Why Samsung Galaxy S 4 = 3S?
Maybe they want to reserve a cooler design to Tizen?
iPad Mini - A Non-premium Product With A Premium...
A total rip-off. A disappointing screen (resolution) and outdated processor. Only a confused mind would consider this a premium product. However solid the fit and finish, it is still only an appearance, and it will scratch and break (rather easily, as seen in the solidly build iPhone 5). So if appearance is really important to you, why not choose the most important appearance part of all on a...
Why Apple fans should stop buying iPhone
The new iPhone is out. It is disappointing. The announcement was boring. Instead of releasing a market leading product, Apple is now merely playing catching up in many aspects - screen, size, processing speed etc. It is now just another smartphone in the market. Apple no longer think different. I think this is yet another evidence for the fact that we have entered the ho-hum era of smartphones...
Microsoft Surface Cover Keyboard - Almost...
Just yesterday Microsoft announced their new tablets running windows 8. They also introduced their cover for the tablets, which is also a soft keyboard. I have designed a soft keyboard cover for tablet more than a year ago, right after the iPad 2 smart cover was announced: http://iflotech.tumblr.com/post/3718359159/magic-cover-what-smart-cover-we-want-magi
Microsoft latest patent similar (but not as... →
In Microsoft’s latest patent, the screen content varies with viewing angle, so people sitting at different angles in front of the screen see different things going on. In my post 7 months ago ( http://iflotech.tumblr.com/post/12027103248/contextual-vision-technology ) I envisioned a technology called “Private Vision”, which is more advanced than Microsoft’s - different people see different...
Apple no longer Think different?
When everyone is using the same boring product, it’s time to Think different, again.
In future we only need Two
Now there are too many computing devices in the market. There are smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops… As smaller mobile devices have more and more powerful processing powers, these devices will have a larger and larger overlap in terms of function, capabilities, and goal. So, I see no reason why people want to keep so many things that do almost the same stuffs - more devices also...
3.5 Inches? Not so fast.
In his blog, Dustin Curtis explained why Apple continues with 3.5 inch iPhones while Android and Windows phones all have larger screens. His discovery: because one-handed use of 3.5 inch phone allows user to “touch any area of the screen while holding the phone in one hand, with your thumb.” I totally agree with him that all these large screen Android phones are difficult to use...
How to combine a phone and a tablet?
A simple and elegant way to put a 7” screen on a 4-5” device. The first true combination of portability and functionality on a mobile device. Why no one has ever thought of this?
Daring to Stumble on the Road to Discovery →
Whether you’re an artist or an entrepreneur, success depends on placing many small bets.
Contextual vision technology
Human vision is itself contextual to a certain degree - even when two different users starring at the same object: what they see and how they feel about what they see is different. It depends on the users’ own background knowledge, preferences and personal histories etc. Why not just make this fact more apparently into the technology? I mean, is it possible that looking at the same screen,...
On touch vs keyboard/mouse input
It is quite obvious to us by now that some operations in computer are easier to be executed by using touch (think pinch to zoom, dragging objects), while some are easier using mouse/keyboard (think typing, highlighting texts). Another way of characterizing such differences is through the content consumption vs content production viewpoint. Content production is clearly much more easily handled...
Dual-Screen Phone with whole touch-screen body
An idea that I had on November 2010. The design goal is to have a device that is playable in itself. That is, it is not just a plain platform for displaying its contents (in contrast to the Apple minimalism). It should be more interactive in a physical sense, not just in the virtual sense where all the fun rest inside the screen. This will, in turn, allow new types of phone functions as now we...
Until now all phone apps are individual applications - you launch one after another and there’s not too much connection between them. For example if you want to read book and listen to music, you fire up one book reader app and then a music player app. I would like to claim that this is essentially a relic mode of thinking about softwares that is being passed down from how we use the...
Indoor-based Social Network Service
An idea that came to me since Jan 2011. This idea is to create an indoor-based social networking service for indoor public spaces, e.g. shopping malls, business and government buildings. It provides a platform for social networking, context-aware computing, innovative business and location-related information display, non-GPS indoor guides, etc. With the growing availability of GPS function in...
Human-Centric Location-based SNS
I came up with this idea since October 2010. The idea starts with the question: What if you saw someone at some place that you’d like to know more, but unfortunately did not have the chance to do so on the spot? My idea of the social network service (SNS) provides a way for people to make friend with someone they want to know more, even AFTER they have left that place, maybe when they are...
Dual-Screen Laptop (with full physical keyboard &...
This idea came to me at the end of last year. I wanted to have a laptop that has a big touch screen, in addition to the normal vertical screen, a full-sized physical keyboard, a big trackpad, two up-facing speakers, and yet the whole thing remains in standard size. Is it possible? Yes! Brief Description- Companies have been striving to put touch screen on laptops, but we know that touchscreen...
The Next Computing Battle of the Decade →
Tim Bajarin says that who controls the OS platform that can be used over all screens will be the winner of the next battle in IT era. I have also seen the possibility (a few months ago!) that in the future there will be a lot of screens and we will need to be able to interact with them in a convenient way. See post above.
The supreme good is like water..– Dao De Jing (Laozi, 551-479 BCE)
This blog will be a place for my tech ideas. I am very interested about new techs such as notebooks, tablet PCs and smartphones. So I will post here about my musings on the latest and upcoming techs - their meanings, limits, and my views on how they can be made better. I have independently come up with several ideas last year, and all of them are either patented by large PC companies like Apple...