Asus Working on Handwriting-Pad Add-on for Eee PC

While modders are busily adapting the Eee PC for touchscreen capability, it seems that Asus has been working on an official handwriting recognition add-on. Demoed at last weeks Computex show, the Asus pad accepts English and Chinese (traditional and simplified) characters and simply plugs into the Eee's USB port. It… » 6/11/08 9:00am 6/11/08 9:00am

Optio V20 from Pentax has 5x Zoom, Smile Recognition and Blink Detection

Six months after Pentax released the Optio V10, the japanese company has upped the stakes with the V20. The slimline point-and-shoot has upped the zoom from 3x to 5x, as well as increasing Digital SR mode to ISO 3200 and ISO 6400. With a nice, big 3-inch LCD screen on the back, smile recognition and blink detection,… » 5/19/08 3:00am 5/19/08 3:00am

AVIC-F High-End Navigation Systems from Pioneer Rocks Voice Control

Talking to your gadgets is the first sign of madness, but people who insist on doing it should look at Pioneer's AVIC-F systems. The three models, the AVIC-F700BT, AVIC-F900BT and the AVIC F90BT all have a type of voice control developed by Pioneer alongside VoiceBox Technologies, which filters out the "um" and "ah"… » 4/21/08 9:45am 4/21/08 9:45am

Tell Your Car What to Play, Read With Ford Sync

Ford Sync is a new system developed by Ford and Microsoft that aims to fully integrate your MP3 player, cell phone and car computer with a speech recognition system. You will be able to climb into your SUV and say, 'Play artist Cliff Richards', and the annoying old timer will start blaring out of your speakers. It can… » 7/30/07 5:17am 7/30/07 5:17am

Oki Japan Bring Iris Scanning to Existing Cellphones

Oki Japan has developed software that brings iris recognition security to existing cellphones. Before now, biometric security has meant either hugely expensive military systems or cheap, novelty peripherals. This new development is part of a growing number of practical and affordable solutions. The software can be… » 7/27/07 6:09am 7/27/07 6:09am

SpinVox Winds Your Voicemails into Text For Easy Reading

We had a brief chat with a SpinVox co-founder today and he told us all about this speech-to-text service. SpinVox, when integrated with a cellphone or landline provider, can take your voicemail messages and automatically transcribe them into text that gets sent to your email or your phone as a text message. » 3/15/07 9:00pm 3/15/07 9:00pm