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Microsoft Research RearType adds physical QWERTY to tablet back

Microsoft Research RearType adds physical QWERTY to tablet back

You could well argue that the real innovation at Microsoft is going on at their Research arm, where the latest oddball idea is a tablet PC with a split keyboard stuck to the back.  Each half of the 'board is rotated 90-degrees, so as to maintain the regular hand position.  Dubbed "RearType", the layout is the product of a new research paper [PDF link] and is designed to allow for faster text entry without blocking screen visibility or relying on tactile-minimal on-screen keyboards.

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Microsoft Menlo smartphone prototype spotted

Microsoft Menlo smartphone prototype spotted

Microsoft's Menlo "frankenOS", said to be an attempt by the company to develop a new mobile platform, has birthed its first prototype, with the suitably hacked-together device you see here being included as part of a new Microsoft Research publication.  According to "User Experiences with Activity-Based Navigation on Mobile Devices" [PDF link], the test hardware "is a prototype mobile device with a capacitive touch screen (4.1-inch diagonal, 800x480) running Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 which incorporates a Bosch BMA150 3-axis accelerometer and Bosch BMP085 digital pressure sensor (barometer)."

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AT&T Android prototypes HTC Paradise and HTC Fiesta spotted

AT&T Android prototypes HTC Paradise and HTC Fiesta spotted

A pair of previously unseen HTC prototypes have apparently been sold on Craigslist, and subsequently identified as the HTC Paradise and the HTC Fiesta.  According to Cellpassion, their source was told the two Android phones were AT&T prototypes; the Paradise is a hardware QWERTY version of the Aria, while the Fiesta is a more basic touchscreen-only device.

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Compliant Shading Enclosure auto-cools buildings with sun-powered windows

Compliant Shading Enclosure auto-cools buildings with sun-powered windows

As architects try to reduce the amount of energy spent on air conditioning, high-tech electrochromatic glass products that sandwich LCD layers and are dimmable are becoming increasingly common.  Nonetheless, they still suck up power, and so that's why Brent Vander Werf's Compliant Shading Enclosure is so interesting.  A series of fabric apertures sandwiched in-between layers of doubled-glazing, his system relies on bistable springs that flex according to the heat from the sun itself, opening and closing the gaps as they move.

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Brother AiRScouter AR retina scanning display demonstrated

Brother AiRScouter AR retina scanning display demonstrated

Brother has been showing off its latest head-mounted display, and while the Brother AiRScouter can't exactly be described as discreet, if you could put up with the confused glances the functionality could be pretty handy.  The AiRScouter uses a retinal scanning display, which basically projects a virtual image directly onto the retina.

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Aava Mobile’s MeeGo Moorestown prototype gets real-world outing

Aava Mobile’s MeeGo Moorestown prototype gets real-world outing

It's been a while since we played with Aava Mobile's Moorestown-based smartphone prototype - all the way back at Mobile World Congress in February, actually - but the latest version has just dropped over at Carrypad.  Based on Intel's Z6xx series of next-gen processors, the Aava handset is running MeeGo with an early, alpha-release UI.

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DigiLife iOne Android tablet packs pico-projector [Video]

DigiLife iOne Android tablet packs pico-projector [Video]

The tablet market is gradually growing, but if DigiLife have their way it'll go hand in hand with pico-projectors.  Charbax over at ARMDevices has been prowling the Computex floor, and has come up with the DigiLife iOne, a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen Android tablet that also has an integrated VGA-resolution pico-projector.

Video demo after the cut

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Intel Canoe Lake and second ultra-thin netbook designs get video demos

Intel Canoe Lake and second ultra-thin netbook designs get video demos

While Intel's Canoe Lake notebook reference design has been drawing gasps by virtue of its super-skinny chassis, the company also brought along a second model to show the potential of their upcoming dual-core Atom CPUs.  NetbookNews grabbed some hands-on time with both at Computex this week, and shot a couple of videos which you can see after the cut.

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MSI Sketch Book laptop has rotating keyboard/digitizer for artists

MSI Sketch Book laptop has rotating keyboard/digitizer for artists

MSI's new tablets weren't the only interesting tech on show from the company at Computex this week; they also brought along a few notebooks, including a concept model called the MSI Sketch Book that's aimed at digital artists.  It has a detachable keyboard section which, when flipped over, reveals a large touchpad digitizer which can be used for drawing or writing.

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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Shows up on Another Samsung Device [Video]

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Shows up on Another Samsung Device [Video]

The first time we ever saw a Samsung Windows Phone 7 device, we were pretty excited about it. And then we found out that it was actually a Omnia i8910. Naturally, our enthusiasm for the device waned. Since then, we haven't heard much from Microsoft or Samsung about a future piece of hardware running the mobile Operating System. But now we've got one on video.

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Sony demo rollable printed OLED display [Video]

Sony demo rollable printed OLED display [Video]

Sony has been demonstrating a new, rollable OLED display this week, with the 4.1-inch panel running at 432 x 240 resolution and with over a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.  Thanks to a highly flexible back-plane and no solid IC chips, the display can play back video while being furled around a 4mm radius peg.

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Apple iPhone HD Prototype’s Sealed Affidavit Now Available to the Public

Apple iPhone HD Prototype’s Sealed Affidavit Now Available to the Public

Possibly the largest story to break this year, or many years before this in fact, has snowballed into what many would consider a ridiculous scenario that's unnecessary, for both sides of the fight. While many of the details regarding the iPhone HD prototype's existence outside a particular site's hands have been hidden by red tape, most of that has now been cleared up, thanks to a push from other sites like Wired and CNET. Through their pressure, judge Clifford Cretan has issued a ruling Friday that made the affidavit and search warrant of Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen's home available to the public. Below, you'll find some of the details of what those documents revealed.

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