As touchscreens have taken off via tablets and smartphones, the way we interact with our gadgets has changed dramatically. But finger-to-glass input is just one option as these devices evolve. A new creation promises to move touch input to nearly any surface.
Until Tobii makes our computer culture click-free, we're all stuck using mice. And there's nothing wrong with that, really, except that our arms and hands weren't designed intelligently enough to be mouse friendly. Using a mouse for extended periods of time can be painful for some, and this mouse project aims to fix that with upside-down buttons.
Once upon a time, hanging an SLR around your neck was a status symbol that told others you were serious about photography. But with improved smartphone camera specs and fun photo-sharing apps such as Instagram, we've seen the rise of a new type of photographer: the iPhone documentarian. The trend isn't surprising. Sporting an 8-megapixel sensor, the iPhone 4S can take stunning photographs and even HDR in one fell swoop. Not to mention, the best camera isn't necessarily the most expensive one; it's the camera you bring everywhere. The iPhone fits the bill. Like an SLR, you can end up with quite a bit of gear to capture the money shot (never mind the fact that such equipment cancels out the smartphone's portability). For the aspiring iPhoneographer, here's some hardware to add to your arsenal.
Walking down the huge halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, I ran into Jason Giddings and David Rogers. You may know them as the guys who threw out the idea for a crazy glass keyboard that uses infrared lights and cameras to track your typing. Well, it's real.
Today is World AIDS Day — a day dedicated for people around the world to unite in spreading awareness about the disease and to contribute towards education and finding a cure. Tech companies are joining the effort, too, painting a lot of their tech a fetching shade of red.
This magical glass keyboard right here looks like something that came out of a design student's final project. And who knows, it might have. But thanks to Kickstarter, it's going to be made real, and you can sign up to buy one. Supposedly, it'll even work, too.
Microsoft has had its Touch Mouse out for a little while now, and I guess it's feeling like people aren't taking enough advantage of its gestureliciousness. The big M donated an entire colony of touch mice and a handy development API to a student contest and told them to get creative, and here are the results.
Back in the day a 2GB flash drive was huge. It stored all your word documents and spreadsheets, with enough room for a bunch of photos. These days, our digital lives need to be high capacity and portable. Transcend's got a solution: 2TB USB 3.0 flash drives. Yes, please!
If you can dream it up, you can crowdsource the funds for it. For example, folks ponied up $200,000 to save SETI's Allen Telescope Array. Now? The fine geeks of the world have put over $50,000 behind a USB drive that serves up storage next to stimulation.
The problem with some of us early adopters of the iPad who tried to sell our associates on using the device during meetings for note taking is that the touch screen interface made the proposition seem slow and somewhat unwieldy. Now a pair of inventors have created what may be the perfect solution, the Cosmonaut.