Archive for January, 2011
The two latest entries to the Sony Cyber-Shot family are a DSLR-looking megazoom and a more compact affair that, I’m going to tell you right now, is the **spoiler alert** better value. Let’s just get right into it.
The HX100V and HX9V are premium models focused on providing a long zoom and a few high-end features. They both have 16.2-megapixel EXMOR back-illuminated sensors, high-resolution 640×480 3″ LCDs, image stabilization, and GPS. They also both take 1080/60p video, do automatic panoramas (and “3D” panoramas), quick autofocus, and the usual range of features found on point-and-shoots.
What’s different then? Well, the HX100V has a much longer zoom: 30x. Believe me, though, having “twice” the zoom really doesn’t matter as much as people tend to think (if you have a decent zoom to begin with, that is), and the average user is far more likely to value the compactness of the HX9V. You lose half a stop of light (3.3 versus 2.8), but I’d say it’s worth it.
It also costs a hundred bucks less, which is something we can all appreciate. Spend that hundred bucks on lottery tickets, atomic fireballs, Laserdiscs… it doesn’t matter.
Here’s the full press release.
High-Zoom HX100V and HX9V Models Offer 3D, New Intelligent Sweep Panorama High Resolution Mode and GPS/Compass
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 31, 2011 â€“ Sony today unveiled two new 16.2-megapixel Cyber-shotÂ® digital still cameras that offer Full HD video shooting capability at the touch of a dedicated movie button. Recording video at 60 progressive frames per second (1920×1080 60p), both cameras can capture fast-moving action with exceptional smoothness and clarity.
The DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V Cyber-shot cameras are the companyâ€™s first compact digital still cameras to include a 27mm Carl ZeissÂ® Vario-Sonar T* lens with 30x optical zoom and a 24mm SonyÂ® G lens with 16x optical zoom (respectively) combined with full HD (1920 x 1080/60p) video capability.
Another Cyber-shot camera first, the 16.2-megapixel â€œExmor Râ€ back-illuminated CMOS sensor inside both cameras supports a brand-new Intelligent Sweep Panoramaâ„¢ HR (High Resolution) mode. Just press the shutter button and sweep the camera, and it captures up to 42.9 megapixel panoramic images with crisp 10480×4096 resolution. Images can be viewed on the camerasâ€™ 3-inch921,000-dot Xtra Fine LCDâ„¢ display with wide viewing angle.
â€œThese new H Series cameras are a great addition to the already explosive high zoom market, loaded with cutting-edge innovations by Sony to shoot stills and video,â€ said Kelly Davis, director of the digital imaging group at Sony Electronics. â€œWith these unique Sony technologies, including GPS, 3D, AVCHDâ„¢ video as well as increased zoom, Sony is offering consumers the best of both worlds.â€
High Zoom for Stills and Videos
Ideal for travelers and photo enthusiasts, the flagship DSC-HX100V packs an ultra-powerful Carl ZeissÂ® Vario-Sonar T* lens with 30x optical zoom range for crisply-detailed close-ups of distant subjects. Comfortable to hold and carry, its design echoes the style and control layout of larger DSLR models. Smaller and lighter still, the DSC-HX9V offers a high-performance G Lens with powerful 16x optical zoom range with 24mm wide angle to accommodate virtually any photo opportunity.
Borrowed from the HandycamÂ® camcorder line, the new cameras feature Dual Record mode which can shoot video, while simultaneously capturing 3-megapixel digital still pictures (2-megapixel in 4:3 ratio when recording in MP4). The cameras also offer a dedicated still image button and a dedicated movie capture button to make it easy to use for consumers (Dual Record feature is not compatible with 60p mode).
Despite their powerful zoom range, DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V can capture crisp, blur-free images with significantly reduced handshake, even while youâ€™re walking along. Featured on both cameras, Optical SteadyShotâ„¢ with Active Mode image stabilization is a powerful image stabilization system with â€˜3-way shake cancellationâ€™ as found on premium HandycamÂ® camcorders by Sony. Youâ€™ll be rewarded with clearer results when youâ€™re shooting handheld, even at telephoto settings where camera shake is most pronounced.
