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Sony PMA 2010 Alpha concepts outed

Sony PMA 2010 Alpha concepts outed

Sony have brought along a raft of concept cameras to PMA 2010 this week, including a new hybrid - in the manner of Micro Four Thirds shooters - that has a CyberShot-sized body but interchangeable lenses, an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and full AVCHD video recording.  They're also showing off a mid-range concept replacement for the α700 together with several new lenses including a Super Telephoto Lens (500mm F4 G).

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BYD Snaptop tablet hands-on

BYD Snaptop tablet hands-on

You might recognize BYD's Snaptop prototype from back in November 2009, when we grabbed some hands-on time at a Qualcomm press event.  The difference at MWC 2010 this week was that the Snaptop is now functional, rather than a mockup; you still get a touchscreen, flip-out kick-stand and a wireless Bluetooth keyboard which docks into the back of the tablet for storage and portability, but now the whole thing actually works.

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Microsoft Project Natal prototype caught in wild

Microsoft Project Natal prototype caught in wild

We can't give you a launch date or a price for Microsoft's Project Natal motion-sensing gaming controller, but we can show you a picture of one of the prototypes.  According to the Seattle Times, this Gorillapod-mounted contraption is the prototype Natal hardware that Microsoft gave out to game developers.

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Apple 4th-gen iPhone prototype in front of us all along?

Apple 4th-gen iPhone prototype in front of us all along?

You may be wondering why we're reposting one of the leaked iPad prototype photos that drummed up excitement prior to the Apple tablet's launch.  Well, according to Apple Insider's sources - with "an impeccable track record in matters such as these", no less - the handset we all overlooked in favor of the iPad is, in fact, one of Apple's fourth-generation iPhones.

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BlackBerry Magnum touchscreen/QWERTY prototype gets video demo

BlackBerry Magnum touchscreen/QWERTY prototype gets video demo

Having been caught in the wild earlier this month, the BlackBerry Magnum has shown up again for a quick video play.  Pairing a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen display - long considered the Holy Grail by some RIM-lovers - this particular prototype lacks anything so helpful as an OS, but will still power on.

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Nokia Research develop cellphone radar [Video]

Nokia Research develop cellphone radar [Video]

From projected touchscreens to cellphone radar; it's obviously trendy right now to develop non-traditional interface methods.  Nokia's Research bods have been playing with a new system of electromagnetic waves, which can be used to track movement around a specially adapted N95 even when there's an obstacle in the way.

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BlackBerry Magnum touchscreen/QWERTY phone spotted

BlackBerry Magnum touchscreen/QWERTY phone spotted

RIM's rumored BlackBerry Magnum has been spotted in the wild, at least in prototype form.  As you might quickly spot, the smartphone lacks a center trackball or touchpad; instead, this full-QWERTY BlackBerry has a touchscreen display.

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Multitouch Slate PC demo from Stantum [Video]

Multitouch Slate PC demo from Stantum [Video]

Engadget’s got their hands on a Slate PC prototype from Stantum, which comes from a “hacked-up Dell mini 10”.  The 10-inches of prime real estate features Stantum's multitouch, ultra-sensitive and pressure-simulating resistive touchscreen technology.

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Scope augmented reality game is too good for kids [Video]

Scope augmented reality game is too good for kids [Video]

This might look like the eye-level view from a Rovio gone rogue and trying to wipe out your family, but it's actually a concept shot from the new Scope augmented reality game.  The handiwork of Frantz Lasorne, Scope mixes together some of the common elements we've seen in previous AR systems - computer-recognizable glyphs, heads-up displays overlaid across a live view of the surrounding area - and makes it all about shooting toys.

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Ivan Poupryev Lumen physical 3D display [Video]

Ivan Poupryev Lumen physical 3D display [Video]

We were already thinking about 3D displays, what with the Blu-ray Association's new 3D HD specification, but Ivan Poupryev's Lumen prototype takes things one tactile step further.  His concept involves an array of physically moving pixels, each of which can independently light up and extend out from the screen.  As well as moving, undulating shapes, there's also a sensor layer on top which allows the pixels to respond to finger touch.

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Mag+ digital magazine reader concept headed to 2010 prototype [Video]

Mag+ digital magazine reader concept headed to 2010 prototype [Video]

Prototype digital media tablets seem to be the concepts of the moment, and we're particularly enamoured with Bonnier R&D's Mag+.  They reckon that part of the appeal of magazines is the ability to "lose yourself" in the content, and as such the concept  - which was designed by BERG - is navigated by "shifting focus" though tapping different sides of the screen.

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Synaptics Fuse concept packs smartphone with squeeze, stroke & scroll sensors [Video]

Synaptics Fuse concept packs smartphone with squeeze, stroke & scroll sensors [Video]

The last Synaptics concept we really got excited about was the Onyx smartphone - in fact we went all the way to the company's head office to play with their prototype - and now they're back with a new smartphone idea.  The Synaptics Fuse takes multitouch capacitive sensing and throws in force, grip and proximity sensing, along with haptic feedback and 3D graphics.  The end result is a squeezable smartphone that spreads its sensors not only across the touchscreen but down the sides, too, so as to be fully usable even with just one hand.  Fuse is a collaboration between Synaptics, TI, Immersion, TheAlloy and The Astonishing Tribe, and is based on a TI OMAP 3630 processor and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen.

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