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Project Tango: Google’s new prototype Android phone

project-tangoEarlier today, Google announced its latest Android phone titled “Project Tango”.  This new Android phone experiments with robotics and computer vision to map out the world around you.  Project lead, Johnny Lee, stated, “The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.”

The phone itself measures five inches and includes a few sensors (4 MP camera and a motion tracking camera) that allow the phone to make over a quarter of a million 3D measurements every second.  These measurements help the phone update its position, in real-time, and combines all of the data into a single 3D model of the world around you (video below).

This new phone opens up a lot of doors for new features on current smartphones. Chase Cobb stated, “imagine that you scan a small section of your living room and then are able to generate a little game world in it, I don’t know of any controller or gaming device that can do that at the moment.” Besides that, there has also been talk suggesting that these new phones have the ability to help the visually impaired navigate unfamiliar areas with ease. Pretty cool huh?

Well good news to any developers out there. Google is planning on shipping out 200 prototypes and dev kits of Project Tango to “developers with dreams of creating more than a touch-screen app.”  There is an application online for anyone who is interested in trying to get their hands on this device, here.

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Apple to use magnets to attach accessories on iPad

ipad-magnet-accessories-patentThe US Patent and Trademark Office published earlier today that Google has put a patent on a “Magnetic Attachment Unit”.  This patent describes how the iPad’s current magnet system could be expanded to allow the device to connect to docks, joysticks, cameras, and even other iPads.  This way, consumers would not have to spend time thinking about what type of connector they need when they are purchasing their next iPad accessory.

As described in the patent, accessories would be able to connect to any side of the device (including the bottom).  Users would also be able to connect and disconnect the accessory by pressing the home button.

The patent also describes a “magnetic ring” that will supposedly give users the ability to move your hand above the screen in order to take advantage of some features.

Other possibilities of what could be developed from this “Magnetic Attachment Unit” is that two iPads would be able to connect to each other and send content displayed from one screen to the other.  Also, you could turn your tablet into a computer by attaching a second iPad, and using it as a virtual keyboard for the main iPad.

This will definitely open up a large doorway of opportunities but unfortunately just because they filed the patent, doesn’t mean that we will ever see the technology.  However, it does look to be very possible since the current iPad already has magnets built in (to support smart covers) so we may see this technology in the near future.

Tell me what you think of this patent and what ideas/products could possibly develop from it in the comments below and on Twitter!

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Google Buys Motorola For 12.5 Million

Google announced this morning their recent purchase of Motorola for the price of $12.6 BILLION.  The deal will be completed by late 2011 or early 201.

This now means the Motorola will now only be manufacturing Google (Android) phones.  And although Google is deciding to keep their platform open, people are starting to see that Google is becoming more like Apple.  Also, besides Google now being able to design hardware for its software, Motorola also came with thousands of patents which are steadily increasing in value.

If and when this deal goes through, competition in the smartphone “world” will become a lot more competitive.

Windows Phone’s to Receive Mango Update

If you own or know about Windows 7 phones then you should know that the operating system was clearly rushed and missing some pretty important features in order to keep “up to par” with Android and iOS.  Well all of these problems will be fixed with a major update from Microsoft called Mango.  Microsoft sent out the update earlier today so users should be expecting to be able to upgrade in the very near future.

There are many things that have been included in this update and one of the main features is that now all phones with Mango on them will have full multitasking capabilities. This was a huge complaint by many users and it made Windows fall behind in the operating system “competition”.  So this update will bring Windows up to par with iOS and Android but for how long?

Some more features that have been included in the update are better live tiles, an all-in-one inbox,  and better browsing with Internet Explorer 9.  Another interesting feature would be the introduction of Visual Search where the user takes a picture and can search the web to find out more about the object. Besides all of these features and upgrades, there are plenty more programs and abilities added into the Mango update and it should help bring Microsoft back into the operating system competition.

Google laptop still known…or is it

So as you all know, Google had its big announcement on Tuesday about their new laptop and operating system, ChromeOS. Unfortunately,  Google decided to recall this and made the decision to not release this till some time mid 2011.  Never the less, prototypes have been sent out to certain people and companies and they have made vague reviews on the new google laptop, the Google CR-48.

Although not too much is known about the laptop, the basic features of it are.  The laptop itself looks like a old black MacBook except it has no product logos or stickers anywhere on it making it very plain and non-appealing. The CR-48 is said to be very light and will have a 12.1″ display screen.

The memory on the laptop is unknown for now but by looking at how fast the CR-48 starts up, 15 seconds to get to the login, we can probably predict that there is a good amount of memory in there. From what, these reviewers have said in their posts and videos about this new laptop, it seems to be very plain. Their “operating system” is pretty much the Google Chrome browser but with some apps here and there. When the system starts up, all there is is Chrome’s browsers with 9 apps. There is a getting started app, two games (poppit, and Entanglement), YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, the Chrome web store, and a note taking app called Scratchpad.

To me, the Google CR-48 looks to be a big disappointment.  Plain looking laptop with a plain looking display and operating system.  But I guess it’s still a prototype so who knows what the final product will look like!

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New Google Nexus S is here!

Earlier today, the new Google phone, the Nexus S,  was launched.  It seems as though many people were surprised that it was announced in only a simple blog post. Many, including me, thought the phone would be announced on December 7th when Google releases its first operating system, ChromeOS. Never the less, the phone is here and will be available for purchase at your local BestBuy store for $529 or $199 with a new T-Mobile two-year contract.

The phone itself will have a 4 inch Super AMOLED touch screen.  With a 800×400 screen resolution. This itself is a difference as that many of today’s smartphones have only a 3.5 inch screen.  But anyways, the phone will also include a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash. There will also be a 3.5mm headphone jack for all of your music listening needs.

As for inside the phone, the Nexus S will run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1GHz processor making this the first phone to have/run on Android 2.3.   Besides this, the Nexus S will come with 16GB of flash memory and will come installed with Adobe Flash.  The phone, like other smartphones, will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS on it as well as all of the apps your heart could possibly desire.

Overall the Nexus S looks to be a good phone.  I think that people were expecting a lot more but none the less, it looks pretty good.

What are your thoughts? Comment below.