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Well, In Win’s gone and done it: They’ve created the most beautiful computer case ever. The “tou” concept case is on display at Computex, and to say that the glass-and-aluminum chassis is eye-catching would be an understatement. “tou” apparently means “transparent” in Mandarin, which is fitting, because the case’s 3mm tempered glass panels,which are mounted on an aluminum structure, are translucent--even moreso if the LEDs inside are lit up to partially reveal the components. Without the lights, the glass panels offer a mirror-like reflection. In Win tou The tou is an full-tower case supporting ATX and mATX motherboards, and it features a... Read more...
Ever since Apple developed its multi-touch controls for the popular iPhone, many manufacturers have been taking notes. HP is one of them. Today, HP unveiled its first touchscreen convertible laptop that targets consumers. The new HP TouchSmart tx2 Notebook PC incorporates multi-touch technology, which lets you manipulate applications, videos, music, and photos using a stylus or multiple fingers. Because the laptop recognizes input from more than one finger at a time, users can flick, pinch, or rotate objects using finger controls. Like other convertible tablets, the TouchSmart tx2 has a twisting hinge that lets you rotate the display to use the notebook as a tablet, or can be left alone... Read more...
VIA Launches VIPRO Touch-Screen Panel PC Affordable, intelligent and durable, the ultra thin VIA VIPRO VP7710 supports dual displays for today's sophisticated industrial and commercial applications Taipei, Taiwan, November 18 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VIPRO VP7710 touch screen panel PC, a full featured, entirely fanless panel PC suitable for intelligent display applications in demanding environments. Rugged, stable and flexible, the VIA VIPRO is the first in a series of advanced display technologies from VIA. Amid growing public acceptance of intuitive touch screen technologies, the VIA VIPRO addresses... Read more...
HP recently released its TouchSmart Application Developer Guidelines to third party developers. In doing so, the company is allowing anyone to create touch-friendly applications that will run within the TouchSmart Software suite on popular HP TouchSmart PCs. As a means of distributing guidelines to developers and providing a way for TouchSmart developers to interact with one another, HP has gotten behind the TouchSmart Community. On the TouchSmart Community, you’ll find a download hub that allows developers to upload and share their creations with TouchSmart owners from a central location. To jump start the new development initiative, the TouchSmart Community is running a contest that will give... Read more...
It’s hard to avoid making comparisons to Apple’s iPhone when you mention the HTC Touch Diamond. Although they are very different phones running on different operating systems, the Touch Diamond is arguably one of the closest competitors in the U.S. market today to the popular iPhone in terms of unique touch controls, an attractive looking user interface, power and versatility. Even though the phones compete in some areas, it’s important to understand that there’s a big difference between the Touch Diamond and the iPhone in terms of their intended users. You see, HTC designed the Touch Diamond as a Windows Mobile, business-friendly device. Click the link below and take a look... Sprint HTC Touch... Read more...
It’s hard to avoid making comparisons to Apple’s iPhone when you mention the HTC Touch Diamond. Although they are very different phones running on different operating systems, the Touch Diamond is arguably one of the closest competitors in the U.S. market today to the popular iPhone in terms of unique touch controls, an attractive looking user interface, power and versatility. Even though the phones compete in some areas, it’s important to understand that there’s a big difference between the Touch Diamond and the iPhone in terms of their intended users. You see, HTC designed the Touch Diamond as a Windows Mobile, business-friendly device. Apple designed the iPhone from the ground up as a... Read more...
Borrowing from Microsoft's Surface concept, Canadian-based SMART Technologies has designed a multi-touch table designed specifically for the preschool to sixth grade primary educational sector. The SMART Table features a multi-touch-enabled, tabletop 27-inch screen, with an internal projection system and integrated PC. The idea behind the SMART Table is that it gets kids to collaborate with each other while solving problems and playing educational games with an interactive system. "The SMART Table provides a learner-centric experience for small groups that allows students to select or move objects, draw or write on the screen simultaneously, and work together to find answers to preset questions."... Read more...
