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Touchscreens, by their very nature, receive instructions by sensing touch. But what if you could add another “sense” to your smartphone’s touchscreen capabilities? Say, hearing? That’s what the good folks over at Qeexo have cooked up with their new technology called “FingerSense”. FingerSense uses a small acoustic sensor to pick up vibrations as you touch, swipe, and tap your phone, essentially allowing your smartphone to “hear” how you are interacting with your touchscreen and make adjustments as needed. For example, tapping an icon with your finger would open an app, but if you tap the same icon with your knuckle, it could open a contextual menu. The possibilities are endless. So far FingerSense is able to differentiate between finger, knuckle, fingernail, stylus, eraser, and more. Catch a glimpse of it in action in the video after the break.
While the humble touchscreen has become the standard interface for most smartphones, and capacitive displays make it a painless experience, the folk at start-up Qeexo think things could still be improved. It’s developed a technology called FingerSense that could add even more functionality. Essentially, by using a small acoustic sensor, it measures the vibrations as objects tap the screen, and can tell the difference between them. So, for example, a knuckle tap could be used for “right-click.” The tech is able to spot the difference between materials, too, so even when no finger is involved, it can register input, a great assistance to those with longer fingernails. The fun doesn’t stop there, though, with the demo video after the break showing a Galaxy SIII with a modified display, able to register stylus input, even without official support for it. More input options can never be a bad thing, and if nothing else, it could certainly make those GarageBand drumming sessions a little more interesting.
Qeexo’s FingerSense lets touchscreens listen, makes any object an input device (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Nov 2012 02:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Between touchscreens and physical keyboards, you’d thing that handset manufacturers have most of their bases covered. Given the fact that fact that the G.A.U.N.T.L.E.T. isn’t even the first glove keyboard we’ve seen, it seems safe to assume that there’s some cold-handed portion of the populace that just isn’t satisfied with their current options. Jake Liu’s solution is the Generally Accessible Universal Nomadic Tactile Low-power Electronic Typist, a wireless glove keyboard that connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth, letting you type by touching your thumb to your fingers.
The gloves, created when Liu was a student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, have the corresponding letters printed on the fingers, with Enter, Backspace, Space and Function on the thumbnails, the latter of which allows you to switch between different keymaps like numbers and symbols. There’s also an accelerometer built into the Minority Report-inspired peripherals for added functionality. Check out a quick video demo of the clove in action, after the break.
G.A.U.N.T.L.E.T. trades in keyboard and touchscreen typing for sweaty hands (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
RIM’s been busy on the patent application front lately, filing off concepts for anything from smartphone docks to rotating keypads — even flirting with potential forays into forensics peripherals. Perhaps sensing the crushing need to differentiate its ailing BlackBerry brand, Waterloo’s taken to the USPTO with a doc submitted last November that could do just that. The pressure-sensitive input scheme and touchscreen interface described therein would respond to a user-set pattern of force by granting access to a handheld device’s features and applications. Sure sounds a heckuva lot like a new password protection implementation, but that’s just our humble take. What it actually is, where it goes from this legal limbo and whether or not it ever winds up in BB 10 tech is truly up in the air. What you can count on, though, is a continued flood of in-process IP procurement from a company close to the edge.
RIM patent application puts pressure on sensitive touchscreens for a possible unlock alternative originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 May 2012 18:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Look, we recognize that touchscreens have come a long way in the last few years, but there’s always room for improvement. Thankfully, Synaptics agrees and is rolling out an update to its ClearPad capacitive panels. At the heart of the improved system is a technology called SignalClarity, which boosts signal-to-noise ratio for better accuracy and finger separation. The new tech will not only lead to a better touchscreen experience, but it could also help drive down costs since manufacturers would be free to use lower cost components that might normally interfere with a capacitive panel. It’ll be a little bit before the next-gen ClearPad makes is debut in a consumer product and chances are you won’t see Synaptic brand emblazoned across the packaging of your next smartphone. That’s ok though, we know it’s in there working hard to keep our fingers happy. Check out the PR after the break for more details.
Synaptics promises better touchscreens with SignalClarity and Design Studio 4 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 03 Jan 2012 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Some pretty incredible technology is right around the corner that will not only blow your mind, it will change the way we view touchscreens for the better. Im not sure if you have heard of a company called Senseg, but it has been their mission to incorporate textures into the mobile touchscreen world. With a technology that they are calling e-sense, you can actually feel textures on a tablet or smartphone with their electrostatic field-based system that allows touch screen displays to produce varying degrees of friction.
