Liking that Face Unlock on Ice Cream Sandwich we saw this morning? You can thank PittPatt for that. Here at AsiaD’s opening session, Android head honcho Andy Rubin just confirmed that said Pittsburgh-based company — acquired by Google earlier this year — was responsible for this nifty security feature. While the demo didn’t go as planned for Matias Duarte at the launch event, Andy was able to show us how Face Unlock’s meant to work on the stage just now. In fact, Andy said his team even had to “slow down the process” as PittPatt’s software was too fast to make folks believe that any security at all was involved — for what it’s worth, Walt Mossberg’s beard couldn’t get past the unlock screen on Andy’s Galaxy Nexus. Head on over to our hands-on video to see us getting up close and personal with Face Unlock.
Andy Rubin: Ice Cream Sandwich’s Face Unlock is developed by PittPatt originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 06:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, face unlock
, facial recognition
Tired of seeing TouchPad
Android demos that you can’t quite get
your hands on
? Buck up buttercup, CyanogenMod
7.1.0′s unique flavor of Gingerbread has finally made its way to HP’s disowned slate; but beware — they’re calling this one the “lower your expectations” edition for a reason. A new video and forum update belabors the point that the alpha is an early, buggy build that is not intended for the general public. However, if you’re brave enough to install CyanogenMod anyway
, you’ll wind up with a neat assortment of usable features, including multiboot support, ten-point multitouch, functional WiFi, camera support for video chat, limited GPU acceleration and a ton of other features that are either working now, or are near completion. The team says there are too many nonfunctional features to properly list at the moment, but advise brave testers to expect app incompatibility and poorly optimized power consumption. Ready to throw caution to the wind? Hit the source link below, as it’s chock full of cautionary tales, installation instructions, and download links.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
CyanogenMod for TouchPad alpha released, is surprisingly functional (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, camera support
, usable features
If the name Cyberdyne doesn’t immediately ring a bell, its HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) robotic suit sure will. Here at CEATEC, we bumped into these folks who kindly offered to strap us onto their latest prototype arm — a slightly smaller variant of the one installed on Cyberdyne’s current suit. Most of the HAL’s main part was strapped to the outer side of our upper arm with velcro, while our wrist was tied to the much smaller extendable piece; both parts were hinged together with a power unit. Additionally, a sensory pad was applied onto our forearm’s medial cutaneous nerve (around the elbow area) to pick up our muscular nerve signal — similarly, Cyberdyne’s lower-body exosuit requires two sensors on each leg.
Our HAL was energized as soon as we tensed our arm muscles, so lifting up the tray of four 1.5kg water bottles was a piece of cake consistently throughout the demo — we even managed it with just our pinky (see video above)! And as soon as Cyberdyne’s lovely assistant Fumi turned the dial down, our superhuman powers were instantly taken away. We weren’t given any dates or specs for this piece of kit, but if all goes well, we may well see a brand new full-body suit at CES 2012 in January, so stay tuned. Oh, and can someone please get Cyberdyne some WD-40?
Zach Honig contributed to this report.
Cyberdyne HAL robotic arm hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 10:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, ceatec 2011
Japanese carrier KDDI’s never been shy about showing off its latest and greatest from its lab, and here at CEATEC 2011 we got to lay our fingers on a couple of its in-development smartphone sensory enhancements, along with a free-viewpoint concert concept that’s being researched on. The first demo we saw was actually the same haptic smartphone prototype that was unveiled back in May, but we thought it’d be nice to give it a go with our very own hands — read on to find out how well it performed.
Continue reading KDDI shows off sensory enhancements for smartphone users, throws a free-viewpoint virtual concert
KDDI shows off sensory enhancements for smartphone users, throws a free-viewpoint virtual concert originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Oct 2011 06:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Oh, sure — HP’s webOS may be one of the most sophisticated tablet operating systems in existence, but with a permanently stagnant market, The CM Team has decided that your fire sale TouchPad may be better off running Android. You know, from a long-term perspective. All jesting aside, the crew has been pounding the pavement on a new (and vastly improved) CyanogenMod 7 for Android, with this build providing functional WiFi, access to the Android Market, audio (albeit a bit fast) and an operational accelerometer. There’s no code being released just yet — the team’s still working to cull the aforesaid Hamsterdance effect — but you can catch a sneak peek of everything in action just above.
