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2010-09-27 Tancher announces Technical Due Diligence service for investors and entrepreneurs
After decades in hi-tech industry, we have completed hundreds of hardware and software design projects from scratch to mass production.
Starting from Cybiko (the communication computer for kids having U.S. sales in excess of 500,00 pieces), to very complicated, specialized projects at Tancher / Independent Design House, we have mastered every facet of a project, including: Market research Design concept Project management Product management Software and hardware design System integration Quality control.
While doing our job, we noticed the following two major issues usually overlooked by those starting their own projects:
ISSUE #1. There is a huge gap between the ways of thinking of investors, administrators and technicians. If you want your project to be successful you must coordinate their thinking, i.e. "glue them together" with:
a.A Feasibility study (FS); and
b.Project management (PM).
ISSUE # 2. Almost every technical project is initiated by a "technical guru." However, no matter how smart he or she is, the initiator's enthusiasm about the new idea blurs the optimal path to a successful result. How to battle this:
a.Technological evaluation of the project (as a part of FS); and
b.Vendors control (as a part of PM).
Technical Due Diligence is a vital part of the job when you first begin. Then you must also audit your project on the run.
Of course you want to reduce your risks. Here's how:
Before starting any project you must thoroughly evaluate the pros and cons. If you are not sure that you have enough knowledge to anticipate all of the technology risks and their ramifications, please call us, or drop us a message at email@example.com
We have to talk first!
1.We sign an NDA to protect both parties from information leaks. 2.We obtain the information needed to estimate the amount of work. 3.We send you a quotation. 4.We agree on terms and conditions. 5.We sign an agreement with a statement of work.
(Note that Steps 4 and 5 can be avoided if the job is simple and the work is done on the PO basis.)
If the project has not started yet:
1.We take all of the initial data to do a feasibility study, including:
a.Complete business plan;
b.Detailed system description;
c.List of technologies used;
d.List of vendors;
e.Company structure; and f.Staff biographies.
2.After processing this data, we prepare a Feasibility Study that contains:
a.Assessment of the business model;
b.Time and money estimation;
e.Suggested solutions to diminish the risks: and
3.After analyzing the company structure and staff bios we deliver:
a.Project management strategy statement; and
If the project has already begun:
1.We make a status cut containing:
a.Complete business plan;
b.Detailed status reports;
c.List of technologies used;
d.List of vendors;
e.Company structure; and
2.After processing the data we release an Audit Statement that contains:
a.Assessment of the business model;
e.Solutions to diminish the risks;
f.Preferable changes to optimize the project; and
3.After analyzing the company structure and staff bios we deliver:
a.Project management strategy optimization statement; and
b.Vendors chain potential optimization.
We deliver the following documents:
1.Feasibility study; 2.Project management strategy; 3.Audit Statement; and 4.Project management optimization statement
After delivering these documents, they must be reviewed by your company's principals. Based upon their comments and suggestions, we make necessary revisions!
After the documents have been delivered, we will check the status of the project from time to time to monitor its implementation.
We will conduct periodic on-site inspections, as well as have frequent communications with you, to help you ascertain that everything is going as planned.
We will look after the project until its successful completion!
2009-05-06 Tancher goes Green!
Tancher Green Electronics
On the edge of the world energy crisis many inventions appear all around the world to make human life more environmentally friendly. Almost each green invention is tightly bound to system control electronics.
For more than a decade in the industry Tancher has completed more than 500 software and 100 hardware design projects.
Leveraging this expertise in green technologies Tancher provides:
1. Technical Due Diligence of green investment projects that includes:
2. On demand design and manufacturing
3. Custom design for green applications:
Critical design parameters in Tancher green electronics: power consumption, manufacturing materials, utilization ease.
2009-02-13 No Cartoon Hill Too Comical for this Buggy
How many times have you watched a silly cartoon where a stroller or buggie rolls away from a mother, only to be narrowly avoided by an oncoming vehicle? Like a billion, probably. In less wonderful news, this sort of thing does actually happen. And quite often in Australia, according to designer James William Wansey! So he's made this fantastic little device to stay the cart! What this little contraption does is sit inside the wheel (or in the bigger scheme of things, it is part of the wheel in a UGO stroller), while its paired controller is held by the parent. If the parent's controller gets too far away from the stroller, the device pumps the brakes. The distance? Two meters. Wireless communication between the device and its controller. Brakes powered by the rotation of the wheel, device completely contained within the hub of the wheel. yankodesign
2009-02-02 Star Wars force trainer uses mind bullets to move ball
A simplified EEG-based game using the Star Wars license tricks kids into thinking they have Professor X-like abilities, when all they're doing is learning to activate one part of their brain.
This Force Trainer, priced at $90-$100, hooks up to your head via wireless headset and transmits your reading to the toy, which blows air and moves the ball up the chute. Like Brain Training for the DS, you level up gradually depending on your skill. Unlike Brain Training, when you succeed, a white ball jumps clumsily.Gizmodo
2009-01-29 Carbon-Nanotube Memory that Really Competes
The group's memory scheme has a write-erase time of 100 nanoseconds, which is about 100,000 times faster than previously reported carbon-nanotube memory, and retains this ability over more than 10,000 write-erase cycles. The work is reported in the January 16, 2009, online edition of Nano Letters."In terms of speed and endurance, our memory structure is as good as the commercially available Flash memory technologies," said Helsinki University of Technology physicist Päivi Törmä, the paper's corresponding author, to PhysOrg.com.The memory scheme stores information using single-walled carbon-nanotube transistors, specifically field-effect transistors, which are among the fastest carbon-nanotube electrical components. Each transistor consists of four key parts, the gate, source, drain, and substrate.As a substrate, Törmä and her colleagues chose a silicon wafer. In collaboration with Finnish technology-equipment company Beneq Oy, they applied a 20-nanometer-thick layer of hafnium oxide using atomic layer deposition, a technique used to deposit materials in very thin layers. The hafnium oxide separates the substrate, which was also used as the gate in this case, from the rest of the structure. Choosing hafnium dioxide as the gate "dielectric" material-an insulator placed between two conductors to separate them-appears to be the key to the device's fast operation, as it can trap and release charge very quickly and efficiently.On top of the hafnium-oxide layer, the group deposited a few drops of a carbon-nanotube solution, produced using commercially available nanotubes with diameters between 1.2 and 1.5 nanometers and lengths of 100 to 360 nanometers. Using an atomic force microscope, they identified nanotubes with the proper alignment; only those nanotubes became transistors. They then created source and drain electrodes for each nanotube using the metal palladium, with the nanotube forming the transistor's conductive channel. Finally, the researchers deposited another 20-nanometer layer of hafnium oxide on top of the nanotube transistor, to "passivate" the surface, preventing unwanted reactions."The fast memory operation we have demonstrated could potentially also be realized using other carbon materials, such as carbon-nanotube bundles or graphene," said Törmä.Each transistor stores information based on whether current is running through it. When the voltage applied across the transistor reaches a certain threshold, current flows, which can represent one bit of information, either a "0" or a "1" (bit is short for binary digit). For example, when the transistor is conducting it may represent a "1," and when not conducting, a "0."Each transistor can store information for about 150,000 seconds, or about 42 hours. This is quite short, although Törmä and her group think they can improve it by adding an oxide layer between the gate and the nanotube.
2009-01-27 GX-1 Bluetooth Ski Gloves
Winter apparel and portable electronics have never played nicely; gloves were always a pain when it came to using a cellphone, and you were left with either a bunch of missed calls or freezing hands. The GX-1 Bluetooth Gloves from G. Cell aim to change that by integrating a speaker and microphone which sync with any BT enabled phone and are operated via two call/end buttons. There are no details on battery life, speaker/mic placement, or whether there is a vibrate function. Other tech gloves are made with a conductive fabric which allows for the use of touch sensitive controls, I think for the $495 asking price they could have thrown that in. gearcrave
2009-01-22 Enter the Next Generation of 3M Mobile Projection Technology
This week, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, 3MTM will unveil the MM200, a new design in the company's expanding miniature projection portfolio. Offering brilliant color and VGA resolution with an exceptionally thin profile, the 3M MM200 represents an evolutionary leap in mobile projection technology. Just a year ago, 3M debuted its first generation mobile projection engine at CES. Since then, the company has successfully integrated that engine into consumer platforms including the 3M MPro110 -- the mobile projector that won the "Grand Award" in the gadget category of the Popular Science 2008 Best of What's New Awards.
"The history of 3M display technologies has been one of both groundbreaking innovation and rapid industry introduction," said Mike Kelly, Executive Vice-President, 3M Display and Graphics Business. "In 1950, 3M brought its microreplication technology to the overhead projector and revolutionized the industry. Now, some 50 years later, we lead the industry in using prismatic brightness enhancement films. We anticipate continuing this trend of leadership in 2009, with the help of the MM200."
When integrated into a cell phone, handheld accessory or digital camera, the MM200 engine can project up to a 50-inch image while drawing only 1 watt of power. The MM200 uses an advanced liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) electronic imager and is illuminated with multi-colored light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Products featuring the MM200 engine will be available for consumer purchase in 2009. 3M will demonstrate the MM200 in booth South 1 -- 21417 at the Consumer Electronics Show, January 8 to 11, in Las Vegas. For more information, visit 3m.com/mpro. BusinessWire
High tech meets high fashion. Blending trendy designer sunglasses, wireless stereo headphones, and Bluetooth headset functionality, TriSpecs are the hottest way to connect to mobile phones and music players. Switch between the best voice separation audio technology for your voice communication and acoustically enhanced, high quality stereo sound for a great music experience using button controls on the arms of the glasses. These highly styled glasses with their simple user experience and STEP Labs' unsurpassed voice separation acoustic technology makes the TriSpecs platform a must-have product for every wireless and fashion accessory manufacturer. cesweb.org
2009-01-19 I CONTACT
This one's kinda hard to swallow so take a deep breath, open your minds, and pretend it's 2100. I CONTACT is essentially a mouse fitted to your eyeball. The lens is inserted like any other normal contact lens except it's laced with sensors to track eye movement, relaying that position to a receiver connected to your computer. Theoretically that should give you full control over a mouse cursor. I'd imagine holding a blink correlates to mouse clicks.
The idea was originally created for people with disabilities but anyone could use it. Those of us too lazy to use a mouse now have a free hand to do whatever it is people do when they sit at the computer for endless hours. I love the idea but there is a caveat. How is the lens powered? Perhaps in the future, electrical power can be harnessed from the human body, just not in a Matrix creepy-like way. yankodesign
2009-01-15 Wrist Phone For Troubled Times
Given the volatile situation (political and natural) around most countries, I totally buy the idea of having an emergency phone around my space. Recent incidents of carnages and natural disasters imply that even a simple shopping, holiday or business trip can take an ugly turn instantaneously. This doesn't mean that we stop traveling; it simply means we arm ourselves better. The Disposable Pre-Paid Phone could be that life-saving device, which could get you out of a sticky situation.
Simple, non pretentious, the phone is a very basic device that is devoid of the fancy stuff. This makes its cheap to manufacture and market. Another point in its favor is the portability factor; you can simply wrap it around your wrist. Leaving the connectivity issues aside, the phone has the potential to make its mark. yankodesign
2008-12-18 Solar Powered Solar Panel Sun Glasses
The glasses themselves don't need power to block the sun's rays from your eyes. That's power-free. The SIG, or "Self-Energy Converting Sunglasses" are quite simple. The lenses of the glasses have dye solar cells, collecting energy and making it able to power your small devices through the power jack at the back of the frame. "Infinite Energy: SIG"
The dye solar cell is described by the designers of the SIG as "cheap organic dye [used with] nano technology [providing] cheap but high energy efficiency." Inexpensive, light, and visible-ray penetrable. The lens turns sunlight rays, (rays that would otherwise harm the eye,) into electrical energy. yankodesign
2008-12-17 Billboard That Watches You
Don't look now, but the advertisements are watching you. At a Tokyo railway station above a flat-panel display hawking DVDs and books sits a small camera hooked up to some image processing software. When trials begin in January the camera will scan travellers to see how many of them are taking note of the panel, in part of a technology test being run by NTT Communications. It doesn't seek to identify individuals but it will attempt to figure out how many of the people standing in front of an advertisement are actually looking at it. A second camera, which wasn't fitted at the station but will be when tests begin in January, will take care of estimating how many people are in front of the ad, whether they are looking at it or not. Slashdot
2008-12-10 The mouse hits 40-year milestone
The humble computer mouse celebrates its 40th anniversary today. On 9 December 1968 hi-tech visionary Douglas Engelbart first used one to demonstrate novel ways of working with computers. The first mouse that Dr Engelbart used in the demo at the Fall Joint Computer Conference (FJCC) was made of wood and had one button. Much of the technology shown off in the demo inspired the creation of the hardware and software now widely used. "It was a good show, but it was all real," said Dr Jeff Rulifson, now director of Sun's VLSI research group but in 1968 architect and lead programmer for the software shown off at the FJCC. BBC News
2008-12-08 The Natural Year Phone
In today's rapid consumerist society, consumption comes into question. How durable do we want our devices to be when they become near obsolete in 5 years? The source materials that make up their build often take hundreds of years to break down. An alternative ideology are disposable products made from natural sources. The Natural Year Phone is made of hay, sans screen and soft keys. yankodesign
2008-12-05 Clocky Runaway Alarm Clock
Getting out of bed in the morning is no easy task, and the 'snooze' button was obviously invented by some sadist with no interest in you actually getting to work in time. In contrast, the Clocky Runaway Alarm Clock is absolutely committed to making sure you don't miss your train, bus or plane. The moment Clocky starts to beep he launches into action by running away from your fumbling hand. He will roll off your bedside table and trundle about in random directions, ensuring that you have to track him down to turn him off - et voila, you're already up! You can set Clocky to give you one snooze and then run away at the next alarm, or to run off immediately (by setting the snooze to 0) if you know that for you, one snooze is one too many. The alarm clock that really does go off in the morning, literally - pure genius. Ïî èíôîðìàöèè I want one of those
2008-12-02 Clean Air in a Windowed World
‘Window' is an air purifier that looks like an actual window. We're used to looking out a window to gauge our environment but this purifier does the opposite. A transparent LCD becomes dark if it senses the air quality in your home falling dramatically. To turn on the purifier, "slide open" the window to begin the cleaning process. As for the flying paper fish, I have no idea what that is but it seems to show up in a lot of Asian concepts. yankodesign
2008-11-25 Samsung concept phone unfolds to hypnotize onlookers with flexible OLED
Samsung's new concept phone shown at the FPD International show in Yokohama comes into play, opening like a book to reveal a flexible OLED big enough to handle those cute puppy videos that no plain-vanilla, 2.5-inch display can do justice. There's no word on when a so-equipped handset might see production -- but we think it's appropriate that it's being shown off in Japan in all places, if you catch our drift. Follow the link for a video. Engadget
2008-11-21 Glassy Glassy phone
Mac Funamizu presents two glass phone concepts. Both have multiple uses (one can be used as a regular stand-up desk clock!) and are extremely prone to fingerprints.These would definitely need protective cases to make it through a day in my pocket, or any other regular human-being for that matter. And with a full-glass (and a little bit of plastic) construction, I wouldn't be using it on anything but pure-pc-clean-hands days. yankodesign
2008-11-13 Asus Aura Mobile Phone
Asus Aura, produced by Hungarian design company Egy Studio for Taiwanese vendor. Features of Asus Aura include - a sliding QWERTY keyboard that should make text entry much easier, 3,9 touchscreen covering the whole surface of the phone, 2 megapixel camera, microSD memory card slot, GSM, UMTS, HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. All of this in a 6mm thick package.
2008-11-12 Thin is Out, Odd is In
Mobile phones are getting so thin, they're almost ignoring every rule of handheld ergonomics. Designer Heikki Juvonen decided to backtrack and redesign a futuristic mobile complete with all modern accoutrements but with realistic ergonomics in mind. The end result is a phone he believes is perfectly balanced in the hand placing the heavy components towards the bottom. The unique profile shape also helps it sit better in the hand providing multiple surface areas to grip. yankodesign
2008-11-12 Tapping Your Way Up The Charts
If there truly is design for the masses, this music creation tool definitely qualifies. Using friction-sensitive sensors on the glove's fingertips, users tap out a rhythm and beat while the recorder on the back of the hand sends it wirelessly to your ears and saves it all for later editing. There's nothing quite like using preexisting habits of behavior to define user interface issues; a really smart idea from Designer Petr Hampl. yankodesign
2008-11-07 LED Bath Light
Are you tired, run down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Do you wish you had one device that acted as a flashlight, a candle, a rave machine, and could tell you the temperature of your bath water, all the while using everybodies favorite: LED lights? Well all the answers to your problems are in this little product. It's called the LED Bath Light.
While in the bath, LED Bath Light shows the temperature with color and with numbers listed around its ring. Flashlight Mode displays a bright solid light that's used as a simple direct light source. Color Mode makes this product your favorite techno companion as the light moves between a spectrum of different color tones. Candle Mode makes the light imitate a flickering candle. Adjustments in color and brightness can be made to any of these modes. yankodesign
2008-10-29 Double Pane LCD Screens
There are companies working on "3D-ish" screens but the technology is ridiculously expensive. Why not take a more literal approach and layer two glass LCDs together. This creates a sense of depth when graphics are overlayed. The technology could be expanded to other devices too like interactive maps and slider mobile phones. Pipe dreams but I like the way Mac Funamizu thinks - boundless and limitless. yankodesign
2008-10-24 Vision of a future iPod
The iBangle is Gopinath Prasana's vision of a future iPod where the devices have become darn close to becoming jewelry. If you factor in inflation and the cost of Apple products today - might as well call it jewelry because it'll cost as much. I digress, the iBangle is a thin piece of aluminum (of course) with a multi-touch track pad. To achieve the perfect fit, a cushion inside the ring inflates to keep itself taught against your wrist. yankodesign
2008-10-21 A Halo of Light to Save You
As the flames get hotter you stumble in panic looking for your way out of the maze of hallways that seem so familiar yet alien at the moment. Smoke stings your eyes as you desperately search for any signs of escape. Follow the Halo, it will guide you.This may seem like some scene in a movie but in reality this could happen to any of us. In times of crisis, we lose our ability to think coherently and often the simplest task seems daunting.Halo was designed to aid people in times of crisis such as blackouts and fires directing them to the fastest possible exit route. By using LED lights, halos are cast upon the floor indicating the direction in which the exit is located. This is especially useful in smoke laden fires since people are advised to stick close to the floor. The light also pulsates in the direction of the exit providing a secondary indication upon which direction to head. yankodesign
2008-10-21 PlayStation Portable 2 Concept
Sony just barely updated the PSP but designer Tai Chiem is already thinking about the next iteration. His design calls for a flexible OLED display that can be conveniently rolled. An electric charge powering the display stiffens it while providing near bezeless prime real estate for gaming. Stereo speakers on either side double as a jog wheel and camera control. He also envisages Sony finally implementing two joysticks. Pipe dream or not, it's sexy and lives up to its name; it don't get any more portable than this. yankodesign
2008-10-10 The Pomegranate Phone
Introducing the Pomegranate Phone: A mobile phone, mp3 player, gps system, internet, global voice translator, camera, video player, movie projector, coffee brewer, razor and harmonica in one.Okay, before you get too excited and start scouring the net for release dates, tech specs and availability, it's not an actual product but an ad campaign ruse launched on October 1st. A well-produced false product introduction complete with hilarious video vignettes by Journeyman Films, tech specs, accessories and more, this micro site is a wily subterfuge to introduce you to Nova Scotia's Come To Life tourism campaign, positioning the province as the venue that has a lot to offer. Details
If you're the active-in-the-Great-Outdoors type and you need to take your expensive feature packed iphone with you then the odds are seriously stacked against its surviving very long. Unless the iphone is already 100% waterproof - is yours? Have you ever lost a phone to water damage? If not, you've been really lucky... so far! Depending on who you talk to, something between 10% and 25% of all mobile phones end up ruined by water. Or unless you protect it inside a 100% waterproof Aquapac. If like a lot of people nowadays the main reason you take your phone with you in the first place is as a safety device - so you can call for help if you get into trouble - isn't it doubly important that you can trust it to work when you need it to? Check out some of the customer testimonials lower down this page and read some real-life examples of Aquapacs saving lives. Tuck your phone safely inside an Aquapac and you'll be able to take it and use it wherever you want to go and whatever you like to get up to. aquapac
2008-09-30 "Semi-Circle" Headphones
As oil reaches recording break highs, more and more people are turning to bikes to get them around and of course nobody wants to leave behind creature comforts like music while driving. Problem is most of today's headphones are designed to filter out background noise. That's not very safe for a bicyclists since hearing what's coming is important. The Semicircle headphones are designed to fit in your ear without blocking background noise.The unit is wireless with a bluetooth module that connects to a standard headphone jack. Riding your bike, saving the Earth, saving money, and enjoying music while doing it shouldn't be a hazard. yankodesign
2008-09-17 Futuristic PC
If you happen to believe that PCs can only be rectangular or square then you need to hear or rather witness this revolutionary creation by designer Apostol Tnokovski. His belief that PC arena is curved is well reflected via this 6-inch orb-shaped model. Touted as "the smallest PC ever made," the E-Ball oddball shaped PC features the pop-out laser mouse, a pico projector inside that illumines either the fence or a pane of paper for a display, and the laser keyboard is certainly a maladroit input device. Fix that, and identify a motherboard that befits the palm-sized baby, and Apostol might be onto somewhat here. elitechoice
2008-09-15 The future of Nokia Nseries
The Nokia NX-T mobile multimedia computer, by Chris aka christexaport, focused on media sharing and creation.It takes a bold stance as it debuts a new form factor, the transforming slider.The screen surface slides upward, then flips forward and atop the device, forming a T-shape.The screen surface it then rotate 90 degrees clockwise,exposing the camera on the left spine of the device. This places the widescreen in perfect landscape position, great as a camera or camcorder view finder. All description
2008-09-15 Nokia's scroll OLED laptop
Check out this funky laptop concept by designer Rodrigo Mercado for Nokia with a scroll type OLED. OLED's offer a bright and extremely colorful images with a wide viewing angle, low power and high contrast ratio. Viewing content on an OLED laptop will certainly become more fun.The voice activated laptop along with scrolling OLED and additional features like inbuilt Skye and several other popular cell phone functions make this tech gadget irresistible.Unlike LCD's, OLED's don't need back lights, and the fast response times make them ideal for viewing movies. Movie viewing on a laptop will never be the same again if this concept by Rodrigo comes to life. gadgettastic
2008-09-11 Digitize That Stack of Business Cards
Business cards have become less of a way to disseminate contact information and more about brand extension, so it makes no sense to spend so much money on them only to be thrown out after someone transcribes all the relevant information into an address book. The B-Scanner helps with both aspects. Just slide in any standard size card and an image capture is kept in memory. You sort and thumb thru each card via a jog dial and everything shows up beautifully on an OLED screen, sharp enough for small text. Still a concept but I know a lot of "old schoolers" still toting around business card holders. I think they would jump at something like this. However I do have 2 gripes. Many modern cards utilize texture in the design which a screen doesn't pick up. Many also use front/back layouts which this concept doesn't seem to address. yankodesign
2008-08-21 Voice Stick
Braille is still the standard when it comes to helping the visually impaired read. Unfortunately translating text into braille is costly. Voice Stick is an advance optical character recognition scanner designed to make all books available to the visually impaired.
