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Gesture-Based Eye-Tracking, Hand-Sensing Tech Coming but What of Standards?

January 22, 2013


Microsoft certainly popularized gesture-based computing with the Xbox Kinect but it seems one of the next areas where this sort of interface will have a big impact is in your automobile. Hyundai in fact unveiled a concept car recently which allows the driver to turn virtual knobs and choose from a menu using just their eyes.

Hyundai eye control technology



Hyundai virtual knob turning demonstration








Other areas are ripe for gesture control as well – Samsung is using the technology in its televisions and Leap Motion is using it to control PCs and laptops.

The logical question to ask as we enter this brave new world of gesture-based computing is what about standards?

7 Things The Atari Bankruptcy Teaches us

January 21, 2013



Research tells us a positive outlook is linked to a healthier life. With this in mind, Atari's bankruptcy has so many positive takeaways worth focusing on. Before we go any further, it may be worth informing you of an excellent article on this sad situation from contributing TMCnet writer Steve Anderson. One point I’ll make for those of you who may not be aware – Atari is one of the companies that got me into technology – I played the company’s Pong when I was a kid and instantly fell in love.

A Trip to the Corning Museum of Glass

January 21, 2013



Over the past five years or so, glass has evolved from being just a display for our technology to the interface itself. If you dismiss all prior and unsuccessful attempts where a stylus was used, the iPhone began this trend. Now the terms smartphone and tablet are virtually synonymous with a touch-based interface which relies on glass. Corning, the company behind Gorilla Glass proudly counts just about every company in tech as its customer and says it has its glass installed on over a billion devices including products from Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo and Sony.





Wearable Computing: Your Hand Becomes the Keyboard

January 19, 2013



There all sorts of companies working on glasses which they believe will either replace or augment the smartphone. Question is, exactly how do you type on such a device? The answer according to Google is to project a keyboard on your hand and to type on it using your other hand. This according to a recent patent application the search company filed which utilizes a laser.

Tactus: The Huge Smartphone Advance You Don't Know About

January 18, 2013

Ever hear of Tactus? The company develops an ultrathin membrane that sits over the display of any touchscreen device that is also essentially invisible when not in use. But should you abruptly desire the use of actual keyboard buttons beneath your fingertips, the Tactus membrane will suddenly spring into action on demand and magically create a raised and fully operable 3D set of keyboard buttons for you. Suddenly your touchscreen has an actual keyboard on it.

Miss America to Drive Fitness App Adoption

January 18, 2013

Remember yesterday when senior editor here at TMC Peter Bernstein said fitness apps would be a fad? Well he may be dead right but he may be surprised to learn that Miss America used a fitness app and social platform called Fitocracy to get in shape. I must admit Business Insider describes it far more effectively than I do when they call it “Top Bikini Shape.”

Although Peter could be right – part of his point was that downloading a fitness app is like joining a gym – it’s using the fitness app which becomes more challenging over time.

It's an App Eat App World

January 17, 2013

Peter Bernstein has a great analysis piece on how the Unilever/Slim-Fast empire is struggling in-part because the company was too slow to come out with an app as well as the fact that other competitors have expanded their offerings to match the company or even take the lead. Personal experience has shown that the majority of my friends and acquaintances are now using apps to track their fitness – running and/or eating via calorie counting.

It’s amazing to me that even a company which profits handsomely from items sold in grocery stores can lose share because it didn’t provide apps on smartphones. This is in contrast to Starbucks who I tweeted about earlier this week – they really think mobile and social are crucial to their future.

I Want Xbox IllumiRoom Now!

January 16, 2013

Microsoft really differentiated itself with Kinect and now it's touting IllumiRoomn as the next step in immersive gaming. The idea is images will be projected in your room beyond the display - allowing for the offline world to merge with the online. The company has showed similar demos before - at an ITEXPO some years back the company showed a video on the keynote stage of a desk where a screen was projected and interacted with items on the surface like a coffee cup.

The same technology was on display this past week at CES actually - just not from Redmond.



Is IllumiRoom a product we will see in the future or just a gimmick with a short shelf life? I am not sure.





How CBS Just Ruined the Integrity of CNET

January 15, 2013



Recently the editors at CNET were about to give the best of show award at CES to Dish Hopper. The trouble started when CBS alerted CNET to a legal conflict over this ad-skipping product which shows recorded programs on iPads. As you might imagine, bringing notoriety to a product which destroys the revenue of your parent company was seen as a suicidal move by CBS. On the flipside was the integrity of the journalists who believed this product was the best in show.

The problem was, even though this product had already won, the directive was given from above that it had to be disqualified from consideration.

A Larger iPhone - Apple Will HAVE to Listen Now

January 8, 2013

Sometimes I feel like a broken record MP3 player but when you know you are right and you are a student of history, you see the mistakes companies make before they do. On July 8th of 2010 I told you that larger Android devices would be a threat to Apple. The point was that Apple is repeating its mistake from the eighties where it had its own hardware competing against many manufacturers. At the time price/performance was the Achilles heel of Cupertino but now the challenge is not only price/performance but form factor.

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