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Texas Instruments OMAP4 hands-on

Texas Instruments OMAP4 hands-on

Mobile World Congress 2010 is fast approaching, but here at SlashGear we thought we'd grab a head start on our coverage. We caught up with Texas Instruments at their Dallas office to take a look at their latest OMAP3 and OMAP4 chipsets and some of the development hardware they've been producing. Most interesting, perhaps, is the OMAP4-based device you see here, capable of simultaneously driving three independent displays and packing a pico-projector module.

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Microvision FPS prototype straps pico-projector to gun [Video]

Microvision FPS prototype straps pico-projector to gun [Video]

Laser pico-projector manufacturer Microvision have been showing off their latest first-person shooter prototype, which straps a PicoP projector to a gun controller and responds to movement.  Players can physically turn around to move their in-game perspective, with the projector's "infinite focus" meaning that the picture is always crisp no matter that the distance between pico and wall keeps shifting.

Video demo after the cut

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Qualcomm mirasol gaming ereader concept plus video demo

Qualcomm mirasol gaming ereader concept plus video demo

Remember the Qualcomm mirasol ebook reader prototype we we exclusively showed you yesterday?  One thing we weren't allowed to photograph - something Qualcomm rectified today - was one of the more interesting attachments they envisage potentially figuring highly: a snap-on gaming controller.  The mirasol team won't confirm any OEM names, but using the low-power displays in gaming hardware looks to be another potential avenue.  Plus, after the cut, a video of the mirasol display in action.

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Microsoft Research demo prototype glass screen PC with gesture and eye-tracking control

Microsoft Research demo prototype glass screen PC with gesture and eye-tracking control

Say what you like about Microsoft, but their Research arm certainly know how to put together an eye-catching demo.  Chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie has been doing a tour of US colleges showing off a prototype next-gen computer - among other things - that has a transparent glass display and can be controlled by pen, voice, touch-free gestures and eye-tracking.

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Liquid-OLED displays could allow non-standard shapes & longer lifespans

Liquid-OLED displays could allow non-standard shapes & longer lifespans

Alright, as images go this one isn't the most eye-catching we admit, but the technology it's explaining is far more exciting.  Researchers in Japan have developed what they're calling a Liquid-OLED, and just like the gooey fruit-flavored chocolates your mother loves it has a liquid center rather than the traditional solid-state one you'd find in traditional OLEDs.  The benefit, they claim, is that Liquid-OLED displays could be more easily curved, and even refilled should the organic layer degrade over time.

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Pressure-sensitive QWERTY keyboard demo’d by Microsoft Hardware [Video]

Pressure-sensitive QWERTY keyboard demo’d by Microsoft Hardware [Video]

Pressure sensitivity in musical keyboards is nothing new - pressing the keys harder results in a louder note, just as if you sit down with ever-increasing force on a piano - but until now it's not something we've seen on regular QWERTY keyboards.  That could all change, if Microsoft Hardware decide to put their pressure-sensitive keyboard into production: developed as a prototype for the UIST 2009 student innovation contest, it can track 8-bit pressure information across all of its keys.

Video demo after the cut

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Foxconn suicide compensation increased with yearly stipend

Foxconn suicide compensation increased with yearly stipend

News earlier this week that Foxconn had reportedly given around $44,000 compensation plus an Apple laptop to the family and girlfriend of Sun Danyong, the engineer who committed suicide after losing an iPhone prototype, was met with disappointment at what was seen to be an unfairly low amount.  Now an anonymous company official has revealed that Sun's parents will be paid not only a 360,000 yuan lump sum ($52,600) but a further 30,000 yuan ($4,385) every year until they die.

Hon Hai security official turned in after iPhone prototype suicide

Hon Hai security official turned in after iPhone prototype suicide

The Apple/Foxconn saga continues, and after the official statement from Cupertino yesterday tipped "investigations" into the death of 25-year old Foxconn engineer Sun Danyong there are now reports that a security official working for the majority stakeholder in the manufacturer has been suspended and handed over to Chinese government authorities.  In an official statement from Foxconn, they confirmed that the Hon Hai security official - identified only by his surname, Gu - has been turned in, and that the company "welcomes public discussion" on how they might improve their management.

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