As you pass the wand over a page, text in translated and read to you in a friendly voice. It can be used to convert any text from books, newspapers, contracts, mail, business cards, etc., into voice information. yankodesign
2008-08-21 Multilayered phone
The Ply concept phone from Hideo Kanbara might just be a step towards bringing the office with us.
Ply's name is taken from the design of multilayered plywood, and each layer has its own very distinct function, ranging from a photo printer to game controller to mini digital projector.
If you want this in your pocket, you'll probably have to wait a little while. CScout
2008-08-21 KDDI's Concept Cellphone is Half Transformer, Half Musical Box
The KDDI AU Design Project bunch over in Japan have stumped up with this latest concept phone for music cellphones of the future. And it blends two things we like: funky cellphone tech and Transformers. In fact Box To Play is less "robot in disguise," and more "hi-fi in disguise" because when it's a phone, it's a normal phone-keypad, camera and such-but when it transforms it's its own speaker system with a graphical visualizer around its faces. Gizmodo
2008-08-19 Compose your own music
Have you ever caught yourself whistling a made up tune and thought to yourself, "hey this could be a hit song!" Those moments of inspiration are fleeting but with the Compose concept, you can compose anywhere.
The pen acts as a mic you sing into. When docked into the digital paper tablet, your vocal harmonies are automatically transcribed into a score. For the old schooler, you can write directly on the display. It also contains libraries for an entire orchestra so once your composition is finished, just sit back and enjoy. yankodesign
2008-08-14 Camera for the blind
Designer Chueh Lee over at Samsung China has designed what may be the worlds first camera for the blind, the "Touch Sight".
Touch Sight is a revolutionary digital camera designed for visually impaired people. Simple features make it easy to use, including a unique feature which records sound for three seconds after pressing the shutter button. The user can then use the sound as reference when reviewing and managing the photos. Touch Sight does not have an LCD but instead has a lightweight, flexible Braille display sheet which displays a 3D image by embossing the surface, allowing the user to touch their photo. The sound file and picture document combine to become a touchable photo that is saved in the device and can be uploaded to share with others-and downloaded to other Touch Sight cameras. More in details
2008-08-12 Smart air conditioner
I sit right under the air conditioner so believe me when I say I look dumbfounded when coworkers come over and turn the thing up. HELLO! I'm freezing over here. Free Wind is a smart ceiling mounted air conditioner with customizable air flows. Six fans operated by a smart system control wind zones and enable sectioned climate control. The cool remote uses touch-drag to anticipate and control your environment with a flick of a finger. Do want! yankodesign
2008-08-08 Check Me Out
The Motorola Sparrow was conceived to provide retail stores with a mobile point of sale device to solve increased service demands from consumers while decentralizing the check out point, i.e. pay for it and get out as fast as you can. It combines a scanner, point of sale (POS) system, RFID, communication and credit card reading capabilities into one mobile device. yankodesign
2008-08-08 Bend Mobile
Why bother with one screen when you can have two for probably double the price? Designer Andy Kurovets presents his "Bend Mobile" concept. He thinks turning on a device and having it grow to nearly double its size will really be attractive to some people. He may be right but where is the proof? Oh right, he is also including a high capacity digital camera that also pops out to larger than expected proportions. All that and it's curved, for easy sliding in and out of your pants. yankodesign
2008-08-04 Feeling hot or cold
Designer Kai Chen has invented a little what's hot/what's not meter that takes all the guess work out of getting into your bathtub. "Bath Safeguard" is a neat little electronic bath plug device that measures the temperature of the water and emits a color glow reflecting the current conditions of the water. When not in use, place it back on the magnetic induction recharger base. Made of waterproof silicon this item is sure to see production...and at least shut that little tramp up. yankodesign
2008-07-28 The Softer Side of Hard Drives
Designing electronic gadgets specifically for women has always seemed like either an insult to their sensibilities or simple pink pandering. Either way, you run the risk of a ton of pink back stock or pissing them off. My advice, design gadgets for humans. Except when it is done to the high degree of slickness as this "Costume" Samsung 2.5″ Hard Drive by Joongoo Lee. Joongoo's design was inspired by a ladies make-up compact found at the bottom of most hand bags. Fitting comfortably in the palm of your hand (not that hard drives need to be in the palm of your hand) this design makes me want to explore my feminine side a bit further. yankodesign
2008-07-23 Flexible CIGS Solar Cell
A Japanese institute announced that it confirmed a cell conversion efficiency of 17.7% by using a CIGS solar cell made with a flexible substrate. The efficiency of the solar cell, which was developed by Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), is one of the highest in the world for a flexible CIGS solar cell. The production of a flexible CIGS solar cell has thus far faced an issue in the formation of a p-type semiconductor, according AIST. The carrier density of a p-type semiconductor in a CIGS solar cell is controlled by adding an alkali metal such as sodium. Specifically, sodium selenide or sodium fluoride is added to the semiconductor. But Na2Se and NaF are unstable and only have a poor reproducibility, AIST said. This time, AIST developed a technology called "alkali-silicate glass thin layer (ASTL) method." According to this method, a silicate glass layer is first formed on the substrate, and the amount of alkali metal that passes through the backside electrode layer and diffuses into the light absorbing layer is controlled by adjusting the film formation conditions of the silicate glass layer. Details of the technology will be unveiled at the 4th Annual Symposium of Research Center for Photovoltaics, which runs from July 28-29, 2008, at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Tech On!
Straight out of Poland, Damian Kozlik has designed an interesting if not confusing timepiece dubbed "X-Watch". His attempt at a universal time piece able to be used by sighted and the blind is a step in the right direction. Not sure if X marks the right spot on this one but his rubber strap housing carries an array of LEDs behind graduated glass with extruded braille numbers that chris-cross to highlight and center the correct time. Seems like a lot of acrobatics just to tell time, but maybe life is truly in the journey and not the destination... even when counting the hours. If you ask for more details, our heads may explode. This was a hard one to figure out...let it go. yankodesign.com
2008-07-17 Japanese team developing palm-held 3D display
Researchers in Japan are developing a gadget that could enable people to hold a three-dimensional image of someone in the palm of their hand. They hope the gCubik, which is still at the prototype stage, will later be developed to move in real time and appear to speak.
2008-07-15 Folding wireless Arc Mouse
Microsoft's new wireless Arc Mouse folds down to save space during transit, anyone that's used one of those mini-travel mouse devices will appreciate the full size body. It's questionable whether the space saving benefits are really necessary. It will retail for approx. $60 US later in the year. core77
2008-07-14 Dual Touchscreen Laptop Within Two Years
It looks as though an Italian company named V12 Design might beat the OLPC's XO-2 laptop to the dual touchscreen punch with their dual LCD laptop called the Canova. According to Laptopmag, V12 developed its design four years ago and is currently working on a second generation version with a US manufacturer. The plan is to have the device on the market within 16 months. An interview with Valerio Cometti, the founder and managing director of V12 Design, confirmed that the upcoming version would support multitouch input and that a microphone would be built into the design for voice commands. Unfortunately, the image pictured above is the first gen version and no images of the current Canova design have been released. However, if they are on target with their prediction, we could have one in our hands by 2010.Gizmodo
2008-07-09 Blocky MP3 Player
The BLOC MP3 player may look like another stylized DAP but there's function to its Lego-like form. The core unit houses an OLED screen, 4-way directional toggle, and 50GB of memory. Should you need more, just snap on another memory module. Wanna share music with friends? No problem - just connect two BLOCS together and get your sync on. Oh and just for kicks, it'll record voice notes too. yankodesign
2008-07-09 Waking Up To Your MP3 Player
Here is the YOM, your typical clock radio alarm with an atypical USB dock for your MP3 player. Instead of waking up to the radio or some blaring noise, why not plug your USB stick loaded with your favorite tunes? You can set which songs to wake up to via the touch sensitive controls.The speakers are also good enough to act as a stereo. The USB stick then becomes a joystick to toggle thru your playlists. Quite an innovative use for something that would otherwise just be a weird eyesore. yankodesign
2008-07-08 Solar powered 26 inch LCD TV
At the Hokkaido environmental summit Sharp showcased an experimental 26 inch LCD TV which consumes around 30% less power than its peers. Coming to the specs it has a contrast ratio of 10000:1 and the display panel is just 20mm thick. Another innovation showcased by Sharp was a 26 inch solar panel which generates enough electricity to power the LCD TV. According to Sharp it is a perfect combo for the 1.6 billion people living below the poverty line in non-electrified areas and earning less than $2 a day. newlaunches
2008-07-07 Fashion phone by Jaren Goh
Since Apple's iPhone was such a runaway success, the entire mobile phone industry has been playing catch-up with the pocket wonder. Jonathan Ive's (Apple's Chief of Design) minimal flat black screen design has instantly become a gadget icon and seems to be the inevitable future of mobile phone designs for everyone looking to grab market share. The problem with this design direction is the very limited aesthetic potential. Designer Jaren Goh has done a pretty decent job of putting his own spin on this movement with his "Basic Tab" mobile phone design. He has masterfully taken softer side out of the iPhone silhouette and gave it a more edgy, masculine appearance. His clever use of red translucent materials mixed with chrome harkens more retro future funk sci-fi creations like 2001 A Space Odysseys "HAL 9000″ and the Cylons on Battlestar Gallactica. yankodesign
2008-07-07 In-spiral watch
This time around it was designer Peter Zsolt Koren. His "In-spiral" bangle bracelet/watch design looks acceptable on either on a wrist or a desktop. This rail system design adjust through every other line and locks magnetically. yankodesign
2008-07-03 Gesture based remote
Designer Jason Kline discovered people don't use most of the buttons on today's TV remotes. The complex array of function only confuses some and alienates others. Most people also only watch 12 different channels so why are we still using these ever elongating sticks? Kline suggests another way called the Licentia.
The Licentia is straight forward, no-nonsensical remote control consisting of 2 discs which can be spun or compressed in a number of gesture patterns to interact with your TV. Once you get the hang of it, channel hopping will become easier and faster. None of that cumbersome numeric keypad stuff. yankodesign
2008-07-02 A Radio, Calliper Style
Like a precision calliper tool, 08 Radio by Mikael Silvanto lets you precisely find the station you want by sliding the entire radio unit up and down the scale. It's a minor improvement and may irk some who prefer a dial but functions aside, it is nice to look at just as a stand-alone piece. Designer: Mikael Silvanto.yankodesign
2008-07-01 Gaze detector lets you hear with your eyes
If we're not absorbing information at an alarming and astounding rate 24/7, we start feeling a little hollow and frivolous, being surrounded with all this connected technology and what not. Thankfully Manabe Hiroyuki (pictured) at NTT DoCoMo took the time to develop and create the wearable headphone gaze detector; slightly less elegant than the traditional neural implant, with this system you could not only record the goings on of your days and "bookmark" important events, but also train the cameras to feed you information about your surroundings based on QR codes or possibly eventually object recognition; think of it as augmented aural reality triggered by giving a passing glance. Shine on, you crazy diamond - -we think you might just have Masahiko Tsukamoto beat this time.engadget
2008-06-30 Laptop/Desktop Hybrid
I have seen parsecs worth of concept computer designs during my visit here on Earth, but nothing like this "B-membrane" design by Korean designer Won-Seok Lee. He has taken the need for a bulky monitors right out of the equation and opted for beaming your YouTubing onto any surface you can point the omni-directional projector at. Some highlights of this Kubrick inspired mother ship computer include a membrane keyboard that appears when needed, integrated optical drive and when not used as a computer, the projector can beam ambient light effects on any surface you desire. yankodesign
2008-06-27 The Design World Is Celebrating The First World Industrial Design Day
On 29 June 2008 the design world will celebrate the first „World Industrial Design Day". The World Industrial Design Day has been initiated by the international umbrella association of industrial designers Icsid (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) with a view to offer as of now a fix date every year on which the merits of the profession of industrial designers and their influence on our living standards shall be recalled. The 29th June has been chosen because it is the birthday of the association: On 29 June 1957 the Icsid was founded officially in London. This day shall prompt many activities such as events, exhibitions, lectures or open days around the world. red-dot
2008-06-19 Polaroid debuts pocket-size photo printer
Polaroid, the company that brought the world the iconic snap-and-print camera, is ready to introduce a new instant-photo product fit for the Digital Age. The PoGo, a mobile, inkless printer with a cute name, is small enough to fit in a pocket and prints wallet-size pictures that can be turned into stickers. The company--which continues its attempt to transition from an analog past to a digital future--hopes the Polaroid-on-the-go will revolutionize instant photo printing. Polaroid showed the little 8-ounce PoGo to CNET News.com on Tuesday. The product receives images via Bluetooth from a camera cell phone or through a USB cord from any digital camera. Then it uses inkless Zink technology to heat up the photo paper and bring out the colors embedded in the paper's dye crystals.Without ink heads, printers can be smaller and save money on ink. However, the Zink paper will still cost extra--an average of 35 cents per print. Future plans include larger prints that rely on the the same mobile, inkless concept.Jon Pollock, vice president and general manager of product planning and new technology at Polaroid, said the product is aimed at teens and young adults who want to print from their cell phone cameras and get instant access to their shots.The back side of the photos can be peeled, turning pictures into stickers--perfect for slapping on an unsuspecting victim's back, but ideally used for decorating or making collages.Although Polaroid sells digital cameras and other gadgets, it almost missed the digital wave. Pollock admitted the company suffered about five years ago when it still dealt with analog cameras, but it appears ready to climb back to the top of the photography world. By 2009, the classic instant Polaroid camera will finally fall by the wayside. Pollock said the PoGo is its replacement. Polaroid's PoGo will be available at Best Buy on July 6 and in most department stores by the fall. The printer retails for $149. cnet
2008-06-18 Canon Mouse is more than a conventional mouse
The absence of a numeric keypad on a laptop is sometimes irritating. But thanks to Canon's new mouse it solves my problem and can also juggle with two other functions. The LT-100TKM has a clamshell like form factor, which when closed acts as a normal optical mouse at 1000dpi and makes numeric keypad and calculator function work after opening. It is selling in Japan for $32. toysgadget
2008-06-17 Sens phone for the nearly blind
The "Sens" phone by Takumi Yoshida is a great idea who's time has come. For the nearly blind, this phone features lighted sides that help convey different alert messages. Forgoing the use of the standard "blind man's dimple" keyboard arrangement found on most cell phones and designing a more tactile keys distinguishable not only for the blind but for anyone trying to interact with this device.yankodesign
2008-06-16 Pullight Dynamo
The Pullight Dynamo looks to be nothing more than a flashlight powered by stored kinetic energy built up from pulling a string. Inside the dynamo is a 3 phase motor to deliver more power from very little kinetic energy. What's more, the dynamo can charge other devices like a mobile phone or iPod. It's splash proof and perfect for emergency situations. yankodesign
2008-06-16 No-key Keyboard
Glass surface inputting is the new hotness for almost every gadget maker today. From from the iPhone to Microsoft's Surface technology, flat is where it's at. Introducing the flattest full size QWERTY keyboard to date, "No-key Keyboard" by Kong Fanwen. Consisting of just a glass surface, camera and lighting, this alternative keyboard concept will use the latest motion capture technology to watch your fingers nervously select just the perfect smiley for your online bantering. yankodesign
2008-06-10 Slice Futuristic PC Concept
Slice PC Concept is trying to answer the need of efficient and visually files storage on your computer. This PC Concept is trying to help you with the trouble of finding the files that are buried deep within folders, and you are no longer know how to indicate and locate the files when you need it. Slice PC Concept helps you physically interacting with the information, users can organize and place files accordingly. Each of the slices visually represent different folders seen in current operating software such as My Documents, My Music, My Videos, etc. The visual and haptic experience associated with slice emotionally connects the users to their information stored on the computer reassuring the safety and placement of their files.tuvie
2008-06-05 Robot teddy bear car navigation system
On June 3, engineers at iXs Research Corporation unveiled a robotic teddy bear designed to work as a talking car navigation system. The prototype robot stands 30 centimeters (1 ft) tall and has 6 joints in its arms and neck, which it uses to make gestures while providing spoken directions. The robot bear is also equipped with functions to improve auto safety, such as an alcohol detection sensor embedded in its neck. If it smells booze, the robot confronts the driver, saying, "You haven't been drinking, have you?" Other sensors detect wreckless driving, so if the driver suddenly accelerates or slams on the brakes, the robot says, "Watch out!" As a bonus feature, the robot bear provides information about nearby landmarks when you stroke its head. The company hopes to make the robot commercially available next year. "We want to make it more compact," says CEO Fuminori Yamasaki, "and we'd like to offer a variety of shapes, including other characters and a plain mechanical version." Fujitsu has patented the idea of merging car navigation systems with dolls, but it has granted iXs Research Corporation permission to use the patent through a Kawasaki-area project encouraging major corporations to share intellectual property rights with small-to-medium-sized companies. Pink Tentacle
2008-06-05 Two Rings to Rule Them All
Now here is a perfect example of concept design bettering the world in previously unimagined ways. The deaf of the world are not just being deprived of music, a sweet whisper and a simple phone call. They are also lacking the ability to be fairly warned of impending danger from out of sight sources. Designers Kwang-seok Jeong, Min-hee Kim and Hyun-joong Kim really deserve a round of silent applause for this inspired design. "Vibering" is an ingenious way to help the deaf, by fashionably housing a sound detection and identification system to be worn as a pair of rings and a wristwatch. The rings are to be worn on both hands and are the ears that not only listen for sounds emanating from behind, they also determine distance, position and vibrate according to source. The wristwatch aspect, identifies the sound wave and present this info to the wearer in an easy to read display. The watch is programmed to listen for certain key phrases from humans like "Excuse Me..", your name being called and any number of car noises including the most important one, a car's horn. This device concept could not just be a major life enhancer for the deaf, it would most certainly save lives. yankodesign
2008-06-02 Tech that lets you connect with kids
We have all seen the nature shows where the baby deer wanders too far from its mom and gets pounced on by some hidden predator. Well aside from opposable thumbs, moms have a new way to differentiate themselves from our mammalian brethren. The "Link" Child Locator is a device that takes a page from the movie Alien, in that it allows for the tracking of your spawn as they hide in the clothing racks at your local Gap store. The product has 2 components, a bracelet worn by the child that contains a transmitter module that works at a range of up to 100′, and a watch-style bracelet worn by the parent that receives the child's signal and indicates its direction and distance on a small LCD display. Hide-and-seek will never be the same. yankodesign
2008-05-30 Lacoste envisions future of tennis
For its 75th anniversary, sporting goods purveyor Lacoste decided to peek another 75 years into the future, imagining what the face of tennis would look like in 2083. It's covered by a sweet visor.
