THIS WEEK IN GADGET - 5/11/11
iPad 3 Rumor and More
Google IO Offers Developers Ice Cream Sandwiches
The Google IO developer conference took place in San Francisco this week. Last year they introduced Google TV which didn't become quite the huge success they would have liked. This year they made a point to not introduce anything that might come back to haunt them. That list included a cloud-based music and movie service that unfortunately didn't have the deals with major publishers like Sony and Universal in place and a new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich which hopes to bridge the gap between Android smartphones and Android tablets. Here are some other gadget news items that caught our eye this week:
New Version of Win Phone 7 is Bing'ed-Out
Not to be outdone by Google IO, Microsoft will formally unveil some features of the upcoming new version of Windows Phone 7 on May 24th. The new features will include:
Bing Audio is similar to the app Shazam which will identify music when you play it into the microphone.
Bing Vision beefs up WP7 phones camera capabilities with things like better bar code and OCR functions
Turn-by-Turn navigation finally arrives on WP7 phones.
SMS Dictation will have its work cut out for it to best Google's speech recognition.
iPad 3 May Do 3D
Wouldn't it be cool if you could interact with a 3D screen on an iPad without having to wear special 3D glasses? There's a rumor floating around that we could see just that later this year or early next year. Supporting the rumors is word that there is a lot of 3D content being produced in Hollywood to play on a 3D tablet. Rumors also mention leaks from Apple manufacturing partner FoxConn. Couldn't you just imagine navigating through 3D maps or racing cars in 3D terrain? Sounds cool to us.
Samsung Shows Off
75-Inch LCD 3DTV Samsung raised the ante on 3DTVs with this giant 75-inch model called the D9500. It's going for $17,600 now in Korea but Samsung says the price in America should end up more like $13,000 around the August time frame. We wonder if pixels will start to become more noticeable at these sizes which might need 4K UHD resolutions to make sets this size look best.
Wearable Cat Ears
Respond to Brainwaves
A company called Neuroware is showing a pair of cat ears that can interpret brainwaves via an EEG biosensor and react accordingly. According to their site, ”neurowear” is the name of our project to develop fashion items and gadgets using brain waves and other biosensor with “Augumented Human Body” as the concept. Other than the first project “necomimi”, we are planning to development other various items."