Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it’s ready to get the phone into developers’ hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being moved around inside of them — walking around your bedroom, for example, would help the phone learn the shape of your home. The hope is that by creating a robust map of the world, Google’s phone could eventually give precise directions to any given point that needs to be reached.
via The Verge.
Technologists in India have developed a Bluetooth-enabled device that can serve as a lost-and-found, a personal photographer, a pet sitter and a home security system.
Gecko is about the size of a quarter and can be programed to perform a host of functions – kind of like your smartphone’s very own Swiss Army knife.
Through low-energy Bluetooth technology, Gecko is a tiny wireless remote that lets you control your smartphone by shaking or turning it. You can program certain gestures to make an emergency call or skip to the next track on your playlist. It can be synced to your smartphone’s camera or a DSLR to take photos remotely, meaning your selfies aren’t limited to your arm’s length anymore.
The device can also operate as a motion detector that sends alerts to your phone when it moves. Attach it to a door as a security feature, and you’ll receive an alert whenever the door opens. A Gecko attached to your dog’s collar will let you know if he escapes from the backyard.
Or you can set it to alert you when things don’t move, too. Stick Gecko to loved one’s a pill box, and it will send you an alert if the box was not touched at a scheduled time (meaning that a dose was missed).
The device’s track-and-find function will also let you track down your smartphone – or any item that Gecko is attached to – if it’s misplaced.
If you listen to the pundits, Apple really messed up by not making the iPhone 5c more affordable. The underlying assumption by those so quick to second guess Apple’s iPhone 5c strategy is that Apple is losing the marketshare war with Android. Consequently, the reasoning goes, Apple needs to churn out some cheap devices (and quick!), flood the market and gain some of those elusive marketshare points back.
Apple, however, doesn’t let marketshare be the overarching metric that guides its business strategy. Indeed, it’s somewhat bewildering that analysts who get paid to make sense of the tech industry so often lose sight of the fact that marketshare in and of itself is not the be all and end all.
via TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.