Using your brain to control a smartphone or tablet is something that could be a reality thanks to Samsung and the University of Texas. Instead of tapping on the display, you could use your thoughts to open an application, select a song to play, or select a contact. They are already demonstrating this on the Galaxy Note 10.1, but users need to wear a wild looking cap filled with EEG Electrodes.
Now don’t expect to see this type of technology anytime soon, but this isn’t anything new. I saw something very similar at CES using similar technology from Puzzlebox. They utilize the same technology from NeuroSky to show how concentration can keep a remote control helicopter in the air. A tablet was also used, but only as a way of displaying the levels of concentration. You can watch that video after the break.
The HTC One is probably one of the highest quality phones you will ever hold in your hand, but the killer feature is the UltraPixel camera, and more specifically, HTC Zoe and Video Highlights. Sharing pictures is one thing, but sharing a well produced short video highlighting your child’s birthday or your vacation is something that most people never do because it’s just so complicated. HTC recognized this and created Zoes, which are 3-second video clips combined with 20 images. These Zoes will be used to create 30-second highlight videos that look like they were done by a professional editor. The best part of it all is that it’s completely automated and takes no effort on your part. I can’t sing enough praises for what HTC has done here. It’s simply the most advanced feature to ever be offered on a smartphone.
HTC made things pretty easy, but you might find yourself a little lost on what exactly a Zoe is or how to get the most out of your video highlights. That’s where this hands on video tutorial comes in. We show you the basic camera software and how Zoe’s work. We show you how to categorize your media in events as well as how to do basic editing such as sequence shots, object removal, and video editing. Video highlight reels are created automatically, but you can still tweak things a little so we get into that as well. In no time you will be impressing your friends with some really cool videos of your next event. Hit the break for the complete walkthrough and don’t forget to share some of your greatness with us.
HTC announced Sense 5 when they introduced the HTC One, which is based on Android 4.1.2. It will eventually land on most of the major HTC phones, but for now it’s only on the One. HTC continues to make changes with each version, which is one of my chief complaints. Whether you love or hate Sense, most people thought that Sense 4 / Sense 4+ was on the money, but HTC continues to tweak it, which does nothing more than confuse consumers. Whether you’re about to purchase your HTC one, or maybe you already bought one and feel a little lost, this video should help you get more familiarized. Hit the break to check it out.
So much for HTC marketing “one” phone this year as the Desire L was just made official. This one is destined for Taiwan and the specs scream economical, or shall I say low-end. It will come with a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD 2 display, a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD slot for expansion, 5MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1,800 mAh battery, and Beats audio. It’s fairly thin for a cheaper phone with it’s 8.9mm profile. They didn’t specify the version of Android, but we presume Jelly Bean. Finally, you will have your choice of pink or black.
Those of you looking for a more compact and economical version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will have to wait a couple of months longer. The Galaxy S 4 Mini was originally going to release in May, but has been pushed back to July. The little brother of the Galaxy S 4 will come with a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, and 8MP camera. We expect to see two versions, a one SIM option and a dual-SIM option. The single-SIM option will sport a quad-core CPU, while the dual-SIM will sport a dual-core CPU. No word on why there is a delay, but I would imagine with the Galaxy S 4 launching shortly, Samsung would like to see that phone in the spotlight for a little while.
Back at CES, we had a chance to get our hands on the MOGA Pro Controller, which is the follow up to the original MOGA controller. This one isn’t as compact, but it’s based on PowerA’s top of the line Fusion controller, so it’s for the serious gamer. You get higher quality sticks as well as a second pair of triggers. I will also run on a rechargeable battery as opposed to the original MOGA, which runs on 2 AA batteries. The MOGA Pro will fit larger devices such as the Galaxy Note II, but for gamers that want to use a tablet, they include a really nice tablet stand.
It’s priced at $49.99 and is available online at Amazon, Walmart and MOGAanywhere. Next month you will find it online at Target and in stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Fred Meyer. For a limited time you will be able to download Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance for Free with your MOGA Pro purchase.
You can check out our hands on from CES and look for our review soon. Hit the break for the full press release.
Pantech plans on giving Samsung, HTC, and LG a run for their money with the Vega Iron. We told you about this one last week, but Pantech just made it official. It will come with a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 2150mAh battery, WiFi that supports 1 gigabit, and Android 4.1.2.
The Vega Iron sports a metal frame and the smallest bezel ever in a smartphone, at 2.4-millimeters. Look for this one to go on sale in Korea, but we have no word on if it will appear in other areas.