The envisioned persona of the future of tennis also has vibrant footwear with heel screens that read "Lacoste," and a fancy, collapsing racquet emlazoned with the Lacoste alligator logo.Check out Lacoste gallery for more shots of this futuristic tennis player.
2008-05-29 "The Cup" Computer
Technology and scaled down computers are finding their ways into more and more ubiquitous items in our lives. From RFID clothing tags and eBooks (Kindle) to running monitors (Nike/iPod) and even cars that respond to your voice (Ford Sync). Why not get a daily does of information stimulation while you have your morning brew? That's what the designers of "The Cup" have in mind. They envision a cup that literally pours information in waves of holographic images for your daily consumption. Have a big creative meeting? Then spill your thoughts onto the conference table. Found a lot of racy pictures of your girlfriend on the internet? Then pour your finds all over her head and let her know your a just a little annoyed.Designer: Hyuh-Jin Lee & Hyeroung Choen. yankodesign
2008-05-27 Momenta, the PC for Life
Momenta, the neck worn PC also captures the best and most exciting moments of your life. Ever thought, "Man I wish I had that on tape!" When everybody is laughing themselves to tears, Momenta has already captured the previous 5 minutes from its rolling buffer and continues to record until you tell it to stop. Triggered by increased heart rate, it captures those hilarious or exciting moments that are usually lost forever. Whether it's an exciting sports experience, a funny social scene, the scene of an accident, etc. you can capture it and share it.
2008-05-26 Facemask Makes Any Dystopian Future a Happy Funtime Land
When the future goes to crap in the next 10 years or so, and anarchy rules as humanity falls into a deep, dark pit of despair, this alternate reality mask concept from Frog Design will be there to soften the blow. Invoking mental images of cowed sheep, Aldous Huxley's soma and even the Matrix, Frog Designs describes its FrogConcept mask as an escape for the doomed people of the future, complete with a "re-skinned" reality.
Within the mask, smells, sounds, even air quality would be imitated to create a full sensory experience. The facial expressions of those wearing the device would be detected and projected onto personal avatars visible to others also living behind the shield of the mask.gizmodo
2008-05-22 World's longest mobile phone concept
Modern mobile phones come in many different form factors and sizes, but almost all of them have something in common - they fit in your pocket. Designer Tamer Koseli seems to disagree though. He has created a concept of what has to be the longest mobile phone ever. Not only it is long enough to impress your girlfriend, it's also very narrow (see it compared to the size of a SIM card below). The concept phone is called "Need".The phone has two displays - a simple OLED one which displays basic information, and a touchscreen that goes along all the length of the phone as demonstrated in the photos. You can lock and unlock the phone by sliding the first screen up and down, as shown in the first picture. The battery and connection information is only shown in the unlocked state for some reason.Mr. Tamer Koseli also seems to have strong opinion on the functions that a mobile phone should have. His concept doesn't include any camera, MP3 player or anything of sorts; everything is limited to communicational features only. Via: YankoDesign
2008-05-22 The play-by-play on ESPN’s Ultimate Remote
It's either the perfect Father's Day gift or the perfect excuse for initiating divorce proceedings: ESPN has announced the coming of its branded Ultimate Remote, a $299 universal remote control designed to give the sports fan quicker and easier access to games, stats and excuses not to engage in "honeydew" chores on weekends. A list of cool-sounding features is there: Wi-Fi Internet access, text and email, quick setup that doesn't require a nearby PC, the ability to let sports fans surf games on TV, surf team standings and info on the web, the ESPN logo at the top of the device, and the Sportscenter jingle (dah-dah-DAT, dah-dah-DAT) every time you press a button. toysgadget
2008-05-21 Heart shaped LCD Display
LCD panel manufacturers can make displays in all kinds of shapes from now on. Last week LG Display introduced round LCD displays and today NEC shows off a heart shaped LCD Display.
2008-05-20 Water lily plan for solar power
Large lily-shaped discs which harness solar power could soon be seen floating on the River Clyde. The concept, from Glasgow-based ZM Architecture, has been handed to the city council with the hope that a trial project could go-ahead. The proposal has already won the firm the International Design Awards (IDA) Land and Sea Competition. Judges were impressed by the idea that energy harnessed on a river could help reduce a city's carbon footprint. In the IDA project description, ZM Architecture said its project proposed to stimulate river activity and change by using the surface to harness solar power on a large scale. The energy created would then be transformed and exported to the national grid. The firm said the design of the lilypads was "inspired by nature" and they could be tethered to the river bed. Integrated motors would then rotate the discs to follow the sun for maximum output. ZM Architecture director, Peter Richardson, said: "We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to providing alternative energy solutions and are excited about the potential of this idea in a range of contexts." The company hopes Glasgow City Council will be interested in developing a small pilot project in conjunction with the Science Centre. BBC
2008-05-20 Easy mobile calling
They are getting older by the second. That massive batch of the baby boomer generation adults is about to become the largest group of elderly the world will ever see in its history. Companies are scrambling to come out with products and services to appeal to this post world war 2 generation of increasingly confused citizens. The "EMC" (easy mobile calling) phone by designer Matthias Pinkert might just be what the doctor ordered. This phone features four keys for direct calling, one-touch calling, GPS tracking, for when grandma is too loopy to tell where she is, a built in speaker phone and even comes with a laniard to wrap around(choke) grandma's neck to avoid misplacing it in the refrigerator, next to the pickles. yankodesign
2008-05-16 The Ori-Ori Moshi-Moshi from 2014
Technologies are being developed right now that will one day replace the paper news dynamic completely. One such concept device is called the Ori-Ori Moshi-Moshi and it is basically origami. Some hope that it will offer the ultimate fold-up multi-media solution.
It was developed by Antenna Design, and they are calling it the "super gadget for the year 2014." The concept device would have a flexible OLED screen with utilities for gaming, phone, and video viewing. As flexible displays get better, this will be the norm in no time.Via slipperybrick
2008-05-16 LG Display develops small circular LCDs
LG Display have just successfully made the "world's largest 6-inch elliptical and 1.4-inch circular-shaped LCDs," featuring 262,000 colors and a near 160-degree viewing angle. The technology isn't ripe enough to be shipped with any type of electronics product yet, but possible applications could be for digital photo frames and, as you see here, old-fashioned wrist watches.Unwiredview
2008-05-15 Microsoft LifeCams
Microsoft is launching its new web cameras the VX-5000 and VX500 LifeCams. Both cameras feature a VGA resolution and are compatible with Windows Live Messenger. Microsoft is also releasing a headset called the LifeChat LX-2000 getting ready for video conferences.The VX-5000 will be available in June for $49.95 and the VX-500 and LX-2000 will hit shelves this month for $16.95 and $29.95.gadgettastic
2008-05-14 Touchy Feely Phone
Those lovable Finns at Nokia really want you to get in touch with our emotions and believe that your mobile phone is a great start to get you there. They are introducing a design exhibit showcasing the future of mobile phones at this year's New York Design Week. Design firm Provoke worked with Nokia to make a conceptual study showing where mobile phone trends are heading in 4 years. One of three concepts is being called "Feel".
Touching is a very intense and personal form of communication. People share their deepest feelings by touching. Feel is a phoneset concept for couples. Tactile sharing trough simulated touch. Real physical communication - what if you could touch your loved one via your mobile phone?In the future, the user interface will eventually step out of the display. Feel has a specialized user interface and touch simulation to enable deep communication.Yanko
2008-05-14 Mobile Phone Shaped Like an Egg
Designer Roman Tubl wasn't concerned with integrating the latest and greatest in his EGG mobile phone concept. He just wanted something functional and easy to use with some eye candy.
The soft rounded body is surrounded by an illuminated red strip. The surface of the phone consists of a flexi true color display for tactile touchscreen feedback. You've also got your standard data ports like bluetooth, USB, and Wifi in addition to a 3.2 megapixel camera and a snazzy amount of memory - up to 4 GB. Yanko
2008-05-13 NTT Firmo transmits data through skin
NTT has begun selling a device that transmits data across the surface of the human body and lets users communicate with electronic devices simply by touching them, the company announced on April 23. The new product, called "Firmo," consists of a card-sized transmitter carried in the user's pocket. The card converts stored data into a weak AC electric field that extends across the body, and when the user touches a device or object embedded with a compatible receiver, the electric field is converted back into a data signal that can be read by the device. For now, Firmo transfers data at 230kbps, but NTT is reportedly working on a low-cost 10Mbps version that can handle audio/video data transfers. Firmo is based on NTT's RedTacton human area network (HAN) technology, which is designed to allow convenient human-machine data exchange through natural physical contact - even through clothing, gloves and shoes. NTT initially hopes this human area network technology will appeal to organizations looking to boost convenience and security in the office. Obvious applications include secure entrances and keyless cabinets that recognize employees when they touch the door handle (thus bypassing the need for card-swipers and keys), or secure printers that operate only when you touch them.
For now, a set of 5 card transmitters and 1 receiver goes for around 800,000 yen ($8,000), but NTT expects the price to come down when mass production begins.Pink Tentacle
2008-05-13 Master class "Aircraft design"
Russia's Ministry of Industry and Power and Expert Club in the field of industry and power within the scope of design development concept implementation in Russia till 2008 start work on performance of a number of industrial design master classes oriented to assistance in advanced training of enterprise management in the field of industrial design integration into manufacture and administration processes.
The first master class will take place on May 15, 2008 within the scope of the First International Special Exhibition of Helicopter Industry «HeliRussia 2008» in the first show-room of the MVK "Crocus Expo" from 1 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. in the conference hall #1. The master class subject intended for aircraft building companies' management and designers will be "Aircraft design".
2008-04-25 Computer for blind
Nowadays many scientists try to find a way to return vision to blind people. If they succeed, it will be one of the greatest achievements. Meanwhile PC producers, taking into consideration the fact that blind people can not use modern technologies, decided to create something that will improve and diversify their everyday life. Given gadget named Siafu represents a personal computer designed to give people with vision loss a more intuitive computer experience.The main technology used in Siafu - Magneclay - represents an oil based synthetic agent that possesses limitless morphing capabilities. It has a loose molecular structure but can be infinitely rearranged when acted upon by electrical and magnetic charges. As long as the charges acting upon it remain stable, the magneclay will hold its structural rigidity, allowing it to be touched without deformation.gadgets-reviews
2008-04-25 Digital Cowboy's candid camera spy pen
There may be plenty of nerdy spy gadgets around that allow the socially challenged to eavesdrop on their nearest and dearest, but few are as elegant as the latest Japanese video pen from Digital Cowboy.The 30g pen does its thing through a 1mm hole just above the pocket clip and a microphone secreted just beneath it. A generous 2GB of onboard memory should be enough for several hours of 352 x 288-pixel 15fps video compressed in the AVI format.Power comes courtesy of a lithium-ion battery that charges by USB, giving two hours of runtime from a similar period attached to a PC. Naturally, the DVR-BP operates as a mass-storage device when connected and - best of all - it even works as a real pen.TechRadar
2008-04-24 E-reader Papyrus
Papyrus is an inexpensive, student oriented e-reader specially designed with collaboration in mind. It is produced by Kaleidoscope, a product development consultancy.Papyrus gives teachers the ability to respond to student issues as soon as they appear in a post and gives the chance to create a game plan for the next class meeting versus going into the situation blind, wasting precious class time trying to figure out where to pick up from the last assignment. Most importantly, Papyrus provides collaboration and communication without the distractions of current technology like laptops.the unit is far less expensive at around $100.
2008-04-24 Pocket MP3 Player
This time around he created the Mp3 Pocket Player, designed to be comfortably used while worn in the trouser pocket. Due to the curved shape all relevant controls and the display are visible, no matter if the user is sitting or walking. Designer Matthias Lange. yankodesign
2008-04-22 Solution for 2020
Electrolux has chosen eight finalists to compete for first place in Electrolux Design Lab 07, the fifth edition of this annual global competition. Hundreds of design students from around the world entered this year's competition and were challenged to present their ideas on for eco-friendly and sustainable household appliances and solutions for 2020.
One of the finalists was Nature Wind by Bae Won-Ho. Nature Wind is a solar-powered air cleaner mounted to a window that uses a series of filters to refresh and sanitize household air. yankodesign
2008-04-21 A Universal Remote For Everywhere
We often think of a universal remote to be a device that controls any and everything. The Mulit-Chalk one-ups that axiom by controlling everywhere. Huh, what?!? It's a soft electronic device designed to slip on anything with a button. It can be designed to compliment your outfit and style. With a little simple programming, just about anything can be controlled from it by turning the disk in various directions. Just be smart and don't use it during a big football game. The guy with the colorful button is always the target.yankodesign
2008-04-18 Industrial design conference
On April 17st 2008 the first conference " Industrial design" was held in Moscow at the World trade centre. Design director of Tancher Vasily Vinogradov reported once bringing out the corner stones of contract design in Russia.
The main purpose of the conference was to establish informational and business ties between contract designers and their potential customers (electronics manufacturers, governmental structures, etc).
2008-04-18 The Pebble MP3 Player
Look at this cool concept from designer Smith Newman, the Pebble MP3 Player.The Pebble MP3 player is a designed to hang around your neck like a pendant, it is designed to represent a fusion of nature and technology and features a dome faced interface in the middle.The interface is used for navigation, it also features a tilt sensor so that the user interface is always easly accessible, similar to that of the iPhone.The headphones are designed to roll up into the case, making them easy to store.gadgettastic
2008-04-15 NapTV The lazy persons choice
Sick of having to hold your head up while you watch TV in bed or lying down? Well the NapTv can help you. Designed by Sung-kyu Nam, its an extraordinary fusion of TV and a chair. Slide under it to watch what's on the screen and when your done, turn it over and sit on it. gadgettastic
2008-04-14 Zeemote wireless controller for mobile phones
April 9, 2008 The US$38 billion video gaming market thrives due to innovative input devices and one of the most interesting new additions is the Zeemote JS1 - a wireless controller that enables what the developers claim is near-console game play on mobile phones. Created by the team that developed the first force feedback joystick for PC gaming, the Zeemote controller fell into the hands of Dave Weinstein at CTIA and Dave reports the new phone peripheral is responsive, ergonomic and functional and just might help us past trying to game comfortably on a phone using controls designed for some other purpose.Measuring 95 x 35 x 20 mm (3.7 x 1.4 x 0.8 inches) and weighing only 47g (1.7 ounces) including batteries, the Zeemote JS1 fits in the palm of the hand and is very comfortable. With a thumbstick and four assignable trigger buttons, the JS1 controller offers real analog control enabling users to truly engage with mobile games.The company is already in discussions with a number of operators and manufacturers regarding bundling the controller with games and handsets."Developers and publishers such as Eidos, Finblade, Fishlabs and SEGA have already adapted popular games such as Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Helistrike 3D and Sonic The Hedgehog to use the new technology. Finblade has even created Fireworks, the first 2-player game specifically designed for use with Zeemote JS1 controllers. Gizmag
2008-04-10 Van Der Led's WM2 cellphone is Slayer approved
Can it be? Why... why yes, a watch with integrated cellphone we might (might!) actually wear. The Van Der Led WM2 is a quad-band GSM watch with itty bitty 1.3-inch, 260k color touchscreen display, stereo Bluetooth, up to 240-hours of standby or 300-minutes talk, and 1GB of storage for a few of your MP3 or MP4 files. Better yet, from a distance, those uber geeky keys on the numeric pad look just like the glittering wrist studs capable of mesmerizing Death Metal, she-groupies backstage. Yours for €300 (about $471 US Rubles) starting Monday. Actual product pressed to flesh in the gallery below. Engadget
2008-04-10 Brainwashing goggles help you quit smoking
I've always found effort to be pretty unbecoming. I mean, working hard at something totally increases the worry lines in your face, making you look all old and ugly. No thanks! I'm staying pretty for life! That's why I'm definitely buying a pair of these Cyber MC brainwashing goggles. It's not really clear how the Orange Dream software helps you do things like lose weight, quit smoking or meditate, but the general assumption is that it flashes images in your face Clockwork-Orange style to reprogram your brain to associating delicious, flavorful cigarettes with something unappealing like third degree burns or mining accidents.I don't care how it works, I just want to be able to sit sedentarily and not have to put any uglifying stress on my sprightly young body.Gizmodo
2008-04-09 Ori Remote
Mark Law designed the ori Remote with orientations, lights, and an on-screen interface in mind, rather than your run-of-the mill french bread-shaped blobject with numbered buttons. Functions such as channel and volume are accessed as the user rotates ori, much like a compass. Various touching and sliding motions on the touch pad trigger the actions. Think Kaoss pad for boob-tubing.core77
2008-04-08 NTT Launches Smell-As-You-Go
NTT Communications announced today that it is to conduct a pilot test of its new Mobile Fragrance Communication (Kaori Tsushin Mobile) service. The service is a mobile version of an existing system that NTT has for enjoying downloaded audiovisual content together with specific fragrances that are pre-loaded onto a dedicated device. The smell-as-you-go service was first launched for home use in 2005, and, according to NTT, it is now used by companies and individuals to "enhance indoor environments with pleasing fragrances." The company says that its new mobile version offers the "convenience of using mobile communication to download Fragrance Playlists, or files of recipes for specific fragrances together with visual (GIF animation) and audio (MIDI) content."Fragrance Playlists can be downloaded from the "i-mode" mobile website of sister company NTT DoCoMo. Using the phone's infrared port, the fragrance data is transferred to a device that has been loaded with a cartridge of essences, or base fragrances. The device, a smaller, lighter and more stylish version of the previous model, then mixes the specific fragrances and emits them as the user enjoys the A/V content played back on their phone. The Fragrance Playlists also can be edited as well as shared with others who subscribe to the service.BWCS , NTT
2008-04-08 World’s smallest hi-def camera head from Toshiba
April 7, 2008 Toshiba Imaging has launched the world's smallest HD camera head, measuring just 1.6 inches and weighing only 2.3 oz. It is envisaged that the mini IK-HD1 will be used for scientific imaging and diagnostics, specialty broadcasting, homeland security, and industrial video and inspection applications. The ultra-compact control unit makes the IK-HD1 ideal for broadcasting and other imaging tasks where space is limited as it is no much bigger than an ice cube. The camera has 1080i output and Toshiba's HD 3CCD prism block technology helps deliver sharp, clear, true color imagery. High-definition 1920 (H) x 1080 (V) resolution at 30 frames per second means the camera is an attractive option for reality TV and sports broadcasters and it has already been used for filming on New American Gladiators. The camera comes standard with a C-mount lens flange and RS232C serial interface and multiple outputs for HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M), analog RGB, or Y/Pb/Pr. Accessories for the HDTV camera system includes a 4mm or 15mm lens and camera cables in 3-, 6-, 10- or 30-meter lengths. Gizmag
2008-04-07 The Future Of The Remote Control
We can just barely remember when remote controls were still attached to the TV by a wire. But aside from the wireless innovation, the old 'mote has remained pretty boring, despite being a central part of our lives. Well now, Joris van Gelder's B&O Remote is finally taking the next leap. Not only is it wireless, but it's touchless, responding mostly to simple hand gestures. The idea was to design a remote for sticky-fingered kitchen use, but we could be looking at the future of channel surfing in any room. See how it works in videos.complex
2008-04-04 A 3D mouse
Today I have a treat for you - a 3D mouse. While a regular mouse only has X and Y axes, a 3D mouse adds a Z. This is great for CAD designers and as it turns out, it helps Second Life players navigate their 3D world with ease. 3D Connexion is making their Space Navigator and the rest of their respectable 3-D mouse range Second Life compatible.uberreview
2008-03-31 Electronic music note stand
The CLEF system consists of a flexible LCD touch screen with a built-in stand and a wireless foot pedal. Use the pedal to turn digital sheet music or just touch the screen. It also throws in some computer functions by allowing on the fly scoring, note taking, and collaborative writing. When you need a real computer, a keyboard slides out from underneath the screen and use the foot pedal as a stereo to enjoy the music you just played.yankodesign
2008-03-26 Printing displays screen promise
Flat-panel computer displays could be manufactured quickly and cheaply using novel inkjet printing equipment demonstrated by Japanese scientists. The technique has already been used to produce the delicate wiring and tiny components needed for flexible screens. The new inkjet head is able to produce drops 1,000 times smaller than standard printers, according to the researchers. Writing in the journal PNAS, the team say the technique also improves the performance of printed circuits. "The present work demonstrates the feasibility of employing inkjet technology... for electronic device applications," the University of Tokyo team write in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.BBC News
2008-03-25 Intrinsic and extrinsic performance limits of graphene devices on SiO2
University of Maryland physicists have shown that in graphene the intrinsic limit to the mobility, a measure of how well a material conducts electricity, is higher than any other known material at room temperature. Graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of graphite, is a new material which combines aspects of semiconductors and metals. In graphene, the vibrating atoms at room temperature produce a resistivity of about 1.0 microOhm-cm (resistivity is a specific measure of resistance; the resistance of a piece material is its resistivity times its length and divided by its cross-sectional area). This is about 35 percent less than the resistivity of copper, the lowest resistivity material known at room temperature.
