3-Axis Joystick Turns Your Phone’s Camera Into A Joystick

Phones. there just isn’t enough room on them for proper gaming. That must be why we are always looking for better ways to attach joysticks to them. If you put it on your screen, you are blocking some of the action and that’s no good. A research group at Keio University has the answer. The 3-Axis analog joystick is an elastic device that goes over the front facing camera of your smartphone and acts as a joystick.

Taiwan Slashes HDD Prices

Thank you Supply-and-Demand Economics! We now have an HDD Sale!

Retail channels from Taiwan will slash about 10% at the end of April to adjust inventories and promotes sales. A 3.5 inch 500 GB model went from NT$2,200 (US$75)  to below NT$2,000, according to industry sources.

HDD

Tokyoflash Kisai On Air Acetate Watch

Some of our readers will remember the Kisai On Air watch from Tokyoflash that we featured last year, the company has now launched a new version of this Geeky timepiece, the Tokyoflash Kisai On Air Acetate watch.

The watch shares a similar design to the previous model, with the same colored touch screen LCD although the casing of the device is made from acetate instead of stainless steel.

Tokyoflash Kisai On Air Acetate

FireDock, Kindle Fire Speaker Dock

Grace Digital has announced they will start shipping their new FireDock speaker dock on July 2nd 2012. The FireDock has been specifically designed to be used with Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, and pumps out 16 watts of audio. The Grace Digital FireDock is fitted with stereo speakers, and can be rotated 50 or 38 degrees to provide the best viewing position for your Kindle Fire.

FireDock Grace Digital

LG E-Paper Flexible Display Launching In Europe Next Month

LG Display has announced that the world’s first mass-produced plastic EPD from LG Display will first be supplied to ODM companies in China this month, followed by new E-Paper flexible display products will be released in Europe at the beginning of next month.

LG has been able to harness and develop a unique technique to uses high TFT process, which is generally used in the manufacture of LCD displays with temperatures exceeding 350 degrees, to be used in the production of its plastic EPD flexible displays.

LG E-Paper Flexible Display

FreeSpace Gesture Control Arriving On Smartphones And Tablets In 2013 (video)

In a recent interview Hillcrest Labs the creators of gesture based technology called FreeSpace. Has revealed that their new FreeSpace motion engine technology will be arriving in smartphones and tablets by the first quarter of 2013.

The FreeSpace motion engine who enable devices fitted with the technology to be controlled with gestures rather than touch. Watch it in action in the demonstration video after the jump.

FreeSpace motion engine

 

In an interview with All Things D, Hillcrest’s Senior VP, Chad Lucien expained they already have a (not to be named) customer eager to harness the power of gesture recognition.

The FreeSpace motion engine is already in use in a number of Smart TVs and set-top boxes such as the Roku. So you can expect the technology to be arriving sooner rather than later. The first to sport a gesture based system is the new Sony Xperia Sola which is pencilled in to launch in Q2 2012.

New Sony A99 Camera Equipped With 102 Autofocus Points?

ts been reported on the SonyAlpha Rumours website today that a close source has contacted the and revealed that the new Sony A99 camera currently in development is equipped with a massive 102 point autofocus system. Apparently Sony is already testing the new system on A99 prototypes which according to the source are currently in the hands of photographers under going field testing.

Sony A99

Tiny Ubi-Camera Snaps Photos With Your Hands (Video)

Researchers at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Japan, have developed a tiny camera that takes photos using your hands as a frame for the photo, and the device is called the Ubi-Camera.

The video below shows the Ubi-Camera in action, and this tiny camera features a range sensor, and the framing of the photo is determined on the distance between the camera and the person shooting the photos face.

Ubi Camera

“When you draw a picture or take a photo, you sometimes form a rectangle with your hands to decide the composition. With this camera, you can take a photo using the exact same motion. You attach this device to your index finger, and form a rectangle with your finger like this. You take the photo by using the rectangle as the viewfinder, like this. When you push hard with your thumb, the shutter is pressed.”

Epson Moverio BT-100 Android Glasses Now Shipping (video)

Epson has today announced that their new Moverio-BT-100 Android powered glasses are now shipping within the US and are available to purchase. Epson’s Moverio-BT-100 high resolution see-through display glasses run Android 2.2 platform with Adobe Flash 11 support, and enable you to streaming content via a Wi-Fi connection. Watch the video after the jump to see them in more detail.

Moverio-BT-100

The Moverio-BT-100 come supplied with a portable controller and the transparent headset allowing you to use the display and Dolby Mobile surround sound while still remaining part of the surrounding environment. The Epson Moverio-BT-100 display glasses are equipped with a microSHHC card slot and include a 1GB internal storage card. The rechargeable controller is capable of providing up to 6 hours of use from a single charge.

“Moverio allows you to privately view video, experience side-by-side 3D content, play games and enjoy content on a “floating” see-through display projected into your environment.”

The Epson Moverio BT-100 wearable display glasses are now available to purchase for $700.

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