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Archive for the ‘stylus’ Category

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 Dell Rosemount tablet will have Intel’s Oak Trail inside, stylus, removable battery and remote wipe

Dell means business with its upcoming Windows 7 slate, if the whispers we’re hearing are true — we have it on good authority that the recently-leaked Rosemount will be a Latitude. An inside source says that the 10-inch tablet will not only sport Dell’s storied business brand but will be geared towards enterprise through and through, with features like serviceable components (including a removable battery), software encryption and the ability to perform a remote wipe, and that it’ll have a dual-digitizer to support both touch input and a stylus for fine details. We don’t know about performance or battery life quite yet, but the slate will reportedly use an Atom chip, specifically Intel’s Oak Trail, so we’ll let you imagine the possibilities.

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Dell Rosemount tablet will have Intel’s Oak Trail inside, stylus, removable battery and remote wipe originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Feb 2011 22:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon The stylus isn’t dead: more pen-based tablets and apps coming this year

HTC may have unleashed a completely unique Android tablet with an active digitizer and stylus yesterday, but more are on the way. At least that’s the word from N-Trig, the company responsible for the screen and pen technology in HTC’s Flyer as well as other convertible tablet PCs. According to the company’s VP of Business Development Lenny Englehardt, 7-, 9.7-, and 10-inch pen-equipped Android slates are coming in the next year from major manufacturers (sadly, he couldn’t share which ones). We went over a bit of the hardware technology yesterday and dug a bit into HTC’s pen-optimized Scribe software, but the big question on our mind has been third party Android applications that take advantage of the stylus. Well, it turns out there are quite a few of them in the works from the likes of Adobe and others. And yes, one of them includes handwriting conversion! We got a look at three of those forthcoming apps on N-Trig’s Tegra 2 development kit, which has the same screen / pen hardware as the Flyer — hit the break for our impressions and a video demo.

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The stylus isn’t dead: more pen-based tablets and apps coming this year originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon The stylus isn’t dead: more pen-based tablets and apps coming this year

HTC may have unleashed a completely unique Android tablet with an active digitizer and stylus yesterday, but more are on the way. At least that’s the word from N-Trig, the company responsible for the screen and pen technology in HTC’s Flyer as well as other convertible tablet PCs. According to the company’s VP of Business Development Lenny Englehardt, 7-, 9.7-, and 10-inch pen-equipped Android slates are coming in the next year from major manufacturers (sadly, he couldn’t share which ones). We went over a bit of the hardware technology yesterday and dug a bit into HTC’s pen-optimized Scribe software, but the big question on our mind has been third party Android applications that take advantage of the stylus. Well, it turns out there are quite a few of them in the works from the likes of Adobe and others. And yes, one of them includes handwriting conversion! We got a look at three of those forthcoming apps on N-Trig’s Tegra 2 development kit, which has the same screen / pen hardware as the Flyer — hit the break for our impressions and a video demo.

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The stylus isn’t dead: more pen-based tablets and apps coming this year originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon N-Trig teaches DuoSense to write on Android screens, tablet to come in the first half of 2011

This one isn’t much of a surprise — considering N-Trig told us just a few months ago that “the most useful Android slates will be pen-enabled” and that it was working on Android support — but today the Israel-based company has officially announced support for Google’s mobile operating system. What does that mean? On a technical level, it means that N-Trig’s DuoSense pen and capacitive multitouch solution, which is currently on tablets like the HP Slate and Dell Latitude XT, will work on top of Android slates. On a product end, it means that we’re going to start seeing an Android slate or two that takes advantage of pen in 2011. According to N-Trig’s VP of Marketing Gary Baum, one company is far along in developing an Android slate based on DuoSense and there are “several others that are coming along.” Baum wouldn’t give us any specifics on those companies, though he did tell us that we should see one product in the first half of the year, while the majority will be waiting for Honeycomb. We’re still crossing our fingers for Honeycomb in the first part of 2011, so we don’t want to read into that too much, but he also stressed that third-party software developers are working on applications that take advantage of pen and that some of them may be previewed at CES. We’ll be digging as much as we can into what company’s pairing pen with Android, but until then, we leave you with the full press release after the break.

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N-Trig teaches DuoSense to write on Android screens, tablet to come in the first half of 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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