You’ve got to hand it to Huawei. Just a week out from Apple’s iPhone 6S launch, it’s revealed the Mate S, which has almost certainly stolen a bit of the Apple phone’s thunder by including its iOS rival’s expected lead feature.
Touch feedback has been advancing rapidly of recent time, and now we've gotten to the stage where ultrasound can be used to create entire 3D shapes to touch and feel in thin air.
Adobe has made a video with its vision for the future of its tablet-based graphic applications. Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere... it is really amazing, almost unbelievable—borderline magical, really. Check it out.
With tablets and trackpad-based laptops slowly taking over the world, using an actually old-fashioned mouse seems to be becoming a niche passion for an increasingly small but devoted few. Maybe the mouse should just die already, but I can't be only one who just can't give it up.
I was shocked at what I had just done, so I laughed out loud. I was there, in a house in the Swiss mountains, lying comfortably on a sofa. I was reading Canetti's Crowds and Power, a solid 400-page book. And then, as my eyes were approaching the end of yet another page, I swiped upwards.
Leap Motion's amazing-looking gesture control debuted last May, and it's had developers crawling all over it ever since. Now, the company is finally getting ready to sell it to you—and it'll only cost $80.
This is at once pretty cool and also very, really, incredibly silly and dumb. But that's not a bad thing! Here's Lenovo's Horizon desktop computer. It's half Minority Report, half newjack board game. Oh, and also a full Windows 8 all-in-one computer.
There's a hackneyed scientific description of what it means to touch things: your ass never actually "touches" a chair when you sit down, so it goes, but instead is repelled because of electrons that come up against each other. But is that really the case?
I want this: a thimble that turns everything it touches into a touch-sensitive screen, so you can use quick gestures to make things happen. Imagine going around the world, moving your finger like a magic wand, making things happen. You know, like Minority Report wave-in-the-air thimbles, but touch-based.
The mouse has endured as a simple, functional, uncomplicated gadget. Then, along comes this new mouse with no buttons—so is it even simpler and better, or just confusing and mysterious? This is the point at which mouse minimalism gets extreme.
Imagine if you picked up a ceramic teapot and it felt hairy, of if you ran your hand across a counter top and it felt like sandpaper. That's exactly the kind of thing researchers at the cutting edge of touch interfaces are trying to do, by changing the way everyday objects feel using a weak electric signal fed…
A coating of hairy electronic skin could soon help robots feel the slightest breath of air or detect the faint vibrations of a beating heart.
Robots aren't known for their gentle touch and thoughtful caress, but that could all be about to change. A team of engineers has developed a robotic finger that's capable of detecting textures—and it's more sensitive than a human hand.
Gesture control as we know it is rudimentary at best. But a new San Francisco startup called Leap Motion has just announced a new 3D motion control system that its claims is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market—and it's set to cost just $70.
This is Rechner, a new app for iOS. It's a calculator, but not an ordinary one. For one, it's prettier and much simpler. But, most importantly, it's fully gestural, designed for a touchscreen. According to its creators, it's 200% more efficient than a regular calculator.
If you loved the latest iCade controllers for iPhone and iPad, you are going to want to have sex with their new iCade 8-Bitty, a Nintendo-style gamepad controller with eight buttons.
Are you a New York Times reader who fancies a free e-reader? It's your lucky day: take out a Nook NYT subscription now and you get either a free Nook Simple Touch or a discounted Color.
My desk is boring. My walls are boring. My windows are boring. I need to liven them up by turning them into musical instruments that detect and recognise my touch. Fortunately, that's cheaper and easier than it sounds.
Hankering for some POV action shots of this winter's snowboarding exploits but can't swing a GoPro? No Problemo. Just strap your iPhone 4/S to your noggin with this.
Who doesn't love a good wireless mouse? Free from wires that tangle, it can soar across your desktop, free as a bird. We tested five of the best on the market, and while they were all good, there can be only one Bestmodo.