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postheadericon Microsoft researchers show off intuitive stylus, don’t know how to hold a pencil (video)

At this week’s Microsoft promotional bonanza, otherwise known as TechFest 2011, a team of researchers debuted a rather shabby looking capacitive stylus that switches between functions based on your grip — an interesting addition to a rather stagnant market, sure, but there are still a few kinks to be worked out. The multi-purpose tool enlists capacitive multi-touch and orientation sensors to respond to how you hold the thing, allowing you to perform a number of different tasks with a simple repositioning. A demo video of the stylus at work shows a disembodied hand switching between a pen, an airbrush, a compass, and even a virtual flute with ease, but while the project stresses the “naturalness” of the experience, we’re pretty sure nobody sketches quite like that. Check out the video after the break to see what we mean.

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Microsoft researchers show off intuitive stylus, don’t know how to hold a pencil (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Mar 2011 09:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Qualcomm’s ultrasonic pen demo transcribes from paper to device (video)

LG’s Netflix-lovin’ Revolution wasn’t the only standout demonstration at Qualcomm’s MWC booth — the company also cut out a bit of space to showcase a wild new ultrasonic pen that’s able to transcribe writing on paper directly into one’s phone, tablet or laptop. The gist of it is simple: the pen can be equipped with an actual ink pen or a simple nub, and there’s a battery-powered transceiver inside. Using standard, off-the-shelf microphones on a mobile device, your future phone or tablet could pick up vibrations from the pen with a radius of around 30 centimeters.

Underlying Epos software is used to convert vibration and coordinate information into text, and from there, any ‘ole text app can be used to field the results. We were even shown a brief demo of a prototype language translation app that enabled the demonstrator to write a sentence on paper beside the phone, and have the phone itself take in the English phrase, convert it to text, and then translate into a foreign tongue. It’s a fairly impressive feat, and there’s some pretty obvious usage case scenarios here — this could easily reinvent the art of note taking in class, where those who prefer to jot down reminders on paper will be able to log those same bullet points on their laptop as they scribble. Vid’s after the break, per usual.

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Qualcomm’s ultrasonic pen demo transcribes from paper to device (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Olympus E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds camera now shipping, Penpal still has us buzzing

Right on cue, Olympus’ latest entrant into the world of Micro Four Thirds is now shipping. Just a month after receiving its official unveil at CES, the E-PL2 is finally taking over for the E-PL1. Aside from an ISO range topping out at 6,400, a 3-inch rear LCD, an SDXC slot, RAW image support and a newfangled accessory port, this guy’s also fully compatible with the Penpal Bluetooth dongle. For those unaware, that enables photos to be shared and uploaded on the fly so long as your BT-enabled, 3G-ready smartphone is by your side, though it looks as if the camera itself has beat said accessory to market. The camera’s yours for the taking at $599.99 (bundled with a ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens) at the source links below.

[Thanks, Tom]

Olympus E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds camera now shipping, Penpal still has us buzzing originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Feb 2011 04:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Olympus E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds camera now shipping, Penpal still has us buzzing

Right on cue, Olympus’ latest entrant into the world of Micro Four Thirds is now shipping. Just a month after receiving its official unveil at CES, the E-PL2 is finally taking over for the E-PL1. Aside from an ISO range topping out at 6,400, a 3-inch rear LCD, an SDXC slot, RAW image support and a newfangled accessory port, this guy’s also fully compatible with the Penpal Bluetooth dongle. For those unaware, that enables photos to be shared and uploaded on the fly so long as your BT-enabled, 3G-ready smartphone is by your side, though it looks as if the camera itself has beat said accessory to market. The camera’s yours for the taking at $599.99 (bundled with a ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens) at the source links below.

[Thanks, Tom]

Olympus E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds camera now shipping, Penpal still has us buzzing originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Feb 2011 04:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Olympus E-PL2 camera leaked, Penpal Bluetooth dongle to share photos via smartphone

CES 2011 is just around the bend, and while LG’s 72-inch monstrosity will undoubtedly see its fair share of attention, Olympus is hoping to shake things up in the camera realm. Or so we’re led to believe. The shot above is purportedly the first leaked image of the outfit’s forthcoming E-PL2, the Micro Four Thirds followup to the E-PL1. The real question here is this: did Olympus’ engineers take your advice on how to change it? According to 43 Rumors, this guy will ship with a new 14-42mm f/3.5 – 5.6 kit lens, a ‘direct movie’ button, high-res 3-inch display, an ISO ceiling of 6400 and an intriguing Bluetooth module as an option. Cleverly dubbed Penpal, this is essentially the most sensible method of sending photos you snap on your camera to the web, be it on Facebook, Flickr or any other social network. If you’ve got the apparatus plugged into the hot shoe, you can sync it with your BT-enabled smartphone (Android or “Windows Mobile,” we’re told) and use its cellular connection to complete the upload. Definitely a more logical approach than shoving a 3G chip into a digicam, and undoubtedly a trend we expect to see take off in 2011. Regrettably, there’s no pricing or release information to share, but all should be revealed in a matter of days.

Olympus E-PL2 camera leaked, Penpal Bluetooth dongle to share photos via smartphone originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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