"We believe that this work points out the importance of these extrinsic effects, and creates a roadmap for finding better substrates for future graphene devices in order to reduce the effects of charged impurity scattering and remote interfacial phonon scattering."physics professor Fuhrer said. newsdesk
2008-03-25 Cyber Goggles: High-tech memory aid
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a smart video goggle system that records everything the wearer looks at, recognizes and assigns names to objects that appear in the video, and creates an easily searchable database of the recorded footage. Designed to function as a high-tech memory aid, these "Cyber Goggles" promise to make the act of losing your keys a thing of the past, according to head researcher professor Tatsuya Harada.Cyber Goggles are equipped with a compact camera that feeds video to a computer worn on the user's back. The computer records the footage and relies on ultrahigh-speed image recognition processing software to analyze, name and file the objects that appear in the video. Later, when the user types in a keyword to search for a particular item, the corresponding video plays on a tiny LCD screen attached to the right-side lens, helping the user remember the location of the item in question. In a demonstration at the University of Tokyo last week, 60 everyday items - including a potted begonia, CD, hammer and cellphone - were programmed into the Cyber Goggle memory. As the demonstrator walked around the room viewing and recording the various objects, the names of the items appeared on the goggle screen. The demonstrator was then able to do a search for the various items and retrieve the corresponding video.In addition to functioning as a memory aid for the elderly, Cyber Goggles have a number of other potential uses, says professor Harada. For example, the image recognition processing technology can be used to sift through enormous amounts of video in search of specific images. It might also help in the development of robots with human-like abilities, he says.Pink Tentacle
A nimble, four-legged robot is so surefooted it can recover its balance even after being given a hefty kick. The machine, which moves like a cross between a goat and a pantomime horse, is being developed as a robotic pack mule for the US military.BigDog is described by its developers Boston Dynamics as "the most advanced quadruped robot on Earth". The company have released a new video of the robot negotiating steep slopes, crossing rocky ground and dealing with the sharp kick. View the impressive clip here ."Internal force sensors detect the ground variations and compensate for them," says company president and project manager Marc Raibert. "And BigDog's active balance allows it to maintain stability when we disturb it." This active balance is maintained by four legs, each with three joints powered by actuators and a fourth "springy" joint. All the joints are controlled by an onboard PC processor.The project is sponsored by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who want the robotic pack mule to assist soldiers in terrain too tough for vehicles. Ground-based soldiers often need to carry 40 kilograms of equipment.Raibert says the latest version of BigDog can handle slopes of 35° - a steeper gradient than one in two. The hydraulics are driven by a two-stroke single-cylinder petrol engine, and it can carry over 40 kg, about 30% of its bodyweight. The robot can follow a simple path on its own, or can be remotely controlled.newscientist
2008-03-18 The new kind of HTC Slider
HTC has long been partial to a smartphone slider form factor.It's slide-out QWERTY keyboard Windows Mobile smartphones like HTC S730 or HTC TyTN II are among the most popular in a category.
How could you make HTC S730 smaller, save on parts by having a single text/number input device and have it as easy to use for different applications in both landscape and portrait modes?
Make the numeric keypad a part of the QWERTY keyboard plate. Have the phone display covering most of QWERTY keyboard, except for the numeric keypad part, in a closed mode.
To open into a text/mesaging QWERTY landscape mode, just slide the screen diagonally across the keyboard plate and fix the display in the top/middle of it.
You still have all the benefits of the S730 smartphone, the same display size, but in a smaller package.
Of course, no such HTC handset exist yet, as far as I know. The drawings above are our Photoshop renderings.
Fetishes are an interesting phenomenon, you never know when something might peak your curiosity and strike you in a gratifying way. Rarely in life does an object instantly make you raise an eyebrow and re-imagine what turns you on, sexually or any other way. By incorporating a digital watch into a pair of handcuffs, he might be mockingly commenting on humanities futile desires to control the one thing in life we have no control over. The persistence of time is a cruel mistress and so is this watch.yankodesign
If you commit the cardinal sin of eating at your desk (who hasn't?), then this just might be the mouse for you. Thanko took a standard USB mouse and equipped it with a tiny vacuum cleaner, hence the name, Cleaner Mouse. It won't help you clean your office, but it will get those crumbs off your desk before they end up in your keyboard or on the floor. Via: Gizmodo
2008-03-07 Phone With Built-In Bluetooth Headset
Designer Sunman Kwon's "Mooon+" cellphone makes the most sense of any concept I have seen in a long time. Simply put, the mouthpiece detaches to become a bluetooth headset. Plus, both the headset and the phone look fantastic. This is definitely something I would like to see integrated into a real world product. A near ideal solution. Additional pics after the break.gizmodo.com
2008-03-06 The inkjet printer "Trak"
Designer Hung Chih Wang thinks the inkjet printer market has room for an ultra-mobile concept: his "Trak" design is a mini printer that snaps onto the lid of your laptop. Handy for hardcopies on-the-go, it's small enough to be USB powered and even has a detachable print head for easy travel storage. There's no mention of how you keep the ink from spilling in your bag, but that should please those dollar-craving ink manufacturers, eh?gizmodo
2008-03-04 Eco-phone Nokia
As well as showing high-tech cellphones at MWC 2008, Nokia also demoed their green tech concept, the "Remade." The clamshell phone has an outer shell made from recycled aluminum cans, a chassis made of plastic from drink bottles and rubber parts made from old car tires. Even its screen and circuit board use techniques like printed electronics to minimize environmental impact. Vincent from Phonemag got some hands-on time and shot a video-find it below the gallery.Gizmodo
2008-03-03 Two faced computer
Designer Nuno Teixeira believes every computer should be two faced and with more curves.Taking a cue from the 1950's CINERAMA wrap-around movie theatre screens, this iMac iMock-up features a giant curved screen(for better orientation to the natural curvature of the human eye) and a second built in LCD screen on the back(useful for students and graphic designer.) While shooting for the stars, Nuno also included two webcams(front and back). yankodesign
2008-02-28 Window To The World
Some technology concepts just make sense the second you see them. This concept tablet ultra-connected device by Tokyo resident Mac Funamizu, has me wishing for tomorrow today. Though he has not named it as of yet, I will drink the potion and call it "The Looking Glass." The idea is simple, by incorporating a camera/scanner, GPS and internet connectivity, the world is literally at your finger tips. Just frame anything you desire behind the glass window, from a building, to a car or piece of art and the image will be analyzed and searched on any number of sites like wikipedia, google or google earth. Want to know about a word in a book or magazine? Simply frame it up and touch the word. Instant access to any number of learning aids eg. dictionary, thesaurus or reference databases will have you clued in in seconds.
2008-02-27 Electronic tattoo display runs on blood
Jim Mielke's wireless blood-fueled display is a true merging of technology and body art. At the recent Greener Gadgets Design Competition, the engineer demonstrated a subcutaneously implanted touch-screen that operates as a cell phone display, with the potential for 3G video calls that are visible just underneath the skin. The basis of the 2x4-inch "Digital Tattoo Interface" is a Bluetooth device made of thin, flexible silicon and silicone. It´s inserted through a small incision as a tightly rolled tube, and then it unfurls beneath the skin to align between skin and muscle. Through the same incision, two small tubes on the device are attached to an artery and a vein to allow the blood to flow to a coin-sized blood fuel cell that converts glucose and oxygen to electricity. After blood flows in from the artery to the fuel cell, it flows out again through the vein.
2008-02-26 Nokia and University of Cambridge launch the Morph - a nanotechnology concept device
New York, US and Espoo, Finland - Morph, a joint nanotechnology concept, developed by Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge (UK) - was launched today alongside the "Design and the Elastic Mind" exhibition, on view from February 24 to May 12, 2008, at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Morph features in both the exhibition catalog and on MoMA's official website.Morph is a concept that demonstrates how future mobile devices might be stretchable and flexible, allowing the user to transform their mobile device into radically different shapes. It demonstrates the ultimate functionality that nanotechnology might be capable of delivering: flexible materials, transparent electronics and self-cleaning surfaces. Nokia
2008-02-22 Edge fashion phone concept
Today I have a treat for you. A concept fashion phone called Edge. It was design by Cris Owens an is dubbed as:"A cell phone that uses touch and light technology for a fashion oriented design".The glass keypad slides out whenever needed. It houses a LED light source for keypad edge and character illumination. Be sure to visit designers site, there's more pictures illustrating the whole design process, and even some cool flash movies showing how the phone works.Via Unwired view
2008-02-21 TANCHER DESIGN AWARD 2008
TANCHER DESIGN AWARD 2008 organizational committee announces an additional nomination " The Prize of public sympathies " which will be received by contest's finalists with the maximum amount of positive votes during online voting at www.designelectronics.org.
The results will be published right after March, 15th along with the names of official contest prize-winners.
Before that neither jury nor anyone else on the internet will see the online voting results.
2008-02-18 Senior Screen Saver
The elderly often get things wrong, from parking a car to Murder She Wrote. However, we do love them so and want to keep them around for as long as possible. With that in mind, the creators of the "Health Guard" concept for NOKIA believe that the best way to keep them around is to track their every movement (pun intended.) By monitoring (via RFID tags) what they consume; from expired foods, medicine, possible allergens and nutritional info., this easy to read and use information pad hopes to be a vital tool for the upcoming explosion of elderly Baby Boomers. This two-piece monitoring station attaches to any refrigerator and features a detachable RFID reader for trips to the local market, as well as a touch display base with easy to recognize universal icons. Other features include a memo pad and voice recorder for leaving really long messages that will probably be ignored. Conceived by Marcela Kawka and Izabela Cichecka, we are glad they omitted the auto-dial-your-kids-till-they-answer-the-damn-phone feature.yankodesign
2008-02-14 Hands-free Tie, Classy
Tired of hearing people say, "do you have me on speakerphone?" or how about "why is it echoing?" Avid hands-free headset users know the drill and no matter how sensitive the mic is, truth is the ear is just a tad too far away from the mouth. The Tie Up concept is a solve to that problem by placing the mic right below your mouth. Slide it up the lanyard to answer and conversely slide down to hang up.yankodesign
2008-02-14 Kinetic Cell Phone
The Atlas Kinetic Cell Phone concept focuses on greener technologies without sacrificing design. It's all made of aluminum and glass. The central sapphire glass reveals the generating and charging unit. Power comes from kinetic energy similar to that found in watches that use oscillating weight to power a mainspring.
The phone only contains basic features. None of that fancy multi-media stuff. If power runs out because it was sitting still for too long, just give it a few upside down turns to get the kinetic rotors going again. Now you'll never have to worry about batteries.yankodesign
2008-02-12 High-definition video in mobile phone
Nvidia has introduced the APX 2500 applications processor which enables Windows Mobile phones with 3D user interfaces and high-definition video. The APX 2500 delivers 10 hours of 720p HD playback, as well as HD camcorder and ultra-high-resolution photo imaging capabilities, the company highlighted. Nvidia claims the APX 2500 boasts the industry's first HD (720p) playback and capture capability for handheld devices enabling over 10 hours of high-definition video playback and up to 100 hours of audio.digitimes
2008-02-11 The Chanel Choco phone concept
Designer Fred De Garilhe was apparently thinking more about makeup packaging and jewelry than cell phones when he designed this Chanel Choco phone concept. The slim slider collapses into a square piece of shiny glass, festooned with a latticework that suggest segments of a chocolate bar, but this one's all lit up with fancy fiber optics. Out the side slides a quartet of function keys, and when the screen slides up, the numerals furtively peek through the reflective surface.
Isn't this is a pretty concept? We're wondering what old Coco Chanel would have actually thought of it, complete with its delicate chain sporting her famous initials nonchalantly suspended from one corner. No word whether the Chanel company would actually be willing to lend its name to such a beautiful bauble. The perfume maker can probably take its time mulling over that decision, because the tech necessary to build this elegant design might not be practical just yet. Dvice
Except for the full touchscreen handsets, most mobile phones have two distinct areas - data input UI and display. In most cases, these two areas are in some way connected to form a handset, and can not be used separately. Sony Ericsson decided to take the idea a step further, and applied it to a normal clamshell phone. As described in a patent application called "Detachable Housings for a Wireless Communication Device ", mobile phone has two detachably connected housings. One of them can hold user interface devices such as keypad, keyboard, touchpad, joystick control, etc; for data input and control. Other things, such as GPS receiver, microphone, camera and battery go in there, too. The second housing will hold a display with some user input buttons and all the necessary phone circuitry, application processor and memory, another battery.When separated, both housings communicate with each other via short range communication module, e.g. Bluetooth. The housings are designed so, that they can be joined in different orientations. Either way we're curious to see what the finished product looks like.Via core77, unwired view
2008-02-04 Listen to Headphones Without Blocking Out the World
The Vibe Body Sound headphones aren´t the first consumer product to use bone conduction technology. Some hearing aids, military headsets, and even cell phones have employed the technique, for reasons including the ability to hear better in noisy environments. However, most of these devices have not become very popular, which may be partly due to the lack of voice clarity for some of the products.
2008-02-01 Your Mobile Phone
If dogs are to man then the MCube is to mobile phones. This industrious little cube is a wireless charger, bluetooth speaker, and information display. When you come home just place your mobile near the MCube. Using short range induction technology, your phone gets juiced up while all basic information like date/time, messages, and caller ID are transfered to the MCube's built-in display. What's more, the touch controls on the MCube enable you to access your mobile's music files and pumps it out thru built-in speakers via bluetooth. yankodesign
2008-01-31 Blow-up Mouse
The Jelly Click takes mouse portability to the extreme. All the electronic circuity lives on a small flexible board. The body itself is just soft plastic. Whenever you need a mouse, blow up the Jelly Click, attach the USB cable and you're good to go. As a bonus, it's a total floaty for you swimming challenged people.Yankodesign
2008-01-30 The Sound of Bamboo
Bears like it so why not humans? This bamboo inspired stereo looks good and thru the natural acoustics of cylindrical objects, sounds good too. But it's not just nature-ry, it also has every accoutrement a technophile would want. Think wifi enabled, wireless speakers, integrated LED screen, MP3 line in, remote desktop syncing, radio, and yes - cd player.There are 3 parts to the whole system. You have you right/left channel wireless speakers, a base station that houses the subwoofer, and a control ring. Now you could attach everything and use it as a standalone stereo or connect the speakers together with the control ring. A single charge should give you 12 hours. The control ring between them contains the basic music controls. The base station can also wirelessly sync music with your computer, should you be the anti-cd type.Yankodesign
2008-01-29 The "Tactile MP3" player
This one doesn't have a name. It's just referred to as the "Tactile MP3″ player. Why tactile? Simply because the 5 basic controls necessary to master your music are raised bumps, something like braille. The idea is you can control your music all by the sense of touch. Design wise, it's pretty slick, like a dollop of shiny mercury backed by some creamy marshmallow puff.Yankodesign
2008-01-28 P-Per Mobile Phone
Those sweet lads over at the Chocolate Agency have come up with yet another delectable concept dubbed P-Per; a concept mobile phone that would satisfy both environmentalists and tech nerds. The design consists of just 4 layers, a printed circuit board, extruded polycarbonate, recycled titanium, and a wrap around flexible haptic LED touchscreen. By minimizing materials, the design is highly sustainable.The wrap around screen allows for endless user interface possibilities not to mention bezeless picture/movie taking and watching. It is important:7mm wafer thin form factor, 3 megapixel camera, and a 2 minute recharge time! Yankodesign
2008-01-23 The ultimate smokers
In order to appeal to billions of smokers in China, a company has brought out this ultimate cigarette phone. Not only does it look like a pack of cigarettes (the exact size and the exact warning labels concerning health), it actually holds half a pack of REAL cigarettes on the back. All you need to do is to slide open the battery cover and you're set to make new friends. The phone itself runs on dualband GSM, takes microSD cards, plays MP3, has a color screen and a VGA camera on the side. For $175 you will get a whole luxurious VIP kit with the phone, a pack of Chonghwa branded cigarettes as well as a lighter.GEARFUSE
2008-01-22 Remote Makes You Wanna Gamble
It's like playing a card game! The Game Card remote enables you to control volume and change channels all via card playing like gestures. Sliding your thumb up and down in the center raises/lowers volume. Sliding the top card over a tad changes channel. Sliding it all the way takes you on a wild channel surf. Yankodesign
2008-01-21 Phone concept has no screen
A new cell phone concept by designer Tao Ma cuts cost and weight and boosts battery life by dispensing with the screen altogether. Instead, all functions and displays take place via LEDs below the translucent surface. In phone mode, the keypad is displayed. Other arrangements of lights and shapes light up in gaming, SMS and other modes. The concept specifies two AAA batteries recharged via USB.Therawfeed
2008-01-21 Energy saving adaptor
This adaptor displays useless energy consumption due to standby mode and automatically turns off office equipment that are left on unnecessarily.Each module corresponds to a device and monitors its power supply independently.If a device is in standby mode,a layer of light glows over the surface of adaptor, indicating the wasted energy and signaling for the user to turn it off.If the user does not respond, the "standby mode cut-off" turns it off automatically after three minutes.This solution could reduce the energy consumption of equipment left in standby mode by half. Gilles Belley
2008-01-18 Information Ring
This product is designed to exchange basic information with new people in the first meeting by shaking hands. The most essential part of a nomadic life is frequent travel, and nowadays, people are traveling more often and more easily. Increasing opportunities to travel indicate increasing opportunities of meeting new people, and expanding your social network.Shaking hands is a customary greeting action. Handshake brings the action one step further by creating an information transfer function. Handshake operates when people first meet and shake hands, and the rings on their fingers gain the proximity to operate. The rings exchange the users' information and store it while the users are shaking hands. The more people met, the more information transferred. When the users browse through the people they have met, the card displays the basic information that was stored in the ring. The power source originates from the human body temperature, so no plug is required.Yankodesign
2008-01-17 Fight Poverty With MP3 Nanum
World Vision, an international relief and development organization, announced the release of Nanum charity MP3 player designed by Samgmin Bae. World Vision plans to donate all monies earned to low-income families with children.In contrast to other charity items already on the market that donate only a portion of earnings; MP3 Nanum was produced, manufactured, and distributed for the sole purpose of sharing. It is a 100% charity item.
Designer: Samgmin Bae.Yankodesign
2008-01-17 Hydrogen-Powered Cell Phone Doubles Battery Lifetime
Angstrom Power's hydrogen-powered Motoslvr cell phones were on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. The fuel cell version looks identical to the battery version, but another advantage of the new technology is that it can refuel in as little as 10 minutes.