Create Personal 3D Content
Sony makes it easy to create personal 3D content that can be viewed on an HDTV with 3D home theater system. 3D images are captured using 3D Sweep Panoramaâ„¢ mode or the 3D Still Image mode. In this mode, the camera takes two consecutive shots in different focus positions to calculate the depths,and then it creates left-eye and right-eye images to produce a 3D effect. These images can be enjoyed in 2D or stunning 3D on compatible 3D televisions (3D-compatible HDMIâ„¢ cables and 3D glasses are also required and are sold separately).
The 3D Sweep Panorama feature lets you take panoramic pictures in one press-and-sweep motion. The high-speed burst of frames is stitched together using innovative processing techniques to automatically create detail-packed 3D panoramas.
These 3D images can also be saved and viewed on a PlayStation3, using the â€œPlay Memoriesâ„¢â€ application software downloadable from the PlayStationÂ® Network.
The new models will let you view images in a completely different way. Unlike 3D Sweep Panorama mode, which lets you view 3D images on compatible 3D television systems, Sweep Multi Angleâ„¢ technology lets you view images in simulated 3D on the camerasâ€™ LCD screen. This shooting feature captures 15 images at different angles and then compiles them into one photo. By tilting the camera back and forth, it creates a 3D-like effect on the display.
With the high-speed auto focus feature, these cameras provide a smarter way to focus with DSLR-like speed. High-speed autofocus locks onto subjects in as little as 0.1 seconds, letting you grab the most fleeting photo moments with ease.
In addition to speed, these camerasâ€™ GPS/Compass function makes them ideal for travel and holidays. The enhanced GPS/Compass function captures your location and shooting direction and allows you to enjoy the results after shooting as online maps with any Internet-connected PC.
The Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V camera also features a manual control ring that can be assigned as desired to adjust focus or zoom. Itâ€™s ideal for applications like macro photography, where focus can be adjusted precisely while viewing a magnified portion of the image.
Easy Menu Selection Technology
The advanced imaging possibilities of both H Series cameras offer fuss-free operation. Superior AUTO mode recognizes a wide range of shooting conditions, automatically adjusting settings and shooting a high-speed burst of multiple frames as required in low-light conditions. These are automatically combined within the camera to create beautifully-exposed, low-noise results with virtually any subjectâ€”even in challenging low light conditions without flash.
While most cameras compile two images in Backlight Correction HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, enabling crisp details in difficult lighting, these models utilize an HDR feature that compiles the highlights, mid-tones and shadows from three separate shots to create one realistic-looking photo. With Backlight Correction HDR in the Scene Selection Shooting mode, getting the best shot in difficult lighting conditions is simple.
Designed to help users learn about the camerasâ€™ features and how to use them on the spot, the â€œIn-Camera Guideâ€ is accessible from the menu button on the camera. Users can search by purpose or keyword and easily access the functions they seek.
The cameras also have Background Defocus mode, which highlights your subject like a DSLR; Soft Skin mode, which reduces visible blemishes and wrinkles, and Natural Flash, which corrects color balance for more natural shots. They also offer fast capture with up to 10fps at full 16.2-megapixel resolution.
Images and videos can be easily viewed on the camerasâ€™ 3-inch Xtra Fine LCDâ„¢ display with TruBlackâ„¢ technology, which provides deep blacks and more color variation on the thin display.
New accessories for Cyber-shot Cameras
Thereâ€™s a choice of elegantly styled carry case options for the DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V models. Giving easy access to your camera, the design avoids electromagnetic interference with the GPS/Compass function of both cameras. Both cases feature a quality leather-like finish, with a handy pocket for a spare memory card â€“ ideal if youâ€™re shooting lots of HD video. Crafted to protect the Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V, the LCS-HG case offers extra carry space for an additional battery.
