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.

Get A Free i515 Battery Bundle Kit with Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Battery power. We are always faced with a draining battery, no matter the device. And many devices that run the 4G LTE networks really kill your battery very quickly. Now Verizon and Samsung are helping the situation by offering a free i515 Battery Bundle Kit to anyone who purchases a Galaxy Nexus with Verizon’s two year contract.

NASA Has A New Rocket Sled

NASA has made plenty of rockets, but it’s not everyday that you see rocket sleds. This is their latest. It’s not custom made for Santa to deliver presents this December, but instead, it’s designed to replicate “the forces a supersonic spacecraft would experience prior to landing.”

Tim Cook pays a visit to a Foxconn factory, smiles for the camera

ImageWe can’t say we’re particularly surprised, but Apple CEO Tim Cook managed to take some time out of his whirlwind tour of China to pay a visit to a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou charged with making those shiny new iPhones. The above shot of the bespectacled executive in the bright yellow smock was issued by Apple itself to document the trip. The overseas visit and the ensuing factory tour all come in the wake of a new focus on the working conditions of Foxconn factories that arrived thanks in part to a report from This American Life later retracted by the show.

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We have features a number of different cases for the iPhone here at Geeky Gadgets that let you carry money or credit cards with your smartphone, but if you are looking for a simpler solution then it may be worth having a look at these Poddities add on clips for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

The Poddities is a money clip that can be added to the back of your iPhone, and as you can see from the photo below it is screwed onto the bottom of your iPhone using the existing screws on the device.

Poddities Adds A Money Clip To Your iPhone

Poddities Adds A Money Clip To Your iPhone

Taposé Makes Your iPad Look Like A Microsoft Courier Tablet (Video)

Some of our readers will remember the Microsoft Courier tablet concept that never made it into production, the courier was a dual screen device which an interesting user interface.

Now a new app has been released for Apple’s iPad, called Taposé, and as you can see from the photo and video below it functions in a similar way to the couriers user interface.

Tapose iPad

 

It took the developers of Taposé four months, and three rejections to get their app approved by Apple, and it is now available from iTunes for $2.99.

Why a 7.85″ Screen for the Rumored ‘iPad Mini’ Makes Sense

Rumors of an “iPad mini” have been persistent over the past couple of years, despite an early dismissalof the 7″ tablet form-factor by Apple’s Steve Jobs:

There are clear limits to how close elements can be on the screen before users can’t touch accurately. We believe 10-inch screen is minimum necessary.

Jobs’ dismissal centers around an interface issue that a 10-inch screen is believed to be the minimum necessary to provide a good user interface.

Still, rumors of a smaller iPad have persisted with the latest rumors pinpointing a 7.85″ screen for such a device. Apple has reportedly received samples of 1024×768 7.85″ screens with rumors ofmass production of the device sometime this fall.

AppAdvice digs into this exact screen size and reveals why the 7.85″ size is not as arbitrary as it might seem.

The site calculates the points per inch (PPI) of such an imaginary 7.85″ 1024×768 display and finds it to be 163 PPI. This is the exact same pixel density as the original iPhone and iPod Touch before the Retina Display. Apple’s human interface guidelines for iOS development for both iPad and iPhone outline that the minimum size for tappable user interface elements at 44 x 44 points (0.27 x 0.27 inches on the original iPhone screen).

This 44 x 44 point size recommendation is true for the original iPhone and the original iPad, even though the original iPad was slightly less pixel-dense. (On Retina-enabled displays, the recommendation remains at 44 x 44 points, but with each point represented by 2 pixels)

What this means is that any iPad application that was designed with these guidelines in mind would never drop below Apple’s recommended 44 x 44 point (0.27 x 0.27 inches) when displayed on a 7.85″ miniaturized iPad. As we noted in our paper mockup of a iPad mini, that the user interface elements seemed perfectly usable on the smaller screen, and this would explain why. iPad apps would run without modification on a 7.85″ iPad without any elements dropping below what Apple considers the minimal tappable size.

None of this means that Apple will definitely be producing such a device, but does show the 7.85″ size is not an arbitrary decision. Existing iPad apps would run reasonably well without modification on such a device.

Facebook Paints A 42ft QR Code On Its Headquarters Roof

Its already been done by a few companies to promote their services. But now Facebook has painted a massive 42ft square QR code on its headquarters roof, many other companies are sure to follow suit. If you are not familiar with QR or Quick Response Codes they have been around for some time and where first developed for the automotive industry.

Facebook QR Code

Apple’s New iPad Can Run For 25 Hours As A 4G Hotspot

Apple’s new iPad comes with a much larger battery than the iPad 2, it also comes with 4G LTE, which is the main reason for the new larger battery, and now it looks like the device can be quite useful as a 4G mobile hotspot.

The guys over at AnandTech have been testing the battery life out on the new iPad and they have tested the device as a 4G mobile hotspot on Verizon’s 4G network.

New iPad