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iPoint 3D – Remote Interactions with 3D Displays

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Seems like we are in a re-take shot of a Sci-Fi movie. Nope. You are one of the early users of  iPoint 3D..

Fraunhofer, the creators of  iPoint 3D plans to show off the technology at next month’s CeBIT show, and say its uses could range from business purposes to gaming.

This device enables  an interaction with your 3D Display using your hand gestures.

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So how does this work?

  • iPoint 3D uses a device roughly the size of a keyboard and is placed either on the ceiling or on a table below the hands.
  • There are two firewire cameras that monitor hand motions, which is then relayed back to the display.
  • Thus our gestures are captured by these cameras and which transmits the signal back to the 3D Display

PRESS SUMMARY

iPoint 3D enables you to use your fingers as remote control - digital camera and photography newsThe »iPoint 3D« allows people to communicate with a 3-D display through simple gestures – without touching it and without 3-D glasses or a data glove. What until now has only been seen in science fiction films will be presented at CeBIT from March 3-8 by experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI (Hall 9, Stand B36).

»The heart of iPoint 3D is a recognition device, not much larger than a keyboard, that can be suspended from the ceiling above the user or integrated in a coffee table. Its two built-in cameras detect hands and fingers in real time and transmit the information to a computer,« says Paul Chojecki, a research scientist at the HHI, explaining the technology. The system responds instantly, as soon as someone in front of the screen moves their hands. No physical contact or special markers are involved. The small device is equipped with two FireWire cameras – inexpensive, off-the-shelf video cameras that are easy to install.

In addition to its obvious appeal to video gamers, iPoint 3D can also be useful in a living room or office, or even in a hospital operating room, or as part of an interactive information system. »Since the interaction is entirely contactless, the system is ideal for scenarios where contact between the user and the system is not possible or not allowed, such as in an operating room,« Chojecki says. The HHI invention can thus be used not only to control a display but also as a means of controlling other devices or appliances. Someone kneading pastry in the kitchen, whose hands are covered in dough, can turn down the boiling potatoes by waving a finger without leaving sticky marks on the stove. In an office, for example, an architect can peruse the latest set of construction drawings and view them from all angles by gesture control. The finger is the remote control of the future.

The researchers from Berlin will be presenting iPoint 3D at CeBIT, the trade fair for information and communication technologies, in Hanover from March 3-8 (Hall 9, Stand B36).

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March 1, 2009 at 4:41 am

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Bamboo Peripherals from Micro innovations – Are they really green?

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Micro innovations deserves Kudos for advancing the cause of Bamboo in the Electronic Industry..

The question is – Are they really Green gadgets? Bamboo trees are a great source of green foliage and they have a great advantage for th low cost housing industry in less advanced nations. So why spend this precious natural resource in our home theater systems.

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Answer – No. In any sense.

Technology wise, these products are of mediocre quality and quite average in looks too. But, some of us who are obsessed with anything wood might be convinced to have them.

Pricing: Cheaper than the standard Electronics.

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February 13, 2009 at 9:10 am

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Wasabi Ultramobile Photo Printer – Zero Ink printer. I am serious!

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ZINK – That’s what Dell has named this pockety printer!

Surprised? That’ true. This ultramobile printer does not need ink for your memories to come alive.

Economy and efficiency at its best. Way to go Dell. Looking forward to a Wasabi. Can’t wait to make my first scrap book while i am traveling & printing.

ZINK PUTS AMORPHOCHROMATIC CRYSTALS INSIDE THE PAPER THUS ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR ANY INK..

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Its small design and ease of use allows you to print anywhere and everywhere.

  • Print without wires using Bluetooth®
  • Holds up to 12 sheets of adhesive-backed paper
  • Never run out of ink because there is no ink (Zero InkTM paper required.)

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February 13, 2009 at 8:33 am

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Nokia N97 – Isn’t it pricey for all its iPhonic features..

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Whoever heard the price tag, had the same tag – Its pricey!

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Features – Almost Iphonic..

  • 32GB of memory
  • 5 MP Zeiss lens with a LED flash
  • 802 11 b/g Wi-Fi
  • Its bulky for all its looks

Price: Around $700 USD

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January 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

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Palm Pre Smart phones – Smart blend of iPhone & Blackberry

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Palm Pre Smart phones ….

Its a real smart move from Palm. It has taken the best features of 2 top sellers and created a product mashup..

