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.
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.
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.
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.
As video demos go we'd have preferred to see a little bit more of the ZiiLABS TRINITY smartphone, but a brief splash of the ZMS-05 based handset outputting 1080p High Definition video is not something to be sniffed at. While the current TRINITY reference design has a proprietary docking connector on the bottom, Creative have already said that it's a simple matter to switch that to a mini HDMI and microUSB pair.
One of the questions we still had after seeing the Entourage eDGe prototype demonstrated earlier this week was just how integrated the two halves - e-ink display and netbook LCD - were. NetbookNews have followed up with a second video showing the system in action, and while it doesn't look quite optimized yet it does show how Entourage have leveraged the best of each panel.
ZiiLABS' TRINITY is designed to draw the attention of smartphone lovers to the ZMS-05 platform, just like its ZiiEGG predecessor did for PMPs, and it seems to be doing a pretty good job. Crave Asia grabbed some hands-on time with the smartphone - which is capable of 1080p HD video playback, has a 3.1-inch 800 x 480 OLED capacitive touchscreen and triband WCDMA/HSDPA connectivity - and came away reasonably impressed.
Someone needs to call Intel and remind them that they make money by selling more chips, not fewer; the company's research arm, Intel Labs, has been experimenting with a so-called "single-chip cloud computer", which utilizes a 48-core single-die chip complete with a high-speed on-chip network for inter-core communication. They reckon the super-compact chip could one day deliver high-performance crunching in ultraportable form-factors.
The Barnes & Noble nook will - when it finally starts shipping - be the first dual-display ebook reader that we're aware of, but over in Taipei Entourage have been showing off their own version of a dual-display machine, the eDGe. Their form-factor is strikingly different from the nook - it looks like a particularly chunky book - with two similarly sized displays, e-ink on the left, a color touchscreen on the right, and NetbookNews grabbed some hands-on time with the working prototype recently.
As promised last month, the ZiiLABS team have revealed their first smartphone development platform, the Zii TRINITY, based on the company's StemCell ZMS-05 processor and throwing in quadband GSM and triband WCDMA/HSDPA. As before, 1080p Full HD is supported together with accelerated OpenGL ES 3D graphics, while up front the TRINITY has a 3.1-inch 800 x 480 OLED capacitive touchscreen. In the future, ZiiLABS say, there'll be a 4G version supporting the even higher-speed mobile networks.
The Zii TRINITY also squeezes in WiFi b/g, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera (plus a front-facing VGA camera for video calls), along with a microSD card slot. Wired connectivity includes micro USB 2.0, mini HDMI and composite video output. The battery is a 1,130mAh pack, and the TRINITY will run both Creative's own Plaszma OS or Google's Android platform.