Monthly Archives: April 2013

iContacts Are The Future

Forget about Google Glass. iContacts are the way forward!

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Source: Formal Sweatpants

Microbatteries could make everything smaller

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The University of Illinois have made a breakthrough in making batteries smaller. Its use of 3D-electrodes allows it to build “microbatteries” that are many times smaller than current batteries, or the same size and many times more powerful.

They also say that they can be recharged 1,000 times faster than competing technology.

Smart phones and other gadgets have been getting smaller over the years, but have always been limited by the size of the battery. If these new microbatteries work then it would mean developers could make all these gadgets smaller.

Batteries work by electrons flowing from one type of electrode (an anode) to another type (a cathode). The new technique involves changing the way these electrodes are organized to fit more into a small space.
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10,000 iPhone 5 Domino Fall

Epic 10,000 iPhone 5 Domino showcases 10,000 iPhones (that’s right TEN THOUSAND iPhones) falling neatly in patterns. These CG iPhones’ feature NFC (Near Field Communications) concept that enable content to be passed on from one iPhone screen to another.

This iPhone video is imagined as an advertisement for the iPhone 5 concept feature of NFC. If iPhone 5S comes with the NFC feature, this could be a pretty neat iPhone commercial.

Bioshock Infinite – Concept Art for Elizabeth

If you have been playing Bioshock Infinite you will know that it is a visually stunning game. It also has one of the greatest NPC characters in a video game, Elizabeth.

Microsoft’s Claire Hummel contracted by Irrational Games to help design Elizabeth. Here is some of her work.

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Touchscreen-Paper Interface

1Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a next generation user interface which can accurately detect the users finger and what it is touching, creating an interactive touchscreen-like system, using objects in the real word.

“We think paper and many other objects could be manipulated by touching them, as with a touchscreen. This system doesn’t use any special hardware; it consists of just a device like an ordinary webcam, plus a commercial projector. Its capabilities are achieved by image processing technology.”

Using this technology, information can be imported from a document as data, by selecting the necessary parts with your finger.

This technology measures the shape of real-world objects, and automatically adjusts the coordinate systems for the camera, projector, and real world. In this way, it can coordinate the display with touching, not only for flat surfaces like tables and paper, but also for the curved surfaces of objects such as books.

Source: DigInfo

New XBox may have a PC type processor

xbox-next-generationWhile Microsoft are keeping detals of the next XBox very close to their chest, rumours are beginning to leak out.

The latest details, if correct, suggest the next gen console will use an Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) system-on-a-chip that combines powerful “Jaguar” central processing units with graphics chips. This was from an anonymous source talking to Bloomberg. The shift to the so-called x86 format ubiquitous in modern personal computers means Microsoft will drop the Power PC technology designed by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), and game discs made for the current Xbox 360 won’t be compatible.

Microsoft also stands to benefit because game developers, who have moved toward making games for PCs and mobile devices, will find it easier to deliver those titles for the next Xbox.

If this is true then it will be a shame that it will not be backwards compatible with XBox 360 games, but it would mean the possibility of more games and pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible on consoles.
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90 Year Old Grandmother tries out the Oculus Rift

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The Oculus Rift headset is the cutting edge of virtual reality for video games.

90 year old grandmother tries the Oculus Rift. We were using the Tuscany demo.

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Google launching new version of Nexus 7 in July

350061-google-nexus-7As we all know, technology is constantly moving forward with new versions and models of popular pieces of tech always being worked on.

The latest appears to be a new version of Google’s Nexus 7.

Google Inc will launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet powered by Qualcomm Inc’s Snapdragon processor around July, two sources told Reuters, as the software giant pushes deeper into the cut-price mobile hardware market.

Google is aiming to ship as many as eight million of the Asustek-made tablets in the second half of the year, throwing down the gauntlet to other low-end tablets such as Amazon.com Inc’s Kindle Fire and Apple Inc’s iPad mini, the sources with knowledge of the new product said.

This is the first time details about the timing and sales targets for Google’s new tablet have been unveiled, although the company has not publicly released any information.

Google, which gets almost all of its revenue from online advertising, wants the aggressively priced Nexus tablets to be a hit as more Nexus users would mean more exposure for Google’s ads.

The latest version will have a higher screen resolution, a thinner bezel design and adopt Qualcomm’s chip in place of Nvidia Corp’s Tegra 3, which was used in the first Nexus 7s released last year, the sources said, declining to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

In a blow to Nvidia, Google weighed both U.S. chipmakers’ processors but finally decided on Qualcomm’s for power reasons, one of the sources added.

Qualcomm and Nvidia are competing aggressively in the tablet market as they seek to expand from their traditional strongholds of cellphones and PCs respectively.