During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo announced three new tablets in its IdeaPad range.
The newcomers will be “competitively priced”, and aimed at different segments of the market: the seven-inch A1000 and A3000 will appeal to users on a budget, while the premium 10-inch S6000 was designed to offer maximum performance in a thin and light package.
All three devices will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013.
After touchscreens, gesture controlled screens is where we seem to be heading with different companies using webcams and Microsoft Kinect to ensure that the next generation laptop and computers don’t need a mouse to function. With so many devices and prototypes out there, this has to be the one that not only promises what it delivers, but could provide a viable alternative to mouse controls with its accuracy and affordability.
Leap Motion is a gesture control device that prides itself with its accuracy. Able to distinguish thumbs from fingers and handheld items like pencils, the device is able to sense specific movements so instead of having to flail your arm wildly to pick up movement, it will be able to pick up specific movements so even subtle movements are picked up. Users will also be able to create custom gestures. The development team, LEAP Motion, describe the product:
“Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.
This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.”
Imagine typing away on your keyboard and only having to hover your fingers above it to select or highlight something on screen. Leap Motion offer a number of scenarios where the technology could be used such as design and gaming. The tech demo (found below) looks impressive and will be retailing at $69.99 when it’s made available. A limited number are available to pre-order for the device’s first shipment this winter.
A new report from Forrester Research predicts that number will explode in the years ahead: its researchers say that there will be 375 million tablets sold by 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate of 46 percent, and that by 2016 there will be 760 million tablets in use overall.
That will still put tablets a ways behind PCs — there will be 2 billion PCs in use in 2016. But combined with new products like frames (essentially docks for tablets to amp up their functionality), Forrester says that tablets will gradually become the computing device of choice among consumers — especially among those in emerging markets, whose first home computing device will more likely be a tablet than a desktop or laptop PC.
Apple, which effectively created the tablet market with the launch of its iPad two years ago, and has been setting the bar for what to make ever since, has seen some reduction in its tablet market share over the last year or two as more competitors have launched products.
In US mobile market, more than half of BlackBerry users intend to switch to the iconic iPhone as Wall Street experts pull the plug on RIM’s recovery plans. While I was reading some researched which compared iPhone and Blackberry user habits, I came up a question in my mind. I wonder my blog reader choose which mobile device when they tweet ?
An example from my country ( Turkey) % 59 of twitter users prefer mobile devices to tweet. When it comes to device selection, Turkish users prefer BB with a percentage of % 45 , on the other hand only % 27 iphone users prefer to tweet via their devices. Ok, I agree to type with qwerty keyboard, but is it enough for RIM company to survive in smartphone competition. I am looking forward your comments. Which smartphone do you prefer to tweet ? BB or iPhone ?