Apple's recently published filing showed that the fruity company might be thinking of exploring beyond the possibilities of multi-touch displays by working on portable multi-touch skins that can be wrapped around three-dimensional objects, including an iPod or even a steering wheel to offer users more graphical user interfaces. Sounds pretty groovy and all, but will it actually be able to function in a practical manner? After all, these surfaces will need to remain locked at all times unless one specifically wants to make use of it, as an accidental brush might screw up the settings without you knowing any better. According to Apple, "However, for the operation of many devices, it is desirable, preferable or even necessary for the user to move his or her fingers over a three-dimensional surface. This is directed to a multi-touch skin placed along three dimensions of an object. A single multi-touch skin can be configured to span all three dimensions or two or more multi-touch skins can be used to span the three dimensions." Only time will tell whether Apple has a winner on their hands with this.
Want to spruce up your home but have no inkling on where to start? Let the Apollo radio range cover this segment, courtesy of creative brains Yves Malka & Pierre de Poucques. The Apollo AM/FM radio does not rely on dials or knobs for its controls, since all you need to do is turn the antenna that juts out from the top. To change channels, rotate the case while tracking down your favorite station. In addition, it also doubles up as an alarm clock to help you wake up to your favorite morning show host. Choose from a bevy of colors including turquoise, pink, green and yellow for $48 a pop. We wonder whether you would accidentally stab your palm with the antenna as you attempt to shut off the alarm when it is still dark though...
Why not find a novel way to keep yourself warm this winter with the Baylis Revolution wind-up MP3 player? After all, there is nothing quite like a little bit of vigorous movement to get the blood flowing all over your body while increasing your core temperature from within to combat the biting cold outside. In addition, you'll be doing your part in helping keep the earth green since no AA batteries will be discarded in the long run. Apparently, the ugly looking Baylis Revolution comes with both audio and video playback, an integrated FM radio, voice recording, line-input recording and radio recording features. A single minute of cranking is said to offer 45 minutes of audio playback, but lazy people can always opt for USB charging. You can pick up the 4GB and 8GB models for $179 and $209, respectively.
You can't get any more dorkier than with the iCap MP3 player - this piece of headgear comes complete with MP3 playback and a speaker mounted on the cap's brim. You won't be able to further expand upon the 1GB capacity since there are no memory card slots available, but you do get to enjoy FM radio whenever you're sick of your 1GB's repertoire of songs. Alternatively, the iCap MP3 player can double up as a voice recorder if the need arises. Fancy forking out a whopping $99.95 for this? We'll give it a pass, thank you very much.
Word on the street has it that Dell will be churning out a new notebook known as Adamo which will clearly by treading upon MacBook Air territory, but all those are just rumors since both Dell and Adamo have declined to comment further on the matter. Do you think Dell's efforts will giving the MacBook Air a hiding so bad, it will just roll up and short-circuit itself, or will Apple's super slim creation maintain its cool and outgun Dell's efforts simply by its looks? One thing's for sure though - Dell will probably hold the price advantage over the MacBook Air when this super thin notebook is released.
The upcoming CES 2009 might come at a particularly bad time, with job layoffs and all, but that doesn't mean we have to hang our heads low. No sir, we will be on site to cover all the latest technological gizmos and wonders for our dear readers, and chances are we'll be stumbling upon a load of notebooks that feature secondary displays on the inside - just like the Fujitsu Lifebook N7010 you see here. The secondary display might be small, but it features touchscreen capability for you to work out various kinks in it. Guess notebook manufacturers are starting to see the whole DS effect in their designs, and it will be interesting to keep track of what kind of advantages such a display will bring in the future.
When you're in doubt and want more concrete answers to life compared to just tossing a coin, there is always the 8-Ball USB flash drive. It merges both 20th and 21st century technology (if you may call it that) into a single device, letting you have both storage and a ready answer at your fingertips at all times. Nice to see this flash drive being logo-brandable, making it for a great marketing tool. We suppose you'll need to purchase this in bulk if you really want it, but hey - will it be banned in classrooms as examiners might classifiy it as a source of help when it comes to deciding upon an answer in the test paper?
AT&T won't be resting on its laurels anytime soon after the phenomenal success of both the iPhone and its 3G variety, but has a couple of other handsets lined up to suit just about any budget. First off we have the fashionable and slim LG Secret - a pity it was released so late since the phone has already hit markets worldwide for many months already, targeting a release date between December 26 and January 24 next year. As for the Motorola VA76r Tundra, this is a rugged clamshell handset that will come with a QVGA display, a 2 megapixel camera and HSDPA connectivity. There is no word on pricing for either phones as at press time.
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CES will be the debut locale of choice for Samson Technologies' Go Mic USB microphone. This nifty device can be connected to a notebook via an integrated mount, or it can be placed as a standalone device on its base for a wider range of orientation adjustments. The condenser microphone features a frequency response of 20Hz to 18kHz, complete with a selectable cardoid or omni-directional polar recording patterns. Whenever you're done with it, the head will fold back into the base for easy storage and transportation. This cross-platform microphone will come in black or white colors (boring), retailing for $50 a pop when available. Sounds like a souped up device that does not warrant such a price tag.
VIA does not want to miss out on the party, which is why it will be offering HD graphics to netbooks as well via (no pun intended) its Trinity platform that pits a VIA Nano or VIA C7 processor with a VIA integrated Media System Processor and and onboard S3 Graphics chip. To date, VIA has teamed up its processors with S3 GPUs in certain netbooks, although the results are best left unannounced due to their relative inferiority compared to NVIDIA's solution. According to VIA, the Trinity platform will be much beefier, capable of handling DirectX 10.1, HD video and playback of Blu-ray discs. The proof is in the pudding, so we'll play the wait-and-see game.