Nokia has a video over on its Research Center website that shows a cool new stretchable skin material that it is using to research future electronics and phones. The stretchable material was developed by scientist Stephanie Lacour. Lacour developed a stretchable electronic skin in an effort to integrate electronics with the brain of patients who are paralyzed.
As much time as many of use spend on our mobile phones we want them to be easy to use and comfortable to hold. We also want all kinds of cool features. Some folks would put style over usability. Wood is a popular material on tech gadgets of late with lots of notebooks using wood in the design.
Happy Father's Day to all the geeky dads out there from all of us here at SlashGear! Last week was a busy one with E3 going on and lots of new gaming gear unveiled. It wasn't all gaming gear though with the Toshiba GuideBook dual-screen tablet set to land in June. The little thing looks pretty cool.
Those crazy cats over in Japan have an unnatural obsession with robots and animation. These two obsessions converge in Gundam, the wildly popular robot cartoon warrior that shows up in almost as many places as Hello Kitty.
Hot on the heels of TomTom's new Star Wars voices for their PND range comes Nokia's alternative: the ability to record your own voice prompts for the Ovi Maps Navigation app available free for multiple Nokia handsets. Fresh to the Ovi Store - as a free download, no less - Own Voice for Ovi Maps asks you to record 53 different speech prompts and then bundles them together into a custom voice pack.
I've never had a problem with getting my mobile phone or other gadgets wet. I have spilled a Dr. Pepper on my keyboard before and had to dry the thing out and my son once spilled a whole can of root beer on a GPS device I was testing.
Nokia have announced their financial results for the last quarter, and the Finnish company reported a quarterly decline in both cellphone and smartphone sales though an increase in comparison to the same period a year ago. Overall 107.8m handsets - 21.5m of which were smartphones - were sold in the three month period, up from 93.2-percent in Q1 2009, but down from 126.9-percent in Q4 2009. Meanwhile, Nokia have confirmed that they will be delaying the release of Symbian^3 handsets until Q3 2010, with the first announcement expected sometime in the first half of this year.
The are some industries where retro works very well. A god example is the auto industry where cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro remind us of the 60's muscle cars they started out as. In some industries retro just doesn't work, like the gadget industry.