A company called Strategic Polymers has just announced (and demonstrated to us) a handful of prototype devices that use electromechanical polymers to generate pushable buttons, haptic feedback zones, and even speakers on cellphones and computer peripherals on demand. It's amazing.
Berlin, Germany — Scattered around the show floor here at the IFA electronics show are any number of glasses-free 3D HDTVs — and all of them pretty much suck. Why? One of many reasons is the lack of resolution.
Comical as Samsung and Apple's court feuds over smartphone and tablet design are, there's at least one great thing that's come out of it all: Apple prototypes. Six more early iPhone prototypes have been revealed with designs that bare little resemblance to today's iPhone.
Steve Jobs once said "Good artists copy; great artists steal" and "We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." So it's not surprising that Apple, now embroiled in a patent war with Samsung over the look of its iPhone and iPad might have borrowed the iPhone's design from another company: Sony.
Yesterday's reveal of an iPad circa 2002 definitely took us by surprise. But those photos were small, slightly grainy and in black and white. Four more photos of the original iPad prototype have surfaced, this time compared to an iPad 2, and in COLOR.
While Samsung and Apple continue to duke it out over patents pertaining to modern tablet design (all of which are quite silly), the court filings have revealed a bunch of photos of an early iPad prototype dating some eight years before it would eventually launch.
We've been waiting for something like this for a long time. Developed by Tactus, the touchscreen is able to conjure up physical bump-like buttons as if by magic. It's pretty nifty, and there's a video of the tech in action.
Motorcycles are a thing of the past as San Francisco-based Lit Motors prepares to release a completely enclosed, two-wheeled two-seater vehicle that remains balanced by using gyroscopes. This has been done before to some degree, but not in a vehicle of this size.
Despite various takes on the perfect mode of eco-friendly city transport, the truth is that the ultimate green machine will not only be human-powered, but will be made of recycled materials like the Frii prototype plastic bike.
Back in the real world, there are other companies striving to change the world with tablet PCs, and here's Dell's vision of the future. The Dell Streak/Mini 5 has a 5-inch touchscreen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera with...