Compatible with the DSC-HX9V camera and several other Cyber-shot models, the Party-shotâ„¢ IPT-DS2 dock automatically captures smiling, relaxed portraits of everyone in the room â€“ including you. Just touch a button and the Party-shotâ„¢ dock starts â€˜on demandâ€™ shooting. Thereâ€™s also support for Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode with compatible Cyber-shot models. The Party-shot IPT-DS2 dock comes supplied with a protective cover and dedicated stand.
All new Cyber-shot models are compatible with the latest range of premium-quality SDHC cards by Sony. The perfect partner for your Cyber-shot camera, theyâ€™re also a great match for SD/SDHC-compatible cameras, camcorders and devices from other manufacturers. The affordable Essential Series and value-added Experience Series are joined by the flagship Expert Series (Class 10) for photo users who demand class-leading capacity transfer speeds.
Personal, Secure Online Sharing with Personal Space Site
The Personal Spaceâ„¢ site is the network service by Sony that makes it easy and secure to share photos and video clips captured on your Cyber-shot camera. Upload your images from any Internet-enabled PC with the camerasâ€™ supplied Picture Motion Browser software, or using pre-installed PMB Portable software. An email sent with an embedded link ensures that invited family and friends can view your pictures. Videos and photos shared via the Personal Space site can also be viewed on Androidâ„¢ smartphones such as the Xperiaâ„¢ X10 by Sony Ericsson or iPhoneÂ®, via a dedicated application that can be downloaded from Android Marketâ„¢ or iTunesÂ® app store. Xperia users can also upload images directly to their own Personal Space account from their smartphone.
Pricing and Availability
The cameras and a range of accessories will be available in April online at Sonystyle.com, at Sony StyleÂ® retail stores (www.Sonystyle.com/retail) and at authorized dealers nationwide. Presales will begin in February. The DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V cameras will be available in black and will cost about $ 450 and $ 350, respectively.
We hoped Boxee would surprise us at the eleventh hour and announce it had finally added Netflix to the service — technically making good on its end of January deadline. Instead, the company’s blog is now reporting that the service is “anticipated soon.” Apparently, the service is running fine on the device in the company’s offices — which, mind you they said back in November too, — but it still failed to satisfy Netflix’s security requirements. While that sounds like a big thing to miss in our books, a comment by Boxee’s VP of Marketing, Andrew Kippen, suggests the company just discovered the issue only an hour before midnight. This marks the second time users have been asked to re-adjust their expectations for when the big red box might pop up on their favorite media manager, but to Boxee’s credit, we were glad to see the company come right out with the situation instead of leaving us all on pins and needles. Now, let’s just hope this whole incident gets sorted out pronto, so we don’t have to break bad news to our watch instantly lovin’ hearts ever again.
We all know LG hates bezels. Or loves thin bezels. One of those things. At any rate they are eliminating the thick bezels we all have on our TVs and monitors and replacing them with thinner ones. I love the trend, personally, but it takes more than a thin bezel to make a decent display. What else have you got, LG?
The new 47WV30 LED-backlit displays are 47″ and have, strangely, a 1366×768 resolution instead of straight 720p. More is usually good, but you don’t really want to be resizing your image up or down if you don’t have to. They’ve also got 700cd/m^2 and 1500:1 brightness and contrast ratings respectively. The really good part is the bezel, of course, which is less than 5mm wide, though I can’t make sense of the other measurements mentioned over at Akihabara News.
Will these make their way to our shores? Probably not, but hopefully some future iteration of this thin-bezel style will make its way over here. The full press release, for those of you perverse enough to like that kind of thing:
With a central focus on product differentiation, the 47WV30 provides industry-leading picture quality thanks to its adoption of direct LED BLU which is superior to LCD in terms of energy saving and lighting quality. And with a 6.9 mm seam size, the slimmest on any 40- to 49-inch display, the 47WV30 can connect seamlessly with other displays for a clearer, more expansive picture. In addition, a special â€œshine-out filmâ€ means the 47WV30 can display crystal clear images outdoors, even in brightness as high as 4,000 lux. The 47WV30 is also a leader in cost efficiency, with low energy use, high durability and low maintenance costs. Taken together, these add up to big savings for business owners.
