Researchers at the University of Berkeley are experimenting with a different kind of user interface that relies on ultrasound technology – something that’s typically used for medicine and submarines. Named after its sound wave sonar technology, the Chirp interface would free our hands and fingers from constantly touching our screens while using very low energy and requiring hardly any light for accuracy.
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The latest smartphone innovation is a flexible e-ink displace that is writable and bendable. In fact, physically bending the paper-thin phone allows you to control the device. The phone is capable of remembering and performing functions with the slightest warping of the flexible computer. Just a little flex and you can make a phone call.
Researchers at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have developed a new microbial fuel cell that harnesses the power of human pee to power mobile devices. The fuel cells contain bacteria that converts urine’s magical chemicals that bacteria can turn into electrons that then turn into tweets.
The Wall Street Journal was one of the first major newspapers to develop an iPad app, and for David Ho, the paper’s editor of mobile, tablets and emerging technology, it was the most intense professional challenge that he’s ever took on. But he emerged from the process with new insight on app development, which he shares with Mediabistro in the latest installment of So What Do You Do?
“The best technology is invisible. It doesn’t call attention to itself. It doesn’t get in the way of the experience. It just works… Not everyone agrees with this, but I also think people should have options. One of the reasons people like our app is that there are many ways to navigate and explore the news. There are distinct styles for reading news and a good app allows for that. But my number one rule for mobile and tablets is do not annoy.”