Archive for August 17, 2011

Turn Your Regular Monitor In To Touch Screen Monitor – Can PreCursor Pull It Off?

Pranav Mistry created a sensation when he first introduced his Sixth Sense project – paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." It has some great potential. Well, he is a busy bee and doesn’t stop – he keeps working on other interesting projects. For instance, PreCursor – another interesting idea to convert your regular monitor into a touch sensitive monitor. Operate with your fingers just like you would do with your touch screen based smart phones. Probably even better as he adds a virtual layer over your existing monitor with the help of 2 web cams and a infrared device. This offers more capabilities as opposed to a multi-touch screen.

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Well, it is still under progress and could be a revolutionary technique for the future. On a lighter note, will this be a commercially viable options for touch screen? considering the cost of touch screen tablets and screens are pretty affordable? We feel, unless PreCursor adds a 3D element to the screen with lesser cost, may not be viable but will remain as a interesting lab project.

Here is a video –

http://youtu.be/9gLjXjVzgAQ

Open Source For Women – Geek Contributors To Open Source

Though Open Source is gaining popularity, there are about 1.5% of women who are involved in active contribution towards OS communities. This trend could be increased with the following communities and more advocacy

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Groups of women in Open Source:

    • Debian Women – homepage of the Debian Women Project, a subproject of the Debian Project.

    • LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux and Free Software, and for women and men who want to support women in computing. The membership ranges from novices to experienced users, and includes professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers.

    • Fedora Women – Fedora Women is a project designed to connect and assist women who are interested in using and contributing to Fedora.

    • GNOME Women – GNOME Women is a group dedicated to providing encouragement for women to contribute to GNOME, a free and open-source GNU/Linux and Unix desktop suite.

    • KDE Women – KDE Women is a group of women in the KDE community.

    • Ubuntu Women – Ubuntu-Women is a team functioning under Ubuntu to provide a platform and encouragement for women to contribute to Ubuntu-Linux.

    • PHP Women – PHP Women community.

    • Drupal Chix – Drupal women community

    • Apache Women – The women@apache group was formed to help women become active in projects at Apache.

     

    There are quite a few women who are active contributors in Open Source or FOSS. Here is a list of Women who have generously contributed and are role models for others.

    http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_women_in_FLOSS

    Build iPhone/iPad Apps Without Coding Quickly In Days!

    There are unified frameworks for mobile developers such as PhoneGap, appMobi, RhoMobile etc. but they do require you to have some programming experience such as HTML5, Ruby, JavaScript etc. What if, you need to develop app without having to code? Well, it seems, there is a way now…

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    Red Foundry

    Red Foundry lets you develop iPhone and iPad applications without programming. It is a feature rich, web based developer studio that lets you just develop the app just by editing templates and using built in tools in a few days. It is free to try and inexpensive to maintain. Right now, Android support is still being added but in a short while, that too will be available for you!

    Just 5 Steps to build and deploy your App using Red Foundry!

    1. Design – Build your App without coding
    2. Build – Leverage built in widgets or build your own
    3. Test – Test your app on the real device as you work
    4. Deploy – Publish your App to AppStore
    5. Manage – Get you App analytics

    Free Virtual Whiteboard Apps On iPad – Sketch, Record and Share It With The World!

    iPad with its revolutionary touch screen capabilities, has become a sensation in almost every field. Take for instance, education – Apps such as ScreenChomp and SeeMe can turn iPad in to virtual whiteboard! You can literally use iPad as a whiteboard, write, sketch, teach and record at the same time. Best of all, you can easily share it with the world as a video – e.g. help a student do homework, write a scribble and send, draw your thoughts, share a mind map! possibilities are plenty. Especially, kids can lean writing and parents can correct by recording when they write..You can even produce videos similar to the Khan Academy.

    ScreenChomp

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    • Touch RECORD to capture your touch interactions and audio instructions on a plain background, or an image from your iPad camera roll.
    • SKETCH out your ideas and talk the viewer through the "how" and "why" of it all.
    • Stop and SHARE your video snack to ScreenChomp.com to generate a simple web link you can paste anywhere – or – post it to Facebook with one-click!

    ShowMeApp

    ShowMe – interactive whiteboard has been around for a while now, is also capable of helping you to do your how to video easily. Great for kids.

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    Top Utilities For Android

    Android is indeed grabbing the market fast and challenging iPhone to a great extent. Thanks to thousands of apps available on Android Apps! Here is a list of some of the best utility apps available for Android.

    Swype (Keyboard)

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    More than 26 million downloads across 50+ countries is what Swype is claiming. Indeed, a revolutionary keyboard that changes the entire paradigm of typing n toush screen. Not limited to Android phones, Swype is a great App. Must have for every Android phone users…

    Voice Search

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    Search the web and your phone by voice and control your phone with Voice Actions. Quickly search your phone, the web, and nearby locations by speaking, instead of typing. Call your contacts, get directions, and control your phone with Voice Actions. Note: Voice Actions is only available in US English for now.

    File Expert

    Powerful File Manager/WIFI File Transfer Web & FTP/App Manager – ALL in ONE

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    Tasker

    Automate everything from settings to photos, SMS to speech. Total Automation, from settings to SMS.

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    Dropbox

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    Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere.

    Titanium Backup

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