Posts tagged smartphone

I’ve been enjoying this augmented reality driving app I came across a few days ago, called iOnRoad. The website describes it best:

iOnRoad improves driving in real-time using the power of advanced smartphones. The app uses the smartphone’s native camera and sensors to detect vehicles in front of the vehicle, alerting drivers when they are in danger. iOnRoad’s VisualRadar, maps objects in front of the driver in real time, calculating the user’s current speed using native sensors. As the vehicle approaches danger, an audio-visual warning pops up to warn the driver of a possible collision, allowing them to brake in time.

It’s great to see an augmented reality app which finally works well and is useful, after finding disappointing results with Layar which should be useful but just doesn’t seem to work well or have enough information to make it worthwhile. The only downside with the system is the worry that when the phone beeps to alert you of an upcoming collision, you turn to look at the phone instead of looking at the road!
If you’re on Android you can check out the free download here, with iPhone users having to wait for their version a while longer as the iPhone 4S is missing the “advanced power and multi-tasking capabilities of high-end Android handsets”, according to the company. Take that Apple fanboys!

I’ve been enjoying this augmented reality driving app I came across a few days ago, called iOnRoad. The website describes it best:

iOnRoad improves driving in real-time using the power of advanced smartphones. The app uses the smartphone’s native camera and sensors to detect vehicles in front of the vehicle, alerting drivers when they are in danger. iOnRoad’s VisualRadar, maps objects in front of the driver in real time, calculating the user’s current speed using native sensors. As the vehicle approaches danger, an audio-visual warning pops up to warn the driver of a possible collision, allowing them to brake in time.

It’s great to see an augmented reality app which finally works well and is useful, after finding disappointing results with Layar which should be useful but just doesn’t seem to work well or have enough information to make it worthwhile. The only downside with the system is the worry that when the phone beeps to alert you of an upcoming collision, you turn to look at the phone instead of looking at the road!

If you’re on Android you can check out the free download here, with iPhone users having to wait for their version a while longer as the iPhone 4S is missing the “advanced power and multi-tasking capabilities of high-end Android handsets”, according to the company. Take that Apple fanboys!

Samsung announces projector phone.
Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Beam smartphone at the Mobile World Congress, capable of projecting images up to 50 inches wide on any surface. The phone runs Android and measures 12.5mm thick and 4 inches wide. Pity it’s a couple of months too late, I had been predicting more devices like this to be released in 2011!

Meanwhile the first of the quad-core smartphones have been shown off. Huawei announced the Ascend D Quad range, which surprisingly didn’t feature the expected Tegra 3 chip from Nvidia. Instead the line features a new Huawei chip called the K3C2, and has a huge 4.5 inch, 720p screen.

Samsung announces projector phone.

Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Beam smartphone at the Mobile World Congress, capable of projecting images up to 50 inches wide on any surface. The phone runs Android and measures 12.5mm thick and 4 inches wide. Pity it’s a couple of months too late, I had been predicting more devices like this to be released in 2011!

Meanwhile the first of the quad-core smartphones have been shown off. Huawei announced the Ascend D Quad range, which surprisingly didn’t feature the expected Tegra 3 chip from Nvidia. Instead the line features a new Huawei chip called the K3C2, and has a huge 4.5 inch, 720p screen.

Nvidia plans dual-core smartphones 75% cheaper than iPhones.
The graphics chipmaker has announced it will push for a dual-core smart phone for under ¥1,000 RMB, (US$160). That would undercut the iPhone 4S significantly in China, where Apple sells it for ¥4988 RMB (US$790).
Nvidia is best known for it’s graphics cards for PC’s, but it has long features in tablets and now phones, with the acquisition of Icera (mobile modem chipset maker) last year.

"The ZTE Mimosa X is exciting for a few reasons," said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. "The Mimosa X marks the first time NVIDIA technology powers all the major processors in a single smartphone, and also the first time a premium mobile computing experience is coming to the mainstream smartphone market."

The Mimosa X promises all the usual media capabilities of newer mobiles, such as HD video and multitasking. It will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), feature a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) screen, rear 5 MP and front cameras, and 4 GB of storage expandable to 32 GB.

Nvidia plans dual-core smartphones 75% cheaper than iPhones.

