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Self-Aware Earphones Know Which Ear They're In!

clock February 3, 2012 17:58 by author Jeremy

Isn't it just the worst feeling ever when you realize you've put the wrong earphone into the wrong ear? I consider myself to be an expert on directional knowledge (okay, sometimes I still get left and right mixed up), yet even I'm constantly duped by the good ol' switcheroo that earphones like to perform.

But not anymore! The Japan Science and Technology Agency has fashioned a self-aware earphone capable of telling which ear it's in, and whether it's even your ear; now you can have stereo sound from just one earpiece when sharing the pair with a friend.

The "Universal Earphones" can figure all this out with the use of a proximity sensor. When the earphone is in the right ear, the sensor will face your ear, thus recognizing which ear it's in. When it's in the left ear, the sensor will face away from the ear and into the open air, and will play sound accordingly.

A skin conductor sensor is also provided, changing the earphones from stereo to mono when one earphone is pulled out (for those, "Sorry, what?" moments). This sort of technology could even be tinkered with further, allowing the earphones themselves to pause and play accordingly when in and out of an ear.

The group will present their findings and product in the Intelligent User Interface conference at the end of the onth in Lisbon. Hopefully we'll see this product actually come out to market, just to save the me 3 seconds or so it takes to figure out which earphone is which. Anything for the sake convenience, right?

Japan Science and Technology Agency, newscientist.com



CES 2012 - Show Overview with Pictures - Part 2

clock January 13, 2012 23:36 by author Jeremy

Our eBatts.com staff have taken more snapshots at CES! Check out the nifty new gadgets and tech-toys that we've uncovered with our second batch of pictures!

LG's 3D OLED 55" TV

KICKER iPhone Docks

Nixon Headphones

 

PS3 3D TV

Samsung's booth

Nokia Lumia - being twisted!

 

And last but not least...!!!

...a boat. Thanks, Vegas.



Samsung's Futuristic Smart Window

clock January 13, 2012 20:28 by author 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



DRAC90 - Universal 90-Watt Laptop Charger by Duracell

clock December 20, 2011 00:23 by author Jeremy

eBatts.com has put up a new video on YouTube, demonstrating our Duracell Universal 90-Watt Laptop Charger for notebook/laptops. The DRAC90 is a universal laptop charger that is compatible with many popular laptop manufacturers.

The Duracell laptop charger comes with 10 voltage tips for compatibility with most laptop manufacturers. The Duracell universal laptop charger also comes with a 2.1 Amp USB port allows you to charge a phone, PDA, iPod, iPad, iPad 2, Kindle Fire, and more while charging the notebook.

The Universal Laptop Charger is available on our site now, along with many other Laptop Batteries and Laptop Chargers.

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HP Team to Create New webOS Hardware

clock December 9, 2011 23:40 by author Jeremy

Meg Whitman (CEO) and Marc Andreessen (board member) of HP sat down today in an interview with The Verge to discuss the future of webOS - a platform which, just months ago, many thought would be halted completely. But even with the fire sale of HP TouchPad tablets continuing on Sunday, Dec. 11, Whitman and Andreessen admit that webOS won't actually be going away anymore.

Specifically, one may expect webOS to return in a new type of HP Tablet. While Whitman and Andreessen admit that there are no concrete decisions yet, they agree that a tablet is a much more acceptable option for the previously-dead platform. "I do not believe we will be in the smartphone business again," said Whitman earlier on in the interview.

The same team that developed webOS will continue to work on it, along with a slew of new partners. Whitman and Andreessen announced that they want webOS to become an open source platform, but also concede that getting there may take a while due to the technology behind webOS. "...there are some current components of webOS - in its current form - that are not open sourceable, so there's some work that has to happen to swap those out and swap in some open source alternatives," said Andreessen.

Check out the link below for a full transcript of the interview on The Verge.

Source: The Verge

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