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Multitouch and gesture interfaces

What was first a trickle is now a torrent. Apple’s iPhone, Nintendo’s Wii, and Microsoft’s Surface and Windows 7 all confirm that multitouch and gesture interfaces are likely to dominate input hardware soon. They’re often less expensive to engineer and … Continue reading

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Walking alternative to wheelchairs?

A new prototype device consists of a system of braces, actuators, and controllers that let the strapped-in user stand, walk, and climb stairs.  As usual, though, commercialization is going to be a challenge, as will be funding and therapeutic support.  … Continue reading

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Improving TV images for viewers with visual impairments

A team of researchers has developed a screen clarifying technique especially designed to enhance the experience of viewers with macular degeneration.  Leaving aside the quality of typical TV shows, this could really benefit a lot of folks! Bringing American Idol … Continue reading

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Closed-Captioned HD Radio

HD radio, the new digital radio technology, can carry text as well as audio.  Although designed to tell you what song you’re listening to, it obviously has other multimedia benefits.  Well, the wizards at NPR teamed up with Harris Communications … Continue reading

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New computer monitor corrects for colorblindness

This new monitor automatically adjusts the colors so that red-green colorblind users can more easily distinguish the content.  There’s been a software utility for this purpose for a while. Eizo FlexScan Monitor for the Colorblind – Boing Boing Gadgets

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Vocal Joystick — better than speech recognition?

University of Washington researchers have developed a technique that uses different vocal sounds to move a cursor on a screen in different directions. The longer and louder the sound, the further and faster the movement. This analog input system may … Continue reading

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