Innovation of the Week: BT’s ‘Motion-Sensing’ Laptop

Posted by: meikah | 1 June 2007 | 12:08 am

Technology is in a roll. I think every second, I hear of new technologies and the latest innovations.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Microsoft’s touch-screen computer, voice-powered technology, 3G, etc. And now comes a laptop that can be operated by moving or tilting it.
Early this month, BT announced that their researchers have used Nintendo Wii style technology to develop a device for laptops that removes the need for a keyboard or a mouse. This innovation will benefit those people who are handicapped, or even those who are unable to use their hands because they are in a crowded place or on fieldwork. Sure sounds like overdoing it, but perhaps there are people who still have to use their laptops even when they are in situations where it is difficult to do so.

The ‘motion-sensing’ laptop works this way:

BT Balance, works by enabling the user to manipulate menus and applications simply by moving or tilting their machine. The small, specially designed adaptor containing movement sensors can be plugged into any standard laptop or tablet PC. The adaptor is then able to ‘talk’ to software downloaded to the laptop and then translate the motion and rotation into actions on the user’s computer screen.

The software can be adapted so that users can move a cursor around the screen or even turn the pages of a virtual manual or book just by tilting or moving around their machine.

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Innovation of the Week: The Office in Your Pocket

Posted by: meikah | 27 April 2007 | 12:30 am

Interesting, isnt’ it? Although wi-fi has made us do business with our laptops anywhere and anytime, this concept of having your office in your pocket is something else.

BT has introduced this innovation called Office Anywhere, a new service that gives users the functions of a Windows PC, but in a smartphone small enough to fit in the pocket.

What’s different about BT’s Office Anywhere smartphone, the HTC’s S620, is that it comes with VoIP. This enables users to make substantial savings on calls including capped calls made from from BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK and Ireland, from home and office networks, or from around the globe wherever users have access to a compatible wireless network. The smartphone has has a QWERTY keyboard to make inputting text easy and a large 2.4-inch screen colour display. It is quad-band with wi-fi and Bluetooth and has a 1.3 megapixel camera for taking photos and video clips.

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