The graphics chipmaker has announced it will push for a dual-core smart phone for under ¥1,000 RMB, (US$160). That would undercut the iPhone 4S significantly in China, where Apple sells it for ¥4988 RMB (US$790).

Nvidia is best known for it’s graphics cards for PC’s, but it has long features in tablets and now phones, with the acquisition of Icera (mobile modem chipset maker) last year.

"The ZTE Mimosa X is exciting for a few reasons," said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. "The Mimosa X marks the first time NVIDIA technology powers all the major processors in a single smartphone, and also the first time a premium mobile computing experience is coming to the mainstream smartphone market."

The Mimosa X promises all the usual media capabilities of newer mobiles, such as HD video and multitasking. It will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), feature a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) screen, rear 5 MP and front cameras, and 4 GB of storage expandable to 32 GB.

Eyes-free texting app developed.
Georgia Tech researchers have developed an app which allows people to text without looking at the screen. BrailleTouch uses the Braille writing system which would make it familiar for blind people to use, but the researchers hope it could be developed into a system for sighted people looking for an alternative text-entry method.

Early studies with visually impaired participants proficient in Braille typing have demonstrated that users can input at least six times the number of words per minute when compared to other research prototypes for eyes-free texting on a touch screen. Users reach up to 32 words per minute with 92 percent accuracy with the prototype app for the iPhone.

Eyes-free texting app developed.

Georgia Tech researchers have developed an app which allows people to text without looking at the screen. BrailleTouch uses the Braille writing system which would make it familiar for blind people to use, but the researchers hope it could be developed into a system for sighted people looking for an alternative text-entry method.

Early studies with visually impaired participants proficient in Braille typing have demonstrated that users can input at least six times the number of words per minute when compared to other research prototypes for eyes-free texting on a touch screen. Users reach up to 32 words per minute with 92 percent accuracy with the prototype app for the iPhone.

iPhone sales outpace births.
Apple sold 37 million iPhones in the December quarter, at an average rate of 4.6 per second. The current global birth rate is 4.2 per second.

While the United Nations predicts the birth rate will soon climb to five births a second - as the global population surpasses 7 billion - the rate of smartphones sales is likely to grow even faster.

I’d love to know the international death rate vs the rate of broken iPhones. Or how many babies are responsible for broken phones, I know my kid likes to throw technology in the toilet - RIP Nintendo DS :(
A report earlier this week also shows that the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth by the end of this year - read about that here.

iPhone sales outpace births.

Apple sold 37 million iPhones in the December quarter, at an average rate of 4.6 per second. The current global birth rate is 4.2 per second.

While the United Nations predicts the birth rate will soon climb to five births a second - as the global population surpasses 7 billion - the rate of smartphones sales is likely to grow even faster.

I’d love to know the international death rate vs the rate of broken iPhones. Or how many babies are responsible for broken phones, I know my kid likes to throw technology in the toilet - RIP Nintendo DS :(

A report earlier this week also shows that the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth by the end of this year - read about that here.

Sony Ericsson to become part of Sony.
I got a confusing email from Sony today to let me know that Sony Ericsson is becoming part of Sony. Not exactly clear what that means, but it is clear that Sony needs to cut back.
The latest financial report from the company shows a US$2 billion loss in the last quarter alone, and many are wondering if the Western launch of the PS Vita can make the big bucks for the company, in an era when dedicated portable gaming devices are losing ground to smartphones and tablets.
Meanwhile Sony Ericsson will be hoping the upcoming and very blocky-looking Xperia S will generate income. The specs are looking pretty good - 1.5GHz dual core processor, 720p front-facing camera for Skype, 4.3 inch ‘Reality Display’, and a promised upgrade to Android 4.0 later in the year. 

Sony Ericsson to become part of Sony.

I got a confusing email from Sony today to let me know that Sony Ericsson is becoming part of Sony. Not exactly clear what that means, but it is clear that Sony needs to cut back.

The latest financial report from the company shows a US$2 billion loss in the last quarter alone, and many are wondering if the Western launch of the PS Vita can make the big bucks for the company, in an era when dedicated portable gaming devices are losing ground to smartphones and tablets.

Meanwhile Sony Ericsson will be hoping the upcoming and very blocky-looking Xperia S will generate income. The specs are looking pretty good - 1.5GHz dual core processor, 720p front-facing camera for Skype, 4.3 inch ‘Reality Display’, and a promised upgrade to Android 4.0 later in the year. 