Uber Mini Tablet PC with “Touch” Screen brings ultra-lite, supra-convenient capabilitiesAlbatron’s “Tee PC” is all that you need with not an inch to spare Albatron Technology is gearing up to roll out its first Mini Tablet PC, dubbed the “Tee PC”, whose prototype was first shown at Computex 2008 (June). Since then, this diminutive Tablet PC has been polished up, packaged and is ready for the market. Unpack n’ Play The “Tee PC” comes ready-to- use straight out of the box with all the hardware and software you need, including a docking station, power adapter and a touch pen. The Windows CE 6.0 operating system is pre-installed with WordPad, MediaPlayer and Internet Explorer. The “Touch” screen... Read more...
Touchscreen technology isn't really all that new, but the popularity of Apple's iPhone has whetted the public's appetite for putting their fingers on the screen and doing things. But the technology that makes tiny phone screens react to touch would be prohibitively expensive on a screen even as large a UMPC, never mind the typical desktop's widescreen.  HP and Microsoft use a different technology to track the movements of your fingers on a screen, and HP is planning on offering multiple touchscreen products within a year and a half. Sweet. HP’s personal computer and Microsoft Surface Table and Touch Wall rely on cameras built into the four corners of the monitors to make their touch screens... Read more...
First Microsoft brought its multi-touch interface, Surface, to tabletops. Next, Microsoft demonstrated how the interface could be taken vertical to walls. Now it looks like Microsoft's Surface technology is ready for global domination--16 to 72-inch globes that is. This week at Microsoft's ninth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft showed off its Sphere research project, which takes its cues from the Surface concept and morphs the multi-touch interface onto the surface of a globe. Here is how Microsoft explains how the technology works: "Our prototype device builds on a commercially available globe projection system (Global Imagination’s Magic Planet). We... Read more...
From July 5th through July 27th, the Tour de France will be running. I'm not going to be heading over there to watch, and although they'll be plenty of coverage, what if we want take a look at the route from a spectator's view? Google's thought about that, and has provide a Street View of the entire route. Google's blog post announcing the launch gives us the info: With this launch, you can now follow the race through each of the 21 stages with just a click of a mouse and enjoy a perspective similar to what your favorite cyclists see as they wind through France's majestic mountains, vivacious cities, and tranquil countryside. The Tour de France route marks our first launch of Street View imagery... Read more...
The yet-to-be-released E.M.A. ("Eternal, Maiden, Actualization") fembot from Sega Toys has been generating quite a lot of buzz on the Internet since it was first announced last week. The decidedly female robot is 38cm tall and is capable of fluid movements via its "5 motors and 12 degrees of freedom." Those movements include dancing and kissing. But don't be fooled by her wily ways--she is also a lean, mean, fighting machine. Well, sort of. It turns out that the E.M.A. that Sega Toys announced is actually a localized version for Japan of the WowWee Femisapien Robot that was originally demonstrated at this last January's CES. In the spirit of fanning the flames of growing interest in the lady... Read more...
Microsoft is going multi-touch crazy. First it was the Microsoft Surface technology, which debuted last year at The Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) fifth edition of its All Things Digital Conference (D5). Next came multi-touch walls, which Bill Gates demonstrated only a few weeks ago at Microsoft's own CEO Summit. Fast forward to last night, and (not coincidentally) Bill Gates showed off Microsoft's latest multi-touch foray at WSJ's sixth edition of its All Things Digital Conference (D6)-- this time multi-touch is going to be an integral element of the next version of Windows, Windows 7. "Touch is quickly becoming a common way of directly interacting with software and devices. Touch-enabled surfaces... Read more...
Activision keeps on rockin' with the mega-popular Guitar Hero brand. The gaming giant just announced plans for the next installment of the shreddin' series. Get ready, 'cause Guitar Hero: World Tour is set to hit shelves before the holiday season.In response to the racket created by Rock Band, Activision has turned up the volume with a new set of peripherals for World Tour. Faux rockers will be able to buy a drum kit and bass pedal to form a full band. With the promise of a "battle of the bands" mode in the offing, button-pushing buddies can strut their stuff and face off against four of their closest friends.We're sure to see a full complement of new bands on board, extra downloadable tracks... Read more...
OK, now we're just getting silly. The revamped XO laptop prototype is out, as proposed by the OLPC project. (One Laptop Per Child) The last version got bogged down by infighting between its developers over the choice of operating systems, utilities, software, and of course, the ultimate cost of the units themselves, which skyrocketed over time. Interest is the unit is still high, of course, as many people are captivated with the idea of giving impoverished children worldwide a better chance at an education. OLPC unveiled the XO2 laptop yesterday, and its look, specifications, and pricetag are unbelievable. Literally unbelievable, if you ask us.The new version loses the green rubbery keyboard,... Read more...
