Came across this interesting infographic highlighting the history of smartphones along with a brief on what the future could probably hold for the smartphones. It seems pretty reasonable to assume the smartphone sales to exceed that of personal computers in the near future. But what is the next level of technological innovation that could happen with the smartphones? Could we be wearing them one day as a fashion accessory? Better, could we be implanting them to offer more seamless augmented reality? You never know. Check out the infographic below and tell in the comments what you think of the possibilities.
The second generation iPad that is speculated to launch next year may not feature something as revolutionary as this, but from what we see, a gesture based navigation system – like Kinect – could definitely be coming somewhere down the line. Earlier this month, a number of patents in the area of gesture-controlling were acquired by Apple that signalled that such a feature could be coming to iDevices somewhere down the line.
Now, Elliptic Labs, a Norway based company is learned to be demoing such a technology for the iPad at the Consumer Electronics Show scheduled for early next month. Now, it must be noted that Elliptic Labs is organizing this demo independently without any apparent partnership with Apple. However, considering that Apple has already expressed interest in the area, the demo will give us an idea of where the iPad is headed to in the future.
Here is a video preview of the technology developed by Elliptic Labs.
Viper, the popular manufacturer of remote start systems for automobiles has launched a new application that will bring remote car start, lock and unlock to Android handsets. It may be worth noting that a similar application was already made available for the iPhone back in October last year and was also made available for Blackberry early this year.
The application works in conjunction with a Viper SmartStart security hardware that needs to be installed on your car. The hardware comes at a price of $499. Additionally, users will also need to shell out an additional security service fee of $29.99 a year. The Android app itself is free and can be downloaded either from the Android marketplace or from the Viper website. Once done, the app can be used to remotely lock and unlock your car, start ignition, open trunk or even press the Panic button in case of any emergency.
Does this app and the price tag get you interested?
Thanks to the acceleration malfunction reported on Toyota, the US Congress has succeeded in pushing forward for a legislation that will make it mandatory for car manufacturers to equip their cars with a data event recorder – more commonly known as black box.
According to a report on the New York Times, Intel is working on an event recorder that will take note of basic telemetry like whether the seat belts were on, location using GPS, speed, etc. Also, Intel has expressed intent to incorporate video recording into the black box so that the last 30 seconds would be recorded. Intel says that this could come handy during accidents not just for police investigations, but also for insurance companies to make better judgement on the compensation.
The Intel black box for cars is likely to be more sophisticated than those used today on aircrafts. However, the company says that the company is focusing on reducing costs in order to retain the affordability of cars.