Earlier today we mentioned that E-Ink, the company behind those Amazon Kindle displays, have been busy working on new and improved E-Ink screens that can display full-color content. And with that, were some nifty videos of the E-Ink screens in action on various flexible materials including cloth and Tyvek. Well now we have some more nifty videos, but of E-Ink technology being harnessed by a group of researchers to produce a flexible smartphone dubbed the "PaperPhone."
Apple's iOS 5.0 has yet to make its debut, despite rumors it would show up with the iPad 2 launch back in March. Now it's believed to be heading our way with the iPhone 5 arrival slated for September. And one of the most anticipated fixes believed to accompany the update is a redesigned notifications system. We highlighted one redesign idea before and now here's another one that turns the system into its own app. Continue after the cut to watch a video of the concept in action.
All the latest gadgets getting slick touchscreens and omitting actual physical buttons is great and all but they really exclude a demographic that relies heavily on tactility. A recent design concept dubbed iSense hopes to create a solution for the visually impaired so that they may also take advantage of today's innovations. The iSense concept brings Braille to the iPad.
Here's a neat concept called the Sophie that brings Polaroid-type functionality to the iPhone. Designer Mac Funamizu has conjured up a concept iPhone dock/case that prints photos. Polaroid should seriously consider this route rather than the bizarre Lady Gaga gadgets it's been pushing.
We've seen a good deal of design concepts that incorporate some sort of folding method to create a hybrid device and improve portability such as with the LG Tryptych folding smartphone/tablet concept. And despite tablet and smartphone combos being the rage right now, the Feno concept designed by Niels Van Hoof goes back to tackling the good old notebook. His foldable notebook design features a unique folding method that makes the portable size just slightly wider than the diameter of a DVD.
A Taiwanese duo has posted a nice little concept device at CKIE, a portal ideas/projects can be posted to seek funding. In their video, the two guys ask you to take a look at your drab room and then take a look at their's. See the difference? Yes, your room is missing the "magical" colors of the Black Diamond iPhone dock. The black translucent multi-faceted orb functions not only as a charging station but also as mood lighting by diffusing in a unique way the colors and lights coming from an app while your iPhone is docked.
Back in March, we covered an HTC Tube concept design, which is meant to integrate all of your devices using a removable cartridge that can transfer between the phone and tablet. Now Antoine Brieux, the designer, has added a keyboard which plugs into the tablet and creates a notebook, possibly inspired by the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer?
I don’t have to write things out by hand much anymore, but I can remember back in college and when I had a real job it seemed like my pen was constantly running out of ink. It sucks to have to stop what you are doing and hunt down an ink pen. The reason the ink always ran out is that the little clear tubes inside just don’t hold that much ink. You could get a much larger ink holder inside since the barrel of the average pen has a lot more room than is used.
Lego is perhaps the greatest of all geek toys ever invented. The things you can make out of Lego are limitless and with the right vision and the correct blocks and servos you can make just about anything and have the finished contraption actually work. We talked about a couple really cool Lego devices that some geeks built late last week. I really liked the Lego assembly line setup the best out of those cool offerings last week.