2008-01-15 Saverclip Shames Your Electricity Usage
The Saverclip is a clothespin like device that reads electric usage on any power cable it's clipped onto. Say for example the slow cooker crock pot you leave on all day. How much power is it actually using and would the results make you change your mind to using something faster, like a pressure cooker?The device works by reading the electromagnetic fields emitted by said devices. Conversely, this is also how it recharges itself. The embedded LCD displays information in laymen terms so you clearly understand just how much power you're using, wasting, and could be saving.Yankodesign
2008-01-14 A Watch That Alarms You
Designer Nikita Golovlev has created a watch for the hearing impaired. AlarMe is a very unique and stylish design that has the ability to alert those who cannot hear an audible alarm by vibration on the watch. The watch has two built in multidirectional microphones that measure the surrounding ambient sound levels. Once the sound changes frequency, the vibrating alarm alerts the user that there is a situation going on and they need to leave the area. The LED lights and face alert the user as to what the alarm is, and if it is a serious situation or one where only caution needs to be had. Yankodesign
2008-01-14 3M Launches Mobile Phone Projector
Just a few days ago I covered the launch of a new projection system for mobile devices by Microvision and now here's 3M with a fully operation projection device that can be implanted into any mobile phone. Sweet. The LED-based device is less than half an inch thick and roughly the same size as a wireless earpiece. Despite this, 3M claims that it is capable of VGA resolution images and unlike certain other tiny projection technologies, it is available today. 3M claims that its wee projector is capable of firing out a 40in, or larger, image with "no-speckle and a high-fill factor that ensures superior image quality"."3M mobile projection engines achieve the size, efficiency, image quality and affordability needed for consumer adoption of this promising new product category," said Mike Kelly, executive vice president, 3M Display and Graphics Business.It will be interesting to see which phone maker snaps this up first. It's about time luxury mobile phones offered something a lot more useful and cool than some silly shiny metal and Swarovski crystals.-Martin Lynch.Gizmodo
2007-12-27 Music to Your Ears
In a day where portable music devices are a must have, and the desire for "chill-out" time is even more crucial, designers are hearing what we need and making those needs a reality. Designers Per Arlander, Madlene Linstrom and Ozgur Tasar have created the MPillow which uses both light and sound to create those moments of relaxation and calmness. The pillow can be used as the consumer sees fit. They can take a nap while resting their head on the pillow, or while working around the home, they can carry the pillow with them to enjoy the music while they work. MPillow can connect to a computer wirelessly and music can be downloaded to it by way of MP3's or by using the sounds available on MPillow servers. The enterior of the pillow is filled with technogel, which is a translucent plastic gel, and can be covered with various materials. The lighting on the MPillow changes colors and intensity as the music or sounds change creating the perfect ambience for the user.Yankodesign
Intel introduced one of the smallest flash-memory-based hard drives on the market. The chip, also known as a solid-state hard drive, competes with similar chips from Samsung, which store data in gadgets such as Apple's iPod nano and iPhone. But the Intel chip comes with a standard electronics controller built in, which makes it easy and inexpensive to combine multiple chips into a single, higher-capacity hard drive. The move highlights Intel's effort to establish itself as a leader in flash-memory chips and to make them a replacement for the bulky and conventional magnetic hard drives that store data on most of the world's computers. Smart phones and so-called ultramobile computers will require some kind of dense, durable storage system in order to bring the power of desktop computers to handheld devices.Technology Review
2007-12-20 Phone pays your bills
Its a mobile phone and a Point of Sale terminal that accepts credit and debit card payments - not for airtime minutes but regular payments to a merchant. Its been launched in Kenya and meant for 'on the go' merchants like taxi drivers, salesmen etc to accept credit card payments for their business. Core77
2007-12-19 The Circle Phone
The upswing in high-tech technology integrated into every facet of our lives will soon (say 5+ years from now) experience a backlash started by none other than us; designers. The Circle Phone is an example of such a backlash.
Designer Jin Le believes there will be a yearning for simplicity. His circle phone eschews almost everything current electronic design goes for. You won't find a touchscreen here. There's only 3 buttons and a rotary style dial pad set in a very modern looking ring.Yankodesign
2007-12-18 JVC Waterproof MP3 Player
JVC Japan's XA-AW33 is the world's first water proof MP3 player designed specifically for bathing using. Featuring a floating design that's completely water proof. Using just 4 AAA batteries and get up to 15 hours of playback time with 256MB of your favorite songs.Idasia
2007-12-18 A Camera to Help Dementia Patients
A simple device called SenseCam, a small digital camera developed by Microsoft Research, in Cambridge, U.K., dramatically improved people's memory: people could recall 80 percent of events six weeks after they happened, according to the results of a recent study.SenseCam is worn around the neck and automatically takes a wide-angle, low-resolution photograph every 30 seconds. It contains an accelerometer to stabilize the image and reduce blurriness, and it can be configured to take pictures in response to changes in movement, temperature, or lighting. SenseCam was originally developed as a memory aid for healthy people, but it is now in clinical testing for those with memory impairment, such as dementia. TechnologyReview.
2007-12-14 Smart ball
The International Stadium Yokohama was the venue for the official presentation of a new smart ball and goal-line technology on Thursday.The technology behind the revolutionary ball was revealed at a media briefing chaired by Gunter Pfau, the head of FIFA & UEFA Affairs at adidas and Christian Holzer, the managing director of Cairos Technologies, and had the assembled press nodding their heads in amazed approval. Attracting all the attention at the entrance to the press room was a cutaway model of the ball and a transparent version showing the 12 suspension points that help keep the chip in the centre of the ball."The goal of this technology is nothing more than to help the players improve their performance," said Mr Pfau. "It's easy to blame referees, but helping them is very often a more delicate subject. We are trying to give them that support by acting on the requirements of the International [Football Association] Board, namely that the technology focuses only on the goal line, that it is 100-per cent reliable, it transmits the information to the referee immediately and that only the match officials are informed. We have been working very hard since the first tests conducted in Peru in 2005 [at the FIFA U-17 World Cup] and we are very satisfied with the results today."Unlike the initial technology, which was based on the positioning of several sensors around the pitch, the new smart ball involves far simpler logistics. "Very thin cables [two millimetres in diameter] are laid in the ground at a depth of about 15-20 centimetres all the way around the goal," explained Mr Holzer. "That creates a magnetic field that sends information to the chip embedded in the ball. When the ball crosses the line, the message 'Goal' appears on the watches of the four match officials." Mr Holzer also added that the system takes just a day to install.FIFA
2007-12-13 Chocolate Portable HDD
This portable hard drive looks like a chocolate bar but thats where the similarities end. Each piece is made of a modular flash drive. The central hub is a touchscreen to help you view and organize your collective files.
In theory it sounds clever and usable but would this really work in the real world? yankodesign
2007-12-10 Tap your finger to pay for the purchase
Here is an interesting info on unusual application of biometric identification system: a German network of supermarkets EDEKA has introduced new technology, which allows making payments by producing... a fingerprint. The payment system EDEKA is established together with an independent businessman Roland Fitterer and Internet- and biometric service provider it-Werke. In Rülzheim, Germany, there is already the first supermarket, which is running this technology. To pay the check customers should press a finger to a biometric scanner, there is no need in credit cards or cash - the digiPROOF authorization system will check paying ability of the client and withdraw the essential sum from his account. In EDEKA network the digiPROOF system will be applied as a virtual credit card Eurocheque.mobile-review
2007-12-06 Apple remote
Are you tired of losing your remotes? Tired of how they seem to clash with your very meticulously arranged IKEA furniture? Then maybe you'd want the Apple Remote, and no it's not by who you think. Confused?
Imagine, every member of the household having their own Apple. Each is a slightly different shade of green so you'll know who's who. You can program your own functions to best suit your TV watching needs and should you need to go beyond that, the remote responds to motion gestures. Rotating it left lowers the volume, rotating it right raises it.Best part is they add to your tablescape. The bowl they reside in actually recharges the Apples, err I mean remotes. Just remember to tell guests to lay off.yankodesign
2007-12-05 GPS platform shoes feature hidden safety compartments
Specifically aimed at sex workers the shoes are the brainchild of the Aphrodite Project in response to an ever growing number of attacks against women in the industry. Functionality of the Platform shoe includes a 3.5 inch LCD monitor with audio and text overlay for promotion to clients whilst safety features include an audible alarm, secure storage compartments and a panic button connected to monitored GPS tracking for use in case of an emergency. gizmag
2007-12-03 Latest in Robotics
Professor Masanao Koeda affiliated with Ritsumeikan University has developed a robot measuring nearly 20 inches that can shuffle its feet, twist and bend. The robot can make a 90° turn without taking its feet off the ground. According to Digital World Tokyo, this breakthrough will allow future robots ease in motion without losing balance and falling. Currently, two legged robots must perform a circular turn likened to an oil tanker to change course.
2007-12-03 "Black Hole" Phone Bag
Scientists discover that signal & light cannot pass through the "Black Hole". With this "Black Hole" Phone Bag, just put the mobile phone into this slim bag, signal will be blocked.This phone bag stops your phone receiving a connection from the network.Brando
2007-11-30 The Third international conference " Mobile and Wireless Technologies "
On March 27st 2007 the Third international conference " Mobile and Wireless Technologies "was held at World trade Centre in Moscow. Tancher Corporation presented its extensive portfolio advising participants on its Wireless Solutions. To that, an origami-bird advertising campaign was organized.The main purpose of the conference was to establish informational and business ties between the company and its potential customers.
2007-11-20 Recognition Pen
Even though I have more than my fair share of gadgets and electronics at my disposal, I still find pen and paper to be the best way to stay organized. So maybe that's the reason I'm optimistic about handwriting recognition technologies serving as the bridge between my pen and my computer.
Unlike other pen-based technologies I've looked at, the Digiscribble doesn't require you to write on special paper, but instead uses a memory receiver unit that clips onto the top of your notepad and tracks the motion of the pen. Not only can you then transfer your handwritten notes to your PC and convert them to editable text, but the Digiscribble will also learn your handwriting making the conversion process more and more accurate as time goes on. The pen can store about 50 full pages of A4 text, and will also function as a mouse with the ballpoint tip retracted. However I'm a bit confused as to why they'd include the line "No Hidden Extras!!!" in the product brochure. Is that really a selling point?
Another plus to the Digiscribble is that it's actually available for sale right now at ScanningPens.co.uk for about $124.OhGizmo!
2007-11-14 Tok Tak Plug Plays Music
The Tok Tak is certainly one of the most basic and smallest MP3 player concepts we've seen. The entire device looks like a standard audio jack, in fact that's pretty much what it is. The plug dangles from your earphones when used on the go. People might mistake you for crazy walking around with what looks like earbuds attached to nothing but they'd be wrong. The Tok Tak also comes with a base station in which you can plug it in to recharge, upload new music, and act as a joystic controller to listen to your turns externally.Yankodesign
2007-11-14 Digitus Ring
As electronic technology advances to the sub-micron level, it's hard to imagine what kinds of things will exist in the future. Designer Charles Windlin believes we'll see inanimate objects like rings take on highly compact and intelligent devices. The Digitus Ring concept holds 1,400 magnetic spheres each able to rotate in place. Micro computer circuitry controls which spheres turn to show their darker colored sides. A ring can suddenly tell time and possibly when your wedding anniversary is all without the use of power hungry LCD screens.Yankodesign
2007-11-09 Build your own gadget
These modular gadget kits may be more than just fun for tech enthusiasts, however. The product is just the beginning of Bug Labs´ goal to redefine consumer electronics with-a name they´ve coined-"community electronics." Just as software was democratized 30 years ago with open source alternatives, the company hopes that BUG will invert the currently top-down consumer electronics market with its open source hardware.
2007-11-07 Keeping Earphones Tidy
Earphones can be a pain since they magically tangle no matter how neatly you pack them. This earphone concept by Jaehyung Hong keeps things tidy by running the cables thru a small plastic lanyard with integrated controls. When your earphones aren't in use, just roll them up, pop the earbuds into the slot and you're good to go. yankodesign
2007-11-07 Display for blind
ELIA Life Technology of New York licensed for commercialisation both a tactile graphic display device and fingertip graphic reader developed by the NIST researchers.The former, first introduced as a prototype in 2002, allows a person to feel a succession of images on a reusable surface by raising some 3,600 small pins (actuator points) into a pattern that can be locked in place, read by touch and then reset to display the next graphic. Each image - from scanned illustrations, web pages, electronic books or other sources - is sent electronically to the reader where software determines how to create a matching tactile display. An array of about 100 small, very closely spaced (1/10 of a millimetre apart) actuator points set against a user's fingertip is the key to the more recently created tactile graphic display.To 'view' a computer graphic with this actuator, a blind or visually impaired person moves the device-tipped finger across a surface like a computer mouse to scan an image into computer memory. The computer then moves the actuators against the skin, effectively translating the pattern to allow the user to 'feel' it. The inspiration for both NIST graphic displays came from a 'bed of nails' toy found in a novelty store. Watching the pins in the toy depress under fingers and then return to their original state started the researchers thinking about how the principle could be applied to help the blind.Technology Horizons
2007-11-06 Displaying handheld data on a table
When Dan Olsen, a professor of computer science at Brigham Young University (BYU), was on sabbatical last year at Microsoft Research, he got a bright idea. He realized that even a laptop was too heavy to carry for him, and that a handheld computer was powerful enough to handle the majority of his computing needs. And as Microsoft is introducing 'tabletops,' he decided to 'spill' handheld screen on such a table. Now, he can use these tables to display spreadsheets -- and even games -- in a way which has not been done before. And it works remarkably well according to the demos. You can see above the BYU's 'Spilling prototype with the hand held laid on the surface of a Diamond Touch table. In this figure the application is a spreadsheet that the user is scrolling by dragging their finger across the surface. The entire application is displayed on the table surface with the interactive focus of the application displayed on the hand held. In terms of usability we compare Spilling to what is possible on a hand held alone as opposed to what might be possible on a desktop computer. The table top context of Spilling greatly enhances the ability of a user to interact with the hand held." (Credit: BYU)This 'spilling' prototype, invented by Dan Olsen and his research team, can also been seen seen in short video (Microsoft Windows Media Player format, 4 minutes and 9 seconds).So how does this system work? It is "establishing a circuit through the table top, the user's body and into a conductive pad placed on the seat. The complete circuit is what makes it possible to scroll and rotate the screen. The only modification to the handheld computer is a plate fastened on the back. The computer synchronizes with a ceiling projector aimed down at the table top."The advantages of this system are obvious when you watch the BYU video. "Advantages of the system are quickly seen when Olsen's student assistants sit down to play an electronic version of the popular board game Risk. The playing surface, a map of the world, spills out across the table, covering roughly the same area as the physical version of the board game. One student reaches out and slides the projected map toward his corner to make a move, then rotates the map 180 degrees and pushes it back across the table to the other player."But where Olsen got his idea to use a table to carry handhelds data? Here is the answer from Tad Walch, who wrote "BYU crew 'spills' data on table" for the Deseret Morning News on October 19, 2007. "Olsen hatched the idea last year when he was on sabbatical at Microsoft Research, where he said a group of computer scientists would sit around "trying to think of cool things to build. "I was working on a laptop and carrying it between home, my office at BYU and Microsoft in Seattle," he said. Now he calls laptops "boat anchors." "I didn't want to carry mine everywhere, and everybody else was doing it, too. We had our handhelds on the table one day and someone asked the question, 'Why can't we just spread our screens out on the table?'"So he built the interface with his students, but he's already thinking about the next step, which could take several years. "The ultimate outcome would be to allow multiple people to have their handhelds interact on the table at the same time. 'You want to be able to go in, spread stuff out, pass it to each other and work together, then leave,' Olsen said. The whole idea could take five years to get to market because of the high price of the screens. The BYU team is also working on security."Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends
TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology, a Chinese original design manufacturer, on Monday launched what it claims to be the world's first cell phone to support two cellular technologies in one. The company's new phone, called Twins, can be loaded with one Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) SIM card and one Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) SIM card, or dual GSM SIM cards.
Other features include a 2.0 megapixel camera, an MP3 and MPEG4 player, a WCDMA modem, video calling, and Bluetooth.
Twins is intended for international travelers and for people who wish to have both a business and a personal number in one cell phone, according to TechFaith. Informationweek
2007-10-30 World-first technology combines payment card
October 24, 2007 A next-generation credit card that incorporates a 12-button keyboard, a microprocessor and an embedded alphanumeric display promises to provide unprecedented security in phone and online banking transactions.Appearing in the standard form of a payment card, the Credit Card Embedded Authentication Device has a number of authentication ‘modes' for use in online, phone, or ATM transactions. For example, a user can enter his or her secret PIN into the card's keypad to receive a numeric passcode for one-time use. To authorize a banking transaction, the passcode is entered into an interface and instantly validated by an authentication server. This process removes the need to enter a PIN into an unsecure device such as a web browser and provides a user-friendly defense against electronic banking fraud - a problem that costs financial institutions an estimated $4 billion annually.Developed jointly by Innovative Card Technologies and eMue Technologies, the device was recently recognized at InfoSecurity's Tomorrow's Technology Today Awards and picked up the "Judge's Choice" and "Technical Achievement" Élan Awards presented at ICMA's Annual Card Manufacturing and Personalization Expo in San Diego.The Élan awards recognize card design innovation and technical achievement in the card manufacturing industry, and are judged by an independent panel of ICMA associate members, industry notables and international journalists.The Credit Card Embedded Authentication Device will make its consumer debut at Cartes & IDentification in Paris November 13-15, 2007.Gizmag
2007-10-29 Wireless broadband technology
IBM and Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek on Monday announced a three-year pact to develop wireless chip sets for a new technology to transmit large volumes of information, such as full-length high-definition (HD) movies, between DVD players, HD TVs, handheld devices, or other gadgets around the home or office. The chip sets will use IBM Labs' mmWave (millimeter wave) radio technology as a faster wireless networking alternative to Wi-Fi. The companies will promote mmWave as a way to eliminate wires between HD TVs, set-top boxes, DVD players, and PCs.They will focus their efforts on improving the range of mmWave technology, and developing a manufacturing technique for the chip sets, said David Faircloth, vice president of sales and distribution for global engineering solutions at IBM Asia Pacific. IBM has spent the past four years developing mmWave technology. Last year, the company demonstrated prototype chip sets the size of a U.S. dime able to wirelessly transmit uncompressed HD video. The U.S. technology giant will work with MediaTek to further develop the chip sets. IBM will put its mmWave radio chips, antenna, and package technology and patents into the venture, while MediaTek will bring its expertise in digital baseband and video processing chips to the table, the companies said in a joint statement. Once the chip sets are ready, IBM and MediaTek will both work with global electronics partners to adopt mmWave technology in their products. MediaTek has had great success in selling mobile phone and baseband chips in China, a market most companies globally are itching to take advantage of. The Taiwanese company is estimated to be the largest mobile chip set provider in the country by some analysts. Over the course of the development project, IBM and MediaTek expect to move the chip set from the existing 130-nanometer manufacturing process on silicon germanium, to a 65 nm manufacturing process on the most widely used chip manufacturing technology, CMOS (Complementary metal-oxide semiconductor). The companies face hurdles with mmWave. They will have to develop an entire ecosystem for the technology, including gaining acceptance for its use in products, possible industry standards, and radio spectrum space. They will also have to pit it against potent rivals, including WiMax wireless broadband, which is also faster than Wi-Fi. WiMax is backed by a number of heavy hitters, including Intel and Motorola. Faircloth said IBM's market influence can help with building an ecosystem around the technology, and pointed out that both IBM and MediaTek can turn to global partners to help with adoption of the technology as well. IBM was not immediately able to answer questions about the performance of mmWave transmitting data wirelessly through walls or other barriers inside a home or office. InfoWorld
While targeting the physically handicapped, there's nothing to prevent your lazy ass from taking home the new touchless keyboard from Actbrise. Well, nothing but $2,573. With the keyboard plugged into your PC, a device worn on the head or other mobile appendage allows the user to navigate the keyboard and mouse. For that price though, you'd best have a fat check from Johnny Gov in hand or your insurance policy paid-up in full.Engadget
2007-10-23 Pantech unveil bone conduction mobile phone handset
October 22, 2007 Korean handset manufacturer Pantech have unveiled a bone conduction mobile phone that transmits sound to the inner ear using vibration. Not only does the ongoing emergence of bone conduction technology represent a solution for using phones in noisy environments, but it's also a boon for the elderly or those suffering hearing loss for whom the use of conventional speaker phones is problematic.The Pantech-au A1407PT has a bone-conduction speaker attached on the front of handset which transmits sound via vibration when held against the users skull. The function is available when the flip-phone design is closed and a 6cm wide LCD with oversized characters is included along with three one-touch buttons to further enhance functionality for the elderly. The phone also features multimedia functions such as a built-in camera as well as a personal anti-crime alarm that can be activated by pressing and holding the "#" button.
