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One of the most impressive things we happened upon at CES this year was the Tactus keyboard, a special fluid-filled layer that could be baked into a tablet or smartphone to provide users with a physical keyboard that could recede back into the screen when it wasn’t needed.
Since then the company has been flying under the radar, but it turns out Tactus has been hard at work on a prototype device with help from a prominent player in the touch interaction space. Tactus confirmed to TechCrunch that it has partnered with touch panel experts at Synaptics to create a reference device — a 7-inch Android-powered tablet — that it will begin shopping around to OEMs and carriers at the end of June.
As you might expect, the company was hesitant to name names, but newly-installed sales and marketing VP RK Parthasarathy noted that “multiple tier 1 OEMs” are already waiting for a chance to fiddle with the 7-inch reference design kit, and that the first Tactus devices were still slated to be shown off some time this year… just not around these parts. Instead, Parthasarathy expects the first official Tactus-enabled tablet to make an appearance at a trade show in Asia in Q4 (the tight-lipped VP wouldn’t confirm which) before popping up at CES in early 2013.
Fortunately, it seems as though those Tactus-enabled tablets may able to compete on price just as devices like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire do right now. Despite the seeming complexity of adding a fluid-filled outer layer to a tablet’s screen, it’s apparently a walk in the park compared to the alternative. According to Parthasarathy, the process of handling and cutting down glass for the traditional cover lenses that sit over tablet displays is cumbersome and pricey enough that implementing a Tactus layer is a viable financial alternative. The fact that the keyboard can be made to work with whatever OS sits below it is an intriguing proposition to boot — there’s nothing stopping Microsoft or Apple from running with these things short of a mismatch in vision.
The move works rather nicely for Synaptics too — the company’s touch layers have become ubiquitous in laptops and smartphones, but short of an appearance in Samsung’s 10-inch Galaxy Tab 2.0 Synaptics hasn’t had much success in cracking the tablet market.
“The tablet market has been evolving, and Synaptics has been criticized for being late to the game,” said Synaptics technology strategist Dr. Andrew Hsu. Granted, the tablet market is still relatively small compared to the handset business — while Synaptics’ presence in tablets has been modest, it hopes that partnering with Tactus can help them pick up steam in an already-crowded market.
It’s an incredibly neat concept and seems to work well enough in practice, but are people really clamoring for a return to more tactile way to interact with their devices? After all, big names in the mobile space like Samsung have been tinkering with ways to users to manipulate their gadgets without the need to lay a finger on them. In short, are touchier keyboards really the way forward? At least one person would probably agree, but as far as Tactus is concerned there’s nothing to stop an OEM from baking a whole host of interaction methods into a single device.
“What we’re seeing is a natural evolution,” Parthasarathy pointed out. “We don’t believe there is a single interaction mechanism that belongs on every device. Users will have a multitude of interface options, but serious content creation requires a physical interface.” We’ll soon see if the Tactus vision ultimately pans out — with any luck, that initial batch of Tactus tablets will go on sale a few months after appearing at CES.
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If there were any sticking around doubt that the songs video has found a new house away from the television display, below’s a clip that MTV couldn’t play even if it wished to. For Light Light’s new video for “Kilo,” the Netherlands-based band enlisted Roel Wouters to create an browser-based experience that tracks your cursor motions and later on integrates them into the video itself for future playback. As instructed by messages at the top of the display, hundreds of cursors form patterns by sticking within standards, obscure band members’ faces by serving as a collective mask, and develop an opponent for a boxer on the other side of the display. Play the video for yourself at www.donottouch.org.
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Internet Borked? The Amazing Jellybean Resets It All In The Right Order With One Button Press (Or Over Bluetooth)
A few years ago, I received a panicked phone call from a friend I hadn’t heard from in months. His Internet connection was on the fritz, and he had a huge project due the next morning. He’d called his ISP, and they were no help. As his only friend that, as he said, “knew computers and stuff”*, I was bound by International Homie Law to fix his crap.
“You’ve reset your modem, right?”
“Yeah, man — Comcast had me do that.”
“You reset your router, too, right?”
“Yeah. It’s still broken!”
“I’ll be over in a while.”
I arrive at his house a bit later, and have him point me toward his networking gear. It’s stuffed behind the TV in his living room, as it’s the only place in his apartment with a functioning coax cable coming out of the wall.
I ask him to reset his modem again. He reaches over and unplugs his modem. So far, so good.
I ask him to reset his router again. He reaches over and unplugs his roommate’s AppleTV.
Every geek has a story (or 10) like this one. The Amazing Jellybean, an ongoing Kickstarter project, wants to make them a little less common.
The Amazing Jellybean is, at its core, a power switch. But it’s a power switch with smarts.
You see, the modem/router reset dance is a bit more complicated than it probably should be. Unplug both. Wait 60 seconds. Plug in modem. Wait 60 seconds. Plug in router. Wait 60 seconds. That’s 180+ seconds! Nicholas Cage could have stolen your car like three times by then.
