Network World recently got its hands on portions of a deposition Apple designer Jony Ive gave at Samsung’s request this past December, and he revealed that Apple was working on tablet prototypes “sometime between 2002 and 2004.” What’s more, the documents contained some grainy but revealing photos of a tablet computer prototype known as the “035 mockup or prototype” which Jony Ive dates to that same early-2000’s period.
Between 2002/2004 and 2010 it might be safe to say they were working on making it thinner as well as waiting to see how the iPhone did when it was released in 2007. Steve Jobs did mention that they were working on the iPad before the iPhone and felt to take a different direction for the time being.
Joshua Topolsky, Editor-in-chief of The Verge, had the opportunity of trying out a pair of glasses under Project Glass by Google.
What seemed like an exclusive project for Google to make an augmented reality come to light is a little more serious than we thought. At this years Google I/O event they announced a pair of these glasses that would be available for Google developers at a price of $1500 with them being released early 2013.
Josh briefly touched on his experience:
The experience is not all that different from those bulky head-mounted displays that can be worn to see a full HD video without an actual TV in front of you, though the screen image is much smaller, and only occupies one side of your vision.
There is sound emanating from the device, though there’s no in-ear component, and you have to cup your hand over your ear to get any reasonable volume out of the Glass headset. It was, however, incredibly light, and can also be worn over glasses.
Additionally, during the event Sergey stated that the company had been in talks with both standard eyeglass and sunglass makers, and that there were variations of Glass with slightly different form factors.
Google is serious about Project Glass being developed for consumers to buy someday. Augmented reality is ready to deploy, more than ever today, by all the increasing amount of data being produced by people for their personal lives. All we need is a device to make sense of it all and well more data, testing, and analyzing.
As devices become thinner and more compact the increasing powerful technology needs to find better ways of breathing. New Apple devices such as the new iPad and the Macbook Pro retina display version have had these issues. Even many smartphones get warm due to high usage duration.
Well what might be smooth to the naked eye could actually be a rough surface.
Now, researchers at MIT have found that relatively simple, microscale roughening of a surface can dramatically enhance its transfer of heat. Such an approach could be far less complex and more durable than approaches that enhance heat transfer through smaller patterning in the nanometer (billionths of a meter) range. The new research also provides a theoretical framework for analyzing the behavior of such systems, pointing the way to even greater improvements.
As a kid, there were those colorful ball pits at the end of the giant slides for safety. But, rather than focus entirely on safety the designers behind them focused on the enjoyment once you “crash” into the ball pit.
It’s how you approach the situation and where you decide to focus the attention while offering the solution.