The 47WV30â€™s customized and integrated solutions make the display extremely convenient to use and deliver tangible improvements to the workplace. In conjunction with SuperSign, LGâ€™s digital signage software, the 47WV30 offers versatile, easily manageable displays for shopping malls, building lobbies or practically any other public places. With a depth less than 92 mm, the 47WV30 blends in with any environment, while its high resolution and zoom in and out functions make it ideal for surveillance in premises such as hospitals, security control rooms and traffic control centers.
That picture is cracking me up, by the way.
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When we first made contact with Clover System’s SunBook, it was but a glimmer in Pixel Qi’s transflective eye, but today, the little guy is ready to step out on its own. Like Notion Ink’s Adam, the “the first sunlight-ready netbook” packs dual lighting displays, allowing you to shut off LCD backlights while under direct sunlight and cut your power consumption in half. You can also leave both functions on for easy indoor-outdoor transitions. It’s sporting a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 10.1-inch display, 1024 x 600 screen resolution, USB 3.0 as well as WiFi and Ethernet capabilities. So basically, it’s a perfectly acceptable netbook (on paper, at least) and it’s packing a promising display, but we have to admit Clover’s marketing for SunBook leaves something to be desired. In fact, if we hadn’t seen this thing at CES we’d advise you to proceed with caution. Being that it’s got the Pixel Qi seal of approval, however, we’ll leave the decision up to you. You can purchase the sunlight-ready netbook for $ 795 via Clover’s website, handily linked below in the source.
- Ultra-thin 3G-enabled Windows Phone 7 smartphone with 4-inch Super-Amoled touchscreen
- Windows Phone 7 OS provides easy access to social networking, personal/corporate e-mail, office apps, Xbox LIVE games, streaming media, and more
- 5-megapixel camera with HD 720p video capture;8 GB internal memory;microSD memory expansion;Wireless-N Wi-Fi;Bluetooth stereo music;GPS for navigation
- Up to 6.5 hours of talk time, up to 300 hours (12.5 days) of standby time; released in November, 2010
- What’s in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, stereo headset, quick start guide
It’s easy to get moving with both business and fun when you’ve got the Samsung Focus, one of the world’s first smartphones using the Windows Phone 7 operating system. Use the ultra-thin 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen to view and edit your Office documents, or to experience movies and pictures with stunning clarity and richness. And type easier and faster with the full, large touchscreen. The Focus also includes integrated Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for access to home, corporate, and hotspot networks. And it includes free access to AT&T’s entire national Wi-Fi network.
The bright 4-inch Super-Amoled screen makes it easy to type on the virtual keyboard (see larger image).
Enabled for use on AT&T’s lightning quick HSPA 3G network, you’ll be able to easily access the Internet as well as quickly download video, music, and more. Additionally, with AT&T’s 3G network, you can make a call while simultaneously receiving picture/text messages and e-mail, or viewing Web pages. This GPS-enabled phone can access the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions as well as its Video Share service, which enables you to send video of yourself to another compatible phone while making a voice call. See more details on optional AT&T services below.
It’s powered by a blazing-fast Qualcomm 1 GHz Snapdragon processor for a fast mobile data experience. The Focus has 8 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded via optional microSD memory cards up to 32 GB in size. It also sports a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and HD 720p video recording, Bluetooth for hands-free devices, and stereo music streaming, an FM radio, and up to 6.5 hours of talk time.
The Power of Windows Phone 7
The Windows Phone 7 operating system has been carefully crafted to help you get more done in fewer steps with a unique Hub and Tile interface. Instead of the common icon displays on the Start screen, Windows Phone 7 uses Live Tiles, which allow you to find out what’s going on, what’s happening next, and what you’ve missed without having to open an application.