The Amazing Jellybean (a name which I am starting to feel ridiculous typing) handles all that with a single button push. Push the button, walk away. It’ll kill both the modem and the router, then bring them back online in the right order and with enough time in between for a proper boot sequence.
That alone makes it a pretty killer product to get for, say, your mom. Or your uncle. Or that one friend who has no idea how he keeps getting spyware from all of the totally legit sites he browses on his curiously sticky Dell. Cough.
But you, you don’t need this, right? You’re a titan of technology! You don’t nee no stinkin’ box rebooting your modem for you! Oh, did I mention it has Bluetooth connectivity so you can reset your broken connection without getting out of your chair to battle dust bunnies? Yeah, that’s what sold me on it, too.
Is it a more of a band-aid than a permanent solution to a bigger problem? Sure — but it’s a problem that has been lurkin’ around consumer grade networking gear for decades now. It’s probably not gonna disappear anytime soon.
As for why it’s shaped like a Jellybean? I have absolutely no idea.
Find the Kickstarter page here.
[* Pro tip: When a conversation starts with "Hey, you know computers and stuff, right?", the only correct answer is a straight-faced "What's a computer?"]
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The surprisingly small and light Jamstik is, basically, among the coolest things I ’ ve seen at CES Today. It is a MIDI guitar that is really a musical controller. By playing and plucking the strings you could play music making use of synthesized sounds and it acknowledges chords, notes, and nuances including bends and hammers.
“ The end effects is quick, precise and price effective to make, ” stated Chad Koehler, Zivix VP. The gadget connects to a PC or tablet and you can play it simply like a routine guitar. To increase the neck you merely put a button on the body to play higher notes.
“ Our goal is to provide a platform for making songs more meaningful, easily accessible and enjoyable for the masses. While the Jamstik is instantly appropriate with Garage Band and hundreds of various other core-midi applications, we are developing apps for training, interactive Tab and an enjoyable popular music re-mix experience, ” stated Koehler. The Jamstik utilizes IR sensors to see your fingers as you press the strings so you never ever need to tune the guitar and it can notify you before you tap the wrong notes. It ’ s an excellent teaching device and a fun mobile popular music maker.
We got the possibility to sit down with the Zivix group and discuss their creation. The plan is to gain suppliers right here at CES and introduce the item this summer season. While it ’ s not as “ guitar-like ” as the comparable GTar, it ’ s absolutely an outstanding addition to the world of musical devices.
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GET READY FOR SOMETHING AMAZING! AN AMAZING NEW PHYSICS PUZZLE GAME FROM THE CREATORS OF ANGRY BIRDS! Meet Amazing Alex! This whiz kid has a boundless imagination and a houseful of fun toys that can turn anything into an adventure! From cleaning up his room to battling cardboard robots in his backyard, Alex creates amazing chain reactions to get the job done with the maximum amount of fun! Now he has some challenges for you — and he wants to see the most creative solutions YOU can create! With 100 challenging levels across four fun-filled locations, there’s a whole world of creations to explore! The latest title from the Angry Birds developers “Amazing Alex” is now available to download on iPhone, iPad and Android amazing alex levels Amazing Alex now available on iOS and Android Rovio, the creators of the recently successful game series “Angry Birds” has launched another physics puzzle game Amazing Alex. Based on Casey’s Contraptions, the game revolves around Alex, a curious boy having interest in building things. There are around 100 levels in the game and 35 objects that can be utilized in order to finish the game. There are some similarities between the two games but Rovio’s innovations and brilliant puzzles makes the game amazing and involving. The game is a must for puzzle-genre video game lovers. Amazing Alex also allows players to design and publish their own levels. Overall the game is a good puzzle treat, something different from the trajectory of Angry Birds …
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As promised, Samsung unveiled its next generation Galaxy smartphone at company’s Mobile Unpacked event in London. Dubbed as Samsung Galaxy S III, the smartphone improves on the predecessor in many ways. First, you’ve got the addition of quad core processor, in the form of company’s own 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad. It also runs on Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’, but as expected it will feature Samsung’s custom Touchwiz user interface. Company revealed that the brand new version of Touchwiz offers added functionality, including S-Beam, Smart Stay and S Voice, plus a ‘pop-up video’ feature that allows you to view a video while doing other tasks. Smart Stay uses the smartphone front camera to identify when your eyes are looking at the display and keeps the display bright for optimal viewing. On the other hand, S Voice is like a Siri competitor and responds to voice commands. Lastly, S-Beam is an upgraded version Ice Cream Sandwich’s inbuilt Android Beam. It allows you to quickly transfer files between phones using the near field communication technology. “With the Galaxy S III, Samsung has maximized the consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “Designed to be both effortlessly smart and intuitively simple, the Galaxy S III has been created with our human needs and capabilities in mind. What makes me most proud is that it enables one of the most …
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