Sound Waves Produce Touch Feedback – Without Touching

We all watch futuristic technological innovations in movies. Things like holographic computer displays that appear in mid-air on command without using any physical devices such as a projectors. That’s right, I am talking about Iron-man, the tech freak hero who uses his hands to interact with the ultra-modern futuristic interface just like we interact with touchscreens these days. It is Ultrahaptics – using sound waves to create the sensation of touch when no touch is actually present.

Using an ultrahaptic device, ultrasound transducers create sound waves at a high frequency. These waves create isolated changes in air pressure that imitate the sensation of touch.

A demonstration was given at the University of Bristol, showing how the system works with a display that projects the sound waves. The user interacts with items on the display by using his hands several feet above it, but he feels as if he is actually touching the display as vibrations reach the fingertips. By changing that frequency vibration, the team discovered that they can create different sensations; you can feel the texture of air and even raised areas and edges.

Top 10 Touch Phones from Future

People who are obsessed with their cell phones must brace themselves for the uber-excitement that future holds for them. The iPhones, Androids and 4Gs as you see in their current forms, will seem too outdated when the superb futuristic ingenuity of the designers will transform into real products. Here’s a list of par excellence concept phones sporting awe-inspiring designs and the statement, which might leave you no more fascinated with your current phone.

10. The Ring Phone Concept by Tao Ma


Tao Ma is the master of unique idea and so only he could have thought of this exceptional Ring Phone concept. It’s the Sony Ericsson Ring Phone which also won the SE design competition in 2004, so you might see it becoming a reality pretty soon.

9. Dazzling Bracelet Phone by Tao Ma

A fashionista could go crazy over this trendy metal bracelet, which is in fact an ultra-sleek cell phone. Designed in handcuff style, the techno bracelet shines like a diamond and also incorporates a MP3 player.

 

8. The Benq-Siemens Snaked


The Benq designers have created this sexy snake style bracelet phone, which looks simply irresistible. The Snaked has been designed for sporty women, so also includes body monitoring sensors to help women gauge their fitness regime.

7. The CiSi concept phone

The CiSi concept phone could be seen as the most stylish eco-friendly phone with all cutting-edge features. The futuristic phone boasts of beautiful wooden finish, 4 backlit main keys and the Grave UI, which is a custom interface for Android OS. The extremely thin casing is commendable.

Top 10 iPod Cases

The iPod has changed the way we all listen to music and with more than 300 million iPods sold all over the world, the iPod speaks volumes of Apple whose ‘revolutionary’ products are paving way for it to becoming ‘the’ biggest company in history. Coming back to iPod, here are the ten best-looking cases to protect your precious little iPod.

No 10. Emerge 032 – iPod Touch (4th Gen)

Price: $24.99

Available in Blacktop, Paparazzi Pink and Fountain Blue colors, this case features textured surface pattern with raised “pebbles” making it easy to grip your iPod. It comes with one-year limited warranty.

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No 9. Survivor – iPod touch (4th Gen)

Price: $39.99

This case from Griffin is touted as the most protective case the company has ever built. For the sake of more details, it has been tested and certified for “US Department of Defense Standard 810F and UK Department of Defense Standard 00-35.” It is pretty durable in protecting your iPod touch from extreme conditions such as dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration and a host of other environmental factors.

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No 8. Courier Clip – iPod nano (6th Gen)

Price: $24.99

This tough little silicone case for your iPod nano comes with a built-in metal carabiner, ready to clip onto your belt, backpack, handlebars, hatband, tentpole or even your climbing rig. It is quick and offers secure attachment to clothing or equipment.

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No 7. Ergonomic Hard Case – iPod Touch (4th Gen)

Price: $29.99

This case from Built is available in Fireball, Raspberry, Graphite Grid, White, and Rain Drop Mini colors. It is made of ultra-lightweight polycarbonate, the primary material in bullet-resistant glasses and features rigid molded back and double-reinforced corners to protect your iPod from shocks and impacts.

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Top 10 Games for iPhone 4

If you have finally upgraded from your old iPhone to the most recent generation of iPhone; the iPhone 4, then here are some games to spice up your digital life a bit more. Presenting a list of the top 10 games for iPhone 4.

No 10. Angry Birds

Angry Birds is incredibly addicting, loaded with personality, and is a tremendous value. This is a funny little puzzler about flightless birds that attack egg-stealing pigs via a slingshot. Angry Birds is pretty much similar to Crush the Castle but is really one step ahead of it in terms of fun.

Cost: $1.99

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_RJZ0nGcng[/youtube]

No 9. Dark Nebula – Episode 2

The original Dark Nebula featured a ball that you steered through 10 levels that varied widely with all sorts of different obstacles including spikes, lasers and switches that needed to be tripped. Episode 2 sports nearly twice as many levels across a variety of environments along with a new combat system that allows for boss fights. This is one of those games that uses the tilt controls perfectly and is really hard to put down.

Cost: $1.99

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oTR_MO4k1Y[/youtube]

Top 10 Best Cydia Tweaks & Mods

With Jailbreaking declared legal, it is raining apps and mods for the iPhone. There are currently tons of powerful apps and tweaks available in Cydia store for jailbroken devices that let you customize anything from the springboard to the lockscreen. So, today we have compiled a list of the 10 best tweaks and mods available in the Cydia store for iPhone.