Not only does Microsoft envision turning tabletops into computers, now it wants to do the same with walls. Today at Microsoft’s 12th annual CEO Summit, held on Microsoft's Redmond, Washington campus, Bill Gates demonstrated a prototype of a new technology called TouchWall. TouchWall takes the concept of Microsoft's Surface--a horizontal, interactive, multi-touch interface--and moves it vertically the wall.During the demonstration, Gates said: "Our view is that all the surfaces--horizontal surfaces, vertical surfaces--will eventually have an inexpensive screen display capability and software that sees what you are doing there, so it is completely interactive."Later, he added:"This kind of whiteboard--with... Read more...
Why wait to play with someone else's Microsoft Surface multi-touch tabletop display, when you can build one yourself! Apparently a big hit at this last weekend's Maker Faire, was an open-source design for tinkerers to inexpensively build  their own multi-touch tabletop display with off-the-shelf components. The design comes from Eyebeam, a self-described, "art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation." "...engineers at Eyebeam... have created a scaled-down open-source version of Surface, called Cubit. By sharing the Cubit's hardware schematics and software source code, the engineers are significantly... Read more...
Asustek caused quite a stir with their inexpensive little Eee PC notebook computer. There's been a lot of speculation about the how when why wherefore of the second generation of the unit. According to Digitimes, you can expect an 8.9",  touchscreen equipped, 512 to 1GB memory-packing,  8 to 12 GB solid state hard drive wielding, $500 unit in May or June of this year.The company aims to ship up to five million Eee PCs in 2008 through retail channels and contract orders combined, with quarterly retail-only shipments expected to total 650,000-700,000 units, according to the company. The device is seeing a 50% supply shortage in the Taiwan and Hong Kong regions and 70% worldwide in the... Read more...
If the blockbuster successes of games like World of Warcraft and Counterstrike, compared to the lack-luster reception of ultra-high-end titles like Crysis, have taught us anything, it is that the vast majority of PC gamers are not running games which are incredibly graphics intensive. As low-cost gaming consoles continue to steal many of these casual gamers away from the PC, component manufacturers for the PC platform are starting to think differently about how to approach the gaming market. As of late, we’re seeing a significant and refreshing shift towards lower-cost components for the mainstream market. Getting more performance for your dollar is now more exciting than getting the... Read more...
NVIDIA launched the first release of their next generation GeForce 9 GPU architecture today and this time the company decided to come out with a mainstream, more reasonably priced offering first, versus the traditional high-end, pricey flagship boards that are typically showcased for the introduction of a new graphics processor.  The new NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT is based on the NVIDIA G94 GPU and is manufactured on a 65nm process with a 64 stream processor architecture. To put that in perspective, NVIDIA’s previous generation mid-range component (the 8600 GT) had half the number of SPs at 32, though due its 65nm process shrink, the 9600 GPU is still quite small thus still cost and power-efficient. ... Read more...
Just a few weeks ago, we took a look at the two fastest workstation class graphics cards currently on the market, the FireGL V8650 from ATI/AMD and the QuadroFX 5600 from Nvidia. We found both products to be quite powerful and thought either one would be a solid choice for a high-end workstation.  However, the one comment which was repeated over and over again when looking at those cards was that unless you worked for a major studio or production firm, they were simply not very affordable. At nearly $3,000 a piece, the FireGL V8650 and QuadroFX 5600 require large investments. However, don’t think that just because a graphics card is targeted for workstation use that... Read more...
Since the 16 GB iPod Touch was announced in September we all knew it was only a matter of time until Apple slapped that 16 GB into its larger brother.   Here we go, and still more.Apple® today added new models of the iPhone™ and iPod® touch which have double the memory, doubling the amount of music, photos and videos that customers can carry with them wherever they go. The revolutionary iPhone now comes in a new 16GB model for $499, joining the 8GB model for $399. iPod touch now comes in a 32GB model for $499, joining the 16GB model for $399 and the 8GB model for $299.“For some users, there’s never enough memory,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide... Read more...
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