Senseg has been working on this idea for a few years now but a recent live demo on CNET proves they are almost ready for commercial deployment. Just imagine using your tablet and being able to actually feel textures on the screen with your finger. For example, a picture of a rock or sandpaper will feel rough or gritty, and a picture of silk could reproduce a super smooth texture.
Some of the more practical uses of the technology would the use of braille for the blind or even improving on the tablet typing experience by replicating the key textures theoretically improving overall typing speed. The demo video also shows a demonstration of how developers could incorporate the e-sense technology into games, adding another element of interactive fun.
If all goes well Senseg plans to make the technology available for device manufacturers in 2012. In order for us to reap the benefits of texturized touch screens, the manufacturers must be on board as it would be required that they use the technology when designing and manufacturing their mobile devices. To see this crazy-cool stuff in action check out CNET’s video with Senseg’s Dave Rice and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. I know that I would love to get my hands on something like the Transformer Prime running e-sense technology. Completely brilliant.
Touchscreens have definitely revolutionized how we use our phones. I can’t even fathom how I had a phone with out it. I think we can all agree that this technology is pure awesomeness but how about we take it a step further with gestures.
In comes Pantech Vega LTE. Launching in South Korea this November sometime, and certainly has some heavy-duty muscle under its hood. It’s sporting 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1 GB of RAM, LTE compatibility, a 4.5-inch 1280x800p resolution screen, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera and even an NFC chip. Not to shabby, but that’s not whats going to impress you about this phone. Time to wave your best magicians hand to make some magic happen on this device.
Pantech has been working with eyeSight Mobile Technology to integrate gestures into their phones, so now when you want to answer a call and say your hands are covered in dough (this is what’s going on in the video below), you can wave your hand in front of the phone to answer. Pretty awesome stuff. It’s basically taking the idea of the XBOX 360 Kinect and bringing it to the phone. I don’t think “Let’s Dance” will be coming to devices just yet though, but could you imagine? People randomly dancing in public staring at their phones? It could bring us together as a nation.
What sucks about this though, is that Apple has patents on some of this technology and you know how they get. I hope Android will grab something similar to this because I think this would be awesome to have. Check out the video below.
Source: Android and Me
Who needs touchscreens and slide to unlock features says Pantech. This latest commercial shows just how 2010 touchscreens and slide to answer features really are because they have introduced hands-free gesture based controls for swiping through pictures and even answering phone calls. Apple may have recently received their patents for slide to unlock, but lets see how they take this newest video from Pantech. They are showing off their new 4.5″ 4G LTE Android smartphone, enjoy the video after the break.
Earlier this month Pantech officially announced the Vega LTE. It sports a 4.5″ 1280 x 720p HD display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE speeds and a sizable 1860 mAh battery too. Currently only available in South Korea I’d love to get my hands on this phone, but doubt that will be happening any time soon.
Pantech Vega LTE gesture controls commercial
Currently the Vega LTE isn’t slated for a release anywhere outside of South Korea but hopefully they smarten up and give it a go here in the US as I’m sure plenty would love to enjoy this phone. With the great specs above and 16GB of internal storage all packed into a svelte 9.35mm thin body this phone puts up a good fight with current Android 2.3 Gingerbread offerings at the moment. Pantech recently launched the Breakout with 4G LTE on Verizon, so hopefully we’ll start seeing more devices from Pantech in the near future.
What do you guys think. Love the idea of gesture controls for answering calls or would you accidentally answer it too often? I myself want to at least give it a try.
Where have all the split-keyboard phones gone? It’s been roughly six years since the days of the Nokia E70, a messaging device with an innovative form factor, but handsets with a similar mold have become extreme rarities in the market — if they even make it to the market at all (remember the MotoSplit?). LG’s hoping to gain some ground in this area by officially announcing the DoublePlay, a unique Android 2.3 handset with dual touchscreens and split QWERTY. Here’s the scoop: the DoublePlay’s powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and offers a 5MP rear-facing camera capable of capturing 720p HD video. Where it gets interesting, however, is in the DoublePlay’s design — it uses a 3.5-inch display on top, sliding out to reveal a 2-inch internal screen sandwiched in between both halves of the keyboard. As it turns out, both screens can be used separately or in tandem with each other, depending on your needs. No pricing or availability was specifically announced, but the presser appears to coincide with the 2011 National Texting Championship beginning October 26th, so the phone will likely launch around the same time. Perhaps we have a device here that’ll be a legend in another seven years?
LG DoublePlay makes its official intro on T-Mobile, offers dual-screens and split keyboard originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 01:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Boeing has announced that all of it’s new aircraft, the Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft will come outfitted with an Android powered entertainment system. This system is both touch and non touch based.
