While this is still in its infancy, being in the conceptual design stage, after viewing the video I must say I am totally impressed. Nokia has come up with something unique and innovative.
But this is because Apple and Google did them in. If both these juggernauts did not implement the iOS and Android mobile operating systems, we would still be stuck with boring and redundant phones by the Finnish maker.
With this in mind, I think Microsoft may have a heavy hand in this considering the innovation they just created with the Kinect. The concept phone is a whole touchscreen that covers the entire surface of the device.
They call this the Nokia Gem. It changes its appearance depending upon on the function chosen by the user. As you can see in the video, all spaces are occupied. That is what I call maximized! There are even virtual buttons on the sides of the concept phone.
This phone shows a lot of promise and I am very excited and looking forward when this will be manufactured and sold to the market for us consumers to enjoy.
Microsoft’s OmniTouch turns any surface into a touchscreen Yes. Any. According to the article at Digital Trends, a team of researchers working at Microsoft have developed a more focused, personal multi-touch device.
“With the combined effort of the Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute and Microsoft, researchers have developed wearable hardware that turns any surface into a usable workspace.
Similar in design to the Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360, the OmniTouch device uses a camera that senses short-range depth, a small pico projector and a 3D modeling system to understand where the user is touching.
The projector and the camera have to be calibrated to the user in order for the touch system to accurately match up to the user’s actions. The device can sense when a user’s hand if hovering over the surface as well as understand the depth when a user taps a button on the main surface.”
Wow! Once they release this technology to the public I would be utterly impressed. I already am impressed with their Kinect technology, seeing as how it is more amazing than that of Nintendo’s Wii technology. This one though, will surely bring to fruition what we see in sci-fi movies.
Still, what they have accomplished now is very much amazing. Imagine what the possibilities are once companies will adopt this technology.
Now this comes as a surprise. According to iClarified, ChevronWP7 Labs is an upcoming tool that will jailbreak any Windows Phone 7 device with Microsoft’s approval.
The service though will require a small fee – currently via PayPal – but this is to offset costs.
Unlike Microsoft, Apple has chosen not to embrace jailbreaking even though it has ‘borrowed’ many of its best features from jailbreak developers. In July of last year The Library of Congress ruled that jailbreaking your iPhone in order to install applications not approved by Apple and/or to unlock is legal.