January 13, 2012 20:28 by Jeremy
It's always exciting when you see technology in futuristic/sci-fi movies come to life. The most recent example of this would be Samsung's aptly-named LCD Smart Window, shown off at CES 2012.
Imagine looking through an office window, only to tap it and update your twitter account about what the weather is like today (which you'd be able to see for yourself through that very same window!). Or, picture yourself browsing a store and using this touch-screen to check for products and prices. Alternatively, you could also be the navigator of a spaceship in outer space, or a secret agent looking through files! No matter what the scenario, this touchscreen-television just looks cool.
Fret not, secret agents, as this see-through wonder is one-sided; people on the other side can't peek at what you're up to. You'll need ambient light to see the screen, but there is also a special transparent BLU (back light unit) for when lighting is inaccessible.
Unfortunately there are no solid release dates or prices yet for this Window Panel, but rumors state that productinon could start soon.
Sources: webpronews.com, cnet.com
February 8, 2011 01:13 by Jeremy
Yes, that's right: the phone you see in the picture above is their big news (literally). It's the world's first giant phone.
Just kidding! It's a prop. Seriously though, today was a big day for Sprint: their event had been planned as far back as January 20, and even promised David Blaine (who did make an appearance, by the way, but we'll get to that later). The big news was the official announcement of the Kyocera Echo, the first dual touchscreen Android phone.
With the Echo, you can use both of its screens as either one giant screen, or use it to do two tasks simultanously. Sprint even decided to provide the new term "simultasking" - which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
Currently, the Echo has 7 different apps that you can run simultaneously through its two screens. In one example during the event, viewers saw emails being checked on the bottom screen while text messages were being seen at the top. We also saw an example of The Sims, where the bottom screen was our control panel and the top showed the game screen.
Apparently, Sprint and Kyocera will also be releasing API's, which will encourage other developers to create apps and programs for our dual-screen wonder.
So what was David Blaine's part in all this? He was the opening act for Sprint. The act included him swimming around a giant tank of water for roughly 8 minutes, while fish came out of his mouth. He also had a cigar, poured wine, and opened a book that had even more fish in it. Don't worry, I'm just as baffled as you are.
To see more information on the actual event, check out engadget. They also witnessed the David Blaine fish-tank act...you know, in case you're actually curious.