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Different Types of Immersion and How They Work

In virtual-reality speak, ‘immersion’ can mean a number of different things. Ever taken a look at the Matrix, and thought about what it might mean for us? Rene Descartes was one of the first to ask this question – if we’re totally ‘immersed’ in an environment where all sense stimuli are artificially produced and fed to us, how could we distinguish that environment from external reality?

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Apple vs Motorola case dismissed by judge

Apple had filed suit against Motorola Mobility it what they believed was a blatant copy of the iPhone. Just recently Judge Richard Posner ended the case with extreme prejudice meaning that neither company can re-file the but they can appeal.

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RIM replaces disabled man’s lost BlackBerry

Most people take their smartphone for granted, but not Conrad Jackson. Conrad had been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy early in life and is unable to speak. Conrad used his BlackBerry to keep in touch with friends and family. He lost his phone on an OC Transpo bus earlier this week.

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Mobile Apps are Personalized and Streamlined

Just a couple of years back, the words ‘mobile readers’ would mean absolutely nothing. But as technology is advancing at an exponential rate, so too is the world around us.

Browsing the internet on your mobile device can be somewhat of a painful experience, with users either getting a stripped down version or having to constantly zoom in and out. The emergence of tablets has helped in this area, but internet content just isn’t the same as on your home PC, and this is particularly the case for the media industry. Try reading today’s newspaper from your mobile device…

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Touché: The Magic of a Human Touchscreen

What’s that I hear you say? Although not apparent at first, Touché is Disney’s attempt to revolutionise touchscreen technology.

Touchscreen technology is now most associated with mobile devices, as it forms the very basis of smartphones and tablets. However it has found its way into many areas. For instance, the days of the shopping mall paper maps are numbered as an increasing number turn to touchscreen stations for guidance. Additionally, VTech, a manufacturer of children’s electronic learning toys, has implemented touchscreen technology into some of its latest products such as the MobiGo, Storio and the Innotab, which aims to be a learning app tablet for 4-9 year olds. The list could go on and on.

But researchers at Disney are looking for their next source of magic, and it’s not in the form of any character or blockbuster movie. They are looking to take touchscreen technology to a whole new level where everything you come into contact with, from a lamp to a laser printer in the office, could be activated by the flick of a finger.

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