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Hands On: Save 20% Off Your Fuel Bill With An Invention From An Aussie Startup

GoFar has launched an F1 inspired device that works like a fitness band for your car. Not only does it help you drive more efficiently to save fuel, it can track data such as fuel use and sync it to your phone.

Biometric Bouquet Changes Colour For Cold Feet

The electrode-equipped Galvanic Skin Response Bouquet doesn’t give the couple much question about wearing their hearts on her sleeve: a blue LED glows when they’re calm but a white one turns on when they becomes nervous. But that’s not all.

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So I’ve been playing around with Google Wave for a while, and despite being on a few waves, have yet to find a really practical use for it. Until now – I want to use Wave as a way of chatting with you guys in real time – in particular as a way of getting feedback on the site.


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Immersion's New Haptic Touchscreen Tech Encourages Corny iPhone Romance

Haptic technology has the possibility to make touchscreens so much better, improving accuracy and adding a whole new range of sensory feedback. Immersion, primary developers of haptic technology, presented both a refined onscreen keyboard and an incredibly cheesy “Immersive Messaging” protocol at this year’s All Things D conference.

Best Buy Starts Listening to Consumers With HP and Toshiba 'Blue Label' Laptops

Today Best Buy launched “Blue Label”—a new line of electronic products developed directly from customer feedback. Shockingly, Best Buy discovered that consumers wanted laptops with “longer battery life, a thin and lightweight design, an illuminated keyboard, more optimal screen size and superior warranty support”—so they enlisted the help of HP and Toshiba to create an exclusive product that conformed to these specifications. HP delivered the Pavilion dv3510nr Notebook PC with a thickness of 3.6cm, backlit keyboard, 4 hours of battery life and a 13.3” LED-backlit WXGA display. Toshiba’s Satellite E105-S1402 is also part of the lineup, which is interesting because there was no mention of Blue Label when it was first released. Both are priced at $US1199.

Cowon P5 Portable Media Player Has 5-inch Touchscreen, Haptics, Usual Cowon Goodness

Cowon’s upcoming P5 will improve on their A3 and Q5W portable media players (which we’ve both reviewed) with the addition of a haptics touch-feedback feature. The rest is fairly similar: a 800×480 screen, FM radio, stereo Bluetooth, TV-out, stereo speakers, USB, extreme codec support and 40GB-80GB sizes. There will still be Wi-Fi, but you’ll have to get it tacked on after the fact with a dongle. The Korean price is US$430ish by the end of the month. No US info yet as far as we know. Maybe we can trade them an early sneak peek at Starcraft 3 for this? [Cowon via CNET]

Nokia Haptikos Tactile Touchscreen Patent Is a Bit Like Apple's

Among the rush of Apple patents relating to touchscreens over the last year came one on tactile feedback touchscreens, and Nokia seems to have been thinking along the same lines. Almost exactly the same lines, since Nokia’s Haptikos tech is a system of fluid-cells driven by piezoelectric actuators that push up through a flexible touchscreen. And that sounds a lot like Apple’s sub-surface, adjustable tactile “keys.” But apparently the Nokia tech is aimed at “variable and controllable user perceived surface roughness or friction coefficient” rather than buttons. Fascinating stuff, nevertheless. [Unwiredview]

Scientists Make Bandaid-Sized Flexible Haptic Display

A team of Korean and US scientists have developed a new type of display that delivers information via your biggest organ: your skin (yes, I know what you were thinking.) Their new tactile “display” is flexible enough to be rolled up around your finger like a bandaid, and may be a useful computerised Braille aid. The device uses new precisely-arranged electroactive polymers, which expand when a voltage is applied applying gentle pressure to nearby skin. This, along with the fact it doesn’t need complex electronics, means that it’s the kind of tech that could easily end up in haptic-feedback data gloves or a “tele-feeling transferring system,” which sounds *ahem* fascinating. [Physorg]

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Every week, Giz Explains breaks down sticky, chewy tech into easy-to-swallow bits, like a mama bird eating stuff and puking it back into her babies’ mouths, already digested. We’ve covered stuff like scary plasma TVs and the image sensors in your digital camera. But what would you like us to explain? If there’s something you’d like the quick, essential CliffsNotes on, send an email to [email protected] with “Giz Explains” line. We won’t tell your friends you asked, honest. [Giz Explains]

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