touch

  • Sound Might Be The Key To Touching Objects In Virtual Reality

    Sound Might Be The Key To Touching Objects In Virtual Reality

    The key to a sense of touch in VR might be sound, ironically – a team working out of the University of Bristol in the UK (via New Scientist) have worked out an improved version of haptic tech that can use high-frequency sound emitters to mimic the effect of touching a physical object, without any physical object present. Read More

  • Apple Patents IR Tech For Detecting The Force Of Touch Input On iPads And iPhones

    Apple Patents IR Tech For Detecting The Force Of Touch Input On iPads And iPhones

    Your iPad can detect very fine touches thanks to the use of capacitive touch panels, but it still can’t do a great job of telling how hard you’re pressing (unless you hit the gadget hard enough to trigger the accelerometer). A new patent application by Apple spotted by AppleInsider today details a method for detecting force, using infrared transmitters. The tech involved is… Read More

  • Touch: Where Microsoft Went Wrong

    Touch: Where Microsoft Went Wrong

    Microsoft had a pretty bad week. The software giant announced disastrous earnings, which prompted its stock to tank more than 11 percent the next day. One reason for the bad quarter was the $900 million charge it took against “Surface RT” inventory adjustments, but even without this writedown, its quarter still would have been pretty bad. If the earnings show one thing, it’s… Read More

  • For Web Content Formatting, Apple Makes iPad Mini Indistinguishable From Regular iPad

    For Web Content Formatting, Apple Makes iPad Mini Indistinguishable From Regular iPad

    Apple made a big deal about the iPad mini providing an uncompromised iPad experience for users, and it’s standing by that by making it impossible for web developers to detect whether a web page is being read on an iPad or an iPad mini. Usually, devices provide a means with which developers can determine physical screen size, but the iPad mini looks exactly like the full-sized iPad to… Read More

  • Hands-On With The New iPod Touch

    Hands-On With The New iPod Touch

    Apple’s long-neglected iPod Touch just got a considerable upgrade with a new design, improved camera, and 4-inch Retina display. Not unlike the iPhone 5, the new model also supports iOS6 and has a 5-megapixel camera and A5 Dual-Core chip. Read More

  • Pressly Goes DIY: Will Turn Tumblr, WordPress & Twitter Into Touch-Friendly Websites

    Pressly Goes DIY: Will Turn Tumblr, WordPress & Twitter Into Touch-Friendly Websites

    Following its November debut, HTML5 publishing platform (and TechCrunch Disrupt finalist) Pressly, is preparing to launch its self-serve platform for bloggers. Planned to go live this spring, the platform will allow publishers of any kind – big or small –  to transform their WordPress sites, Tumblr blogs, Twitter updates and other social feeds into tablet and touch-friendly… Read More

  • iPod Touch Has a Vibrating Motor For Facetime Calls

    This just in: the new iPod Touch with front-facing camera (aka the iPhone Lite) has a built-in vibrating motor for notifications, including silent call notifications. Why is this important? Well, presumably the iPod Touch is now a Facetime phone and definitely needs new ways to interact with the user. I’m personally very excited. Read More

  • Like a candle in the wind, iPod Touch with camera appears and disappears on eBay

    And you thought Giz was the only game in town when it came to Apple dev units. Some folks on eBay posted two development iPod Touches with cameras placed at the center of the rear panel and running some odd variant of OS X. It’s not huge news – we knew the Touch was getting a camera eventually – but if you had designs on these things, think again. eBay just pulled… Read More

  • MyFord Touch Driver Connect Technology

    Ford announced today their move to upgrade their SYNC in-car communications system into MyFord Touch. This all-encompassing system integrates not only your cell phone or portable media device, but now your GPS, air conditioning, audio library, and much more. Multiple touch screens will replace the traditional dashboard of your car, and remember that mobile Wi-Fi hotspot we were talking… Read More

  • The secrets of the Apple Store iPod Touch

    OMWOW! Pocket-Lint has some red hot pix of the iPod Touch used in Apple Stores to enable on-the-spot check out. It’s a standard Touch with a barcode scanner and credit card reader but it replaces the old EasyPay systems from Microsoft they were using until now. Read More

  • This year's laptop and PC lines are touch-gasmic… but why?


    You may have seen a young man named Michael Arrington bemoaning the current state of touch technology on these very pages. While I tend to agree on the aggregate, I saw HP’s new touch line last week and came away impressed, at least in the quality of the interface HP built around the TouchSmart 300 and 600, 20 and 23-inch all-in-ones with touchscreens. Sony also dumped out some… Read More

  • IntuiLab lets you blow things up with your hands.

    New games are always a cause for excitement. Ubisoft’s R.U.S.E. is a highly anticipated RTS set to release early 2010. But even cooler is the fact that you can play it on one of IntuiLab’s large multi-touch tables, and kill things just by touching them. Read More

  • T-Mobile dances in with the Tap phone

    T-Mobile just announced a new touchscreen phone today, the “Tap”. The new phone looks to be part of the new generation of feature phones, which I suspect we’re going to be seeing a lot more of in the next year or two. The Tap has a 2 megapixel camera with video capture, a GPS, built in music player, and uses T-Mo’s 3G network. The phone will be available in two… Read More

  • Whitoken, a beautiful iPod Touch theme


    Huh. This is actually an iPod Touch theme for jailbroken iPods and it’s just about the coolest one I’ve ever seen. It looks like a bear to implement, though, and the creator is posting it tomorrow as far as I can tell and it apparently works with WinterBoard, the theme system for jailbroken iPods. Read More

  • Crazy scratch UI to create cheap, unpowered touch surfaces

    The same guys who brought you the bubble input have created a crazy scratch UI that allows you to scratch and tap almost any surface. By sensing the sound and the finding the peaks and valleys in the waveform the system can tell if you’re scratching a shape or tapping on the surface. Read More

  • DIY: An iPod touch/iPhone microphone and headphone breakout cable

    If you have ever wanted to plug in a pro-quality microphone and headphone to an iPhone or iPod touch, pay attention and read on. Read More

  • OMG! Space Ace for iPhone!

    Digital Leisure has just launched Space Ace for the iPhone/Touch. This game, for those of you too young to remember when games were groundbreaking and amazing and worth spending money on, used a laserdisc to display little cartoons that played when you tapped the buttons or controller correctly. Obviously this is about as intuitive as a do-it-yourself colostomy kit but dammit look at those… Read More

  • Space Ace for iPhone!

    Digital Leisure has just launched Space Ace for the iPhone/Touch. This game, for those of you too young to remember when games were groundbreaking and amazing and worth spending money on, used a laserdisc to display little cartoons that played when you tapped the buttons or controller correctly. Obviously this is about as intuitive as a do-it-yourself colostomy kit but dammit look at those… Read More

  • The seven steps to jailbreak your iPod touch 2G

    The Dev Team has released a seven step process to jailbreak the 2.2.1 iPod touch firmware. Sure, it’s not packaged up in a nice and pretty app, but the steps don’t look to hard. Just follow ‘em to the letter and hopefully – *fingers-crossed* – you will be able to run jailbroken apps. Read More

  • Defcon badge jailbreaks the iPod Touch

    MuscleNerd has posted a video showing how he jailbroke the iPod touch simply by connecting a micro controller – in this case a DefCon badge with some crazy chips in it – and sending eight characters to the iPod Touch during boot, thereby allowing the new firmware to be uploaded. Read More

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