Friday, April 9, 2010

Selena Gomez & the Scene: 'Naturally'

Love this song, Gomez sings about a boy who is a perfect fit for her: "When you know it's meant to be / Everything comes naturally, it comes naturally / When you're with me, baby."

Skinput Turns Any Bodily Surface Into a Touch Interface

 

Skinput

The future of touchscreen interfaces is: you? A project between a Carnegie Mellon researcher and a couple of creative thinkers over at Microsoft Research have created Skinput, a Bluetooth-enabled device that allows you to use your own skin as a peripheral input device for devices like cell phones, MP3 players or gaming consoles.

The device works via an armband, which contains a small projector that beams whatever relevant interface you need onto your hand or forearm. Then you simply press the appropriate part of your skin just like you were tapping the screen of an iPhone. An acoustic sensor in the armband can tell where you are tapping because of the different bond densities, tissues, and other differentiating factors inherent in your body’s geography.

Bluetooth then transmits the corresponding signal to the appropriate device; if you’ve just dialed a phone number, it sends the info to your phone and dials the call

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Giant Spanish Bank HQ Employs Swarm of Guidebots to Keep Visitors From Getting Lost

In an innovative solution to the problem of crowd control in a business complex filled with 5,500 employees, a banking center in Madrid has assembled a team of stylish, helpful robots to help people navigate. According to the robots' designers, the helmet-shaped Santander Interactive Guest Assistants (SIGA) are the first machines to use "swarm robotics in a commercial context" -- as opposed to, say, in submarine exploration or flying art.

After meeting the robots, guests choose their language and destination on the console's touchscreen. The robotic butlers then take them anywhere, from the meeting room, to the auditorium, to the exit toward a bus stop.

Check out the video to see the guidebots in action. We daresay that these mechanical donuts are as cute as they are functional.

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iPhone OS 4.0: All the New Features

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iPhone 4 OS have list of new features: There's multitasking , a refreshed interface, and literally hundreds of other changes, all coming this summer. Here's the full rundown

Some of the more noteworthy features, besides multitasking, are:

  • Spell check
  • Bluetooth keyboard support
  • User-defined wallpapers
  • Tap-to-focus when recording video (like with photos)
  • Nested playlists
  • App folders for sorting, just like a desktop
  • Multi-inboxes for merged mailing so all your email can be in one spot
  • iBooks
  • Game Center for iPhone live gaming

The new OS will ship in June (Fall for iPad, and a developer preview is available today, so we can expect to have plenty of apps updated and ready for launch

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