Pee-wee’s beloved bicycle has nothing on this bad boy. The two-wheeler’s got a full-sized keyboard, some big red knobs and a miniature screen on its handlebars, for those who have to do some serious content creation whilst weaving through traffic. Sure it’s not the safest solution on the road, but inspiration can strike when you least expect it — then again, so can oncoming cars.
Michael: “Pen > sword, but car > keyboard. Hope the owner’s got life insurance.”
Brian: “Fortunately the victims just walked away with whiplash and a bad case of carpal tunnel.”
Tim: “Dang! You got shocks, pegs… lucky! You ever send off any sweet TXTs?”
Don: “Here’s that bike messenger you asked for, boss.”
Terrence: “When Billy told his friends he got a new bike they asked, ‘but can it play Crysis?’ Little did they know…”
Richard Lawler: “Now potential thieves have to decide between using bolt cutters or rainbow tables.”
Zach Honig: “Hey Giant. Yeah you holding the grocery bag. You’re not so big anymore, now are you?”
Billy: “What? No one said anything about biking while typing.”
Jon: “Q, you’ve really outdone yourself this time.”
Mat: “Data from the Goonies may have grown up, but his choice in bikes hasn’t.”
Dan: “At least they weren’t lying when they called it ‘an unprecedented mobile device.’”
Caption Contest: Mavis Beacon teaches biking originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The illusion of 3D is kind of ruined the moment you reach out and try and grab whatever silly thing is supposed to be protruding from the screen. Researchers at Keio University in Tokyo have started to figure out a solution to the problem, and are calling their system RePro3D. By combining a glasses-free 3D display with an infrared tactile interface, they are able to create a holographic model that responds when “touched.” The next step for the team is to provide feedback via a wearable device, adding the sensation of touch to the already impressive illusion of interactivity. We do have our concerns about the researcher’s motives however. One of the creators, Keitaro Shimizu, told DigInfo, “there are many attractive characters in animations and games, but since those characters only exist within the screen, it feels a little lonely…” We guess getting a girlfriend is out of the question. Check out the video after the break.
Continue reading RePro3D is a ‘touchable’ 3D interface that lets you poke pixies (video)
RePro3D is a ‘touchable’ 3D interface that lets you poke pixies (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Could the above shot be the first 4G LTE smartphone
for AT&T? BGR
thinks it just might be. The site nabbed a shot of what purports to be the Samsung Impulse 4G, which may grab that distinction on its release. That’s about all we’re getting in the way of details on this Droid Charge-esque device at the moment. Hopefully the screen of truth will be pulled back even further in the near future.
Samsung Impulse 4G to lead AT&T’s 4G LTE charge? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Steve Jobs doesn’t like fingerprints any more than you do, and given the man’s focus on aesthetic perfection, we suspect that smudged displays are the sort of thing that keeps him awake at night. Apple has certainly flirted with oleophobic anti-grease displays in the past, but a newly surfaced patent application takes the whole thing to a new level. “Direct Liquid Vaporization for Oleophobic Coatings” outlines an intense process for the application of a grease resistant coating, whereby the substance is “placed in a liquid supply system coupled to a vacuum chamber,” pressurized, vaporized, and then deposited. Take that, finger grease.
Apple patent application proves that Steve Jobs hates fingerprints as much as you do, probably more originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Aug 2011 20:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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A guy named Ben Wu sent us this video recently and it sort of blew our minds. Wu, an engineer and self-described dreamer, has spent the past year developing a program he calls Quantum Phantom — an Iron Man-inspired system that allows users to control a computer’s cursor using only an ordinary webcam. With his Windows software onboard, Wu can draw, write and move onscreen icons or widgets, simply by waving his camera in front of a set of dual monitors. The prototype is even sophisticated enough to recognize his own webcam-produced handwriting and automatically convert it to rich text. In most cases, the sensor relies upon an ordinary cursor to navigate a screen, but Wu has also developed a pointer-free solution, as demonstrated toward the end of the above, three-part video. Be sure to check it out for yourself and get lost in the magic.
Quantum Phantom prototype lets you control your computer screen with a webcam (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Aug 2011 08:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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How do you make a brighter LCD without murdering battery life? Simple. Add a white pixel to each RGB trio, creating an RGBW panel that pumps out more nits without recourse to the backlight. We’ve already seen this technology in action on a tablet-sized screen from Samsung and Nouvoyance, and now Sony’s come up with an OEM 3-inch panel that it hopes will prove popular in smartphones and cameras. The VGA screen is claimed to double brightness without increasing power consumption compared to conventional panels. Alternatively, it has an outdoor mode which sacrifices this power-saving in favor of doubling brightness — although, when it comes to the sunlight problem, we’re still hoping that PixelQi’s approach will eventually come of age.