CyanogenMod 7 update brings WiFi, sound and accelerometer support to TouchPad (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Sep 2011 11:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, hp touchpad
, stagnant market
The Sony Reader doesn’t have all that large a presence here in the States, where the market is largely dominated by Amazon
, and, to a lesser extent, Barnes & Noble
. The Sony Reader Wi-Fi
does go a ways toward keeping up with the competition, offering up WiFi (as advertised), an infrared touchscreen, and the Pearl E-Ink display seen on past versions. The hardware is nice, though it doesn’t feel quite as natural in the hand as the Nook or Kobo
— it did indeed feel light, as advertised, though it’s hard to get a final judgement, seeing as how the demo product on the show room floor was all wired up. The software also zips along quite nicely, and pinch to zoom functionality is certainly a welcome addition in the e-reader market. Unlike many other Sony Readers, the thing also does well for itself pricewise, at $149. Hands-on video after the break.
Continue reading Hands-on with the Sony Reader Wi-Fi (video)
Hands-on with the Sony Reader Wi-Fi (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, e books
has yet to see the light of day, but new details on the forthcoming OS continue to emerge. The most recent preview once again
comes courtesy of Microsoft’s Building Windows 8
blog, where the company has posted new information on the software’s copy, move, rename and delete functions. With the new system, all pending copy operations will appear in one dialog, where users can pause, stop and resume any job, while monitoring data transfer rates on a real-time throughput graph (pictured above). Redmond’s developers have also made it easier to resolve file name collisions, with a new dialog that displays thumbnail images of source files directly alongside preexisting documents of the same name. This allows users to decide which files they’d like to copy or replace by simply hovering their mouse over the image to see its file path, or double clicking it to open in full view. For more information, check out the demo video that’s waiting for you after the break.
Continue reading Microsoft showcases new copy, move, rename functions in Windows 8 (video)
Microsoft showcases new copy, move, rename functions in Windows 8 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, win 8
Alternative navigational systems aren’t exactly new, but the concept shown here just might have wings. HAPMAP was one of a handful of projects selected for demonstration at SIGGRAPH‘s E-tech event, aiming to keep a human’s eye away from the map (and in turn, on whatever’s in front of them) by developing a system that guides via haptics. With a handheld device capable of both navigating and vibrating, the interface indicates complex navigation cues that follow the curvature of a road or path — it’s far more detailed than the typical “go straight,” and there’s also opportunity here to provide handicapped individuals with a method for getting to previously inaccessible locales. By mimicking the operation and interface of sliding handrails (as well as using motion capture cameras), it’s particularly useful for the visually impaired, who need these subtle cues to successfully navigate a winding path. Hop on past the break for a couple of demonstration vids.
Continue reading HAPMAP navigational system keeps your eyes on the prize, your hands on the route (video)
HAPMAP navigational system keeps your eyes on the prize, your hands on the route (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Aug 2011 15:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, navigation cues
Haptics and gaming have gone hand in hand for centuries it seems — well before the Rumble Pak made itself an N64 staple, we vividly recall snapping up a vibration jumpsuit for our Sega Genesis. ‘Course, it was on clearance for a reason. Ali Israr et al. were on hand here at SIGGRAPH’s E-tech conference to demonstrate the next big leap in haptics, joining hands with Disney Research in order to showcase a buzzing game chair for use with Split/Second. The seat shown in the gallery (and video) below cost around $5,000 to concoct, with well over a dozen high-end coils tucked neatly into what looked to be a snazzy padding set for an otherwise uneventful seating apparatus.
We sat down with members of the research team here in Vancouver, and while the gaming demo was certainly interesting, it’s really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The outgoing engineers from Black Rock Studios helped the team wire stereoscopic audio triggers to the sensors, with a left crash, right scrape and a head-on collision causing the internal coils to react accordingly. Admittedly, the demo worked well, but it didn’t exactly feel comfortable. In other words — we can’t exactly say we’d be first in line to pick one of these up for our living room.
Continue reading Surround Haptics could bring force feedback to vests, coasters and gaming (video)
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Surround Haptics could bring force feedback to vests, coasters and gaming (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, disney research
Did you buy Zone of the Enders
just to get at the demo version of Metal Gear Solid 2
. Did you summon half your street to join you in a game of TimeSplitters?
Wouldn’t you have enjoyed your PlayStation 2
games much more if you’d just left them sealed on the shelf? That’s the eye-watering achievement collector Ahans76 has achieved, spending the last decade stuffing first edition (only with the Sony hologram attached) titles into a bookcase and steadfastly refusing to open them. In an interview with PlayStation Collecting
(hit the source link below) he reveals much about the collection but doesn’t mention if he ever opened his PlayStation 3
. That would certainly be one way of keeping your credit card secure
Not for sale: Every PlayStation 2 game ever made, sealed and in mint condition originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jul 2011 00:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.