Sometimes you just want to make notes on your forearm. Put that permanent marker down though, because PhD student Chris Harrison et al at Microsoft Research have created a new system that allows touchscreen interaction on hairy and uneven surfaces. It uses a short-range depth camera instead of the infrared sensor we’ve seen on similar devices, which allows it to gauge the viewing angle and other characteristics of surfaces being used — and it can even handle pinch-to-zoom. There’s a video after the break, if you fancy a bit of wall-based digital finger painting.
Continue reading OmniTouch projection interface makes the world your touchscreen (video)
OmniTouch projection interface makes the world your touchscreen (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 18 Oct 2011 08:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Say hello to Other World Computing’s
latest 2.5-inch SSD, the 30GB variant of its Mercury Extreme Pro 3G series (3Gb/s, of course). This SandForce
-driven SSD may not have loads of storage, but priced at a wallet-friendly 68 bucks, it’s certainly tempting if your optical drive’s been gathering dust. Whether you’re running an ungodly amount of Firefox
tabs on a Mac or Windows machine, you’ll be covered with “sustained data rates of over 275MB/s,” keeping your tasks speedy. Ready to ditch the beach balls and hourglasses? It’s available now from OWC and you’ll find more info in the PR past the break.
Continue reading OWC updates its Mercury Extreme Pro 3G SSD lineup, offers 30GBs for just $68
OWC updates its Mercury Extreme Pro 3G SSD lineup, offers 30GBs for just $68 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 01:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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LightSquared added another name to its list of allies yesterday, with a wholesale agreement allowing AirTouch products to dabble in the world of wireless. The phone manufacturer, which makes telecom devices that work with voice, data and video, looks set to become the first newly created MVNO to use LightSquared’s 4G goodness. Of course, all this is assuming that the nascent network actually gets off the ground. But now that it’s supposedly solved that pesky GPS interference problem, what could possibly stop it?
Continue reading Lightsquared signs deal with AirTouch, creates its first MVNO
Lightsquared signs deal with AirTouch, creates its first MVNO originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is coming to us from Raymond, who seems to have the ultraportable itch. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“Hey, what’s the best thin 11- to 13-inch laptop for portability? I need to bring it everywhere but it has to be light!”
Light. Light like that question. The world of ultrabooks is about to crack itself wide open, but if you’re not looking to wait, what’s the best non-netbook in the 11- to 13-inch category? Anyone have a particular rig that they’ve fallen for? Chime in below!
Ask Engadget: best ‘real’ 11- to 13-inch laptop, with a focus on thin? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 17 Sep 2011 22:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Woo, boy. We’ve been bursting at the seams to share this one, and it’s finally time — Engadget is teaming up with the one and only eBoy (read our introduction here) in order to open up our very own t-shirt shop! We’ve worked with eBoy over the years, and we’ve never been let down by their mind-blowing work. Every so often, we’ve offered up a stash of shirts for our dear readers to snap up, and every time, they were gone before sundown. That’s just not right. To remedy said quandary, we’ve worked up a beautiful arrangement that’ll have one of our favorite artists whipping out t-shirt designs for us, and they’ll be handling the orders and logistics as they’ve been doing for years. Pre-orders are live worldwide right now, and initial shipments should start flowing around mid-October. Our first five designs are showcased in the gallery below, and if you’re interested, surf on down to the source link below to grab one (or two!). They’re priced at $24 (US / Canada), or €20 elsewhere, and if you’re curious about sizing, have a look at American Apparel’s size chart right here.
We hope you love ‘em as much as we do, and we’ll be giving 50 percent of the proceeds received to Child’s Play Charity, which provides games, books and cash for sick kids in children’s hospitals across North America and the world.
The Engadget / eBoy t-shirt shop is officially open, pre-orders start today! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Sony’s just announced in Tokyo that the PlayStation Vita will debut in Japan on December 17th, and it’ll partner with NTT DoCoMo for the console’s prepaid 3G service. Customers will have two choices of connection here: 980 yen ($13) for 20 hours, and 4,980 yen ($65) for 100 hours. Alas, the rest of the world will still have to wait until 2012, but you’ll know more concrete dates as soon as we do. For now, head over to our sister site Joystiq for the SCEJ press conference liveblog.
