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new :Gestures that Your TV Will Understand

Thanks to Microsoft's Kinect, millions are casting aside their controllers and using their bodies to play games. Now the company that created the motion-tracking hardware for the Kinect wants to make waving your arms an accepted way to control everything from your TV to your desktop computer.
PrimeSense, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, makes a package that combines one or two conventional cameras, an infrared depth sensor, and specialized computer chips. Together they collect and interpret a person's movements in 3-D. The movements are calculated by projecting a grid of infrared light spots into a room, tracking how light bounces back, and correlating this with information from the stereo cameras. Certain motions can be translated into computer commands or, in the case of Kinect, used to control an on-screen avatar.
While Microsoft focuses on gaming, PrimeSense is trying to establish other uses, for example TV control. In collaboration with PC manufacturer Asus, PrimeSense has developed a device called the WAVI Xtion. It looks a lot like the Kinect controller, but connects via a PC to the TV and lets the viewer use gestures to control what appears on the screen.
The WAVI Xtion camera is positioned next to the TV, while the control box connects to the computer. A user waves a palm in front of the TV to call up a simple menu that would let him choose between watching shows, playing games, or looking at photos. The user points to one of these options with his palm, which is tracked by the cameras and infrared sensor. To choose an option, the user holds a palm over a particular video, or he can flip through options by waving to the right or left. When the clip is playing, he can wave a palm at the screen to call up the controls to rewind the video or turn up the volume.
Adi Berenson, PrimeSense's vice president of business development, says the hands-free approach eliminates a major sticking point with efforts to bring the Internet to televisions. "We believe that the industry is trying to force-fit the PC into the living room, and it won't work," he says. "It's a more relaxed environment that needs a more natural way to interact." Google TV—the search giant's Internet TV effort—relies on a full QWERTY keyboard, a feature that many think is too unwieldy to be practical.


Profit record for Apple

Placed on 01-19-2011 filed under Industry news
Spawned by the success of the iPhone and iPad, Apple made its highest profit ever last quarter. The news comes comes at a good moment for Apple, as its stock value declined after Steve Jobs announced that he is ill.
Compared to last year, both profit and revenue grew over 70 percent. All Apple products sold better than in the same quarter last year, expect the iPod. iPod sales declined 7 percent. Apple keeps doiing good business, adding even more success to its trackrecord. The compant is growing the last years, and even passed Microsofts total stock-value.

It is interesting that more iPhones were sold as well. Apple had some issues with the handsets reception due to an alleged design flaw in the antenna. Bad reports were the consequence of the problems. It apparently didn't stop consumers from buying an iPhone. The success of the iPad adds up to that. A year ago, the device wasn there yet, and now it is responsible for a large part of the profit of Apple.

Sony Ericsson 'Hallon' spotted

Don't ask us how he did it, but Eldar Murtazin once again has gotten his hands on a new handset. This time it a Android handset made by Sony Ericsson, that will be placed below the Xperia arc.
Although the handset will not be the flagship of the Japanese-Swedish brand, Murtazin is quite happy with the performance of the smartphone. We saw this phone an some vague pictures last year. The codename that was rumoured back then is 'Hallo'. As the phone has an Xperia label, we expect the handset to carry a name that starts with Xperia, just like al Android handsets that are made by Sony Ericsson.

Se xperia hallon


The exterior of the handset reminds us of the Vivaz pro, with a rounded top and bottom. Under the hood, there is a Qualcomm MSM processor clocked on 1 Ghz. It is a singlecore processor, supported by a Adreno 205 grafische chip.

We expect Sony Ericsson to announce this handset at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, just like many other phones that surfaced last weeks.


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