Camera Phones Can Be Used As a 3D Mouse
New prototype software from researchers in the U.K. can allow camera phones to control computers like a mouse, but in three dimensions. The cell phone is connected to the PC via Bluetooth and the software lets users wave the handset around in front of the computer to control and interact with things on the screen. When the phone and PC are first connected the software aligns the phone's camera relative to the screen using a video feed, and the phone can then be used to control the computer. This includes three dimensional movements, such as zooming in and out, and rotating. The software also assigns functions to the phone's buttons. The researchers said it needs to go through more refinement before it becomes available to the public, and they envision such uses as using it to interact with public information stations.
LG's VPInput App Lets PCs Control Smartphones Via Bluetooth
LG recently announced VPInput, an app for PCs and select LG handsets that makes Bluetooth pairing a breeze. More than simply connecting the devices, VPInput lets LG smartphone owners control their device using the PC's mouse and keyboard.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Offer Refined Hardware, Improved Camera, AR Emoji
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones, updates to last year's S8 models. The devices bear a striking resemblance to their predecessors and make only modest changes to the hardware.
VAIO Trots Out A Windows 10 Handset
VAIO has unveiled a smartphone running Microsoft's Windows 10 platform for its home market of Japan. The VAIO Phone Biz is a stylish handset with aluminum unibody construction and mid-range specifications.
BlackBerry Improves Priv's Launcher, Camera, and Keyboard
BlackBerry has updated several apps for the Priv smartphone and added several compelling features along the way. The Priv Launcher now includes separate views of personal and work apps, allows users to remove shortcuts from the home screen via flicking gestures, enables pop-up widgets by default, and improves overlays so users can see more information about apps and other settings.
Every heard of HID?
won't catch on
Not useless, but probably just won't ever happen unless it's automatically built into all phones.
And that probably won't happen.
Most people think Bluetooth is just an earpiece to the phone. Heaven forbid you try to explain it can do more.