This is Annie Clark. She’s only seven, and sadly she was born without hands. But that doesn’t seem to pose much of a problem for her, because she’s just won a national penmanship award. A handwriting award. Without hands. More »
Hunters 2 is a relatively new game for iPhone which corners a very specific (but hardcore) niche. It’s a turn-based tactical combat game where you tailor futuristic mercenaries with your choice of skills and gear of the course of several harrowing missions.
Of late, people working in specialized fields such as industrial design, architecture and the medical and dental industries have been going gaga over 3D printing, a process in which three-dimensional solid objects are produced on a special printer using materials such as molten polymers. However, this technology may be trumped by research on so-called self-sculpting sand.
Do you know where your coffee comes from, and how it gets to you? Sure, you may know your roaster, but do you know where it was grown, or how it was processed at origin? More »
When the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last year, it created more than 22 million tons of debris—the size of California, pretty much. Included in that debris was this ghost ship, a 150-foot long squid-fishing boat that’s just been found, a year after the tsunami, near the coast of Canada. More »
Seagate just shattered the record for storage density on hard drives by using a novel recording method to stuff 1 terabit into a square inch. That’s nearly twice the old record. Hard drives are about to get huge. More »
This isn’t the first time you’ve heard of EPOS or XTR, but it’s been quite some time since we’ve checked in with either of the outfits. So, imagine our surprise as we stumbled on new developments from each company as we perused the Texas Instruments booth at MWC. In the case of EPOS, we’re shown a stylus that, in addition to offering traditional physical touch input, also allows users to interact with a device via ultrasound. The system is built upon TI’s OMAP4 platform and requires that four microphones be placed at the corners of the screen. In this demonstration, we’re shown how users can manipulate objects on a 3D plane via the Z-axis by pulling the pen away from the display. Next, we’re shown a new application for the touchless gesturing system that XTR first debuted back in 2010. In this scenario, it’s demonstrated how tablet owners could use the front-facing camera (at merely QVGA resolution) to flip through pages of a cookbook without worry of getting ingredients on the device. The concept software was developed by a French outfit known as Stonetrip, and also allows users to zoom and pan through the pages. You’ll find demonstrations of each technology in a video after the break.
One piece of news from HTC's event at Mobile World Congress that has everyone excited is the word that the HSPA+ versions of the HTC One X will feature the NVIDIA 4-PLUS-1 architecture Tegra 3 CPU. The rest of the specs for the One X are impressive, you can't just ignore 32GB of internal storage and a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass HD display by any means, but the star of the show is the Tegra 3 brain of HTC's next flagship device.
HTC has long used Qualcomm processors in their handsets, in both Android and Windows versions. Many expected to see news about the S4 Snapdragon announced last October making it's way into a device,
and while we can't rule that out in 2012 we're going to have to wait for another day to see if it happens and the LTE version of the One X carries such a beast. Today's news, however, is just as good (if not better in many ways) as the Tegra 3 is one hot performer. With four high speed (1.5GHz for the version in the One X) CPU cores, 12 GeForce GPU cores, and a fifth low power companion CPU core the Tegra 3 chews through things like game graphics, HD video, and web browser rendering while being ultra power efficient at the same time thanks to the 4-PLUS-1 architecture design. The companion core sips power and controls things like background processes and UI rendering while the device isn't under heavy load, and the four high-power cores are ready to kick into gear when needed to provide the maximum user experience. Anyone with an ASUS Transformer Prime can tell you, NVIDIA has hit the mark with their System on Chip design.
What this means for the One X is power and performance that we've never seen before in a smartphone, combined with (hopefully) excellent battery life. HTC has taken a beating for less than stellar battery life, and while it may be deserved in some cases the fact remains that to do all the things we ask our phones to do is going to take a lot of juice. The more we expect, the more battery power it's going to take. With the Tegra 3, HTC aims to strike a balance between the performance customers want, and the time away from the charger that we need. It remains to be seen if they will fully succeed, but any improvement is a good thing and I like the direction HTC is heading. Using the best available technology to lengthen time between charges is a welcome idea and we can't wait to give it a try. The NVIDIA press release is after the break.
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