If the future of Apple is the iPhone, given the immense competition in the tablet sector, blogs are abuzz about what the future of the iPhone itself will be.
The latest on technology website itechfuture.com looks at concepts that are set to define the next iPhone and the evolution of the device from Apple.
From a seamless flexible display to silicon keyboards that connect by simply putting a portable gadget on the top, to using the iPhone to beam visuals on other surfaces, the options are exciting and vast.
One concept called the iPhone Joker deals with a slider style smartphone where the joker slides within the outer flexible screen.
With solar panels on board, the display and headset helps save 30% of power.
The device is reported to eventually look more like a mixture of iPhone and iPad.
Much more interesting is the iPhone beamer concept, which allows users to use the laser mini-beam to project content like games, videos, photos and applications directly on a wall in front without requiring an additional piece of hardware.
A special "Rec and Play" function could allow users to test their creativity with the projected images.
The projector will allow users to make video calls and watch movies without straining their eyes.
Finally, Norway-based one2TOUCH is providing silicon keyboards that connect with smartphones and touchscreen tablets by simply putting a portable gadget on the top — no pairing needed.
When seated in the keyboard, the cell phone connects for the keyboard and it is prepared to get insight.
This silicon keyboard will be water-proof, and also folds up to suit in a handbag and also pocket.
Asus: Ice-cream sandwich smartphone
Taiwanese electronics company Asus has launched its PadFone – a 4.0 smartphone which converts into a tablet, which then converts into a mini laptop.
Yes you heard it right. A three in one smart-phone that works as an ‘ice-cream sandwich’ simply doubles up to whatever you want it to be.
The 4.3” screen phone has to be connected to a docking styled device called Padfone station for it to convert into a 10.1”tablet.
Club it with the Asus keyboard dock and the device transforms itself into a Netbook.
That’s not all. The stylus too does multiple tasks – acts as a headphone and microphone – while connecting through Bluetooth.
The PadFone has a Super AMOLED qHD touchscreen, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 8MPixel digital camera with Fuji image processor, ASUS SonicMaster audio, GPS, 16GB storage onboard, microSD slot and 1520mAh battery.
According to the company, the integration between the phone and docking station is seamless and the moment the device is connected to the station it transforms the viewing experience into a tablet mode.
While the phone itself has a 62 hour talk-time, the Station Dock keyboard comes with an additional battery that can
recharge the PadFone for up to 102 hours of talk time.
The PadFone is priced at $917 while the keyboard costs an additional $195.
PowerPot – let the sun cook and run your kitchen
The PowerPot is a cooking pot that doubles as a portable electric generator.
It can be used indoors or outside and works with any fuel source.
We have had multiple solar recharges for mobile phones and gadgets but here’s device that can work all 24 hours
and brings power right out of the cooking oven.
The device uses a technology called thermoelectric power generation that transforms the heat from cooking into
The two models that have been launched the PowerPot V and the PowerPot X produce 5 and 10 watts of usable
The PowerPot XV which is still being developed can produce output of up to 15 watts.
All models generate enough power to charge 2+ smart phones, mp3 players, or LED lights at a time.
The larger models (PowerPot X and XV) produce enough power to charge larger devices such as tablets.
The project is listed under Kickstarter and already has about 611 backers who have pledged $72,683.
Uppleva – the end to your TV cabinet wires’
Aren’t you tired of tying up three dozen wires that hang out of your TV cabinet.
Swedish furniture giant IKEA has come up with a very simple solution- an all in one TV cabinet that’s equipped with an inbuilt TV, DVD or Blu-ray player and 2.1 surround-sound system.
Everything fits in neatly into a furniture that can be further customised with other designs for your living room.
What’s more, everything is controlled by a single remote.
The wireless sub-woofer gives you the freedom to place it anywhere in the living room.
The TV comes in three different sizes and goes upto 46“ and has inbuilt wifi connectivity apart from two USB ports and four HDMI ports.
Currently under production the units will be made available in Europe by June 2012.
Hot Gadgets: Nokia, HTC go for iPhone kill
Two smartphones that were launched last week are creating headlines - The Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II.
Nokia Lumia 900
The Nokia is an improvement of Lumia 800 with a much larger screen (4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display) and 4G LTE technology (the first from Nokia).It also comes equipped with a 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens apart from a 1-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Nokia Drive offers a fully features personal navigation system and the phone allws users to access the Microsoft SkyDrive for cloud storage. With a 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor and 512MB of RAM the phone has 16GB of internal storage.
In comparison the Windows based HTC Titan II is a 5.2 inch instrument with a 4.7-inch display (the highest for a windows phone so far). The 16 megapixel back camera has a dedicated camera button and image stabilization apart from a back illuminated light sensor. It also has a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
The phone operates on 7.5 mango operating and offers 4G LTE connectivity. The other features include 1.5 GHz Scorpion single core central processor; Snapdragon S2 microchip package; 512 MB RAM and 16 GB of built-in storage.
HTC Titan II
NEST 41 screen protector
Imagine a screen protector that can heal all scratches by itself. German based NEXT 41 has come out with a similar product.
Made of tempered glass and a special film can repair itself in approximately 10 seconds for almost 20,000 times provided it is placed in room temperature.
The UltraGlass protects the phone from scuffs, scratches, and abrasions. Currently it is available for the iPhone and Samsung SII. According to reports quoting Toray Advanced Film that makes the polyethylene terephthalate film there are plans to expand production of the film for use in a wider variety of applications.
Nikon has come out with its latest new pro level D4 - the 16.2 megapixel camera with CMOS FX format image sensor and Expeed 3 image processing engine and ISO ranging from 100-12,800. The camera can shoot up to 11 frames per second at full-resolution and also includes silent mode.
The camera also has an advance scene recognition system with 91K pixel RGB sensor allowing accurate autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash, Active D-Lighting and auto white balance result.
The camera can record 1080p Full HD video in three different modes - FX-based, DX-based or 1,920 x 1,080 crop movie format.
The two card slots can accommodate a CF card and an XQD memory card. It operates with Lithium-ion battery EN-EL18 with a battery life of 2,600 shots per charge.
Samsung Smart TV
Last week Samsung launched its ES8000 series Smart TV in the Gulf in an impressive launch at the Dubai Mall.
Some of the impressive features of the Dh12,999 feature rich TV is its dual-core processor and its multi tasking ability and voice and gesture recognition application. The Samsung’s Smart Interaction technology will enable users to control the TV via motion or voice control. The face recognition software will recognize the face of different family members and choose personalized apps.
The TV has full HD resolution and comes fitted with an integrated camera making it easy for skype users and gamers using the kinect technology.
The AllShare Play functionality allows users to upload and share multimedia content with compatible devices.
Sony has launched an iPod Nano lookalike smartwatch that can access your apps from an android device. The device can also stream information from Android smartphones via Bluetooth.
The watch has a 1.3-inch OLED touch screen and is 0.3 inches thick and weighs about a half ounce. It technically works like a remote for your android device that is versions 2.1 and above and operates through Bluetooth 3.0.
Apart from displaying messages, answering calls, and alerting on all updates on the phone, it also displays time. It can be recharges using a USB cable and has a battery life of up to four days.
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