Hubs bring together a related set of applications, services, and content into a single view to simplify common tasks. Your contacts, music, games, and work can be shared, synced, and accessed virtually wherever you happen to be. Windows Phone 7 also integrates with many popular Microsoft services such as Xbox LIVE, Windows Live, Bing, and Zune.
Live Tiles on the start screen dynamically update, so there is no need to open an app, and you decide which Tiles you want and where you want them. The Start screen includes the People Hub, which constantly refreshes with status updates from your favorite friends. The Me Tile lets you update all your social media sites, like Facebook–just type once and post everywhere with ease. Other Tiles allow you to quickly see new e-mails arrive in your inbox, play games via Xbox LIVE, and access recent photos and albums to view as well share with others. Swipe up to view more Tiles like music, Office, and more.
In addition to Internet Explorer 8 for full HTML Web browsing, the Samsung Focus also includes fully integrated Microsoft Exchange e-mail and calendar as well as Office Hub, which offers mobile versions of popular productivity programs, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneNote Mobile, and SharePoint Workspace Mobile.
With Windows Phone 7 you can stay on top of your inbox and quickly cut through the clutter to see only unread, urgent, or flagged messages. Move or delete messages in bulk, and respond to meeting invites right from your inbox with Outlook Mobile. Streamlined account setup works with Windows Live, Google, Yahoo!, and other popular providers. Windows Phone 7 also combines your work and personal calendars into a single, color-coded view, making it easier to spot conflicts and manage your life.
Microsoft Office Mobile is another reason why you won’t miss your PC when you’re away from your desk. Windows Phone 7 has mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on hand for reviewing or editing on the go. Notes in OneNote Mobile–grocery lists, meeting memos, spontaneous musings–can sync wirelessly to the Web and include voice clips and pictures. SharePoint Workspace Mobile makes it easier to collaborate with your coworkers when you’re out and about.
You’ll also be able to personalize your phone with the Marketplace Hub. Read reviews, check out ratings, and test out content before you buy.
Windows Phone 7 is designed for business and life in motion (see larger image).
Entertainment To Go
With the Samsung Focus, you can access your favorite music and games thanks to Windows Phone 7′s tight integration with Microsoft entertainment services:
- Xbox LIVE unlocks a world of games and fun, connecting you to a global community of more than 25 million active Xbox LIVE members and offering easy access to Xbox LIVE features such as Friends, Avatars, Achievements, Messaging, and more (learn more below).
- Zune for loading your favorite media–music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts–and taking it wherever. With a Zune Pass subscription, stream millions of songs right to your phone–no need for extra memory.
Additionally, each new Windows Phone from AT&T will include AT&T U-verse Mobile, an app that allows your to download and watch hit shows on your smartphone. U-verse TV subscribers with certain packages will be able to download and watch hit TV shows for no extra charge, and all U-verse TV customers can also schedule and manage their DVR recordings from the app. For the first time, U-verse Mobile will be available nationwide–even to those who are not U-verse TV customers–for just .99 per month. Subscribers can access the full content library, select which series or specific episode to download over Wi-Fi, and view on the go wherever they have their Windows Phone.
- Fast 3G connectivity via AT&T’s HSPA/UMTS network (850/1900 MHz bands; 3.6/7.2 Mbps speeds with network availability).
- Ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go. Connect for free using one of the over 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.
- GPS navigation capabilities via AT&T Navigator service include audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates, and re-routing options.
- Digital compass sensor
- 4.0-inch Super-Amoled touchscreen display (480 x 800 pixels) with proximity and light sensors
- Full QWERTY virtual keyboard
- 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash gives you a brighter light source for taking photos in less-than-ideal lighting situations.
- HD video capture capabilities (720p)
- Digital media player compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ music formats, and MPEG4, H.264, WMV video.