'App Economy' employs almost half a million people.
According to a study by Technet, app-related jobs account for around 466,000 jobs in the US, making $20 billion in annual revenue.
The study also showed that 44% of Americans own a smart phone, up from 18% only two years ago. 

'App Economy' employs almost half a million people.

According to a study by Technet, app-related jobs account for around 466,000 jobs in the US, making $20 billion in annual revenue.

The study also showed that 44% of Americans own a smart phone, up from 18% only two years ago. 

$2 add-on turns smart phone into an eye testing device.
Netra clips onto a smartphone camera, and allows users to run through an app to test for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
The device could prove very useful in developing nations, where people may struggle to get to a dedicated optometrist for an eye check. 

Uncorrected vision leads to a higher illiteracy rate, higher unemployment rates and other related challenges. For these areas, a low-cost device  such as the Netra can help solve this problem.

Check out this video for an explanation of how the device works.

$2 add-on turns smart phone into an eye testing device.

Netra clips onto a smartphone camera, and allows users to run through an app to test for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

The device could prove very useful in developing nations, where people may struggle to get to a dedicated optometrist for an eye check. 

Uncorrected vision leads to a higher illiteracy rate, higher unemployment rates and other related challenges. For these areas, a low-cost device  such as the Netra can help solve this problem.

Check out this video for an explanation of how the device works.

Waterproof iPhone details ‘leaked’.
Website TodaysiPhone has revealed details from a source ‘well-placed in one of the UK’s top independent phone retailers’, who claims that both the next generation of iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S devices will have a waterproof coating from company HzO.

The Liquipel coating covers both inside and outside the phones to make it water repellent, making them less susceptible to liquid/moisture damage.
He stated “both will have had liquipel treatment as they’ll be altering the wording on insurance.”

While the source was not revealed, the website claims the person was correct about the launch dates of both the white iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.
8 Bit Future covered a similar technology last month called Liquipel, check out that story here.

Waterproof iPhone details ‘leaked’.

Website TodaysiPhone has revealed details from a source ‘well-placed in one of the UK’s top independent phone retailers’, who claims that both the next generation of iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S devices will have a waterproof coating from company HzO.

The Liquipel coating covers both inside and outside the phones to make it water repellent, making them less susceptible to liquid/moisture damage.

He stated “both will have had liquipel treatment as they’ll be altering the wording on insurance.”

While the source was not revealed, the website claims the person was correct about the launch dates of both the white iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.

8 Bit Future covered a similar technology last month called Liquipel, check out that story here.

Experimental system uses smartphone network to make driving more efficient.
Researchers from MIT and Princeton University have demonstrated their ‘SignalGuru’ system, which uses a network of dashboard mounted, GPS and camera equipped smartphones to analyse the timing of traffic lights to allow a more efficient drive across town.
By having the smart phone mounted on the dashboard, the camera is able to analyse the timing of traffic light signals. This data is fed to a central server, which collates data from a network of phones, to get a picture of how all of the traffic lights in a city are operating - provided the network of users is large enough.
That data is fed back to each user, with details displayed on suggested timings or speeds to drive so that they don’t need to come to a stop at the next set of traffic lights. Coming to a stop and then accelerating again is a very inefficient way to drive, and by using this system, fuel consumption has been shown to reduce by up to 20 percent.
In future the system could also be expanded to pick up and compare other details, such as fuel prices across different gas stations, or availability of parking spaces.

Experimental system uses smartphone network to make driving more efficient.

Researchers from MIT and Princeton University have demonstrated their ‘SignalGuru’ system, which uses a network of dashboard mounted, GPS and camera equipped smartphones to analyse the timing of traffic lights to allow a more efficient drive across town.

By having the smart phone mounted on the dashboard, the camera is able to analyse the timing of traffic light signals. This data is fed to a central server, which collates data from a network of phones, to get a picture of how all of the traffic lights in a city are operating - provided the network of users is large enough.

That data is fed back to each user, with details displayed on suggested timings or speeds to drive so that they don’t need to come to a stop at the next set of traffic lights. Coming to a stop and then accelerating again is a very inefficient way to drive, and by using this system, fuel consumption has been shown to reduce by up to 20 percent.

In future the system could also be expanded to pick up and compare other details, such as fuel prices across different gas stations, or availability of parking spaces.