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BlackBerry Onyx with optical trackpad spotted in wild

BlackBerry Onyx with optical trackpad spotted in wild

Rumors have been circulating for some time now that RIM would be giving their upcoming BlackBerry Onyx smartphone an optical trackpad, and now a live photo of the device seems to confirm that it does indeed depart from the traditional trackball.  From RIM's perspective the optical version is better as it requires no moving parts, is less likely to clog up with finger gunk, and should reduce in-warranty repairs.

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BlackBerry Onyx, Driftwood & Magnum tipped

BlackBerry Onyx, Driftwood & Magnum tipped

Details of three new BlackBerry handsets have emerged, courtesy of the Boy Genius, all of which are believed to be 9000-series devices.  The three smartphones - Onyx, Driftwood and Magnum - are all GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS handsets with GPS, cameras and QWERTY keyboards.  The Onyx and Magnum are both confirmed for AT&T, while the Driftwood supports WiFi UMA and as such is predicted for a T-Mobile launch.

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Nintendo DS now in crimson/onyx

Nintendo DS now in crimson/onyx

I'm not one that will upgrade my gaming consoles just because it's available in a new color, or is a super-cool special edition. However, the new crimson and onyx DS Lite has caught my eye.

Onyx scoops Interaction & Communication award

Onyx scoops Interaction & Communication award

Looks like some congratulations are in order!  Our friends over at Synaptics have been awarded the red dot online design concept award for Interaction & Communication for their Onyx prototype, as exclusively featured on SlashGear back in October 2006.  Onyx is a new paradigm in gesture interface, where users control their cellphones via one and two-fingered sweeps, flicks and shapes.

We're still waiting to see the first commercial application of the technology, which combined Synaptics' proximal sensor pads and Pilotfish's GUI design, so let's hope that 2007 is the year for it!  Congratulations again, guys.

red dot online [via Coolest Gadgets]

BluOnyx Mobile Content Server

BluOnyx Mobile Content Server

On a day where many were expecting Apple's long-awaited cellphone to launch (don't think we've finished with you yet, Brian Lam!) there is in fact a far more interesting product breaking cover.  Agere Systems, primarily known as a semiconductor specialist, launched their BluOnyx Mobile Content Server; SlashGear sat down with them for a pre-CES'07 briefing.

To over-simplify, BluOnyx is a highly compact, portable hard-drive with initial capacities that start from 1GB and max out at 40GB.  At approximately 85mm by 54mm it's the same size as a credit card, and it ranges from 6mm to 15mm in thickness depending on its internal storage.  What makes it special is its connectivity and the sharing software Agere have developed.  BluOnyx v.1 will have Bluetooth as well as USB and SD options, while v.2 is expected to add WiFi to the mix.  Link up wirelessly from your cellphone and, once you've paired, BluOnyx's menu can be browsed remotely as can its stored content.

Synaptics Onyx Concept: Live Demo Captured on Video!

Synaptics Onyx Concept: Live Demo Captured on Video!

Twiddling your memory knobs back to August this year you might remember SlashGear's coverage of the Onyx concept phone, designed and crafted by bespoke hardware and interface designers Synaptics and Pilotfish. With no physical controls such as the keypad, joystick or scroll wheels found on traditional phones, Onyx instead relies on a system of touch, proximity and gesture.

Built around a high-resolution LCD screen and Synaptics' ClearPad touchscreen technology, a transparent touch-sensitive capacitive sensor, Onyx can discriminate between one and two finger use and can even tell when it is being held against a cheek. This opens up whole new avenues of interface design: pop-up onscreen scrollwheels for volume and moving through contact and media lists, "flicking away" text messages to send them, dragging photos and files from screen to screen.

SlashGear has been lucky enough to visit Synaptics and get a live demonstration of Onyx, from none other than their Human Interface Architect, John M. Feland. Under the ever watchful eye of Clark Foy, the company's marketing VP, we filmed some exclusive footage of the prototype in action. The ethos of Onyx is "All About Fun", about using technology in a humanistic way; hopefully you'll have fun looking at what might just be the phone of the future.

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