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T.V. Raman, a Google engineer and computer scientist who lost his eyesight at age fourteen, is working to develop a touch screen cell phone that can be used by the blind.
Raman has contributed to many blind-accessible computer applications, and the development of a new cell phone is only the next logical step. Touch screens are the latest tech trend to sweep the cell phone market, but with no buttons to guide the fingers on its glossy surface it can be particularly challenging for someone who cannot see the buttons to use it properly.
Rather than having the keypad appear on the screen in its standard configuration, Raman’s touch screen instead places the numbers in relative positions. The center of the keypad will be associated with a specific number, and then each of the other numbers will be dialed by sliding the finger in a specific direction relative to that center point. Up and to the left for 1, down and to the right for 9, etc. A mistake can be undone by shaking the phone, which will also make use of motion detection. (more…)
Clickfree has introduced the new Transformer Cable which, as the company stated, is “the first and only USB cable that turns ordinary external hard drives into truly automatic Clickfree backup solutions.”
To use the functionality, users just simply connect their external hard drive to their computer using the Transformer Cable without any need for any software installation for quick and easy backups.
The cable itself uses built-in software to automatically scan, organize, and backup your data onto the external hard drive for a truly “click free” backup solution.
The 65″ 1080p LaserVue HDTV from Mitsubishi is an innovative development in the HDTV niche market. Rather than using standard LCD’s in its screen, the LaserVue makes use of its namesake, the Laser. (more…)
HP’s latest gaming machine is on the horizon, and a pic of the system has recently been leaked on the net. The HP Firebird PC 803 is a followup model to the previous, bulkier, HP Blackbird 002, and this model features many compact, streamlined features to make it more accommodating for users.
The disc drive, for starters, is now vertical rather than horizontal, as are many other components, which allows for a much thinner tower. This not only saves tons of space, but makes the PC look more like a gaming console than a PC. (more…)
Viliv announced the S5 Mobile Internet Device (MID) some time ago, and now we have some specs on the device. The parent company, Yukyung, has stated that it will have a 1.3GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 1.8 inch hard drive available in 30GB or 60GB. It also has a 4.8 inch touch screen with up to 1024×600 resolution and 1080p HD acceleration, integrated GPS/DMB, and six hours of battery life. (more…)
Well, the holiday season is upon us once again, and that means it’s time to get back into the consumer spirit. We must prepare for the holidays and finish all of our gift shopping so that we can celebrate the only way we know how: by spending too much cash.
In the past few years, the cell phone has become the most widely used personal item, ever. Young and old alike, consumers are crazy for the latest and greatest phones on the market. Below is a listing of the top 25 currently available cell phones that would make the best gifts.
The first five are, without a doubt, some of the highest rated phones on the market.
- Apple iPhone 3G
The iPhone has been a best selling device ever since it debuted on the market in June of 2007. It’s got a 2 megapixel camera and a 3.5″ multi touch display. There is an 8GB model available for $199, while the 16GB model is available for $299.
- Samsung Instinct
The Instinct is a touch screen smart phone from Sprint, and is actually one of the finer products in their line up. It has GPS and a combined digital camera/digital player/FM radio. Price ranges from $129.99 to $599.99.
- T-Mobile G1
The infamous Google phone, the T-Mobile G1 features the Android platform and is fully integrated with most Google services. Also has a full QWERTY keyboard, 3G support, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Suggested retail is $399.99.
Delta Airlines will begin offering Wi-Fi internet service on select flights starting Tuesday December 16th. That means customers on Wi-Fi enabled planes can surf the web using Wi-Fi enabled devices such as smartphones or laptops, while in flight.
Delta will only be providing Wi-Fi for flights between Reagan National, Laguardia and Boston Logan International Airport. They plan to make Wi-Fi available on all of their 330 passenger jets in 2009. (more…)
Microsoft has updated the current Xbox 360 dashboard to include a host of new features. One of the most impressive ones is a new content delivery system designed to stream movies via Netflix.
In addition to the new Netflix capabilities, users will receive more options for instant messaging, new Mii-like avatars, and a cleaner looking dashboard.В XBox 360 users will also be able to download entire games to the hard drive to increase game performance and decrease load times. (more…)
The Seiko WN-1 is a very cool time piece to wear, especially if you want people to strike up a conversation with you. It’s a toy watch with a small rotating earth that makes a full rotation once every 24 hours, just as the real Earth does. The time zone indicator points to the correct hour on the bezel. (more…)