Pantech Group plan to release the A1407PT into the Japanese market from November.Gizmag
Sometimes you just don't know what you're missing out on. What seems to be the fruit of years of obscure R&D, Toshiba has just unveiled its circular LCD panel. The display is 62mm (2.4-inches) in diameter, with an outer border of 75mm (3-inches). Apparently the thing is a proof of concept for new manufacturing technology that can produce an LCD of any shape, and the specs aren't at all bad with a 240 x 240 resolution along the longest lines, 500 nits of brightness and a 600:1 contrast ratio. As for the actual circular LCDs, Toshiba sees 'em ending up in automotive applications and mobile devices, but there's no word on when they'll hit production, and we can't confess to a burning desire within to start staring at round screens in addition to our abundance of rectangle ones.Engadget
2007-10-19 Automatic dialing tag-phone using RFID tehnology
You have a phone with a standard numeric keypad and one large call button underneath. You get a bunch of RFID tagged badges to program someone's number and even insert their picture. When grammy wants to call someone, all she has to do is place the badge on the call button and press it. The phone reads the RFID information in the badge and dials the number.Yankodesign
2007-10-18 Pad Phone
People have got their fancy digital pens, white boards, and tablets when they need to jot down notes quickly but sometimes, having a piece of scrap paper by the phone is just better. The Memo Pad Phone takes that old school tech and sorta brings it into the 21st century. The sheets of paper has a square cut out in the center to fit around the phone's dial pad. The phone itself? Well it's just an ordinary phone. Touchscreen fanatics look somewhere else. This is a design my grandparents would love.Yankodesign
2007-10-17 Projection Mobile Phones
It's getting there, day by day, closer and closer. It's only a matter of time before mobile projection technology makes its way into the mass market. This concept by Stefano Casanova is a Windows based mobile phone that can project your desktop to an flat surface. The micro light projector is actually integrated into the LCD so in order to activate it, you have to flip the screen down. Conceptual but interesting.Yankodesign
2007-10-15 A plastic as solid as steel
A new composite plastic built layer by layer has been created by engineers at the University of Michigan. This plastic is as strong as steel. It has been built the same way as mother-of-pearl, and shows similar strength. Interestingly, this 300-layer plastic has been built with 'strong' nanosheets of clay and a 'fragile' polymer called polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), commonly used in paints and glue, which acts as 'Velcro' to envelop the nanoparticles. This new plastic could soon be used to design light but strong armors for soldiers or police officers. The researchers also think this material could be used in biomedical sensors and unmanned aircraft. You can see above an illustration showing the various atoms composing this ultrastrong plastic. "Energy-optimized geometry of bonding between PVA [Polyvinyl alcohol] and MTM [Na+-Montmorillonite] via hydrogen bonding obtained by computer calculations using AM1 semi-empirical algorithm. Atoms: Al - purple, O - red, H- light grey, Si - dark grey, C - green. The distance between the OH groups on PVA matches very well that between oxygen atoms in the coordination sphere of silicon atoms on the surface of clay platelets. No defects or substitution atoms were included in the consideration of the hydrogen bonding." (Credit: University of Michigan)This interdisciplinary project has been led by engineering professor Nicholas Kotov and the members of his lab. He also was helped by various collaborators such as mechanical engineering professor Ellen Arruda or aerospace engineering professor Anthony Waas.Apparently, the researchers have solved an old problem. While nanostructures are very strong, it's very difficult to carry this strength at the human scale. "When you tried to build something you can hold in your arms, scientists had difficulties transferring the strength of individual nanosheets or nanotubes to the entire material," Kotov said. "We've demonstrated that one can achieve almost ideal transfer of stress between nanosheets and a polymer matrix."So how did the team build this composite plastic? They used "a machine they developed that builds materials one nanoscale layer after another. The robotic machine consists of an arm that hovers over a wheel of vials of different liquids. In this case, the arm held a piece of glass about the size of a stick of gum on which it built the new material. The arm dipped the glass into the glue-like polymer solution and then into a liquid that was a dispersion of clay nanosheets. After those layers dried, the process repeated. It took 300 layers of each the glue-like polymer and the clay nanosheets to create a piece of this material as thick as a piece of plastic wrap."And why the combination of PVA and MTM was so successful? "The glue-like polymer used in this experiment, which is polyvinyl alcohol, was as important as the layer-by-layer assembly process. The structure of the 'nanoglue' and the clay nanosheets allowed the layers to form cooperative hydrogen bonds, which gives rise to what Kotov called 'the Velcro effect.' Such bonds, if broken, can reform easily in a new place. The Velcro effect is one reason the material is so strong. Another is the arrangement of the nanosheets. They're stacked like bricks, in an alternating pattern.Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends
2007-10-12 A Shopping Companion
eWallet is a shopper's companion integrating WIFI and RFID technologies to connect to people and objects. The clamshell style device gives you the ability to window shop, customize details like color and fit, and even includes a built-in simulator to tell you how fabulous you look. Once you've decided what you want, go ahead and eschew the sales associate because the eWallet lets you make purchases direct from its interface.
Pretty nifty except I'm pretty sure the word "eWallet" is trademarked by somebody else. Also, is it just me or do the people on the screen look like characters from the Simpson's world? Hey, I'm not complaining. It would be kind of awesome to see myself "simponsized" when shopping.Designed by Mukai Shen.Yankodesign
2007-10-10 Rubber Mobile Phone
It pretty much goes hand in hand, buy a new phone, get a new case for it so said phone doesn't end up looking like it went thru a doozy with Dizzy Devil. So two guys from two different design studios decided why not make a phone that's rubberized, able to withstand the nicks and digs of life. The result is the SaY phone.
The shape is simple. It's a brick but at least it's a thin candy bar style brick. The body is totally rubberized in a bright color - you know, for all the hip people. The keypad is slightly angled for better ergonomics. On the rear is a 4-megapixel camera and a pair of stereo speakers made to comically poke fun at how animators denote a dead cartoon character. Yankodesign
2007-10-10 New Prototype Phone Gives Fitness Check
It can take your pulse, check your body fat, time your jogs and tell you if you have bad breath. It even assesses stress levels and inspires you with a pep talk. Meet your new personal trainer: your cell phone.
2007-10-09 Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop Battery
Your next laptop could have a continuous power battery that lasts for 30 years without a single recharge thanks to work being funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The breakthrough betavoltaic power cells are constructed from semiconductors and use radioisotopes as the energy source. As the radioactive material decays it emits beta particles that transform into electric power capable of fueling an electrical device like a laptop for years.
Although betavoltaic batteries sound Nuclear they're not, they neither use fission/fusion or chemical processes to produce energy and so (do not produce any radioactive or hazardous waste). Betavoltaics generate power when an electron strikes a particular interface between two layers of material. The Process uses beta electron emissions that occur when a neutron decays into a proton which causes a forward bias in the semiconductor. This makes the betavoltaic cell a forward bias diode of sorts, similar in some respects to a photovoltaic (solar) cell. Electrons scatter out of their normal orbits in the semiconductor and into the circuit creating a usable electric current.
The profile of the batteries can be quite small and thin, a porous silicon material is used to collect the hydrogen isotope tritium which is generated in the process. The reaction is non-thermal which means laptops and other small devices like mobile phones will run much cooler than with traditional lithium-ion power batteries. The reason the battery lasts so long is that neutron beta-decay into protons is the world's most concentrated source of electricity, truly demonstrating Einstein's theory E=MC2.
The best part about these cells are when they eventually run out of power they are totally inert and non-toxic, so environmentalists need not fear these high tech scientific wonder batteries. If all goes well plans are for these cells to reach store shelves in about 2 to 3 years.Next Energy News
2007-10-05 "ShePhone" for Women
It's only been recently that gadget makers have started to design products specifically with women in mind, but for the most part cell phone companies tend to get it wrong. Rather than rebuilding a phone with women in mind, they include add-ons that simply feed stereotypes about superficial women -- mirrored LCD screens, pink casings, high-end fashion logos.To make things worse, Marie Claire magazine asked Popgadget's founder to dream up the ultimate phone for women.According to Mia Kim, what all us women want is a mobile that can store pills, dispense condoms, pleasure us on the go, open wine bottles, and provide home pregnancy tests.Source.
2007-10-04 Mobile Phone With Landline Qualities
This design revolves around the charger unit. The eye-catching opening in the middle fulfils two functions: storing the phone and charging it. On the one hand, ETNA fits onto an adapter which is plugged directly into an electrical socket: the phone is charged via induction and an illuminated, colour-coded ring on the charger adapter shows the respective charging status. On the other, the mobile charger adapter is used to "hang up" the phone, lending the mobile phone a permanent place in the apartment or office. With the help of the charger unit ETNA can easily be incorporated into daily tasks and routines. Hanging the mobile phone on the charger unit becomes a daily ritual, similar to hanging keys on a key hook.(Yankodesign)
2007-10-03 Wearable Mobile Device For Enhanced Chatting
A new wearable device that anyone can communicate with that is easier and lighter in mobile circumstances corresponding to the 3.5G, 4G communication standard. Human hand is the most basic communication method. For easier and simpler controls, it uses the instinctive input method "finger joint". Excluding the thumb, each finger joint makes up twelve buttons, with "the knuckle button", using the cell phone's 3X4 keypad, likely being the most popular input method.Yankodesign
2007-09-28 Solio Hybrid Solar Recharger
The energy alternative company Solio will release a hand-held solar battery recharger on October 15, 2007. The sleek new design is for use on virtually all electronic devices. It comes with an adaptor tip that can fit into any USB port or charge directly from the sun. The best part is the price. It will sell for less than 80 USD.
According to the Solio press release, the hand-held device has a universal adapter that is compatible with nearly all electronic devices. It comes ready to use right out of the box. It also comes with adjustable adaptor tips for iPod, iPhone and most MP3 players. It works on GPS devices and most cellular phones.
2007-09-27 USB Flash Card MP3 Player
USB Flash Card MP3 Player is a fashionable and stylish MP3 Player. It is not only a MP3 Player, but also a Mass Storage Device. It is just like a Credit Card that can be kept in our purse or pocket. So, you can listen your favourite music anywhere ~ everywhere. As a Mass Storage Device, your data and information will be there wherever you go and whenever you need. Just plug it into the USB port, and the computer will automatically detect and configure it without restarting the computer.usb.brando.com.
2007-09-26 Pimple MP3 Player Plays Music
2007-09-25 Pentagon Spy Cam
The Pentagon is funding research at Lockheed to develop a tiny rocket-based spy camera that's MODELED AFTER A MAPLE SEED. According to Scientific American: "The single-winged device would pack a tiny two-stage rocket thruster along with telemetry, communications, navigation, imaging sensors and a power source." The tiny rocket could be blasted in clusters over war zones or disaster areas to take video and identify the locations of people to kill or save, respectively.Source.
2007-09-24 Portable DVD Player
This is a very similar concept to the VERY popular DMP (Dual Music Player) which we published a month ago. Instead, PDP (Portable DVD Player) act as a DVD player by twist opening the candybar like shape and inserting your favorite DVD. As for the display, designer Yeon-shin plans on using the Sony full color flexible organic electroluminescent display that is thin & lightweight.(yankodesign.com)
2007-09-21 Robot Morphs Its Face, Can Look Like You
This has to be the coolest piece of machinery I've seen all month. Straight out of a sci-fi movie: The WD-2 robot is a mechanized face that can morph its shape to fit nearly any facial structure (Video included). Paired with a facial projector, this robot can look like almost anyone.
Created by researchers at the Takanishi Lab (Tokyo University), WD-2 has 27 control points for movement (see illustration on their site). The face itself is made from a material called Septom, that contains added steel-wool for extra strength. Truly amazing to watch it transform.
Source: Think artificial.
2007-09-20 Japanese Gel Saves Suicidal Eggs
Not much to say about this stuff; the video pretty much speaks for itself... A skinny little mat made out of Beta Gel is able to safely catch a raw egg dropped from 22 meters.
Made of silicone, Beta Gel (and it's predecessor Alpha Gel) is non-toxic, weatherproof, and won't lose its strength over time. Boy does it look comfy. You can find some "Geltec" products on eBay, but I can't quite tell if they're the same stuff as this. The Geltec website also shows a variety of consumer products including mattresses and pillows, but they don't seem to be for sale directly.
2007-09-19 Heartbeat Indicator
"Heartbeat Indicator" is not only a mouse, but also is an indicator for user's health when the user are using it while they are working. When the user grasps it, his or her thumb and palm will touch on its sensors which are inside the mouse and it starts to detect the user's health situation. For the users who needs special care about their health situation, it will send the information to hospital or their caregivers cell phones through the network by PC on a regular time schedule. Moreover, it will remind the users how long they have worked.Source.
2007-09-13 The Memory Mouse
The $99 Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 calls itself the world's "first rechargeable notebook mouse with 1GB of flash memory built right into the transceiver," which we suppose is technically true, since the only other mouse we can think of that includes flash memory in the receiver runs off of AA batteries. Still, having some onboard storage space on the USB receiver is an idea we're fond of, and it's especially good for taking PowerPoint files and presentations along on the road. Also cool is the little switch on the bottom of the mouse that switches between Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless modes. More in details
2007-09-11 Sony ROLLY
There were rumors on the Rolly crawling the internet for a while now, and today Sony finally unveils the truth about this new robotic toy, the ROLLY.
2007-09-06 It Was A Rock Lobster
This multimedia device is called the Lobster and if you squint really hard, the segmented pieces sorta look like a lobster's tail.
It's composed of an LCD screen that acts as a base for a multitude of media modules. By snapping those modules on, you further extend the Lobster's features. The cool thing about the segmented design is it makes a perfect arm band, that is if you add enough modules.
2007-08-31 Draw It Out
A cellphone with a touchpad used to write. The idea is to create a phone without all the bells and whistles for people who just want a basic phone to make calls and send text messages. Using hand writing recognition software, the touchpad translate your finger strokes into letters.Source.
2007-08-31 Brix modular cell phone can expand into a large-screen display
First and foremost, Brix is a phone. The entire surface is a touchscreen, even void of a receiver. There is no bezel at all so you really get 100% screen real estate on the front. You have all your personal multimedia functions just like any other phone but here's where it gets interesting. By stringing together multiple Brix, you expand the screen real estate. Suddenly video is bigger. A temporary virtual shared folder is created to merge content between the devices until they're disconnected or one device can be designated as the media hub and interface. The awesome thing is the ability to endlessly string together as many Brix as you want. You can easily go from a small media player to a big screen TV. Throw in an external audio jack, DVR functions, GPS and we have a wonder device - like for real.Yankodesign.
2007-08-29 Willcom’s AA Powered PHS: Ugly, Energy-Efficient Technology
Do you know what a PHS is? A PHS is a cellular phone that uses Japan's public mobile network. The trouble with PHS phones is that they do not really do a whole lot and at least where I live; you might have trouble getting a signal. Willcom is the company that runs the PHS network and they have brought forward some fairly innovative products in the past. Regardless of this fact, a Willcom in your pocket carries much the same social repercussions as wearing a pocket protector.
A new PHS prototype from Sanyo is not much different. It is certainly not going to win you any points in the cool department; it is a minimalist white cylindrical phone that runs on AA batteries. The exciting thing about it is the battery life; a single Sanyo Eneloop AA will give you five hours of talk time or 250 hours of standby. The batteries are easily interchangeable, so those that get lazy about charging are sure to benefit. It is a prototype, but there are a couple of models that match the prototype in the looks department. If the AA phone does hit the market, chances are that it will not look much better. Do not expect any more functionality than seen on this phone because lack of an LCD screen is one of the major power saving features of it. People will probably have to punch in their numbers the old fashioned way, though similar models do feature a phone home speed dial button. Who knows, it could catch on and if it does it could go places other than Japan.Source.
2007-08-29 Anything Can Be An MP3 Player
The tie clip MP3 player is exactly what is says, a tie clip MP3 player. What's a tie clip? For shame! A tie clip is a simple clasp or clip used to keep the two dangling ends of a tie together. Sometimes it's even clipped to the dress shirt underneath so your tie won't move. Now, throw in a single line LCD, some simple play/stop controls, and a little flash memory and you've got yourself a tie clip MP3 player.
You can even use it as a messaging panel, like a "Hello, my name is. . ., " or casually slip into the Republican convention with "Bush Sucks" flashing for all to see.Original source
2007-08-27 Digital eyeglasses
A new type of compact see-through digital eyeglasses are being developed by Lumus.
Lumus was founded by Dr. Yaakov Amitai, a former Israeli fighter pilot and physicist who worked for years on developing holographic HMDs for the military. In 2000, he finally had a breakthrough idea for creating a new type of microdisplay, and after filing a patent he decided to start his own company to promote the idea. To achieve the see-through nature, thin screen and lens structure while maintaining a large field of view, Lumus has developed a unique technology it calls Light-guide Optical Element (LOE). The Lumus video-glasses are connected either wired or wirelessly to a media source, such as a cell phone, video iPod, or laptop, which transfers the video image into a microprojector embedded in the temple of the eyeglasses. The tiny projector can use LCD, LCoS, OLED, or any other kind of future microdisplay technology. From the projector, the image travels through the lens by way of Total Internal Reflection (TIR).
This well-known optical concept is fairly simple to understand and has been in use for many years in telecommunications (fiber optics), the cutting of diamonds, and producing different types of sensors (such as rain sensors for cars). Each time light crosses a boundary between two materials with different refractive indices, some of the light is refracted across the boundary and some is reflected. TIR is an optical phenomenon that occurs when light strikes a medium boundary at a steep angle. If the refractive index is lower on the other side of the boundary, no light can pass through, effectively reflecting all of the light. The critical angle is the angle of incidence, above which the total internal reflection occurs.
In an optical fiber, for example, light from a laser source hits the inside surface of the fiber in a steep angle, steep enough for TIR, causing the beam to bounce forward continuously without losing much of its strength (some of the light signal does degrade over long distances, mostly due to impurities in the internal coating of the fiber). The same principle is used in Lumus's LOE, but instead of using a hollow tube to bounce the light, Lumus developed a way to create TIR in the glass lens itself. The image is then expanded and coupled out by a set of partial reflectors for viewing by the user. Original source
2007-08-24 Electricity from body heat
Making calls from a cell phone with no battery, using just the warmth of your hand? Perhaps that's no more than a pipe dream right now. But new circuits are already making it possible to harness body heat for generating electricity.
Numerous items of medical equipment are attached to the body of a patient in the intensive care ward. They monitor the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, pulse and breathing rate. This tends to produce quite a jumble of cables, for all these devices require their own electricity supply. In future, medical sensors may be able to function without power from a wall socket. Instead, they will draw all the power they need from the warmth of the human body. The respective data will be sent by a radio signal to the central monitoring station.
In collaboration with colleagues from the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Applied Materials Research IFAM, research scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen have developed a way of harnessing natural body heat to generate electricity. It works on the principle of thermoelectric generators, TEG for short, made from semiconductor elements. The TEGs extract electrical energy simply from the temperature difference between a hot and a cold environment. Normally, a difference of several tens of degrees would be required in order to generate enough power, but the differences between the body's surface temperature and that of its environment are only a few degrees. "Only low voltages can be produced from differences like these," explains Peter Spies, manager of this sub-project at the IIS. A conventional TEG delivers roughly 200 millivolts, but electronic devices require at least one or two volts. The engineers have come up with a solution to this problem: "We combined a number of components in a completely new way to create circuits that can operate on 200 millivolts," says Spies. "This has enabled us to build entire electronic systems that do not require an internal battery, but draw their energy from body heat alone." The scientists are making further improvements to this system: Circuits that are "excited" at 50 millivolts already exist. Peter Spies believes that in future, when further improvements have been made to the switching systems, a temperature difference of only 0.5 degrees will be sufficient to generate electricity.
