Apple iPad, A Step Forward to Innovate Computing

6 10 2012

Apple presents another magical and revolutionary technology gadget, the iPad. It is another step toward the innovation and reliability in fast computing. It looks like an e-reader, but it holds much more than that. It is everything that you can expect in your desktop.

Apple iPad is 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 inches in size with weight of 0.73 Kg which holds Wi-Fi connectivity and 3G network support. Multi-touch technology screen covers the 9.7 inches of display area with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution. It recognizes English (US & UK), French (Canadian, Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin) and Russian.  It is capable to display several languages on screen simultaneously. iPad comes with three different memory storage capacities i.e. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Accelerometer and ambient light sensor add the sensor technology of iPad.

It has built-in speakers and microphone, stereo headphone jack and SIM card tray for input/output. Here the SIM card tray comes only with Wi-Fi + 3G model. It battery is strong which is capable to be surfed up to 10 hours on the web. It is easy to charge either with USB or power adapter.

Apple iPade is a revolutionary featured gadget which comes with the following highlights of functionality:

  1. It helps you to store images in crisp view. It provides extra-ordinary quality features for the photo. You can view you images either in an album format or slides.
  2. You can upload images on you iPod directly from camera. It makes it easy to share pictures with friends.
  3. You can hold high quality videos on you iPod with high resolution. You can enjoy videos in big screen mode.
  4. You can easily navigate from one option to another and scroll the pages using the multi-touch and swap technology of Apple iPad. It makes you experience the fast computing.
  5. You can surf internet or any web application. It lets you see single web page at a time but holds the great quality sharp images. You really enjoy working with it. iPad really made the web surfing easier and intuitive.
  6. Apple iPad enables you to send email with attachments. You can split screen in two parts to see the email message and inbox at a time. It makes you enjoy typing emails like never before.
  7. You can enjoy and download videos from YouTube. You just need to tap the video you want to see and it will open for you in full screen mode.
  8. You can store iTunes, music, TV shows, movies and many more using the iPad store. It is more than fun with iPad.
  9. You can store or download any application of your need from the application store of iPad. It is easy with iPad that is already running almost 140,000 applications.
  10. You can customize your home-screen with any setting you want it to be.
  11. You can search anything using the Spotlight Search option across your iPad.
  12. Moreover it supports the features of notes, contact book, maps, calendar, reading online books and many more you want to have in your computer.

iPad is thin and light weighted to carry. It’s really amazing to have so many things in a small handheld gadget. It can perform far better than any tablet computer. Apple has announced this awesome looking smart gadget in $499 which is really compatible with its high featured technology.





Skiff Reader, The Thinnest eReader with Bigger Screen

21 07 2012

Skiff Reader was elaborated at CES with pageant and gained a lot of appreciation. People like this e-reader for its innovative features and smart look. It is good to feel it in hands as it is light weighted, solid but flexible. Users will find it useful for reading newspaper and magazines for its bigger size display area. It holds sharp and crisp resolution. Let’s have a look on its technical specifications.

The new Skiff Reader carries the size of 9 x 11 x 0.268 inches with weight of 498 grams. Touch sensitive screen is 11.5 inches wide which can show up to 1200 x 1600 pixels (174 pixels per inch) of resolution. It is made of rugged metal-foil e-paper and silicon TFT with a flexible stainless steel material. So it is crack-proof and can not be shattered if you turn it. It is using Marvell CPU with 4GB internal memory and external memory supports SDHC 2.0 standard compliant SD card slot. Built-in speakers let you hear sound for which it holds 3.5 mm standard audio jack. It works under 3G network and supports the wireless connectivity of USB 2.0 via standard USB port and Wi-Fi. Battery holds the charging life of one week which enables you to turn thousands of pages to turn. It takes 2-3 hours to recharge.

Skiff Reader is the first thinnest e-reader with bigger screen which is easy-to-use. Some innovative features include the following:

  1. Skiff Reader offers highest resolution of display screen that make the images view and text reading easier and immersive.
  2. It holds extra battery recharge life of one week. You can enjoy reading books and pages with extra ordinary battery time.
  3. Skiff Reader comes with largest display which allows you view the big reading area.
  4. This is big in size but remarkably thin, light weight and portable. You can hold it easily and carry it with you anywhere you want.
  5. You can also turn it as it is flexible. It will not be broken, cracked or shattered if you put pressure on it. Its material holds stainless steel which makes it durable.
  6. Skiff Reader supports fully touch responsive technology. You can quickly select the contents, zoom in, navigate or turn the pages on a single swipe of finger.

Skiff Company has not yet defined the releasing date or price of this smart e-reader. But it earned good hold and response before the launching. The technology fans will surely make it favorite for e-reading.





Snackbot, A Robot to Serve Snacks

22 04 2012

Paul Rybski from Carnegie Mellon University, with the team of his students has succeeded to design a robot with laser navigation system, sonar sensor and stereo camera eyes named Snackbot. This awesome and marvelous machine is a robot that serves snacks.

