Jeremie Francone and Laurence Nigay from the Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble have released a video showing a new technique for delivering interactive 3D to the iPad. The iPad’s camera watches and tracks the position of the viewer’s head to deliver the an image in proper perspective.
It’s worth noting that this experience of 3D is different than the typical 3D television experience. With 3D TV, objects visibly appear to be dimensional. The effect here keeps things flat but allows you to have the feeling of moving around an object dimensionally. This technique is a very interactive/active experience.
02.25.11   |   Posted in: Tech
|   By: A. Salem Jones
Tags: Apple, Thunderbolt
Apple’s newest Macbook Pros use a introduce a connectivity technology which is a dramatic step forward from USB or Firewire. Named Thunderbolt (it was code named Light Peak) it allows multiple devices to be daisy chained to transfer data from external drives or even attach a computer monitor. At 10 Gbps, it’s twice as fast as USB 3.0, 12 times as fast as FireWire 800 and 20 times faster than USB 2.0. This translates to about 770 Megabytes per second. PCs are expected to adopt the technology down the line.
Steve Jobs unveiled the next generation iPhone today in a WWDC keynote speach. After prototypes were infamously leaked, Apple fans had a rough idea of what was coming. The demo confirmed the new design and provided a first look at the phone in action.
Aside from the new product design, the most notable change is the doubling of both the horizontal and vertical resolution (4x the pixels to 960×640). This change is similar to going from SD to HD television and will be great for images and video. The phone can now shoot 720P video at up to 30 fps. Additionally, a 2nd rear facing camera has been added to provide video call capability over WiFi connections. Apple says that various improvements will deliver 40% longer talk time. In stores June 24th. Full tech specs can be found here.
While it looks like publishers are treating the iPad as the whole grail that will save their skin, we’ve been a bit skeptical about why we’d want another device to lug around. Now that we’re seeing some apps surface we’re getting a much more clear picture of how buying an iPad might be worth while.
The first iPad app we’ve seen that looks like a legit reason to buy is Midipad. For any musician who is used to working with Logic Studio, Reason, or Live, Midipad works as an all-in-one virtual controller. This means a lot less equipment to lug around and no problems with plugging in because the iPad can connect wirelessly to your laptop. While we haven’t got a chance to test this yet (for obvious reasons), it’s certainly within reason to speculate this could be used to control sequencing, create 808 style drum tracks, do live DJ mixes, act as digital sound board, or virtually anything controlled through MIDI.
There’s also something vaguely “Star Trek: The Next Generation” about this interface we rather enjoy. If you can find a way to flip the background color to black we’re pretty sure there’s a hidden function to fire photon torpedoes.
The day has finally arrived, after long speculation, Apple has finally unveiled its new tablet. The tablet, named the iPad, is a pound and a half and has close to 9.7 inch visible display (1024 x 768 display). Apple reports a 10 hour battery life while watching video or a month of standby charge. Storage capacities from 16-64 GB. It can be thought of as an oversize iPhone which Steve Jobs hopes will fill a gap between the iPhone and MacBook. Bad news for Adobe, like the iPhone, there is no support for flash on websites.
802.11n wifi, Bluetooth, speaker, microphone, accelerometer and compass. We’re hoping an external keyboard and mouse can be used with the bluetooth. Update: Even if its not possible to do through bluetooth, a keyboard can be attached to the iPad as an alternate means of typing. Pricing starts at an amazingly low $499 with 3G support costing extra. This price point seems to indicate Apple lowering the price artificially low in an attempt to corner the media and app distribution market. The product release is a major event in itself but the pricepoint’s implications to various industries is monumental.
Certain developers reportedly got a head start in developing for the new platform. A standout was the work the New York Times did for the device. Typography, design and overall usability is stellar.
Video game engines are the core of any game you play. The engine can be licensed allowing a game developer to easily add the levels, players, weapons, etc without having to start from scratch. The good news for video game loavers out there is that the Unreal Engine is coming to mobile devices soon. When this happens, expect a slew of great games like the demo above.
While this is definitley not an official Apple video, someone at Sports Illustrated has been getting ideas. Rumor has it (at the Wall Street Journal) that SI was asked to do a conceptual presentation of their magazine in digital format for the still not officially announced (though seemingly inevitable) Apple Tablet. While we doubt the actual SI product would ever be this slick, just the fact that this is in color puts the Kindle to shame.
Mulberry will soon release an anticipated line for Apple products. Designed to house iPhones, MacBooks and MacBook Pros of varying sizes, it’s refreshing to see bags embrace the fact that we spend so much of our time with our computers and phones. The line allows you to be accessible and productive with you without looking like your lugging your office with you. Bayswater for 13″ Macbook (left) $1195. Daria Mini Messenger for iPhone (right) $250. You can view the full line here.
There’s a lot of speculation going around, but all signs point to the reality of an Apple Tablet being released, possibly in time for Christmas. This is essentially a large format ipod touch with wireless internet access. This idea is largely considered to be apples next huge sea changing idea and for good reason.
Building on the tremendous success of iphone applications, a tablet would provide a larger format app developers to work with. This could be used to display anything from a browser, keyboard, photo gallery, to a video screen that could display HD video.
We’re guessing this would probably be about as big as a small- medium sized laptop, maybe 13-15 inches. Apple is speculated to release this for about $800 subsidized by a multi year internet access contract, rumored to be partnered with Verizon.