- FM radio
- Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile–enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
- 8 GB internal memory
- Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
- Text (SMS) and picture/video (MMS) messaging
- Access to popular instant messaging services
- Access to personal and work e-mail (supports Microsoft Exchange corporate e-mail)
- MicroUSB port (2.0)
- 3.5mm headphone jack
The Samsung Focus weighs 4.07 ounces and measures 4.84 x 2.56 x 0.39 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6.5 hours of talk time, and up to 300 hours (12.5 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T’s dual-band 3G network (850/1900 MHz; HSPA/UMTS) plus international 3G networks (2100 MHz).
What’s in the Box
Samsung Focus handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, stereo headset, quick start guide
|High-speed data connectivity via AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband data network: The dual-band 850/1900 MHz 3G network provides up to 3.6/7.2 Mbps of download speed, making it possible to enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless multimedia services, and it gives you the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data services.
In areas where the 3G network is not available, you’ll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Providing average data speeds between 75-135Kbps, it’s fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services, including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go.
List Price: $ 499.99
Android has passed yet another milestone in its race to the top: With 32.9 million handsets sold globally this last quarter, it has ousted longtime champion Nokia (with 31m) for the title of most popular smartphone OS maker in the world. It’s a bit of an apples to oranges comparison, of course, since Nokia also makes its own handsets, but quibbling aside, the toppling of such an iconic mobile company is no small event.
The numbers don’t seem to include tablets, though it recently transpired that even the top-selling Android tablet sales were, to quote Samsung, “quite small.” We won’t see the Honeycomb effect until later in 2011. But it seems as though Android still has nowhere to go but up — that is, if you consider downmarket “up.”
Let’s be honest, the original Dell Streak had a bit of an identity crisis. The 5-inch device wasn’t sure if it belonged in the tablet or smartphone world, and ultimately it was targeted at a pretty niche user. But its larger brother, the Streak 7, is more self-aware. It’s a honest-to-goodness tablet meant for doing all those tablet-y things — surfing the web, reading e-books, watching video and more. Sure, the Streak 7 may just look like an enlarged version of the 5-inch version, but they differ in more than just screen size: the 7 packs a powerful 1GHz dual-core Tegra T20 processor, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 5 megapixel lens on the rear, T-Mobile “4G” HSPA+ connectivity, and 16GB of internal memory. The tablet runs Android 2.2 with Dell’s Stage UI for now, but Dell promises an upgrade to Honeycomb once it’s ready. It sounds like one of the more well-rounded 7-inch tablets on the market right now and at just $ 200 on contract at T-Mobile (it’s $ 450 without), it’s actually quite well priced. However, there are quite a few things that are going to keep 7-inch tablet seekers from forking over the cash. What are those? We’ll tell all in our full review — read on for more!
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Why not do something productive with the last few minutes of your workday and actually make something. Go to the supply closest and grab a large binder clip, some string, a durable rubber band and a bit of duct tape (black if it’s available). Got it? Good. First, look at this pic of the end result and try to build what you see. Of course you could always head over to Lifehacker for the step-by-step, but it will feel so much better if you construct it yourself. At least that’s what my mom used to tell me.
Daytona International Speedway is synonymous with speed, auto racing, and . . . blind people? Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa), along with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), recently debuted its sight-optional and street-legal SUV at the famed racetrack. Dr. Dennis Hong and his students first let blind folks drive a dune buggy without the help of a sighted copilot in 2009 — as a first step to achieving the goal of a street-legal SUV for the sightless crowd. The SUV in question was designed for the NFB’s Blind Driver Challenge, and is equipped with a drive-by-wire system — also seen in the RoMeLa autonomous vehicle — that was modified for use with RoMeLa’s SpeedStrip and DriveGrip tactile interface technology. It works by using a laser rangefinder to map the surrounding area, relaying information for acceleration and braking to the driver by rumbling the SpeedStrip seat, and passing along turning info through vibrations in the DriveGrip gloves. The system was not developed solely for the purpose of getting blind drivers on the road, however, as Virginia Tech suggests that its technology could also be used in gaming applications. We’re not quite ready to see blind drivers on actual roads just yet, but why shouldn’t our sight-impaired friends get to enjoy Gran Turismo 5 with the rest of us? Video’s after the break.
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