CMU team has specially designed this robot for their university where it is working. Students don’t have to go away to get a snack. It is like a vending machine that works on wheels but actually more than that. The main purpose of this robot is to serve the research platform that is formatted to study the long-term interaction of human and robots. It also serves to be more helpful to the human. CMU team completed this project in two years of working and research with cost of $20,000.

Initially Snackbot accepts orders form a website or IM service which is programmed in it. Snackbot was seen by New York Times delivering snack, they reported the robot saying “Hello, I am the Snackbot, I have come to deliver snacks to Ian. Is Ian here?”

Snackbot is designed to work in institutes, offices and same kind of areas to function. It will assist for research of robust autonomous operations. The highlights of this research include to analyzing if the robot navigates through the congested areas, recognize and detect people and learn to recognize the objects autonomously. It’s an amazing and marvelous invention that can be used in several different purposes. I hope CMU team will soon define those purpose for their Snackbot.





Skinput Transforms Your Body into Touch Device

26 02 2012

Coordination of Carnegie Mellon and Microsoft represented an amazing technology in form of their concept product, the Skinput. Skinput is designed to target a touch responsive input interface on your own body. It seems like we see in movie or read in detective stories but it is going to be a truth now.

Skinput is a device that turns your body part (hands and arms) in a touch interface for a gadget like mobile. It uses a band with pico-projector around your arm to create a sophisticated sensor on your arm. Pico-projector technology is used to build mobile phone project buttons on your skin. Projector with array of sensors collect signals to detect which area of skin is tapped and which part of touch-display to activate accordingly. Once your arm-band has worked, you can operate your mobile direct from your body. All signals are sent through Bluetooth for the mobile. It generates sounds when you tap on your touch-display skin just like it makes in your mobile.

It looks like a tattoo art on your body but works much more different way. You can play songs, operate menu or any application of your mobile or even dial a number right from touching your skin. But Skinput is made to work only on hands and rams, and no where else on body. It is really an unusual form of technology to navigate menus on your mobile device. It is a conceptual product yet. I can’t help to explain more unless you see the video to see the technology in action.





HP Window 7 Slate

15 01 2012

HP introduced a multi-purpose handheld gadget that is not only an ebook reader, but also a movie player and a fantastic mini computing system. It is called HP Slate. HP called it “the future of media consumption” at CES 2010 event.

HP Slate does not only hold multi-touch technology but also the swap technology that makes it favorite to users. You can either touch or swap the screen to switch quickly between menus. Moreover it has buttons on its sides and audio jack. It is running the Windows 7 and NYT applications. It can play music and videos with great quality and also entertains you with different game applications when you don’t want to do anything else.

Complete specification detail is not yet explained to know this gadget completely. It is expected to be launched till the end of 2010. An estimated price is around $1,500 but HP has not confirmed it. I hope HP Slate is not a rumor gadget just to quench the thirst of users with enthusiasm for latest technology news.





Parrot AR Drone iPhone Controlled Helicopter

10 01 2012

Still iPhone is top discussed gadget and included more technologies with it. When you are not controlling your TV, car or stereo with your iPhone, you can use it as a game controller. The company Parrot hit with the idea to design a toy helicopter controlled by iPhone, the Parrot AR Drone iPhone Controlled Helicopter.

AR Drone really dragged the dream games to a reality. This great device has been the prior attention of the visitors at CES 2010. This quadricopter is a toy for big boys and is unique in itself. It carries a lot of technologies in it which can be revealed from the video below. This flying vehicle is controlled over Wi-Fi connectivity via iPhone where iPhone keeps an application specially loaded for AR Drone Helicopter. This application allows the users to control the aircraft simply by giving directions from iPhone gadget. Player can either rotate or slant the helicopter and move it to fly wherever they want.

The AR Drone helicopter comes with two mounted cameras. One is on the front and the other is underneath the helicopter. These cameras beam images back to the iPhone which helps the player to see where the helicopter is flying. Player can see their helicopter flying even if it is behind the wall or on the other place away from their site.

Parrot AR Drone is really an argumented reality game for big boys. It includes a couple of AR games together. Parrot has not yet announced the launching date and final price for AR Drone Helicopter. It can be announced anytime mid or later in 2010. I am also anxious to know when AR Drone gets ready to be available. It’s really a fun along with the latest technology.





Hands-Free Accessory by WristOffice

2 08 2010

Hands-free is a very common accessory for mobile phones then how iPhone can miss it. Apple got a third party solution to tackle the death grip issue with holding the iPhone in traditional way and WristOffice played role in it. It’s really cool as compared to old traditional hands-free devices for mobiles.

This is about the hands-free accessory from WristOffice that has designed hands-free accessory for iPhone 4. WristOffice claims that the users will not face losing the signals from antenna as they hold the iPhone. This accessory is like a wrist-band that holds the iPhone in it.

Though personally I did not like much this accessory but it may attract the users only for it is an iPhone 4 accessory which is the latest mobile of Apple. On the other hand, it may also interest the users who want the antenna signals issues solved; they may adopt this hands-free accessory. It is not only used with iPhones but most of the other mobiles, too. Price of this accessory is not yet known.