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.
Kyocera 'Waves' Hello to T-Mobile and MetroPCS
Jul 22, 2015
Kyocera today announced the Hydro Wave, its newest Android handset for T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The Hydro Wave has an IP57 rating for protection against water/dust ingress and meets mil-spec 810G for resistance to abuse.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Offer Refined Hardware, Improved Camera, AR Emoji
Feb 25, 2018
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.
Google Bringing Search-Based Feed to Its Mobile App
Jul 19, 2017
Google today said its personalized feed will begin to appear in the Google mobile app for Android and iOS devices. The feed, which Google has been testing on Android since late last year, displays information cards below the search bar based on each user's individual search history.
Facebook Video to Turn Up the Volume
Feb 14, 2017
Facebook is making several big changes to how it treats video on mobile devices. First, sound will fade in and fade out as users scroll past videos in their News Feed as long as the phone's volume is turned on.
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.