Wireless charging solutions like the Palm Touchstone are likely to increase in shipments by a factor of 65x by 2014, iSuppli are predicting, suggesting that cordless power will spread from mobile phones to "portable media players, digital still cameras and mobile PCs." They also predict the rise of a common standard which all manufacturers could promote cooperatively. Current wireless charging shipments are believed to be around 3.6m units in 2010, though iSuppli expect that to rise to 234.9m in just four years time.
We've had a lot of things to cover when it comes to Texas Instruments' OMAP4, especially when it has anything to do with that Blaze name. From our hands-on time with the previously released OMAP Blaze, which happened twice, to the general overview of the device we provided earlier in the year, it's one of the more exciting pieces of technology out there. And now, Texas Instruments is cramming all of the goodness of that Blaze moniker into, that's right, a tablet!
Today, Google opened up their opening keynote for Google I/O. It's entire purpose was to talk about the Web, HTML5, and how it all can work together to move the standard forward. Part of that movement is open sourcing as much of the Internet as humanly possible, so hopefully you'll welcome WebM with open arms. It's a brand new, open-source video format that Google hopes will hit the mainstream.
There's no surprise that the KIN Two, of the newly formed KIN lineage, is getting the tear down treatment. It's a new gadget, of course. So, does this tear down get to the dirty details of what makes the KIN Two tick? Are there any bombshells waiting in the deep dark sections? You'll just have to read on after the break to find out.
NVIDIA are looking to take on Qualcomm in the Android arena, with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang positioning the company's second-gen Tegra chipset as a more multimedia- and performance-focused alternative for high-end devices. Huang complimented Qualcomm and TI's mobile chipsets, describing them as "wonderful application processors", but went on to say that "our differentiation and our contribution to the space is where multimedia, high resolution snappy graphics [are] really necessary." He also highlighted Tegra's possibilities for larger-scale, iPad rivalling Android tablets, such as Notion Ink's Adam.
The Texas Instruments OMAP3 and OMAP4 mobile development platform is something that we've followed pretty extensively here at SlashGear. With an in-depth look at what the platform as a whole offers, plus not just one, but two different hands-on videos of the whole set up in action, we're pretty comfortable in saying that TI's creation is one of the most interesting things we've seen in a long time. That's why we're happy to see that their OMAP Blaze is now on sale. In four variations, no less.
Even before you leave an event like Mobile World Congress 2010 you get used to people asking you what the most interesting or exciting thing you’ve seen at the show has been. This year, while there was no shortage of impressive hardware imminent to the market, the real promise for me was in next-gen chipsets. Texas Instruments, NVIDIA, Freescale, Marvell, Qualcomm and others had all brought their wares along to demo, and the promises – not to mention the step up from existing platforms – were flowing thick and fast. So, what sort of devices can we expect using these new chipsets?
Like the charming, fey uncle your grandmother warned you against showering with, Apple’s iPad has us confused. Tablets have broached the mainstream and, like CES 2010 last month, this past week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona saw several more companies show their hand. Each of the chipset companies we spoke to – Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Freescale, Marvell and others – included tablets among the target market for their ARM-based wares, and we played with various concepts, prototypes and mockups, many of which are destined for release within the next twelve months.
Don't let anybody tell you tech blogging is all glamour; sometimes in the name of a great story - and showcasing a fantastic gadget - you end up looking pretty darn ridiculous. Wearable computing specialists Kopin were walking the MWC 2010 show floor giving demonstrations of their Golden-i head-mounted PC, which promises a 15-inch virtual display that can be voice-controlled while leaving your hands free. Check out our first-impressions and a demo video after the cut.
It wasn't all OMAP4 overload at Texas Instruments' stand here at Mobile World Congress 2010; the company is also showing off its latest attempts at gesture recognition. TI reckons tomorrow's smartphones could better be controlled by single- or multiple- finger gestures performed in front of the handset, rather than multitouch limited to the display, and they've come up with a way to recognize 3D movements with a single, inexpensive webcam.