On touch devices web browsing is cool. But, when you have lots of links and buttons in a small area, it becomes hard to tap at the right place unless you zoom the page in. Opera labs have come up with this nice and simple idea which surely is a great usability booster when it comes to mobile web browsing.
Just imagine yourself working without a mouse. The mouse is an integral piece of hardware in regular computing. It celebrates its 40th anniversary today. There is a nice article on BBC about this and it has the video of first ever computer mouse demo by Doug Engelbart in 1968. definitely a must watch.
One of the most common and regular warnings that we get on our cellphone is “Low battery!”. If unfortunately, the charger is not with us then we tend to borrow it from somebody or search for a charging point. If we are even more unfortunate then we have to stay paralytic till we get it going as the phone dies.
Think of a way by which you could charge your cellphone by using energy from something you primarily use your cellphone for. You talk!!! Look at this: Talk-powered cell phones? Nanoscale piezoelectrics could make it real http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/35879
Here is a sort of demo of what I would say a dream… The multitouch support in Nokia N95.
Featured in The Museum of Modern Art “Design and The Elastic Mind” exhibition, the Morph concept device is a bridge between highly advanced technologies and their potential benefits to end-users. This device concept showcases some revolutionary leaps being explored by Nokia Research Center (NRC) in collaboration with the Cambridge Nanoscience Centre (United Kingdom) – nanoscale technologies that will potentially create a world of radically different devices that open up an entirely new spectrum of possibilities.
Morph concept technologies might create fantastic opportunities for mobile devices:
- Newly-enabled flexible and transparent materials blend more seamlessly with the way we live
- Devices become self-cleaning and self-preserving
- Transparent electronics offering an entirely new aesthetic dimension
- Built-in solar absorption might charge a device, whilst batteries become smaller, longer lasting and faster to charge
- Integrated sensors might allow us to learn more about the environment around us, empowering us to make better choices
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This might sound like a bit far from reality but, the point to note is that the combination of technologies used here are already with us. In his own words Petitinvention says, “This is what I wish the internet search will be able to do with a mobile device in the NEAR future. Touch screen, built in camera, scanner, WiFi, google map (hopefully google earth), google search, image search… all in one device. Like this way, when you can see a building through it, it gives you the image search result right on the spot.” I guess by now you have the tiny idea of what we are talking about. Just a picture to show what it is:
Follow the link to read along. Petitinvention – The Future of Internet Search
The much talked about Nokia Touch Screen UI was demonstrated in multiple places in the Mobile World Congress last week. Here is a video showing the demonstration.
This is certainly an interesting thing. The Indian telecom company Spice has come up with a ‘Blind Phone’ yes, it is a mobile phone for the blind.
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Ever wondered if you could become a spy without using any spying gadget? Skyestream has created an application that will let you do so. All you need is a Nokia S60 3rd edition phone and a mobile application called SkyeSpy.
What does it do?
- SkyeSpy is remote audio monitoring, detection and notification software for your S60v3 mobile device
(1) an intruder detection and alarm system for the home and office,
(2) a remote baby monitor,
(3) a remote car alarm monitor, or
(4) a spy device to listen-in on any environment without anyone knowing!
- SkyeSpy is installed on a mobile device that is used as the audio monitoring hardware
- The SkyeSpy device is placed in an area where the audio/sound is to be monitored e.g. near a baby, in the home/office etc
- SkyeSpy is ‘paired’ to ‘communicate’ with another mobile device or landline
- When SkyeSpy detects an audio instance, it alerts the paired device with an SMS, MMS or even a CALL!
Major motion picture studio Warner Bros, which was reported earlier this month to be mulling a deal with Apple to offer up its catalog for a new iTunes rental service, is now said to have inked a deal with the iTunes operator that will see its films available through the service at launch. Sounds amazing… I also wish this service can be extended for the mobile phones which support iTunes. The iPhone and iPods are an obvious count but there are other devices like the Razrs and the Rokrs from Motorola. It would be great to rent and watch movies on our personal lil’ gadgets. More