Apple’s knack for filing patent applications has struck again, offering a pair of digital pens that could become a competitive one-up for HTC’s Scribe pen. Both filed apps revealed by the USPTO involve styli for iOS displays, but if you’re imagining a magical item that helps (or hinders) your typing, this is another ball of wax. The first stylus is appropriately called “stylus for touch sensitive devices” and includes a rechargeable battery that could be stored and charged by placing it in a dock embedded directly in the device. Curiously, the stylus is heated for “more consistent interaction between the capacitive-sensors in the computing device and the stylus,” which sounds mighty nice on a cold day. By allowing the user to easily write real notes and draw pictures, this patent turns out to be much more than just a different method of inputting text.
Next up is the “communicating stylus,” a digital pen equipped with accelerometers and wireless transmitters that send position data. This would enable it to be used for an iOS device without any physical contact or other accessories. In theory, you could take the stylus (shown after the break) across the room and still jot down notes or doodle on your iPad, even if it’s out of sight. Finally, “the greatest pointing device in the world” — our fingers — will get a chance to rest.
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CES 2011 In today’s world, wires aren’t the way to go anymore and everything is going towards the wireless direction. Logitech recognizes this and has plans to turn your favorite speakers into a wireless sound system. Logitech has just introduced the Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)-enabled laptops. All you have to do is attach the adapter to your speakers you wish to use, launch the Intel WiDi software on your laptop, connect to the speakers and you’re good to go. Listen to music from your high-quality speakers from across the room instead of your tiny laptop speakers, you’ll even have the freedom to move around the room with your laptop, and your music is only limited by your WiDi connection. In addition to WiDi streaming, Logitech are also releasing a Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices – so if you don’t have the latest laptop with WiDi, you can use the more common Bluetooth connection to stream music instead. Both adapters will be available in May 2011 for a suggested retail price of $29.99. How many of you can see yourselves using these adapters?
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What it lacks in subtlety, XCM’s HDMI Capsule switcher makes up for in simple usefulness. I’m hesitant to call it a run-of-the-mill HDMI switcher though. Technically all it’s really designed to do is switch between 4 connected HDMI sources, but its frosted plastic housing hides a rainbow of surprises. Literally! The box glows either green, blue, red or yellow depending on which input is selected. So if you color coordinate it with your gear properly, you should be able to see what’s currently selected at a glance from across the room. Available from importers like Play-Asia.com for ~$30.
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I love how technology lets you mess around with all your devices at the same time. I mean, I’m watching stuff from my computer on my TV. I am listening to my iPod and watching my family photos on the big screen. The technology is fun, entertaining and pretty easy, could anything make it better?
Yup, I have just been introduced to The Loop, the freehand mouse that moves your cursor with natural motions made in the air. Simply point and click on the TV that’s connected to your PC or Mac. The Loop pointer’s intuitive design has a scroll wheel and four buttons.
The Loop patented air-mouse has the ability to compensate for normal hand tremor and varying positioning while responding to the motion of the Loop pointer. Its a pretty simple, intuitive design that is really easy to use. The Loop could probably be a pretty valuable tool for presenters and educators who use PCs and Macs connected to projectors. You could control presentations, navigate web pages and more from almost anywhere in the room. The Loop pointer will work with computers running Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
I’m crusin’ the net from across the room, and I see the day coming when I never have to get off the couch. Only $49.00 from www.amazon.com
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