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Google Sooner spills Android’s earliest secrets

Google Sooner spills Android’s earliest secrets

Android has certainly come a long way from Google's first mention of the Open Handset Alliance, and little shows it quite so well as the Google Sooner. HTC's first prototype for Google's Android development, the Sooner was a non-touch QWERTY handset used for the earliest demos of the platform, five years ahead of flagships like the Galaxy S III and the One X. App developer and serial prototype acquirer Steve Troughton-Smith managed to pick up a Sooner device and has shared some details.

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Terrafugia’s flying car prototype makes first flight

Terrafugia’s flying car prototype makes first flight

Terrafugia announced today that its production prototype flying car, the Transition, has successfully completed its first test flight. The company has been promising to deliver the a mass-market street-legal vehicle capable both on the road and in the air since they flew an earlier proof-of-concept version back in 2009.

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RIM promises new BlackBerry prototype in May

RIM promises new BlackBerry prototype in May

RIM will be giving away prototype BlackBerry 10 devices to developers attending its annual BlackBerry World Conference in early May. According to Bloomberg, RIM's VP of developer relations Alec Saunders revealed in a phone interview today that as many as 2,000 units of the prototype device will be given out to developers to get a head start building applications for the next-gen QNX-based platform.

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Toshiba flaunts 13.3-inch AT330 prototype ICS tablet

Toshiba flaunts 13.3-inch AT330 prototype ICS tablet

Toshiba has unveiled a new prototype tablet, the AT330, at Toshiba World 2012 in Germany and it's a huge 13.3-inch slate sporting the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Beyond the massive screen size, the AT330 also features a Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a TV tuner that includes a pull-out antennae. The folks at Techfokus spent some hands-on time with the tablet, the video of which is posted below.

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Microsoft app translates foreign languages in your own voice

Microsoft app translates foreign languages in your own voice

Microsoft researchers have created a prototype universal translation software that not only translates your speech into foreign languages but uses your own voice to output the translation. The software preserves your accent, timbre, and intonation while translating between 26 languages. The software has been developed at Microsoft's labs in Beijing and was unveiled at TechFest 2012 by chief research officer Rick Rashid along with researcher Frank Soong.

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University of Utah integrates force feedback into prototype game pad

University of Utah integrates force feedback into prototype game pad

In the world of video game controllers, force feedback has been around for many years. Force feedback allows the controller to pull against the player to make things such as flight simulations and racing games feel more realistic. For instance, on a driving video game, you can feel the forces as you turn the car into a corner and on flying games you can feel the G forces pulling back against the stick.

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Fujitsu prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone Hands-on

Fujitsu prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone Hands-on

Fujitsu had a prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone safely hidden behind a glass wall at CES in Las Vegas, but here in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress we were able to get up close and personal with it. This new waterproof quad-core powered prototype smartphone was out in public and all they are calling it is "quad-core prototype" until further notice. More details and video below.

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Gunze touchscreen panel knows who’s touching it

Gunze touchscreen panel knows who’s touching it

Gunze Ltd has recently debuted a prototype touchscreen panel that can differentiate between who is actually touching it. This is something that current multi-touch screens are incapable of discerning and although you may not necessarily see the need on small personal mobile devices, Gunze's tech is meant for tabletop muliplayer arcade games---imagine digital board games.

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Google “next-gen personal communication device” in testing

Google “next-gen personal communication device” in testing

Google's Home Entertainment System testing isn't the only prototype hardware the company is putting through its paces; filings with the FCC also reveal a "next generation personal communication device" in the pipeline. Details on the new Google gadget are sparse, though the FCC request does confirm both WiFi and Bluetooth, with the search company requesting permission to trial 102 units in different locations across the US.

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