The scientists have set their eyes on a wide range of possible applications: "Electricity can be generated from heat anyplace where a temperature difference occurs," claims Spies. "That could be on the body, on radiators to meter the heating costs, when monitoring the cooling chain during the transport of refrigerated goods, or in air conditioning systems." (http://www.fraunhofer.de/)
2007-08-23 MP3 music Player for kids
M-toy is a new type MP3 music Player for kids. Most often and not, kids love to draw pictures. In this new interface the OLED display shows multiple distorted images. Spinning the display helps reveal what that image is and if it's correctly identified, the music starts to play thru the integrated speakers.(www.yankodesign.com)
2007-08-22 Hang up your phone
This cordless hanger phone enables new ways and new spaces to place your phone when not in use. "Hanging up" your phone takes on a whole new meaning as phone calls are ended by simply the hanging action. Letting it stand on a table also turns it off. Comes with an induction charger and transmitter in the form of a hook. If only it were more playful, like linking them together like a barrel of monkeys to create a conference call. Now that would be cool.(www.yankodesign.com)
2007-08-20 The conventional type of magnetic memory
IBM has linked with Japan's TDK to develop so-called spin torque transfer RAM (random access memory) or STT-RAM. In STT-RAM, an electric current is applied to a magnet to change the direction of the magnetic field. The direction of the magnetic field (up-and-down or left-to-right) causes a change in resistance, and the different levels of resistance register as 1s or 0s. Under the current plan, IBM and TDK, an integral player in magnetic recording components for hard drives, will develop a 65-nanometer prototype within the next four years. Grandis, a Silicon Valley start-up, is also trying to commercialize STT-RAM. Grandis is making samples for potential customers in its current facility and hopes to hit the market late next year. Previously, IBM had been working on a more conventional type of magnetic memory called MRAM. However, the company has been having trouble shrinking the transistors on these chips. "As you make that device smaller (MRAM), you need to increase the magnetic field, and to continue to write (data), it becomes impractical," said Bill Gallagher, senior manager of exploratory nonvolatile memory at IBM. "To scale beyond 65-nanometer, we have to find a new mechanism to write information." The 65-nanometer process is currently used to make processors today, though most other chips are made on older processes like 90-nanometer or even 13-nanometer. (65 and 90 nanometers refer to the average feature size inside the chip. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter. Smaller features lead to faster, and often more energy-efficient, chips.) IBM has made MRAM prototypes, but on older manufacturing processes. IBM has not released MRAM chips commercially. Freescale Semiconductor has released MRAM chips commercially, but has recently expressed doubt about the technology's longevity. At the Flash Memory Summit last week, Freescale's David Bondurant said MRAM "may not go beyond" 65 nanometers. STT-RAM and phase-change memory are probably the two leading candidates of nonvolatile memory to go commercial in the future, Gallagher said. STT-RAM is faster, but phase change is denser. STT-RAM may also last longer, he said. In phase-change memory, microscopic bits on a chip are heated up to several hundred degrees Celsius. Heating changes the crystalline material to amorphous. The difference on how the host computer interprets the crystalline and amorphous surfaces is registered as a 1 or a 0 in the computer. Intel and STMicroelectronics have worked extensively in phase change. Some sources in the memory business believe that the joint venture between the two, Numonyx, will soon announce plans on how it intends to bring phase change memory to market. (Phase change has been discussed as a memory technology since 1970 but has not yet come to market.) Why does IBM care about memory chips when it makes its money mostly from services and servers? Big Blue also makes chips and licenses intellectual property. Developing nonvolatile memory will give it a necessary ingredient for making chips for itself or others.
"You can't make a system on a chip without some kind of nonvolatile memory," Gallagher said.(news.com.com)
2007-08-20 Wind Recharges Cell Phone
You've probably seen mobile phone chargers that can power multiple devices at once and sync data between your phone and a PC. You may have even heard some rumblings about wireless chargers that power devices over the air or solar-powered cell phones. But how about a wind-powered cell phone charger?
Orange, the U.K.-based telecommunications firm, has announced plans to launch The Orange Mobile Wind Charger, a mini turbine that latches on to the top of a tent and stores power in a separate "control box" that users can plug into when their mobiles need juice.
The charger, which weighs roughly one-third of a pound and is small enough to fit into a backpack, was developed at the University of Texas at Arlington, according to Orange. Gotwind, a do-it-yourself website for energy enthusiasts, was commissioned to build the prototype charger. It was shown off at last month's Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. In an environment with consistent 12 mph winds, it would take roughly 24 hours to charge an average cell phone, according to Ben Jandrell, the founder of Gotwind.
The charger was designed for use in outdoor settings, like the Glastonbury Festival, to provide environmentally-friendly energy for cell phone users and others who may want to stay connected but don't have access to electrical outlets, according to Orange.
"It is important that we continue to innovate and demonstrate how mobile technology can make festival life a bit easier, whilst respecting Glastonbury's commitment to being environmentally aware," said Hattie Evans, Orange's head of sponsorship.
The smaller the blades on a turbine the longer it takes to generate power, so the Orange Mobile Wind Charger may not be as effective as a traditional power unit; however, it'll do the trick when there aren't any electrical outlets to plug into.
No official release date or pricing details have been set. (pcworld.com)
2007-08-15 Paper holds the power
Small, flexible wafer-thin batteries made out of paper are the latest product of carbon-nanotube research.
2007-08-15 Mobile Phone Gets All Bendy
It is a soft mobile phone concept. The phone is encased in a flexible plastic housing. A soft polymer insert is located between the microchip module and the casing. You can drop it, bend it, sit on it, toss it around, and give it to Naomi Campbell to throw at her assistant without detriment.
A flexible display (a 2,75-in. diagonal, a 433 × 266 pixels) and the keys are located on the surface. The display itself looks like paper, but the ink incorporated in it can change its position when affected by electric signals. This process called "electrowetting" is so quick that you can even display video. And it's not a fairytale technology either. The display was developed by Robert Hayes and Johan Feenstra. They better patent that ASAP.Designer: Roman Kriheli.www.yankodesign.com
2007-08-14 Trackball Player
Who needs buttons when you have a trackball? Yes the good ole' trackball, often dismissed as yesterday's technology but perhaps we can find a place for it in today's touchscreen crazed devices. The Ball Player works like every other MP3 player except for one minor, or not so minor, difference. In lieu of buttons, you simply roll the trackball towards the direction of control you wish to execute. It may seem pointless but the trackball also works another way. Place it on any flat surface and you can control your tunes by moving it up, down, and side to side.Designer: Dae-Ki Hong.(www.yankodesign.com)
2007-08-13 Universal player.
You want to enjoy your audio CDs while traveling but you also have a huge MP3 collection at home that you want to take with you. The ideal solution? DMP, a portable music player that supports CD and MP3 files. Use the MP3 player as you normally would, hang it around your neck, clip it on your jeans or place it in your pocket. Otherwise open both sides and insert your favorite CD and you got yourself a CD player my friend. Now that's music to my ears. (www.yankodesign.com)
2007-08-09 Scientists reveal secret of levitation
Scientists have discovered a ground-breaking way of levitating ultra small objects, which may revolutionise the design of micro-machines, a new report says. Physicists said they can create "incredible levitation effects" by manipulating so-called Casimir force, which normally causes objects to stick together by quantum force.The phenomenon could be used to improve the performances of everyday devices ranging from car airbags to computer chips, say Professor Ulf Leonhardt and Dr Thomas Philbin from Saint Andrews University.Casimir force -- discovered in 1948 and first measured in 1997 -- can be seen in a gecko's ability to stick to a surface with just one toe.Now the British scientists say they can reverse the Casimir force to cause an object to repel rather than attract another in a vacuum."The Casimir force is the ultimate cause of friction in the nano world, in particular in some micro-electromechanical systems," said Leonhardt, writing in the August issue of New Journal of Physics."Micro or nano machines could run smoother and with less or no friction at all if one can manipulate the force," he added.And he added: "In order to reduce friction in the nanoworld, turning nature's stickiness into repulsion could be the ultimate remedy. Instead of sticking together, parts of micromachinery would levitate."Leonhardt stressed that the practise is possible only for micro-objects.But he underlined that, although in principle it may one day be possible to levitate humans, that day is a long way off."At the moment, in practice it is only going to be possible for micro-objects with the current technology, since this quantum force is small and acts only at short ranges," he said."For now, human levitation remains the subject of cartoons, fairytales and tales of the paranormal."
Their research was to be published in the New Journal of Physics.(news.yahoo.com)
2007-08-08 The new Nokia Prism collection
Nokia Prism collection is highlighted by cutting-edge colors, materials and graphics. Its signature diamond-cut design, featuring sharp angled lines, geometric patterns and graphic light-refracting colors, ensure these models stand out in the mobile phone market.
Nokia 7900 Prism Opposite its sleek, liquorice-black front, the Nokia 7900 Prism comes with an anodized aluminium backcover, which is coin-stamped and laser-etched in Nokia Prism's signature diamond-cut design. Its design is amongst the first to feature an Organic LED main display that supports up to 16 million colors and displays light-focused screensaver graphics. In addition, the Nokia 7900 Prism features a "living wallpaper", which subtly changes throughout the day according to time as well as battery and signal strength, so that each screen is unique. For greater personalization, the Nokia 7900 Prism offers a gallery choice of 49 illumination colors. Once selected, this color radiates from under the graphic key-mat as well as from the LED display. Lights are also emitted from the top of the phone to signal missed calls and messages. The Nokia 7900 Prism features dual band 3G technology for fast and easy downloads and browsing, and quad band GSM capability for worldwide connectivity. In addition to a 2 Mpx camera, the Nokia 7900 Prism comes with 1GB of internal memory for lots of pictures, video, contacts and more.
Nokia 7500 Prism The Nokia 7500 Prism is the Nokia 7900 Prism's quirky sibling. The Nokia 7500 Prism's slick black exterior is spliced with bright, interchangeable color accents. The Nokia 7500 Prism has a 2 Mpx camera and it can record high quality movies. The Nokia 7500 Prism can play music for nine hours and hold up to 1500 songs on an optional 2 GB microSD card. (www.nokia.com)
2007-08-07 A Very Musical Shower
If you like listening to tunes while showering, then you probably have a shower radio or stereo in your bathroom. But why not kill two birds with one stone. What if your shower head were a stereo also? I mean the little holes already look like a speaker grill. Just imagine a digital MP3 player that detaches from the shower head/speaker. You could load up your favorite tunes and use it like any other MP3 player. What sets it apart is the ability to dock it to your shower head activating the external speaker and when you're done, just grab it and go.(www.yankodesign.com)
2007-08-06 Hyper-effective display medium
HypoSurface is a versatile and hyper-effective display medium that is a pure people-magnet: it draws the eyes because no one has seen anything like it before. It captures the digital ‘mood' that is in the air, and people are delighted to participate in its intelligent sensuality - they immerse themselves in the wonder of it.
Yet as a digital medium it is able to display any message or logo, all the more effective in their impact because of the surprise of their emergence from the fluid and luminous surface.
It can be used in trade shows to enhance a company's image and message; it can be used at events as a magical crowd-pleaser; it can be used as pure entertainment, or as an interactive stage set; it's for dancers and singers and DJs and VJs; it can be used as an outdoor billboard, pulsing with the city; it can be an interactive game - a total HypoSPACE; it can be HypoCeiling, it can be HypoFloor, it can be limitless, or small; it's a Braille reader, or a dynamic mould; it tunes an auditorium, makes waves at a ballgame, sets children screaming with delight; its whatever you imagine it to be - and more....
"Every once in a rare while a product or experience is brought into the world that shifts persepctive, ignites curiously and charges us to design beyond our imaginations. HypoSurfac is one of these rare inventions. The HypoSurfaceTM itself is like an organism; responsive, stunning and organic in nature. It is captivating and full of endless possibilities. The HypoSurface will transform any event, environment and experience into a talked-about one!" (http://www.hyposurface.org/)
2007-07-13 Connext - All-in-one Device by James Zhang
Connext is an all-in-one, flexible smart device that can morph its form to fit the application that it assumes. Combining OLED touch-screen technology with E-paper flexibility, this device can switch to become a mobile phone, computer, multimedia player, watch, physical avatar etc. - virtually and physically. Pressing one of the six Mode Keys instantly brings the user to the specific device function, and prevents the user from ‘getting lost' in the interaction interface. Applications like the badge and the necklace modes extend this device's purpose beyond personal productivity, and opens up a new scenario of true physical interaction between individuals. Have your technology, and wear it too.(www.yankodesign.com)
Check out this transforming cellphone concept found over at Parkoz Hardware. It turns into a little bi-pedal bot, complete with twin miniguns. Definitely reminiscent of scenes from Michael Bay's Tranformers, with a little bit of Batteries Not Included, Short Circuit, and Robocop (ED-209, anyone?) Koreans get the coolest cellphones, so it figures their concepts are going to be kick-ass, too. Video of the miniguns chewing up a desk, post jump.
2007-07-11 It Takes Two, Me And You
No one can deny the power of 2. Two heads are supposed to be better than one. The number 2 is the smallest prime number and the only even one. It's also the most divisible number. If that weren't enough evidence, 2 is the number of DNA strands that make up the double helix structure. The common denominator here is the number 2 denotes cooperation and that's where the Duofone concept begins.
The Duofone looks like any other slick concept but this time, it's not about megapixels, or screen resolution, or even smartphone abilities. It's about putting two of them together to combine their screen real estate. It's about sharing each other's battery power if one is low. It's about increasing its abilities when paired with its partner. It even looks like a couple in bed when docked to its charging cradle.(www.yankodesign.com)
2007-07-11 Art Nouveau phone from Panasonic
Time for another concept. Now it's a phone that puts great accent on aesthetics, with its sleek feather shaped body and cool dialing method. Designed by Christina Tapp, a young undergraduate student from the College of Fine Arts in Illinois, it bears the name "Art Nouveau", under the Panasonic brand.Having to back up such a great name, this gadget should also have some great features, But, since is just a design now, we can't tell anything about the technological aspects.(mobilenewsreview.com)
2007-07-09 LiberTouch by Fujistu
Can't even remember how many sleepless nights I've spent trying to guess the logic behind the arrangement of keys on a QWERTY keyboard. As it turns out, the entire layout was a mere accident. And although the fact whether the layout has any effect on the maximum typing speed is debatable; the fact remains it is downright odd.There may still be hope for those who are not slave to this weird arrangement and would rather have ‘ABCD' right at the top. But why only ‘ABCD' or ‘XYZ' or any other key arrangement for that matter? Fujitsu's LiberTouch keyboard allows you to arrange the keys as you like them. This fully customizable keyboard (the keyword here being ‘fully') lets you have fun by placing the keys wherever you want to.LiberTouch is a semi-modular system that comes bundled with a neat little tool that removes and places the keys at your discretion. Even the sound of keys is adjustable. The keyboard has a single USB port and with the ability to take out each and every key it is pretty easy to clean up as well. www.gizmowatch.com
2007-07-05 The Red Dot Award
The design industry looks back at a great event: The awards ceremony of the red dot award: product design 2007 on 25 June 2007 was attended by more than 1000 design experts.The international "red dot design award" ranks among the largest and most renowned design competitions in the world.The numbers speak for themselves: the red dot design award attracted almost 6,000 submissions from 52 countries in 2006 alone.In 2007 of the submitted 2.548 products, 666 were distinguished; of those, 43 additionally received the red dot: best of the best for outstanding design performance. Among the winners is the wireless headset by Samsung Electronics.The wireless WEP 410 Bluetooth headset combines geometric forms with straight lines, curves and circles to create a stylish and light composition. The colours available - wine red, night blue and pearl white - impart clarity and produce a contrast to the lower part of the headset made of metal. Operation of the unit is intuitive, as each surface has only one button. The curvature of these buttons makes them easy to locate, even without looking. This narrow and compact device comes with earplugs in three different sizes and a matching case. The latter protects the headset and also serves as a charging station. (en.red-dot.org)
2007-07-04 Small projectors
Iljin Display of South Korea would embark on mass production of super small projectors allowing the display of video images stored in mobile handsets with a maximum size of 20-inch from September. Last year the company developed its Nano Projector that enables users to project video images from mobile handsets on a wall by incorporating Single LCD Panel technology. Iljin Display recently signed an agreement with SK Telecom for an exclusive commercialization of Nano Projectors. Under the deal, the Korean vendor will commence mass production of Nano Projector for use in SK Telecom mobile phones from September, and SK Telecom will receive the products to sell them at home and abroad. www.fareastgizmos.com
2007-07-03 Artificial robot
Japanese robot venture Squse President Mikio Shimizu displays a portable robot hand and its artificial muscle, made of fiber and rubber, in Tokyo. The robot maker unveiled what it called the world's first prototype of an artificial hand with "air muscles" that can do even delicate work like picking up a raw egg.(www.physorg.com)
2007-07-02 Active Crystals by Philips & Swarovski goes Online
Earlier, Philips showcased a new partnership with Swarovski and now it is time to enjoy their first results.(www.core77.com)
2007-06-26 Seesaw Mobile Phone
This phone concept by Karsten Willmann has all the basics of "phone concepts 101″ down. You've got the high contrast OLED display. You've got the really thin form factor. And then there's the number key pad and soft keys sitting nearly flush with the surface. But what's really interesting is the bulge protruding from its center-back, hiding a camera and flashlight.(www.yankodesign.com)
2007-06-21 Carpet Alarm Clock : stand up to wake up
Sofie Collin and Gustav Lanberg's solution for an effective rise 'n shine is, well, to simply rise. Their concept, the Carpet Alarm Clock, won't stop blaring until you roll out of bed and step on it (core77).
2007-06-18 A groundbreaking advancement in image sensor technology
Eastman Kodak Company introduced a groundbreaking advancement in image sensor technology that will help to make dark, blurry digital photos a thing of the past. Kodak's new sensor technology provides a 2x to 4x increase in sensitivity to light (from one to two photographic stops) compared to current sensor designs. Image sensors act as the "eye" of a digital camera by converting light into electric charge to begin the capture process.This breakthrough advances an existing Kodak technology that has become the standard in digital imaging. Today, the design of almost all color image sensors is based on the "Bayer Pattern," an arrangement of red, green, and blue pixels that was first developed by Kodak scientist Dr. Bryce Bayer in 1976. In this design, half of the pixels on the sensor are used to collect green light, with the remaining pixels split evenly between sensitivity to red and blue light. After exposure, software reconstructs a full color signal for each pixel in the final image. Kodak's new proprietary technology adds panchromatic, or "clear" pixels to the red, green, and blue elements that form the image sensor array. Since these pixels are sensitive to all wavelengths of visible light, they collect a significantly higher proportion of the light striking the sensor. By matching these pixel arrangements with advanced software algorithms from Kodak that are optimized for these new patterns, users can realize an increase in photographic speed, directly improving performance when taking pictures under low light. Kodak's new technology also enables faster shutter speeds (to reduce motion blur when imaging moving subjects), as well as the design of smaller pixels (leading to higher resolutions in a given optical format) while retaining performance. "This represents a new generation of image sensor technology and addresses one of the great challenges facing our industry - how to capture crisp, clear digital images in a poorly lit environment," said Chris McNiffe, General Manager of Kodak's Image Sensor Solutions group. "This is a truly innovative approach to improving digital photography in all forms, and it highlights Kodak's unique ability to differentiate its products by delivering advanced digital technologies that really make a difference to the consumer."Kodak is beginning to work with a number of leading companies to implement this new technology in system-wide solutions and to streamline the design-in process.Kodak is developing CMOS sensors using this technology for consumer markets such as digital still cameras and camera phones. As the technology is appropriate for use with both CCD and CMOS image sensors, its use can be expanded across Kodak's full portfolio of image sensors, including products targeted to applied imaging markets such as industrial and scientific imaging. The first Kodak sensor to use this technology is expected to be available for sampling in the first quarter of 2008.kodak.com
2007-06-15 IP Unity Glenayre Connects Video Calls To Non-Video Handsets
IP Unity Glenayre, a leader in delivering carrier-grade messaging and multimedia solutions over IP, TDM and enterprise networks, is to unveil new technology at CommunicAsia 2007 that is designed to connect video calls from 3G-enabled handsets to non-video phones. The solution also introduces a unique advertising and promotion capability that expands the value of video telephony over 3G networks. The new application - Video to Audio Connection - will be demonstrated for the first time at the IP Unity Glenayre at CommunicAsia in Singapore later this month. It is designed to ensure that video calls can always be completed, even if the recipient does not have video capability. Stan Little, Senior Vice President of Marketing at IP Unity Glenayre explains: "Video is the key differentiator between 2G and 3G mobile offerings, yet consumers haven't experienced video calling because many networks don't seamlessly handle video call completion to non-video handsets. Video to Audio Connection enables the voice portion of the video call to be received by the non-video user so the call can be completed. This new technology will increase consumer adoption of mobile video, and enable operators to secure valuable revenue, which is currently being lost by a lack of call completion." The technology also facilitates a potentially lucrative new mobile advertising platform: while waiting for the video call to be completed as a voice call, subscribers can be shown a brief video advertisement or carrier sponsored promotion. "Advertising could also boost video calling," said Stan Little. "With our new technology, operators will offer low fee or no fee mobile video calling subsidized by advertisements. CommunicAsia is known for introducing the latest technology, so we're excited to be demonstrating our new service for the first time at this event." IP Unity Glenayre will also be demonstrating other leading solutions at CommunicAsia, including Video Chat. Video Chat enables multiple 3G users to connect simultaneously and talk from their handsets, computer desktops or IP Video phones from any location. Video Chat builds on IP Unity Glenayre's leadership in video conferencing capabilities to deliver a fun, interactive video experience.(mobiletechnews.com)
2007-06-15 Vibration-compensated mini projectors
Miniature projectors embedded in our cell phones, handheld game consoles and other personal electronics appear very likely to play a major role in the future of information display. Projecting a large screen display on a wall appears the most effective way we can currently envisage having a large screen inside a small form factor. One of the problems will of course be that a handheld device projecting a large screen might not lead to a stable, vibration-free and easily readable display. Now German scientists from the Institute for Photonic Microsystems in Dresden have combined a compact laser projector system with inertia and yaw rate sensors to project vibration-compensated images. The sensor system detects the slightest motion and rotates the image to compensate for it, ensuring a steady picture, even in a moving vehicle. The system could be commercially available within two years. The new development from the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS can be integrated into any mobile handheld device and used to project the display onto any flat surface in A3 format. And the great thing is, the image always remains steady - even if the user holding the device is shaking or the whole car is vibrating.Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS), who developed the miniature projector jointly with their colleagues at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, have now succeeded in making it insensitive to small movements. The developers of the system would also like to see it used as an active control, instead of a mouse or a joystick for instance. This would be especially useful for mobile devices such as PDAs or mobile phones, devices for which a mouse is not really suitable. The researchers have constructed a demonstrator for computer games from a commercially available steering wheel that has been equipped with a mini projector. The projector, which is mounted on the axle of the steering wheel, projects the image of the computer game onto the wall. The sensor system simultaneously detects the motion of the wheel and thus controls the movements of the figures in the game - rather like a joystick.The projection system is fitted with a micromechanical scanning mirror, also developed by the IPMS, that constructs the image by deflecting the light beam into rows and columns. The projector has a size of only 17 x 7 x 5 millimeters. The researchers achieved this level of miniaturization by employing laser diodes instead of conventional lamps.(gizmag.com)
2007-06-14 GPRS iBall from Spacewriter
Send SMS text messages from your mobile phone to this GPRS iBall. It's eye catching classy design, attracts attention and gets your message seen. With 360° viewing angle this GPRS iBall can be viewed from any side. Surface or ceiling mountable.
