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Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 9 interface spotted?

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

This could be the interface of the upcoming Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).It could be since Microsoft is having a beta launch event in San Francisco on September 15. So it could be the real deal. The screen shot seen shows a navigation bar with less controls, though you will still have a back button and a URL/ search box at the top.

Whatever is going on, IE9 is on its way, and the final release could get some users back in Microsoft’s camp, which is great news for them since they have lost so many.

Nexus One interface on Video

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2009

What have we here? A 5-minute video of the Nexus One’s UI has surfaced on YouTube and it has detailed looks at plenty of the features. The most interesting things are the enhanced graphical features and animated menus and the speed.

Judging by the video, there is almost no lag at all. 2010 is looking very promising for the Android platform. It just might be Android’s year if what we’ve seen so far is any indication.

Microsoft Courier interface details

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2009

Microsoft Courier interface detailsA new set of documents leaked to Gizmodo show off the Courier‘s user interface, which uses everything from multitouch gestures to pen-based handwriting. Looks like the core of the interface is the Smart Agenda, which pulls all your content together like calendar entries, emails, etc in one starting place, described as “Cliff Notes” to the Pagestream “novel.”

The journal looks like it’s searchable in many ways, by time, location, and tags, and it’s all accessed by a multi-button pen. It also features a camera and there’s mention of “books and subscriptions,” so you may be able to use the Courier as an ebook reader as well. None of this is official, but man does it look sweet.

New Microsoft Courier video shows tablet interface details

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2009

New Microsoft Courier video shows tablet interface detailsMicrosoft’s Courier tablet took us all by surprise. Now an internal video has surfaced showing how Microsoft thinks we’ll use Courier, giving us an overview of the interface and more of Courier’s features. At the core of the Courier is the “infinite journal”, a journal/scrapbook that is endless, presumably bound only by storage. The journal can be published online, and it’s able to be downloaded in three formats: a Courier file, Powerpoint or PDF. There’s also a library where things like subscriptions, notebooks and apps, are stored.

It also shows some more traditional elements like a smart agenda, more defined folder system, universal search and multi-page web browsing. Nothing about viewing content, like watching movies, reading books etc. It looks like Courier is all about creating and writing with a pen, which is not what we are used to, especially when you think about the Apple tablet.

Moxia Sphere interface

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

Moxia Sphere interfaceThe Moxia sphere is a folding multitouch display with an always-on internet connection and gyroscopic elements that can also be used folded flat. It will be able to display the world, browse web pages or control interactive games. All in a device about the size of an apple.

The device can be recharged by opening one of the petals and can also display an interactive world map like Google Earth. It sounds very promising, but will likely be a while in coming.

LG Arena KM900 gets official

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2009

LG Arena KM900 gets officialFinally, after all of it’s teasing, LG has officially announced it will launch the LG Arena KM900 flagship at MWC 09 in Barcelona. They also announced some new features, while confirming Wi-Fi and A-GPS capability. The LG Arena will also support 7.2 MBps HSDPA data throughput.

It will come with “Dolby and Divx technologies… and feature audio and video technologies never before seen on a mobile phone”. The real interesting thing is their new 3D S-Class user interface: A cube-based layout that will give you four customizable home screens for direct access to all features on intuitive, touch-based 3D menus.

World’s first external Blu-ray drive with quad interface

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2008

World’s first external Blu-ray drive with quad interfaceOther World Computing (OWC) has rolled out this world’s first external Blu-ray drive that features a Quad Interface. The drive connects to your PC or laptop through four different interfaces: FireWire 400, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and eSATA. This external drive comes in two variations: The Mercury Pro SW-5583 that reads/writes Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-RAM and CD-R/RW and the Mercury Pro SW-5583T that comes bundled with a full retail version of Roxio Toast 9 Titanium (Mac OS X). The Mercury Pro SW-5583 retails for $499.99, while the Mercury Pro SW-5583T is priced at $579.99.


Nerd Hellraiser brain-computer interface

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2008

Nerd Hellraiser brain-computer interface
Some German scientists with a love of bad horror movies and some time on their hands, have come up with the nerdiest brain-computer interface yet. It’s from the Technical University of Braunschweig.

No placing electrodes on your head with this one. This one is all about wearing a large metal helmet full of sensors, that can detect your brain activity through your hair. They claim that the system is good enough to control an RC car and they’re hoping to use it in wheelchairs and prosthetics. Check out a video below.

Nokia’s flexible cellphone rolls up, stretches

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2008

Nokia’s flexible cellphone
Nokia’s new Morph concept phone is a futuristic beauty. The idea is that it would use nanotechnology to give it a flexible body with a transparent display. It would feature the ability to re-shape itself to the user’s needs, which is a quantum leap away from today’s solid and chunky phones.

The electronics inside would be transparent and flexible as well, so that the whole phone could be twisted and stretched into bracelet shapes or even a tablet. Thanks to nanotech, it would even clean itself. It was developed with some help from Cambridge University, and can be seen at the MoMA in New York. One day even this will seem obsolete, but for now, it’s the future. The future looks awesome.

Zen PC concept: Be one with the PC

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2008

Zen PC Concept
Zen is all about being calm with your surroundings, grasshopper. When you look at your PC, do you feel stressed? Of course you do, work, work, work. They call this the sandbox PC, and it should help to alleviate such things and put you in a calm state of mind. Users can use it without even looking at it, because it operates using an active surface which changes texture depending on the area or function you choose.

This would be particularly good for the blind or visually impaired. We are used to visual inputs, they are not. It’s quite a learning curve for those of us with sight, but I don’t think we will be seeing it anytime soon anyway. I hope I’m wrong however, because this would be great for a great tool for those who can not see.

Nokia Scentsory concept phone is multi-sensory

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2008

Nokia Scentsory concept phoneThis concept phone by Nokia is being called the Scentsory and it’s a fascinating device. It uses the human senses of sight, sound, touch and even smell for a multi-sensory experience. If this concept ever sees the light of day, it could revolutionize remote communication and interfacing. The dual-screen mobile has an LED touchpad, speakers, a camera and temperature sensors.

It has the basic audiovisual features, but Scentsory could also detect, transmit and emit smells, as well as radiate colors, lighting, and temperature from the caller’s environment. It has a sort of electronic nose that works with highly sophisticated sensors. The nose samples the odor of the caller’s environment and transmits this to the recipient electronically. Apparently this works due to distinct genetic patterns that are associated with every odor, and it’s simply a matter of matching electrical harmonics with gene activity. The perception of a smell by electrical stimulation could be technologically induced.