifold; mad scientists, feel free to share your Android-bot schemes in the comments. [Wired]


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Compass Table Is the Most Fun You’ll Ever Have With Coasters [Magnetism]

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

OK, I’ll admit it: it’s rare that I come across a do it yourself project that even for a moment makes me consider getting off my lazy ass to actually make something. This compass-inlaid table points me in that direction.

The Compass Table is a project from Instructables that puts 500 mini compasses underneath a glass tabletop. That alone looks awesome. Add rare earth magnet coasters to the mix and watch as the compass roses spin you into geek furniture rapture.

Compasses are cool for, like, finding your way around and all that, but none of my personal usage has ever rivaled the undulating awesomeness displayed in that video.

Another benefit of the Compass Table: it’s the only one I know of that makes your guests want to use coasters. And that’s worth something. [Instructables]


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Yoshi Akai’s Wireless Catcher senses nearby wireless waves, makes music (video)

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

What’s cute, cuddly, and makes all sorts of bizarro noises when it senses wireless waves? Yoshi Akai’s Wireless Catcher, of course! This analog synth contraption is simplistic in nature and complex in design, utilizing an onboard antenna to sense WiFi signals and then alter the sounds being outputted depending on signal strength and direction. It’s not exactly the symphony that Bach forgot to write, but it’s certainly beautiful in its own nerdy way. Have a look at the video past the break, won’t you?

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Yoshi Akai’s Wireless Catcher senses nearby wireless waves, makes music (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 04:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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