...Palm has learned its lessons & also lessons from Apple. So what it did?

….It combined the Touch screen & QWERTY keyboard of Blackberry

….. Like the iPhone, the Pre features multi-touch and an accelerometer, so photos and videos switch between horizontal and vertical view when the phone is turned.

…….The area just below the touch screen, which would normally be considered dead space on most phones, is actually a gesture pad that allows the user to navigate menus and programs on the phone without touching the screen.The gesture pad comes in handy for the phone’s “Card” display system, which is similar to how windows are shown on a computer desktop.

……….Each application that is running, whether it’s the MP3 player or web browser, is displayed as a Card on the screen, and it can be rearranged just like windows on a computer.

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Palm Pre Applications

  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • carrier-assisted and stand-alone GPS
  • three-megapixel camera
  • PP also includes a universal search function where you type a few letters and you get suggestions (much like Google Suggest)

You can design a software for the  PP  and will be free to do so and won’t be required to seek Palm’s approval, as seen with others such as Apple.

The Pre can also be charged wirelessly when placed on a small puck-shaped magnetic induction device, which then plugs into the wall. The Pre interacts with the charger as well, so if a call comes in while the phone is being charged, it can be answered by just lifting it off the pad without pushing any buttons.

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January 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

Service Cloud – Next Generation Customer service…A peep!

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Service Cloud – The logical Customer service..

Salesforce on Thursday rolled out its next-generation solution for customer service.

Service Cloud is a next generation blend of Force.com & Cloud Computing..

What will Service Cloud do?

  • Service Cloud will capture customer-service conversations with the goal of empowering companies to leverage the expertise of partner sites, which include cloud platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon.com, to customers, agents and partners, regardless of location or device.

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  • Majority of customer conversation takes place in the cloud – So the Sales Cloud will make customer service consistent across all channels

“The Service Cloud is the first customer-service solution that empowers companies to join and manage all service conversations happening in the cloud,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. “This has been made possible through the emergence of native cloud-computing platforms like Force.com that are built to harness the power of other clouds like Facebook, Google and Amazon.com.”

A New Customer-Service Model

Salesforce.com said the Service Cloud is vying to create a new model for customer service by joining two disconnected worlds. The Service Cloud captures and funnels information from inside the enterprise and in the cloud into the knowledge base.

The Service Cloud is made up of seven main components around the knowledge base to gather, distill and disseminate the expert knowledge found in the cloud to customers, agents and partners. Those components are ..

  • community
  • social
  • search
  • partners
  • phone
  • e-mail
  • chat

According to Gartner analyst Michael Maoz, the new generation of consumers trusts content created by peers. “This consumer expectation that they can create answers and content as part of a community will lead businesses and other organizations to adopt similar techniques to succeed,” he said. “Ultimately, organizations will have to change their singular emphasis on tools for agents to a broader strategy that also supports the role of community experts.”

“Customers are already sharing knowledge and having meaningful support conversations in the cloud with their community of friends and experts,” Hoban said. “Salesforce.com will allow us to join the conversation with this expert community to improve the way we serve our customers.”

Pricing & Availability

Service Cloud packages start at $995 per month, which includes the ability to create an online customer community with unlimited usage for up to 250 customers, set up a contact center with up to five agents, connect with native cloud-computing sites like Facebook and Google, and invite up to five partners to participate in the service cloud.

Written by hermit

January 16, 2009 at 3:14 am

The truth about iSale…What about iBerry?

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iSale..is for sales

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Lets see what iSales is..

  • First of it is an iPhone application
  • The iPhone app is free, but it requires iSale 5.5, which costs $40. (Equinux offers a trial version that lets you try out three free auctions.)
  • iSale mobile works with both the iPhone and the iPod touch.
  • So you can consider iSale as an auction expediter
  • iSale integrates with Apple technology

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How iSale works?

  • You can consider it as an auction helper on the go
  • So, now your auctioning while driving too…pretty neat but dangerous too…choice is yours!
  • But, is the auction real time?
  • No
  • iSale ets you create online auction drafts while you are on the move.
  • You can pick from among 222 iSale templates …. write a description for your auction item  …..set the starting price, auction duration, and category.
  • When you’re back near your Mac (and the desktop version of iSale), you can transfer all that data via WLAN.


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January 16, 2009 at 2:14 am

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