The bulk of the system will be run on servers running Android as well as the screens mentioned above. These screens will be available from economy through first and business class suites. Only two vendors have been selected (currently) to provide the servers and touchscreens for the Dreamliner, Panasonic and Thales.
Screen sizes will range from 7 inches up to 17 inches. The smaller screen sizes will most likely end up being touch enabled and found in the more conventional seating areas (coach and business) whereas the larger screens will NOT be touch enabled. The reason? Distance from the screen. Instead of touch the controls will be handled by gestures.
Boeing historically has allowed airlines to choose from a long list of providers for their entertainment systems, touch screens, and other options – but in an effort to minimize cost and production delays (of which there have been many) that option is not available with the aircraft.
Believe me, I’m scouring all of my contacts at Panasonic looking for the possibility of in-home testing of both the Android servers as well as the gesture controlled screens.
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Boeing has been working in the 787 Dreamliner for a long time now. After lots of delays one version of the aircraft is finally cleared to be delivered to buyers by the FAA. Today we have learned that Boeing, the maker of the 787 Dreamliner has chosen the Android operating system to provide passengers with in-flight entertainment like music, video, and apps. The OS may even provide airline-specific apps to passengers.
The news comes by way of Mark Larson at Boeing. The massive airliner will be fitted with Android-based servers and touchscreens. Panasonic is the company that built the screens for the Dreamliner and each seat from first class to economy will have the screen on the back. The screens in business class and first class will be non-touch because the screens will be too far away to reach them.
Apparently testing is going on for gesture based screens for those seats. Boeing already has 820 orders for the giant 787 and the Android choice locks competitors out of the airline industry in at least the 787. I think that Android screens with games, streaming video, and the ability to chat with folks on the ground will make flights much less tedious.
Minecraft Pocket Edition hits Android Market, only Xperia Play users need apply originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We have found so many various keyboards out there lately that it baffles me on why I have seen them before. ThickButton Keyboard actually stands out from the rest for one reason and one reason only, it makes the on screen keys bigger. Don’t be fooled, it doesn’t make all the keys bigger, it will predict what letters could be the next possible ones to use and enlarges them for you. This is particularly hand for people sporting a screen only device that have larger fingers than most.
A keyboard that predicts the buttons you need and enlarges them.
ThickButtons is an on-screen keyboard that makes it easy to type on touchscreens. As you type a word, ThickButtons enlarges and highlights useful buttons and shrinks useless ones. Make sure you install ThickButtons properly, check the installation guide at ThickButton.com.
This is a pretty cool concept for a keyboard. It should make some peoples lives a little easier that struggle with smaller keys. Have a look below for all the download information.
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Sony’s S2 tablet, which posed for some close up shots the other day, is headed to AT&T. The carrier announced this morning that upon launch, the dual-screen device will work on their 4G HSPA+ network.
The S2 sports two 5.5-inch touchscreens, which can be used separately or as one large canvass. (Sound familiar?) Pricing will be announced at launch, which is unknown as well.
AT&T is vamping up its 4G offering and more tablets is the next logical step. Look for the S2 tablet "later this year." See the full press release after the break.
Ah, another possibly vaporous, yet intriguing addition to a long line of haptic patents and prototypes. Today’s offering: a KDDI smartphone mockup (utilizing Kyocera display technology) promising to render sensation through multiple layers of applied touchscreen pressure. Imagine depressing a camera shutter on a touchscreen, and you’ve got the idea. KDDI only had a screen sporting two haptic layers on hand when they demoed the prototype at Wireless Japan this week, but Kyocera reportedly told Akihabara News that the technology is capable of up to seven layers of tantalizing touch. Neat. Maybe we’ll get a few authentic haptic touchscreens on the market and do away with all the vibrational fakery we’ve been seeing.
KDDI haptic smartphone prototype promises up to seven layers of touch, only shows off two originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 May 2011 07:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
In a time when phones seem to only be getting bigger, it’s fun to see something like Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Mini and Mini Pro. When we first saw these phones a year or so at Mobile World Congress, they were pretty much a novelty, tiny little things. But they grew in popularity, and just last week SE announced a refresh.
The new Mini and Mini Pro now sport 3-inch touchscreens at 320×480 resolutions, up from the 2.5-inch, 320×240 screens of old. The Mini Pro’s gotten a keyboard refresh, too, and we’re just fine with that.
Check out our full hands on with video and a slew of pics after the break.
Samsung has today issued some data about its Galaxy S II Android phone, claiming that, around the world, three million of the hot new mobile phones have been ordered in by retailers as of the end of April.
That sounds like a lot. We can only count up to about 1000 before getting bored. Here’s a woman in the Galaxy S II factory:
What a great photo. She’s wearing gloves with one finger missing for checking the touchscreens. And she can do two at once. Or maybe one’s a special reference model she compares the others against? So many more questions than answers.
