Items tagged with Prototype

An iPad prototype was among the loot taken in a house break-in robbery that took place in Cupertino earlier this month, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. The victim of the crime, a 20-year-old man, was also taken from the house, though he was fortunately released by the perpetrators less than a mile from the event scene. Along with the iPad the robbers also took other electronics, prescription drugs, and $7,500 in cash. Authorities have arrested Katherine Stump, 20, and Alexander Nejat, 25, in connection with the theft, charging them with four felony counts, including kidnapping... Read more...
Lian Li makes some killer cases, but the company is not above gathering input from users on designs and features. The latest chassis it’s soliciting feedback on is the prototype for the PC-A51, which is in the same line as the PC-A05N. As it stands, the PC-A51 is a nice-looking case, sporting a black-and-red look that combines clean lines with pops of color. Key features include support for 240/280mm radiators, 30mm of space behind the motherboard tray for better cable management, a tool-less HDD bay system, and a front-mounted PSU designed to let users take more advantage of the available... Read more...
If you're a Sega fan, prepare those salivary glands! In the span of a mere two days, the owners of the only two Pluto prototype consoles have come forward to show off their goods. With a name like Pluto, it should come as little surprise that these were prototypes of the then-upcoming Saturn console. In effect, that's exactly what they are, with Netlink added on and a different chassis design (and internal design, we assume, since these are heavier than the retail Saturns were). The first owner revealed his rare console over at the popular Sega fansite ASSEMBler, where he acknowledged that he was... Read more...
HP Labs in Palo Alto, California is currently working on a new type of three-dimensional display technology that is capable of displaying hologram-like images and videos using a modified LCD. The technology could make it possible for phones, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices to display hologram-like still images with 200 viewpoints and videos with 64 viewpoints and 30 frames per second. The new technology doesn't require any moving parts or glasses. Videos and images that are displayed using this technology hover above the screen and viewers are able to walk around them and experience... Read more...
It seems that devices keep getting thinner and thinner, which makes us think about just how thin our smartphones and other devices can really get. If a development by engineers at Queen's University Human Media Lab is any indication, our future phones may be a lot thinner than you might think. The engineers have created a "PaperPhone." As you might assume from its name, this slim smartphone is so thin that it's almost like paper. In fact, it can even bend like paper, and you actually control the phone by bending the device. The PaperPhone can memorize bend points and directions and will respond... Read more...
Over the years, we've seen some pretty unusual notebook designs. There have been large ones, small ones and ones with tilting/swiveling screens. A few have even shipped with two LCDs, and Lenovo even created one with a slide-out LCD. But by and large, the general notebook design has remained constant over the years. Is it time for a major overhaul? Possibly, and Samsung Electronics may be the company leading the charge. At FPD China 2011, Samsung introduced and showcased a 14" see-though LCD panel. That's right: it's an LCD panel that you can see through. It's obviously a prototype for now; Samsung's... Read more...
Few things are sure bets in life. Among them are the government will collect income taxes, the Boston Celtics will hoist banner #18 this year, and Apple's going to come out with a 64GB iPhone 4. What isn't known is when exactly Apple plans to release an iPhone 4 with double the capacity of the current 32GB top-end model, but if a new video that's making the rounds is any indication, it might be soon. Website M.I.C. Gadget (as in, "Made In China") claims to have received an engineered iPhone 4 prototype with 64GB of storage. And if your first thought is, "Fake!," the website emphatically states,... Read more...
Integrated Device Technology demonstrated the ability to carry touchscreen data over the DisplayPort auxiliary channel. IDT’s technique for transmitting touch sensor data over the existing DisplayPort AUX channel simplifies and lowers the cost of integrating touch technology into tablets, notebooks, all-in-one PCs, and other devices by eliminating the extra USB cables, ports, and other components typically used with touch. The technology uses the IDT VPP1101 DisplayPort receiver connected to a field programmable gate array that is programmed to interface with the touch sensor’s SPI... Read more...
Scientists at Stanford are working on an open source camera that could change the world of photography by giving programmers the power to change and add features to a camera via software updates. If the technology catches on, our cameras will no longer be limited by the software that comes pre-installed from the manufacturer.Nearly all of the features of the “Frankencamera,” including focus, exposure, shutter speed, and flash, are able to be controlled by software. According to Marc Levoy, professor of Computer Science and of Electrical Engineering at Stanford, “The premise of the project is to... Read more...
It's apparent that Foxconn will compensate the family of a worker who committed suicide after an iPhone prototype he was responsible for went missing.  Sun Danyong, 25, jumped from his high-rise apartment last week after officials of Foxconn, which makes Apple's iPhones and iPods, questioned him about the whereabouts of the missing prototype.  He accused the Foxconn officials of beating him, which they eventually denied.However, Hon Hai Precision, Foxconn's parent company, suspended a security official over the incident, which obviously suggest something something... Read more...
Asus recently contacted us with an interesting 3D graphics product that was intended to be nothing more than a proof of concept.  The product was affectionately named Trinity and though it didn't necessarily conjure up visions of leather-clad vigilante-dominatrix-hotties for us, it certainly did have an intriguing design.  The Asus Trinity prototype is built on a trio of AMD ATI Radeon HD 3850 GPUs in CrossFireX mode for tri-GPU performance on a single card.  Though perhaps that's not as interesting or innovative as how Asus went about cobbling this demo together. ... Read more...
One of the more curious items spied at this week's Computex trade show in Taipei, is an Asus laptop prototype with a built-in mini projector. There is still not too much known about the unlabeled notebook, other than that the laptop has a large space above the display's bezel, in which a working, pivoting mini projector is housed.  Mini projectors are just now starting to hit the market. Earth Trek recently just released its 90-805R mini projector, and Samsung showed off its P400 Pocket Projector prototype in May. Both Texas Instruments and 3M have developed micro-projector technologies,... Read more...
OLED displays share the promise of low power, high def, ultra-high contrast goodness.  In fact Samsung claims their new line of AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic LED) panels boast 20X the contrast ratio of standard LCDs.  In addition, since the panels do not require any back-lighting, they consume much less power, so they are well suited for portable applications obviously.  Also, since they're based on LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, viewing angles, response times and brightness are also wonderfully impressive.  Though Samsung is currently shipping OLED-based screens... Read more...
While doing my usual surfing routine today, I came across an interesting read over at CNET. Some creative artists have made their mark in the oddest of places, a microchip. Some of the designs are really neat, I suggest you check them out. Also in the news today, Samsung has agreed to plead guilty to price fixing, and will pay a $300 million fine. Goodnight folks! Ubuntu v5.10 (Breezy Badger) @ Phoronix "Looking at this release first hand, it continues to look incredibly promising for the GNU/Linux movement and we hope that Mark Shuttleworth continues to invest in this valuable commodity.... Read more...