“The Braille system has allowed blind people to read the written word since 1825. Unfortunately, Braille doesn’t translate well to the glossy smooth surfaces of modern touch screen tablets and phones. A new app thinks it can change that…
The new app was created by NMSU undergraduate Adam Duran, Stanford Assistant Professor Adrian Lew, and Stanford Doctoral candidate Sohan Dharmaraja as part of the Army High-Performance Computing Research Center’s (AHPCRC) annual two-month summer immersion course. It allows the blind to use tablets via the Braille eight-button keyboard but with an important twist.
Instead of requiring the user to find virtual buttons on a glass surface (how frickin’ impossible is that?), the individual keys orient themselves to the correct finger whenever the user touches the screen. “They’re customizable,” Dharmaraja said in a press release. “They can accommodate users whose fingers are small or large, those who type with fingers close together or far apart, even to allow a user to type on a tablet hanging around the neck with hands opposed as if playing a clarinet.””
“There’s been some unexpected discoveries in the details about Amazon’s four newest Kindles. I’ve tried to identify the 10 biggest surprises in the list below — starting with five bad surprises, and then five good.
1. There’s No 3G Web Browsing (except on Kindle Fire)
2. Power Adapters Not Included
3. One Miserable Keyboard
4. Your Personal Documents are now Stored at Amazon.com
5. Amazon Prime not Included
Now here’s five of the biggest good surprises about Amazon’s new upcoming Kindles…
1. Kindle Fire will have a NetFlix App!
2. The Kindle Fire Supports Flash
3. The Silk Browser is Incredibly Fast
4. One Special Offer Can Pay for the Cost of a Kindle
5. Amazon’s Selling Kindle Fire at a Loss”
“LaCie has always taken an understated approach to its lineup of boxy network storage devices, and the LaPlug is no different.
With this little guy sitting in your living room, you can wirelessly share and access data across your home network, while streaming USB drive-stored multimedia content to any UPnP/DLNA-certified devices, including the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or any compatible smartphones and tablets.
With a quartet of USB 2.0 ports, along with gigabit ethernet and WiFi b/g/n capabilities, the LaPlug also allows you to back up your files in a centralized and remotely accessible location.
You can grab one now for $75…”
In addition to the wrap-up of IDF 2011 by AnandTech posted earlier, here is another wrap-up from Engadget if you still have not had your fill of those wonderful little toys…
- We’re live at Intel Developer Forum 2011!
- Intel shows disaster management tech at IDF, casts fireballs
- Medfield-based Android phone shown at IDF 2011, future Android builds to be ‘optimized’ for Atom
- Intel demos Haswell-enabled, solar-powered computing at IDF 2011
- Intel shows off Medfield-based Android tablet at IDF 2011, we (briefly) go eyes-on (updated)
- Asus UX31 vs. UX21… fight! (video)
- Ultrabooks invade IDF 2011, Toshiba Portege Z830 makes cameo (video)
- Cedar Trail-based Classmate PC hands-on at IDF (video)
- Intel: Thunderbolt coming to PCs, prototype shown at IDF 2011 (update: video!)
- IDT’s power-saving Panel Self Refresh tech coming to laptops, Ultrabooks and tablets (video)
- This is what Intel’s Haswell microarchitecture looks like (video from IDF)
- Toshiba’s Portege Z830 climbs out of Dell’s Inspiron 600m at IDF 2011 (video)
- Thunderbolt accessories at IDF 2011: Belkin’s Express dock, Seagate drives and PCIe expansion cards (video)
- Intel reveals ‘Claremont’ Near Threshold Voltage Processor, other conceptual awesomeness at IDF (video)
- AMD Eyefinity eyes-on, prepare to fall for landscape goodness (video)
- Eyes-on with Thunderbolt on Windows at IDF 2011 (video)
- Opera Mobile on Android x86 at IDF 2011 (video)
- Lego’s augmented reality at IDF, eyes-on (video)
- RealVNC demos BIOS-based server at IDF 2011 (video)
- MSI demos X79 motherboards with PCI Express 3.0 and UEFI BIOS at IDF 2011 (video)