Japanese Researchers Develop Teeth-Clench Interface for iPod

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Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2007, 10:05
Category: iPod

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The click-wheel was pretty cool. And having a small extension on your headphones to flip between iPod tracks worked out nicely.
But life isn’t complete until clenching your teeth controls the music you’re listening to.
According to Yahoo News, Japanese researchers have developed a head gear system that uses a combination of infrared sensors and a microcomputer that lets the user choose iPod tracks by clenching their teeth. Once in place, the computer can interpret actions such as clenching one’s teeth for a second as a track selection, differentiating it from chewing or talking and work from there.
The development team, which is based out of state-run Osaka University, has stated that it hopes to put the device to commercial use and believes it can eventually be adapted to run cell phones, wheelchairs and other products. The device would allow for a completely hands-free system as well as allow disabled users access to a wider range of technologies.
Other possible uses for the device could include a click interface, such as users clenching their teeth to switch move between pages on a PowerPoint document.
No details have been provided as to when the device could come to market.
Cool idea and it’d be interesting to see this in action. If you have any ideas or feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Samsung Introduce 160 Gigabyte, 1.8″ Hard Drive

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Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2007, 09:16
Category: hard drive

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On Tuesday, tech manufacturer Samsung introduced a new 1.8″, 150 gigabyte hard drive designed for portable devices such as Apple’s iPod.
According to Macworld UK, the new Spinpoint N2 drive functions at 4,200 revolutions per minute. The drive can hold as many as 40,000 MP3 files or 100 high definition quality movies.
The company is expected to use the new drives in its video camcorder, MP3 and PMP devices.
No word has been given as to whether the drive will be featured in a future generation of iPod, which may be moving towards Flash-based drives for all models.
If you have an opinion or feedback on this, let us know over in the comments or forums.

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Toshiba Releases 320 Gigabyte Notebook Hard Drive

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Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2007, 07:05
Category: hard drive

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I have nothing but good things to say about my MacBook.
To date, it’s been tough, resilient, scrappy, good at locating wireless networks and has yet to let me down.
I just wish the hard drive was bigger.
On Monday, Toshiba announced a new 2.5″, 320 gigabyte SATA notebook hard drive. According to the guys over at Engadget, the MK3252GSX features a pair of 160 gigabyte platters which spin at 5,600 rpm with an eight megabyte buffer.
Albeit Fujitsu is currently offering a 300 gigabyte model, Toshiba’s offers a faster drive speed (5,600 rpm as opposed to 4,200 rpm and a lower size profile as well as the additional 20 gigabytes).
The MK3252GSX is expected to begin shipping in November when Toshiba puts them into mass production.
Price and availability details have yet to be announced.
Stay tuned to the PowerPage for further details as they become available and if you have any thoughts on this, let us know in the comments and forums.

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iPhone Salling Clicker Development Tutorial Posted

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Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2007, 07:47
Category: iPhone

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The iPhone is cool, but it doesn’t have everything.
Including salling clicker applications which act as a remote control for the device’s functions.
An IBM Senior Software Engineer by the name of Jack Herrington has just posted a full tutorial as to how to create a sailing clicker application for your iPhone using PHP and XML.
The process begins by using a program called the iUI toolkit, which builds an interface similar to a web site and then allows you to follow the instructions from there.
Not for the techie faint of heart, this one takes some doing, but could yield a pretty cool remote control program of sorts for your favorite new cell phone when it’s all said and done.
If you’ve tried the tutorial or seen a similar effort in the works, let us know via the comments of forums.

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