apple
Apple Patents iPad Stylus With Fancy Retractable Nib

A new Apple patent has been uncovered, one that was originally filed in September of 2012, that sees the tech giant filing details of an interactive stylus with multiple nib settings to cater for different uses. A pen and a paintbrush, for example, popping out of the same hole. Read More >>

google
"OK Google, Make a Boat Go. NO! Take a PHOTO."

Google thinks fumbling for the voice input button and talking to your phone is somehow easier than fumbling for and pressing the camera icon. Hmm. In a G+ post, Google reveals that saying "OK Google, take a photo" is the new, exciting and easier way to make your phone take pictures via the search box. It's not. Even boss Larry Page thinks speech input is rubbish. [Google] Read More >>

wearables
Samsung Patents AR Finger Keyboard for "Gear Glass" Wearable Tech

A patent for a complex augmented reality input system has been filed by Samsung, one that would replace the Google Glass style of vocal input with a text entry system activated by staring at your hands and wiggling your fingers about. Read More >>

patents
Apple Patent Supports Rumours of Pressure-Sensitive Touchscreens

Over the weekend, Bloomberg reported that Apple was working on enhanced sensors capable of detecting different levels of pressure. Now, an Apple patent for pressure-sensitive touchscreens could lend that rumour some credence. Read More >>

advertising
Playable Captchas are the Future of Logins and Internet Ads

A new way of verifying you're a real person and not a spam machine might eliminate the chore of typing phrases like "beetle sausage" and so on, with a start-up looking to gamify the art of verifying you're a human. Read More >>

gaming
Valve Testing Sweat-Sensing Biometric Gaming Input in Left4Dead

One of the ways in which PC gaming saviour Valve is looking to innovate is in the field of biometric input, with the Half-Life creator apparently now testing various control methods that use eye-tracking and take data from sweat sensors so the software knows when you're panicking or at the limits of your skills. Read More >>

gadgets
This Sick 3D Gesture Control Hardware Will Only Cost About £75

Leap Motion's amazing-looking gesture control debuted last May, and it's had developers crawling all over it ever since. Now, the company is finally getting ready to sell it to you—and it'll only cost about £75 all-in. Read More >>

gadgets
Asus Is Putting Sick 3D Gesture Controls in Its PCs This Year

Leap Motion's amazing-looking gesture control debuted last May, and has had developers crawling all over it ever since. Now, Asus has announced that it's teaming up with the company to produce a range of computers using the tech — and they should be here this year. Read More >>

android
Why Wait For Jelly Bean, Grab Android 4.2's Fancy New Keyboard Now

A slightly unfinished but perfectly usable version of Google's new gesture-based Android 4.2 keyboard has been made available online, which should work for just about anyone using a phone or tablet running Google's Android 4.0 code or higher. Read More >>

microsoft
Why a Keyboard—not a Processor or Screen or Anything Else—Is the Only Way to Beat Apple

The killer (or be killed) feature of that new Microsoft Surface for Windows RT is its keyboard. The tablet itself is a wonderful device. It's got a great body and a (seemingly) fast processor. But input is everything. Read More >>

gadgets
This 20-Button Mouse Puts Your Everything to Shame

Some might think that Logitech has gone off the UI deep-end with its latest gaming mouse. It tops the company's previous efforts, and those of its competitors, with a total of twenty—count 'em twenty—programmable buttons. Read More >>

gadgets
Is This the Best Gesture Control System Ever?

Gesture control as we know it is rudimentary at best. But a new San Francisco startup called Leap Motion has just announced a new 3D motion control system that its claims is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — and it's set to be pretty cheap too. Read More >>

microsoft
Microsoft Can Detect Your Gestures Using Just Your Computer's Audio

Kinect has drawn a huge amount of interest, not just from gamers but computer scientists, engineers and artists. Now, it seems Microsoft is branching out, because one of its latest research projects offers gesture control powered by just a computer's speakers, microphone, and some inaudible sound. Read More >>

computers
It's Time to Exterminate the Mouse

If you're buying a new computer and it comes with a mouse, you're probably looking at a shitty machine bundled with a relic. The age of the mouse is over. Anyone pushing them with new computers is selling crap. Read More >>

phones
Senseye Promises "Gaming With Your Eyes" on Smartphones

The technology within Senseye has been designed to simplify smartphone input further still, letting users scroll web pages, play games and generally interact with their mobiles through eye movement tracking. Read More >>

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