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The Engrain Keyboard is Made of Wood

The Engrain Keyboard is Made of Wood

I've spent a lot of time looking at strange keyboards. Anyone remember the miniguru? I even once spent a few hours browsing Cherry's website looking at the various high quality keyboard switches for an abortive project last year. That said, thank God for talented industrial designers like Michael Roopenian. Us computer users spend our time interacting with our machines primarily through the keyboard, it's the primary place where we touch and feel the physical presence of the machine. Usually we're rubbing our fingers all over a collection of cheap plastic keys. My current keyboard is an unimpressive slab of black plastic like I'm sure most of us are using. The Engrain keyboard is so pretty and I want one. Now.

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Eye-controlled Head-Mounted-Display prototype shown by Fraunhofer IPMS

Eye-controlled Head-Mounted-Display prototype shown by Fraunhofer IPMS

We've been tracking the Fraunhofer IPMS' research into bi-directional OLED displays for a few years now: panels that integrated both a display and a camera, so that they can simultaneously track an object and display something. The institute has long promised that our head-up display (HUD) ambitions could well be satisfied with the technology, and now it has a prototype to show us. Set to make its debut at SID Display Week 2011 in May, the OLED microdisplay-based eye tracking HMD (head-mounted display) is, as the name suggests, capable of being controlled simply by eye movements.

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Toshiba Resistive Multi-touch from Embedded World

Toshiba Resistive Multi-touch from Embedded World

By now we're all used to multi touch capacitive displays where the slightest brush of our fingers can zoom and pan the application. At Embedded World in Nuremburg, Toshiba showed off their prototype of a Resistive Multi-touch display using an ARM Cortex-M3 micro-controller. Most people don't have any problems with just using a capacitive screen, but in industrial and medical applications it's often necessary for the users to wear gloves, negating the benefit of capacitive screens. Resistive screens are also much less expensive than their same-sized capacitive counterparts, and are often more durable. Toshiba will have the ability to market this technology to touchscreen markets from ATM's to Point of Sale registers and beyond.

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Samsung 55-inch glasses-free 3D HDTV could hit market in 3 years

Samsung 55-inch glasses-free 3D HDTV could hit market in 3 years

Samsung has demonstrated a 55-inch glasses-free 3D HDTV prototype which, the company claims, could be commercially ready in just three years time. Shown at FPD China 2011 this week, Tech-On reports, the display actually uses two LCD panels: one for the actual picture, and another, overlaid on top, the optical refraction index of which can be changed to flip between 2D and 3D modes.

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64GB iPhone 4 prototype caught on video

64GB iPhone 4 prototype caught on video

A 64GB iPhone 4 prototype has apparently been spotted in Hong Kong, suggesting Apple is at least considering - or has considered - versions of the fourth-gen smartphone with greater capacity. Currently only 16GB and 32GB versions of the iPhone 4 are on sale; however, MIC Gadget found a grey market vendor who claims a "small quantity" of 64GB devices leaked from Foxconn's Shenzhen facility.

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HTC Flyer palm-rejection wins tableteer approval [Video]

HTC Flyer palm-rejection wins tableteer approval [Video]

As the tablet ecosystem hurriedly juggles to face the new iPad 2 threat, attention turns to slates with differentiating features to see if they've got what's needed to stand their own against the Apple juggernaut. The HTC Flyer's stylus input option may not have met with universal approval at its MWC 2011 launch, but it looks like those keen on digital inking may well have a solid experience with the 7-incher. Carrypad tested out one of the most important features, palm-rejection, to see if the Flyer could hold up to proper pen use.

Video demo after the cut

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Olympus single-shot HDR camera in development tips insider

Olympus single-shot HDR camera in development tips insider

Olympus is reportedly working on a new camera with single shot HDR capabilities, able to create a high dynamic range image from a single frame. Most conventional HDR systems - such as that on the iPhone 4 for example - combine at least three frames of varying exposures to form a single picture with extra detail in both brighter and darker areas. However, according to 43 Rumors' source, Olympus is developing an in-camera HDR system that can do it with just one original frame to work from.

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Fraunhofer bi-directional OLED prototype incoming: Display & Camera in one [Video]

Fraunhofer bi-directional OLED prototype incoming: Display & Camera in one [Video]

We first covered the Fraunhofer Institute's bi-directional OLED display technology - which basically combines a display with a camera - all the way back in 2009; now the R&D company is bringing its latest prototype out to play. Set to show at the Smart Systems Integration 2011 expo later this month, the current model consists of a 0.6-inch 320 x 240 AMOLED panel with an integrated 160 x 120 CMOS camera.

Update: Video after the cut

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