The GPRS iBall has its own mobile phone SIM card. It connects to the cellular networks. To send a message to the GPRS iBall, simply send an SMS text message to the number you will be supplied. After a minute or two your message will be seen on the GPRS iBall. Requires a GPRS enabled SIM card (not supplied).
2007-06-09 Robot exclusive.
Robot recently obtained an up-close peek at the BEAR robot at the Vecna Technologies Cambridge Research Laboratory near Boston. This extended online article offers an overview of this remarkable project, already being funded by Congress with a 2007 grant in excess of $1 million. Vecna proudly notes its commitment to developing technology that will create a better world, and its business ventures extend beyond the BEAR project into automated health systems for hospitals as well as global management of medical care for military veterans. The Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot, or BEAR, is an extremely strong, extremely agile robot roughly the size and shape of an adult male human. It is designed to safely lift humans, carry them, and put them down. Specifically, it is built to rescue human casualties from dangerous areas and take them back to safety. More generally, it is designed to lift heavy objects, carry them for long distances as needed, over obstacles such as stairs or rough terrain, and set them down safely.With initial funding from TATRC, the Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, the BEAR's primary mission was straightforward, if not simple: Enter a battle zone, find wounded soldiers unable to rescue themselves, and bring them to safety. As the BEAR is developed, the elite team of researchers and engineers building it, as well as representatives from the government and military-medical colleagues at TATRC and elsewhere, are discovering many important new applications for the BEAR. The BEAR is ideally suited for disaster rescue, such as from buildings rendered unsafe due to fire, mudslide or explosion, as well as areas contaminated with biological or chemical toxins or nuclear radiation. Versions will be adapted for use in healthcare and eldercare, helping to safely lift and transfer patients, and helping to keep seniors and others with mobility impairments living independently. (www.botmag.com)
2007-06-09 Digital paper with interactivity and sound
June 6, 2007 Paper has been the predominant advertising medium since advertising began and despite the likelihood that it will lose that mantle in the foreseeable future, there's life in the old dog yet. Swedish researchers are showing a working prototype of a fourth generation of paper products that can communicate with computers. By combining paper with printed graphic codes and electronically conductive ink that is engineered to be sensitive to pressure. When the paper "buttons" are touched, the sound is played out via the printed speakers. A video of the paper used in large boards and store displays can be seen here. The technology has obvious application in high-impact point-of-purchase promotional displays.Research teams at the Mid Sweden University forestry industry research program Fiber Science and Communication Network (FSCN) are working on these new paper products which they hope can integrate paper with the digital world."We combine paper with printed graphic codes and electronically conductive ink that is engineered to be sensitive to pressure. Then digital information is embedded in the paper, and when it is touched, the information comes out via printed speakers," says Mikael Gulliksson, project leader for media technology in the comprehensive research project.One display board prototype shows the marketing of new travel destination using talking postcards. When the postcard is touched, the message is played. Instead of a flat advertising surface, this advertising invites people to enter into and interact with the message. The same technology has been used in a prototype for a music shop display board. On this slightly bowed board, a number of music albums are printed directly on paper. Just as with a regular sound system, you can sample music by touching the front of the album. The sound is then streamed right out of the paper. The board can easily be replaced as soon as there are new recordings to be marketed. After use, the displays can be tossed into the recycle bin. The three research teams in the project include scientists from materials physics, media and communication science, and electronics. Paper Four is a research project that collaborates with the paper industry in the mid-Sweden region. The aim is to develop an entirely new paper-based product platform for marketing products and services.(www.gizmag.com)
2007-06-09 Goodbye wires.
Imagine a future in which wireless power transfer is feasible: cell phones, household robots, mp3 players, laptop computers and other portable electronics capable of charging themselves without ever being plugged in, freeing us from that final, ubiquitous power wire. Some of these devices might not even need their bulky batteries to operate. A team from MIT's Department of Physics, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) has experimentally demonstrated an important step toward accomplishing this vision of the future. The team members are Andre Kurs, Aristeidis Karalis, Robert Moffatt, Prof. Peter Fisher, and Prof. John Joannopoulos (Francis Wright Davis Chair and director of ISN), led by Prof. Marin Soljacic. Realizing their recent theoretical prediction, they were able to light a 60W light bulb from a power source seven feet (more than two meters) away; there was no physical connection between the source and the appliance. The MIT team refers to its concept as "WiTricity" (as in wireless electricity). The work will be reported in the June 7 issue of Science Express, the advance online publication of the journal Science.(web.mit.edu)
2007-06-08 Flexible displays creep closer to market
A group of innovative firms is developing a new generation of thin electronic displays, or e-paper, that need no added light source to read, eliminating power-gobbling backlighting used in LCDs that now dominate the notebook computing market.Taiwan's Prime View International Co. Ltd. (PVI) , one maker of flexible electronic paper displays for e-books, and other niche display makers such as Britain's Plastic Logic Ltd. are among those developing such next-generation screens.The idea of digital paper has been around for many years and is getting closer to a reality. But many developers have only recently introduced prototypes of e-paper displays and it might take a while to see products hit the market.The new e-paper displays could pop up on many other electronic gadgets very soon, supporters say. One day, versions of newspaper and magazine readers that are updated wirelessly might be rolled up or folded, and carried like a piece of paper, for instance. Plastic Logic plans to start making e-paper displays next year.Global revenue of flexible displays is projected to reach $3 million-$5 million this year, much smaller than $74 billion for large LCDs, according to DisplaySearch. But revenue for flexible displays could balloon to $766 million in 2010. (yahoo.com)
2007-06-07 The emotional humanoid
Especially designed for human-robot interaction topics, the humanoid Reddy is a development tool as well as an entertainment robot. By combining facial expression to arms movement, it easily express a wide range of emotions like joy, anger, sadness, surprise or disgust.Nine quiet servos control parts of the face, such as lips, eyes pitch and yaw and eyebrows though eight quiet and powerful digital servos control neck pitch and yaw, shoulders and elbows (see more ).Reddy can either run on a simple sequence script or be coupled to a more complex emotional system for very dynamic and realistic interaction. Optional hardware, such as microphones and cameras, can be added to the robot to perform localization and separation of sound sources as well as speech and objects detection and recognition. Sounds are played through a speaker installed on the chest. Moreover, the torso of Reddy is designed to be installed on many standard or non-standard mobile robot base for navigation.RoboMotio
2007-05-30 Health Conscious Tracking Phone
This health conscious phone enables users to track their health through nutrition and fitness. Other users of this phone with similar goals (lose weight or run a 5k) networks together to motivate, and hold the others accountable for their workout sessions. The phone is equipped with eNose technology in order to "smell" and recognize foods eaten by their unique chemical signature. It tracks intake wherever you go, and will periodically analyze info to let you know what food groups you are missing. www.yankodesign.com
2007-05-28 Designing the Future: Japan
In two weeks (Friday June 8 & Saturday June 9) the Japan Society in New York will be hosting a two-day symposium on design and technology in Japan. The line up is great, featuring presenters from Toyota, Motorola, Panasonic, WIRED, Harvard Business School and others. The event will include a healthy dose of robotics, including a concert by a robotic orchestra.The event is part of Tech Epoch - an 11-day summit showcasing Japan's technological innovation, with interactive demonstrations, cutting-edge robotics, innovative automotives, multimedia performances, lectures, symposia, and family and student workshops. Various events are taking place throughout NYC in the first two weeks of June.(www.core77.com)
2007-05-25 Touchless Cellphone
Tarati (in Sanskrit, meaning "through") is a step towards rewriting cell phone history. Tarati enables the user to connect with others by passing fingers, in order, through key holes (video). This action of dialing alone is a more magical experience and, hence, more indicative of what's really happening beyond the visible realm. Tarati beckons the user to "touch" someone without physically touching a single key. Its design reflects human connectivity in a less material/mechanical, more sensual, way. Tarati is a subtle device, but ever-so-powerful in its fearlessness.(www.yankodesign.com).
2007-05-25 A New Breed of Mouse
There are plenty of reasons to criticize the computer mouse. It looks the same as it always has. It twists the wrist and clutters the desk, taking the coffee cup's rightful place. But for Mike Cretella, a 21-year-old senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, the real problem is that it is, on his time-scale, ancient. "The mouse is 40 years old," he scoffs. "And it's time for a change."Cretella and his partners-fellow students Jamie Mitchell, Jeff Tucker, Chris Banker and Jeff DiMaria, and their professor, Brian King-hope to transform the mouse into a snugly fitting ring that would enable you to speed a cursor around a screen as if it's an extension of your finger. Their prototype, designed and constructed as a senior project, resembles a futuristic Cracker Jack prize. But it acts like a magic wand. "You move [your hand] up and to the right in space," Mitchell says, "and your cursor will move up and to the right." The mouse detects all three dimensions, so you can click by jabbing your finger ahead, or maneuver your way through 3-D applications like Google Earth. Although the system looks a bit rough, it works flawlessly. A small speaker on the ring pumps out ultrasonic pulses, picked up by five microphones arrayed on a piece of plywood. A central processor calculates the ring's position in space based on when each microphone receives each blast of sound and then correlates this to the cursor onscreen. The ring and sensors communicate 100 times a second, so the translation of hand movement to cursor is instantaneous. www.popsci.com
2007-05-24 Internet-ready umbrella prototype
When it comes to city living, it seems umbrellas were made to be lost. We've left them in the back of taxis, under subway seats, and had them stolen from under barstools by opportunistic tipplers unprepared for sudden spring showers.
Now Sho Hashimoto and Takashi Matsumoto of Keio University's Media Desing program have developed an umbrella you'll definitely want to keep your eyes on, in more ways than one. Their Pileus prototype is an internet-ready umbrella, with a display on the underside, a built-in digital camera, GPS, a digital compass, and a pre-set connection to both Flickr and Google Earth. (core77)
2007-05-24 Worst iPhone Concepts
Productdose has a perfectly craptastic roundup of the 15 worst iPhone concepts ever.Here's one of them. At least the rotary dial will prevent accidental 911 calls.
2007-05-22 8 Ball USB Hub
There are plenty of USB hubs on the market, but the ones that really count are those that have some kind of originality like the 8 Ball USB Hub.
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2007-05-18 Virtual Headphones Offer Private Audio
A new multiple speaker system recreates the headphone experience without the cord - or the headphones. The speakers focus sound to a small area around the user, yet just a few feet outside that zone, the sound is nearly inaudible. Such a system could work well for home media but could also go a long way to providing office workers hands-free communication without interrupting nearby colleagues. The "Personal Audio Space" system uses an array of 16 speakers that could be installed along the bottom of a television or desktop computer monitor.At the heart of the technology is a program that causes each speaker to emit a slightly different sound that arrives at the listener's ears at a slightly different time. The sounds build up on top of each other at the listener's location. But further out, the signals arrive in the opposite phase and cancel each other out. Tashev said his team's goal is to marry the speaker system to a microphone array technology that they have already developed. The microphones capture sound coming from a particular location, but not background noise.(discovery.com)
2007-05-18 A collection for the bathroom
German faucet maker Grohe presented Grohe Ondus in Milan this year, a new iconic collection for the bathroom designed by Paul Flowers. In a break with tradition, it's all black with handles that appear to flow from cylindrical bases, and if that isn't enough, the faucet system has an icon-based user interface with "emotional icons" that "ensure the digital control provides a positive affinity with water". I assume that means you won't burn yourself. The AquaFountain, shown above, has a digital control with two modes; Sleep, when not in use, and Awake which displays a series of simple backlit icons. Preset functions allow the user to personalize their bathing experience, presumably temperature and duration. A Pause function allows the user to temporarily stop the water flow - then with a single touch, the water is reactivated without the need to search once more for the optimum temperature and flow.
2007-05-17 Slideon MP3 Player
One of the latest trends in cell phone technology is the slider phone. This audio/video player brings that technology into new areas of the market. All controls are hidden under the screen allowing for a sleek, smooth exterior to the product. This device would feature flash based storage and be able to charge via the headphone jack. Designed by Ian Murchison.(yankodesign.com).
2007-05-16 Hands-free Desk Lips
The Hands Free Desk Lips unit is basically an enhanced speakerphone for your mobile phone, but it has a set of lips that move when the caller on the other end talks. If you think that is stupid, I hear you. Still, if you like your gadgets weird, it might be worth picking up. This is especially true if you have less than optimal speakerphone quality.It price is $35 (http://www.uberreview.com/).
2007-05-16 Plasma kiosk
It's the hi-tech version of a mall kiosk with brochure sleeves stuck to it: Fujitsu's interactive UB Wall performs similar functions, using a touch-sensitive plasma screen, motion sensors, and RFID technology.If the customer wants to take information with them, as we once did with physical brochures, the UB Wall uses RFID and Wi-Fi to beam the data to any accepting device--an IC-equipped cell phone, for instance--the user may be carrying.(core77)
2007-05-14 Muscle Suits
This Muscle Suit is being developed by Tokyo's University of Science to aid poor humans who dont have the strength of a horse in the industrial field.
2007-05-11 New slider from Pantech
Pantech Group has just announced that they will be launching their new IM-R200 handset which is a slider phone sporting dual LCD screens. The main screen is a 2-inch QVGA LCD and the secondary screen measures 1.6-inches and is an OLED LCD screen.The secondary screen is placed where you would normally see a keypad. Instead, the LCD screen mimics either a keypad, a songlist, or camera controls, depending on which function you are using. The buttons vibrate when pressed, providing you with tactile feedback.The phone also features a dual camera; a 2MP camera and a VGA camera that supports face recognition that will allow you to take better shots.This new phone will be launched in Korea under the SKY name. No word on whether we will see this phone stateside.
Original source www.slashgear.com
2007-05-10 The first "electronic" cigarette
It feels like a cigarette, looks like a cigarette but it isn't bad for your health. A Chinese company marketing the world's first "electronic" cigarette hopes to double sales this year as it expands overseas and as some of China's legions of smokers try to quit. Golden Dragon Group Ltd's Ruyan cigarettes are battery-powered, cigarette-shaped devices that deliver nicotine to inhalers in a bid to emulate actual smoking.The cigarettes sell for around 1,600 yuan ($208) apiece and are already available in China, Israel, Turkey, and a number of European countries, but not yet the United States. (www.reuters.com)
2007-05-08 Sun and energy
There is a scene in one of the Austin Powers films where Dr Evil unleashes a giant "tractor beam" of energy at Earth in order to extract a massive payment.It is Europe's first commercially operating power station using the Sun's energy this way and at the moment its operator, Solucar, proudly claims that it generates 11 Megawatts (MW) of electricity without emitting a single puff of greenhouse gas. This current figure is enough to power up to 6,000 homes.By the way sun's energy can be used in mobile phones.Motorola has received a patent for LCD that can display images as well as create energy. The displays use embedded color filters that allow sunlight to reach the underlying solar cell. Motorola claims this technique transmits light 75% better than traditional screens that use polarizing and reflective layers. According to the patent, normal screens only let 6% of sunlight through to the bottom layer. Motorola claims OLED displays can also benefit from color filters and solar cells.
2007-05-07 Challenging Watches
We're not sure why you'd want a watch that makes it difficult to tell time, but Tokyoflash makes a whole line of 'em.
On the multi-color LED model the red lights (12) indicate the hour, the green (3) indicate 15 minutes each & the Yellow (14) are 1 minute each.
2007-05-04 Voice Art Makes Pretty Pictures From Your Unpretty Melodies
Artist Pierre Proske has made it possible to share a voice with the world anyway through software which translates vocal patterns into visual art, in sort of the same way that your WinAmp or iTunes visualizer does. Everything that comes out of your mouth involves a unique (to you) combination of frequencies, which Proske's software is able to turn into a pattern of shapes. Each resulting piece of art is therefore a digital voiceprint of sorts, that looks different depending on who said what when it was created.
2007-05-04 Book Style Remote Control
Inspired by the easy navigation and use of a book, the book style remote control was created. It was designed to tackle the current problem we face with existing remote controls for the elderly, interface being complicated and several remote needed to operate various machines. Consisting of three pages on the book remote to identify which are DVD, TV and Audio. With these label attached, we eliminate any misunderstanding that may otherwise have occured. (ru.gizmodo.com)
2007-04-24 The shortest phone
Tao Ma has the idea of creating the world shortest phone. The keypad buttons is hidden in the center part where you can access it after pushing it from the roll phone. The display screen use a extremely flexible material and you only need to pull the screen out when you need to.The shortest phone have three parts, roll screen, operation part and the Number seven battery.when you dial to stretch the phone, after the tel just shorten the phone ,
2007-04-13 Tancher Corporation has become a co-founder of Russian Electronics Association
Tancher - The Electronics Design company took part in constituent assembly of Russian Electronics Association that was hold during Expo-Electronica show on April 12, 2007. Represented by its Founder and President Anton E Turin, Tancher Corporation has become a co-founder of the Association.
The purpose of the Association is to increase the share of the Russian electronics manufacturers and designers on the internal and international markets.
2007-04-09 What You See Is What You Get.
Pei-Hua Huang is an Industrial Design grad of NC State University. "What You See Is What You Get" is Huang's latest concept project. The purpose of this project is to look for farther possibilities of future cell phones. With the 50mm equivalent camera module, this cell phone no long depends on the screen while taking pictures. By using the transparent frame as viewfinder, "What You See Is What You Get." (yankodesign.com)
2007-04-06 Samsung patents new forms-factors!
The company has presented absolutely new technology of assembly of the case of a cellular telephone. Korean concern Samsung Electronics has received the patent for the invention - new forms-factors of mobile devices. Uniqueness consists in fastening which connects two parts of one device. Owing to it the separate part of the case can do a turn almost in 360 degrees.So it is possible to open and close phone in two parties.There is 4 working surfaces which will be used by the manufacturer for accommodation on them several displays and keyboards. However, gravity of intentions of company Samsung forces to leave skeptical conjectures in the party and to be going to wait for following announcements and serial release of devices with new forms-factors.
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