No 10. iControl

Available for a rather high price of $4.99, this app can really squeeze the maximum out of your battery. Don’t get me wrong, this actually, automatically manages the usage of your WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, and 2G radios on your iPhone to maximize the battery life of your iPhone. It also works when your device is locked and allows you to designate apps that it should kill after you lock your phone.

No 9. Resupported4

If you ever wanted to play your iPhone videos on your big TV, then your wish has been granted. Although, you could earlier pay 50 bucks and do it, but this app will let you do the same at $4.99. It allows video-out with the use of almost any unsupported AV cable.  It adds video playback support to third-party applications, such as Hulu+, IMDB, VEVO, and more!

You can also try the app with a 10-day free trial.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpUB4EYjfV4[/youtube]

Top 10 Android Phones

Since its initial release in 2008, Google’s Android has taken the cell phone market by storm. According to NDP Group, Android based smartphones ranked 1st in sales in the 2nd quarter of 2010. Android OS, currently, has a share of 33% of the market. Today, we have rounded up the best android cellphones in the market.

No 10. T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide

Release date June 2010
Android version 2.1 Éclair
CPU 600 MHz
Memory 512 MB RAM and ROM
Display 320 x 480 pixels

This is probably the best Android device by T-Mobile yet. It has a multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display and features a 5.0 megapixel camera. It weighs 164.4 grams.

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No 9. Motorola Droid

Release date November 2009
Android version 2.0
CPU 550 MHz
Memory 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM
Display 480 x 854 pixels

When the original Droid came out it was one of the best phones featuring android and still is quite a decent performer. It now features android 2.2 froyo with the September 2010 update.

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Top 10 TED Talks

TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event to bring forth “ideas worth spreading”. TED is actually a global set of conferences run by American private non-profit Sapling Foundation. Speakers are given 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most efficient way they can. List of people who have appeared at TED include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates and many Nobel Prize winners. Since 2005, TED also gives out prize money to its winners to help them in realizing their ideas for the good of the world. TED’s earlier emphasis was on technology and design, so the name “Technology Entertainment and Design”. Now, TED addresses an ever increasing wide range of topics. Today, we present to you some of the best ideas unveiled at TED.

No 10. The quirky world of “manspaces”

Designer and writer Sam Martin shares photos of a quirky world hobby that’s trending with the XY set: the “manspace.” He used to share his son’s bedroom where half of it was the bedroom and half of it was Sam’s writing place. Then he decided to do something that would give him some place to relax and write without any worries. More in the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7oT1gXo5eA[/youtube]

No 9. Medical Miracle on Everest

Ken Kamler talks about one climber who was declared dead when he among other fellow climbers was hit with a ferocious storm on the world’s peak. Ken Kamler is a surgeon and he addresses the case of this “dead” guy, who survived the storm against all odds.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSidnKdH5_4[/youtube]

Top 10 iPhone First Person Games

Continuing our extensive coverage of the iPhone and its apps and games, today we have rounded up the 10 best first person games available on the iPhone.

No 10. Duke Nukem 3D

For those waiting for Duke Nukem Forever, this might be good thing to do; play Duke Nukem 3D on your iPhone. This game is a complete port of the PC origina,l so playing it might seem a familiar experience. Nevertheless, the game is entertaining and true to its character and offers good and engaging gameplay on the iPhone.

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No 9. Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front

You attempt to find out what happened to your brother in this shooter. It has a good multiplayer component too to complement its great graphics and gameplay.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m04b9raz77U[/youtube]

Top 10 Gadgets for your iPhone 4

With a gazillion iPhone gadgets out there it can be pretty tough if you wan’t to choose a few among them. So, today we have hand picked a number of iPhone 4 gadgets for your convenience. Please be noted that this list is in no particular order.

No 10. Vestalife Ladybug II Speakers

Price: $54.99 for Red/Black

This speaker dock is available in Red, Black, Red/Black and Silver/Black. The speakers come with a built-in subwoofer and digital amplifier technology and a full-function remote control. These LadyBug speakers can run on both AC power supply and on battery power.

The speakers operate with the full spectrum of sound and give out even the low frequencies very nicely. In all, these are a must have speaker for any iPhone owner.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0QkLQhbo3E[/youtube]

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No 9. Aliph Jawbone PRIME Bluetooth Headset

Price: $79.95

This headset is really easy to use and has some good noise elimination technology. All in all the Aliph Jawbone PRIME Bluetooth Headset is highly fashionable headset with a snug fit and a great bluetoot headset that boasts good style and excellent performance.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DH6Xqyyv0I[/youtube]

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Top 10 iPhone games

Launched in 2007 more than 50 million iPhones have been sold to date. There are thousands of games for iPhone that are Apple-approved and then there are many that aren’t. Today we take a look at top 10 iPhone games in the market that are Apple-approved.

No 10. Zen bound

Starting off the countdown, this game provides you with a series of wooden objects and a length of string, which when wound around the object lays down tracks of paint and you must paint a specific amount of object’s surface to proceed to the next puzzle. Sounds confusing? Well, it is a unique game that isn’t confusing as it sounds and is one thrilling experience.

Here is a video for clarifying things a bit

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRVN0mfV7MA[/youtube]

No 9. Traffic Rush

This nice little game puts you in charge of managing traffic on an intersection. You see cars coming slowly towards the intersection and you just have to make them safely pass by speeding or slowing them down through you fingers. While the graphics aren’t top notch, they aren’t required to be either. This cool mini-game is highly addictive and will make you want to beat your high score just one more time.