Sony WhiteMagic LCD promises magic formula of better brightness, lower power originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 10 Aug 2011 18:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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In our experience, soaking in the third dimension on a panel smaller than 40-some-odd inches isn’t exactly a jaw-dropping affair, but if you’re residing in cramped quarters… well, your options are somewhat limited. Outside of strapping something on your dome, you’ll probably be in the market for a more diminutive set, and LG’s DX2000 just might fit the bill. It’s a 20-inch LED-backlit 3D monitor, but unlike the legions of alternatives, this one’s of the glasses-free variety. It relies on parallax barrier technology (read: not the most sophisticated), but ups the ante by throwing in the world’s first eye-tracking feature on a panel of this stature. In theory, said feature allows users to move about in front of the screen, perhaps expanding those exceedingly narrow “sweet spots” that have worried viewers for years now. We’re also told that there’s a 2D-to-3D conversion feature, and while it’s destined to hit Korean streets later this month, other regions are slated to get it during the latter part of 2011.
Continue reading LG’s 20-inch DX2000 3D monitor don’t need no glasses to be enjoyed
LG’s 20-inch DX2000 3D monitor don’t need no glasses to be enjoyed originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Rumor has it that ASUS wont be the only company with a sliding Android tablet this holiday season — DigiTimes claims to have it on good authority that Acer will be launching its own 10.1-inch slate with a peekaboo QWERTY stashed behind the screen. The ARM-powered device is reportedly being manufactured by Compal, but beyond that your guess is as good as ours. By the time it lands we should be getting our first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, but it’s a pretty safe bet if this unnamed device does ship later this year, it’ll do so with Honeycomb on board.
Acer planning a sliding Android tab for the holidays, won’t fit in your stocking originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The latest update to Skype’s Android application has just been rolled out and a big part of its goodie delivery is two-way video calling. Only a quartet of phones are supported right now: Google’s own Nexus S, HTC’s Desire S, and the Xperia Neo and Pro from Sony Ericsson, all handsets that shipped with Android 2.3 installed. We suspect the rest of the Android world won’t be far behind — Thunderbolt users will surely be wondering why they’re not included in this first batch — but for now it’s just that fearsome foursome. Also included in Skype v22.214.171.124 is a UI overhaul and support for SMS messaging, neither of which suffers from any handset restrictions. Hit up the Android Market on your phone (the web Market still lists version 1) to get at the latest software.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Update: We’ve just spent a little quality time with Skype 2.0 and its newfangled video calling. Notably, we couldn’t get a video call to work between the Xperia Neo and a desktop version of Skype — it was only possible to get video when calling between the Neo and the similarly compatible HTC Desire S. Once we did establish a connection, though, frame rates were smooth and buttery and the UI is simple and unintrusive yet offers quite a few functions. You can mute the call, choose between the front- or rear-facing camera, reposition the small window that shows your video feed anywhere on the screen, or — with a double tap upon that window — switch focus so that your own video output dominates the screen and your buddy’s feed is relocated to the smaller preview. It’s a great looking implementation of video calling, though we did only test it over WiFi, 3G performance may be materially worse.
Update 2: Skype’s press release and demo video can now be found after the break.
Continue reading Skype 2.0 brings two-way video calling to Nexus S, Desire S, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro
Skype 2.0 brings two-way video calling to Nexus S, Desire S, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Jun 2011 05:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We’ve already seen Belkin’s ScreenCast TV Adapter at its most unflattering, stripped naked for all the FCC to see, so it was a welcome change spotting the streaming media device in a more flattering light on the floor of GDGT’s New York meetup. The set top box can stream 1080p video and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound from any WiDi-enabled laptop to your HDTV. It’s also got dual-band wireless technology (at 2.4 and 5GHz) and can also handle your Blu-ray collection. The ScreenCast will start hitting living rooms in mid-July for $130, including a bundled HDMI cable. Stream some press releasey goodness after the break.
Continue reading Belkin ScreenCast TV Adapter streaming from a WiDi laptop near you in July
Belkin ScreenCast TV Adapter streaming from a WiDi laptop near you in July originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 19:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.