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My desk is boring. My walls are boring. My windows are boring. I need to liven them up by turning them into musical instruments that detect and recognise my touch. Fortunately, that’s cheaper and easier than it sounds.
We’ve all seen the future of computing in movies. We talk to Hal and Jarvis and they’re smart enough to recognise what we want them to do. Today’s computers are learning to be like that, just not as cool. Yet
newVideoPlayer("vocaljoy_gawker.flv", 475, 376); I know this video shouldn’t make me laugh because the Vocal Joystick—a software that allows you to control your computer mouse using eight vowel sounds and the “sounds k and ch simulate clicking and releasing the buttons”—is amazing for people with disabilities. But I can’t help it, I just find it hilarious. Its developers at the University of Washington have now came up with a version that controls a robotic arm to further help people with serious mobility problems.
Sennheiser’s latest Bluetooth headset, the VMX 100, has on-board technology that distinguishes the human voice from background noise in order to provide a clearer outgoing sound during conversations. We’re unsure how well the headset will distinguish background noise when the background noise is actually human conversation, but at least it’ll have five hours talk time and 100 hours standby. The thing looks absolutely gigantic with the Borg attachment fitting over the ear, but we suppose that’s where the voice distinguishing technology lives. [CNET]
It sounds like a double-whammy of a bad idea: a free phone service that determines which ads to target to you by applying speech-recognition to all your conversations. To make things worse, the home page of ThePudding.com insults potential customers by saying it’s “a breakthrough technology that makes your phone calls interesting.” Hey, my phone calls are a thrill a minute.
This A1Pro keyboard isn’t that useful for us, who can type just fine with the standard QWERTY keys, but is incredibly useful for, say, Chinese people who want to write characters the way they’re used to writing on paper (typing takes a lot longer to learn). The keyboard looks normal on the left, but instead of a numpad, it has a smallish glowing tablet. If we ever wanted to write in Chinese—which we haven’t done in about 14 years—we’d pick up one of these for $25.48. [Dealextreme via Crave via Gearfuse]
AU: Looks like it shuts out us sinister handed folks… -SB