Concerns over battery life aside, the real reason your smartphone doesn't have a built-in projector yet is because it would add too much thickness to the device. And because shaving millimeters helps add to a smartphone's appeal, Texas Instruments might have finally found a way to convince handset makers to include a…
Over the past few years, pico projectors stuffed into smartphones and tablets have seemed like novel concepts with little real world application—yet. But the little projectors may finally evolve from novel to practical, especially with DLP's latest pico chip architecture breakthrough.
If you thought spelling out childish messages was the only fun you could have with a calculator, think again. Some incredibly talented hacker who goes by the handle Builderboy has written a Portal clone for Texas Instruments Ti-83 and Ti-84 graphing calculators.
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Archos Android tablets. Typically considered also-rans, but these things do have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and up to 250GB harddrives.
Did anyone ever use a graphing calculator to actually, like, calculate graphs? All I remember is playing Tetris and some Drugwars game. Kids these days have something crazier: Gossamer. It's a web browser for graphing calculators.
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A portrait of the team behind the Speak & Spell toy has come to light, via the good ship SexyPeople. Aren't they a handsome bunch? Many of us would've owned one, but did you know it launched at CES 1978?
Often when I reach for the keys in my pocket, I wonder why the hell we still use them. This dude is ahead of the curve though—he can open his doors by simply tapping his TI eZ430-Chronos watch.
Because of its super-compact size, DLP Pico projectors are ideal to cram into all kinds of gadgets. Texas Instruments is doing just that by applying it's new Pico WVGA resolution chipset into everything from cellphones to digital cameras.
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Guess which version is the second gen DLP Pico projector. (Hint: It's the smaller one on the right that's better in every way.)