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— Music

Artiphon teases first images of wooden-bodied INSTRUMENT 1 for iPhone

By - December 24, 2012 5 Pictures
There is no doubt that smartphone- and tablet-based apps have had a huge impact on music creation. While there seems to be plenty of plastic devices that extend functionality and creativity beyond the touchscreen (from the toy-like Fingerist to the iTar), if you yearn for wood then you're options are a little less abundant. After spending two years in development, the first images of Artiphon's intriguing, hardwood-bodied INSTRUMENT 1 for iPhone have been released ahead of a product launch in early 2013. Read More
— Music

Moog Music develops LEV-96 pickup harmonizer

By - November 14, 2012 11 Pictures
Marking something of a diversion from the company's more familiar analog synths, tonesmiths at Moog Music are in the early prototype stages of a novel technology capable of activating and controlling the natural harmonics and resonant frequencies of the strings of an acoustic instrument, and placing them at the disposal of the player. The LEV-96 sensoriactuator is currently installed at the sound hole of an acoustic guitar for beta testing, and features touch-enabled sliders and buttons for precise sonic tweaking and adjustment. Read More
— Computers

Logitech launches Windows 8-ready touchpad and mice

By - October 17, 2012 11 Pictures
Whatever OS tickles your device fancy, you simply can't ignore the fact that a new release of Microsoft's operating system is just around the corner. If you've just invested in a notebook, PC or All-in-One which is distinctly lacking in the touchscreen display department, however, Logitech has launched three new peripherals to help you get the most from Windows 8. The Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650, Touch Mouse T620 and Zone Touch Mouse T400 will all be available later this month. Read More
— Mobile Technology

iPhone case adds two more touch-based inputs to the device

By - October 11, 2012 5 Pictures
One of the features of the PlayStation Vita that has drawn a lot of attention is the rear touch panel. It allows users to input various touch commands without actually smudging up their screens with dirty fingers. The new iPhone case from Canopy called the Sensus adds the same feature to iPhones. With it, users can play their games all they want without getting ugly fingerprints and smudges all over their screens. Read More
— Computers

Will Microsoft redefine the industry with Windows 8 and the Surface Pro?

By - July 5, 2012 4 Pictures
Windows 8 represents a big change for Microsoft’s industry leading OS. It breaks from tradition by doing away with the long serving Start button and replacing it with a tile-based and touch-friendly Metro UI. While this move has widely polarized opinion, especially in the enterprise sector, it does represent a major trend across the industry, with mobile-tablet operating systems becoming more and more closely related to their laptop and desktop counterparts. This trend is personified by Microsoft’s in-house tablet, the Surface Pro. Read More
— Electronics

MaKey MaKey turns anything into a touchpad

By - May 15, 2012 19 Pictures
As I discovered when reviewing the Minty Geek Electronics Lab a while back, experimenting with circuit building can be a great deal of fun. There was one particular project in this kit that made use of the human body to complete a circuit, with a simple lie detector test being the end result. With their Makey Makey open source hardware project, Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum have taken such touch interaction to a much more entertaining and inventive degree. Everyday objects like bananas, coins, and even Play-Doh can be transformed into a computer keyboard key or mouse click to control onscreen gaming action, play software-based instruments or type out short messages. Read More
— Good Thinking

Touché technology detects how you touch

By - May 4, 2012 2 Pictures
Touch sensitive displays have changed the way we interact with electronic devices everyday, evolving from single to multi-touch displays that can recognize multiple contacts. Now researchers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University have developed a touch sensitive technology called Touché that not only detects if and where someone is touching it, but how they are touching it. Read More
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