I really love Google Chrome - and more so now, a group of students from MIT Media Lab Fluid Interfaces Group have turned the Kinect motion controller into a tool for browsing the internet.
They have written an extension for Chrome called DepthJS - which allows you to use the internet with gestures. Interestingly, making a fist is used for selecting while a swatting motion is used for scrolling.
I've posted previously about this, but the rumors aren't dying... obviously there could be something happening, but until it does it stays in rumor land for now.
NVIDIA don't have a CPU, they only have dedicated GPU's/Tegra range - this puts them between a rock and a very, very hard place come next year when AMD launches their Fusion APU range. With the integrated graphics exploding like there's no tomorrow, it is paving the way for a completely different market than we're used to.
Mitsubishi Electric makes LCD screens for all sorts of gadgets from portable DVD players and TVs to phones and computer monitors among others. The company has announced a new LCD TFT panel that is 9-inches in size and has some nice specifications. Tag screen is set to ship on December 1 to OEMs and it should work very well for all sorts of uses.
The screen has a resolution of 960 x 540, which is exactly half of what the resolution for a full HD screen is. The aspect ratio for the little screen is 16:9 and it is aimed at mobile devices like TVs and DVD players among other things. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the thing has 170-degree viewing angles. The LCD is part number AA090AA01.
If one of the things on your holiday wish list is an iPad, you need to hop over to Evolyte. If you haven't heard of the site before, it's one of the deal sites along the lines of Woot. The company has a deal going right now that could save you as much as $100 off a 32GB iPad. The deal has some conditions though.
It appears that to get the deal the company needs to move enough of them. What you are doing is pre-ordering and the deal has to be "unlocked" before your card is charged and the iPad is ordered. After 50 of the 32GB WiFi iPads are sold, the deal is unlocked and each of them will ship at a $50 discount.
Home theater fans that have multiple 3D sources like cable boxes, Blu-ray players and game consoles might have the need for a converter box that can handle those multiple inputs and shoot them out to a projector. If you are one of these folks a new offering from Optoma called the 3D-XL will ship in December.
The product is called the 3D-XL and the thing is compatible with HDMI 1.4a inputs and supports multiple 3D devices. It can switch between 2D and 3D inputs and only works with DLP projectors. Those projectors don't have to be the Optoma brand, any DLP projector will work.
I have never felt the need to have the artificial sound of crickets, waves, or anything else to fall asleep or stay asleep. I really don't need any colored lights to sooth me into dream land either. I guess some folks need that sort of stuff though and if you are one of the Pure has a new audio device for you called the Twilight. The thing might actually be a pretty cool radio for a kids room.
The white dome on top of the radio hides a light that changes between several colors. The light can be white, blue, green, purple, red, or orange. It also has built-in lullabies for kids including 'twinkle, twinkle, little star' and 'rock-a-bye baby'. It also has a built-in FM receiver that will let you listen to your local stations and you can plug in an iPod or MP3 player via the aux input.
The latest happenings from around the web - November 26th, 2010
- Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H Motherboard @ Kitguru
- GIGABYTE P67A-UD7 "Sandy Bridge" Motherboard Unboxed and Previewed @ Futurelooks
- GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
- Palit GeForce GTS 450 Low Profile 1Gb GDDR5 Video Card @ Madshrimps
- ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU @ Ocaholic
- ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU OC Edition @ Overclockers Club
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic @ Techgage
If you are a serious geek that likes to show off your geekiness there are all manner of shirts and other clothing items that will do the deed. None of them will mark you as geek as much as the Syte shirt. This black t-shirt has a pocket in the front that you can cram your iPhone or iPod touch into.
The shirt will hold the device in either portrait or landscape modes. The clear pocket will allow you to show the people around you what you are watching, even if you can't see it yourself. I guess this shirt is sort of like the people that spend money to put screens in the headrests of two seat cars just so the people behind them can see what they are watching.
Hitachi along with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) - a public-sector body that promotes research of energy efficient technology, National University Corporation Tokyo Institute of Technology as well as Kyoto University have together developed a new hard drive data recording technology that has promised to increase data density 8-fold.
Together they have developed a new patterning tech for the magnetized bits that are laid on the platters - which are only 10nm in size. This new technology is made possible by using new materials, and also the use of a self-arranged phenomenon of polymer materials.
HP announced a few months ago that it has planned to move out of the area in the below picture, Apple have purchased the 98 acre area of land that will roughly double their current HQ in Cupertino.
The move helps Apple, as they're bigger than ever right now - they have hired an extra 12, 300 employees which raises their workforce to 46, 600 workers - many of them in Cupertino.