Here’s the announcement. It comes via the Korean office, so is a little bit oddly worded:
Samsung Galaxy S2 Has Reached the Mark of 3,000,000 Pre-orders Globally
Samsung Electronics’ flagship smartphone Galaxy S II is becoming a global buzzword right after its release. Samsung Electronics said that its newest smartphone Galaxy S ll has reached 3,000,000 pre-orders globally as of the end of April.
The number of the pre-orders seems very likely to increase as Galaxy S ll is planned to release in 120 countries by some 140 carriers. IT product review channel Engadget praised Galaxy S II as “the best Android smartphone yet, but more importantly, it might well be the best smartphone.” Another IT channel Slashgear also reviewed that Galaxy S II’s 4.3 Inch Super AMOLED Plus is the most advanced OLED Panel technology.
Officials at Samsung Electronics mentioned that “There are quite a few demands in some countries to ask for preferred orders for the supply of Galaxy S II,“ adding that “We will do our utmost best to ensure that all the global demands should be met as quickly as possible.”
Hey enV fans, remember when Verizon scrapped its Android-based enV Pro citing a failure to impress? Fortunately, US Cellular is keeping the QWERTY clamshell’s tradition alive with its appropriately named Genesis. Historically a feature phone, this LG is being reborn as a full-fledged smartphone, complete with Android 2.2, dual 800 x 480 touchscreens and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. You’ll find a familiar 3.5-inch display on the front, and a smaller 3.2-inch landscape screen positioned above the keyboard. The Genesis packs a 5 megapixel camera and supports DLNA sharing, though its camcorder only supports VGA resolution — so you might want to reconsider streaming those videos to the big screen. As an added bonus, the phone serves as a mobile hotspot for up to five devices, though its price may be hard to swallow — it retails for $249 on contract. Knowing the high cost of nostalgia, who’s in on this one?
LG Genesis coming to US Cellular, enV Pro rising from Verizon’s ashes originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Thu, 05 May 2011 16:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Sony Ericsson just announced its next generation of Xperia Mini and Mini Pro Android Smartphones. Following up on the devices announced last year at Mobile World Congress (Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro), the phones each sport 3-inch touchscreens (at 320×480 resolution) and are running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
Put it this way: With 5MP cameras and Sony’s Bravia display engine tucked in there for good measure, you’ve got the world’s smallest 720p video shooters. The Xperia Mini weighs just 94 grams, and the Mini Pro follows suit at 136 grams.
Need more? Full pressers and specs are after the break.
Sony Ericsson launches next-generation Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro posted originally by Android Central
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French company Wysips is working on a new technology which would cause smartphone touchscreens to do double duty as solar panels to recharge phones. The concept is quite interesting as it involves laying an ultra thin transparent photovoltaic film layer on top of the cellphone display screen. The film would capture energy not only from the sun, but any nearby light source. Projected recharge times would be about six hours from direct sunlight and a few hours longer from leaching energy from indoor lights. Wysips is already at work on the second generation of the technology, which looks to provide 30 minutes of talk time after just an hour in the sun.
On the whole, I’m not really a fan of mobile solar charging options, The main problem with a solar charger is that the sun moves constantly, and my experience has been that you have to move the charger every few minutes to keep it in the sun, and the trickle charge means you’re spending all day charging your phone. But I just this kind of out of the box thinking. With more people getting mobile phones and tablets, the drain on power grids is increasing. So, adding the ability for the phone to independently charge from the sunlight means they can help pull their own weight, and you wouldn’t have to bring along a separate charger or move it around.
And the ability to charge in indoor light is a real plus. The phone would be constantly charging as light falls on the screen, meaning it would be topping off it’s energy as the phone just sits inactive. And word is that Wysips is working with cellphone manufacturers and mobile display companies to incorporate the new technology into future designs, so we may see it sooner, rather than later. Imagine this in tablets, laptops, even laid in the hoods and tops of cars. It’s certainly a splendid development if it pays off.
Sprint this afternoon announced that the Kyocera Echo — the dual-screen Android 2.2 device it announced last month in New York City — will be available for purchase starting April 17. It’ll cost you $199.99 with a two-year contract. In exchange, you’ll get a pair of 3.5-inch touchscreens that have the ability to work together as a 4.7-inch (diagonal) screen, or separately, running apps independently. Be sure to check out our complete coverage and hands-on from Sprint’s event in February. Preorders start March 26 at Sprint.com/echo. [Sprint]
Kyocera Echo dual-screen Android phone available on Sprint on April 17 posted originally by Android Central
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