From pixels to pixies: the future of touch is sound

My piece on using sound and lasers to create 3-dimensional interfaces. It’s still some ways off, but it’s funky. Screenshot from Ultrahaptics video demo From pixels to pixies: the future of touch is sound | Reuters: SINGAPORE | BY JEREMY WAGSTAFF (The video version: The next touchscreen is sound you can feel | Reuters.com) Ultrasound – …

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Podcast: Privacy and Twitter

This podcast is from my weekly slot on Radio Australia Today with Phil Kafcaloudes and Adelaine Ng, wherein I chat about the issues of privacy concerning an inappropriate tweet, Google’s indexing of recent tweets, and some iPhone apps that let you spot celebrities. To listen to the podcast, click on the button below. To subscribe, click here. Loose …

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Your MP3 Player As Your Phone

I’m not convinced that this gadget is exactly the wonder it claims to be, but it’s an interesting fusion of functions. The soon-to-be-launched Ezmax MP3 Player includes a VoIP feature that, in the words of PC World’s Paul Kallender when the device is linked to an Internet-connected PC via a USB 2.0 port, people can make local …

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News: Don’t Laugh, Your Email’s Coming

   Not sure whether to laugh or cry at this one. Or tiptoe quietly away. Researchers at Australia’s Monash University, the New Scientist reports, are working on software that would that automatically log you onto the nearest computer by listening out for your voice, or laugh, or footsteps. Microphones on each computer, Rachel Nowak writes, would …

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