Sony PlayStation Vita debuts in Japan on December 17th, partnering with NTT DoCoMo for 3G originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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There just aren’t enough electric motorcycles in the world at this point, so thank goodness BMW just introduced a new one into the world. It’s a slinky thing, with a single front fork and a spindly rear swingarm, two features that don’t make it look particularly trail-ready — despite the Husqvarna branding. (BMW bought Husqvarna back in 2007.) But, it does look a little more off-roadable than the electric scooter concept BMW also unveiled. No further details about range, speed, or indeed likelihood of production are available for either, but there are more pics of both in the gallery below.
BMW unveils concept Husqvarna electric motorcycle originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 03:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Ferrari’s been one of the most respected car manufacturers in the world since the 1940s, but it hasn’t exactly gotten there by being bleeding-edge. In the early ’60s, when rear-engined cars were sweeping the charts in Formula One, Il Commendatore — Enzo Ferrari — refused to take one racing, famously saying “the horse doesn’t push the cart along with its nose.” It would take many humiliating defeats before his company would finally put that horse where it belongs. Being an early adopter, obviously, was not a priority. It’s only in the past few years, with cars like the Enzo and 458 Italia, that Ferrari has truly embraced modern ideas of whizz-bang tech to make their cars genuinely faster — not just easier to drive.
That’s just the beginning. Automotive technology is finally starting to accelerate the way personal computing devices have for the past few decades. New means of propulsion are combining with ever-greater integrated systems and it’s easy to see this as leading us toward a generation of cars faster and still more efficient than anything we’ve yet seen on the roads. Ferrari calls this four-wheeled singularity the “hypercar,” and to get an idea of just what that car of the future might look like it invited 50 teams of designers from major universities around the world to compete. Join us as we look at some of the best creations.
Continue reading Engadget previews Ferrari’s future hypercars at the World Design Contest (video)
Engadget previews Ferrari’s future hypercars at the World Design Contest (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Bigger is certainly not better when it comes to the world’s first single-molecule electric engine, which measures in at one nanometer wide — for perspective, that lash hanging from your left eye is around 60,000 times larger. Single-molecule engines have been used for years, but the new method uses a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope to power and control the molecule more effectively. In the future, scientists could use the technology for things like lab-on-a-chip devices, miniature medical testing equipment that require a motor to push fluid through tiny pipes. Tufts researchers responsible for the discovery warn that a practical application is still a ways off, but are hopeful that they’ll snag a Guinness world record, regardless. After hearing the news, both Pinky and The Brain are feeling entirely more confident about their lifelong goals.
Scientists develop the world’s smallest single-molecule electric motor originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Welcome to Growing Up Geek, an ongoing feature where we take a look back at our youth and tell stories of growing up to be the nerds that we are. Today, we have our very own Associate Editor, Sean Buckley
The hardest question I was ever asked as a kid was “what do you want to be when you grow up?” When the boys all cried “Fireman!,” and the girls unanimously pledged their life to marine biology, I came up short. Growing up? I hadn’t planned on that.
Peter Pan complex (and book collection) aside, I had it as good as any boy during the 80s / 90s split. I grew-up in the pre-internet stone-age, when the world was still a mystery that couldn’t be Wiki’d away. Playground rumors went without debunk, and wild stories ran amok across the schoolyard — pixies in England, aliens in New Mexico, and magical robot cars in Japan. The world was a fantastic, impossible place. It still is, but I’d be lying if I said the finality of reality isn’t a small disappointment compared to the lies I loved as a child. With the information superhighway still under construction, I had to find other ways to spend my summers. Sure, countless hours were
wasted well spent saving 8-bit princesses (and the world of course), but the best weeks of summer were had at Boy Scout camp, the County Fair, and trudging across the country on family road trips.
Continue reading Growing Up Geek: Sean Buckley
Growing Up Geek: Sean Buckley originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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