Mobile Devices

Facebook, Modular Phone Maker?

  • PDF

Facebook is reportedly working on the kind of device even the mighty Google gave up on-- modular smartphones, at least according to a patent filed by the social network.

Facebook modular patentAs Business Insider reports, Facebook owns a patent for a "modular electromechanical device" with different components adding functionality such as a speaker, microphone, touchscreen, GPS and even a phone. The result would solve the waste involved when dumping a phone for a better model. Interestingly, the device is designed to act as either a smartphone or a smart speaker.

"Typically, the hardware components included in the consumer electronics that are considered 'outdated' are still usable," the patent reads. "However, the hardware components can no longer be re-used since consumer electronics are designed as closed systems. From a consumer prospective, the life cycle of conventional consumer electronics is expensive and wasteful."

Read more...

GDP Ships Pocket Notebook

  • PDF

Chinese Android gaming device maker GamePad Digital (aka GDP) announces the Pocket, a 7-inch Windows 10 notebook, is now shipping following a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

GDP PocketFirst announced back in February 2017, the Pocket represents something of a departure from the portable consoles that are GDP's usual product offering. Described as a combination of ultra-thin notebook and smartphone, the Pocket offers a 7-inch 1920 x 1080 display, Intel Atom X7-Z8750 quad-core CPU, Intel HD Graphics 405 GPU, 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB eMMC storage and a 7000mAh battery.

Read more...

Dell Adds Wireless Charging in Latitude 2-in-1

  • PDF

Dell claims to offer the "world's first wireless charging 2-in-1" mobile device-- the Latitude 7285, a 12-inch portable PC promising to be thin and light while meeting the needs of commercial clients.

Dell LatitudeFirst seen back at CES 2017, the Latitude 7285 is also described as the "world's thinnest Windows-based commercial 2-in-1." For the record, it is 7.25mm thick, 274.8mm wide and 209.2mm, while weight totals 0.68kg. It carries a 12.3-inch 2880 x 1920 resolution display with an anti-glare panel, and can be configured with a variety of processors, from Intel Core i5-7Y54 to Core i7-7Y75 (all 4.5W solutions), and M.2 PCIe NVMe storage from 128GB to 256GB.

The aforementioned wireless charging uses the WiTricity standard and requires extra hardware-- specifically either an included USB-C 45W adapter or an optional wireless charging mat (PM30W171). Use of the charging mat requires an optional Dell Latitude wireless charging keyboard.

Read more...

The First Battery-Free Mobile Phone!

  • PDF

University of Washington researchers present a world first-- a mobile phone that needs no battery to make calls, since it uses so little power it runs on a "few microwatts" harvested from ambient radio signals or light.

Battery free phoneIn fact, the phone needs just 3.5 microwatts for continuous operation, and makes both regular and Skype calls. The prototype shown by the researchers is built using off-the-shelf components, receives and transmits speech, and communicates with a base station. To achieve such power savings, the team eliminated the need to convert the analog signals making sound into digital data. Instead, the battery-free phone uses the vibrations in a microphone or speaker caused when the user speaks into a phone or listens to a call.

Even the antenna uses no almost no power, since it converts vibrations into changes in standard analog radio signals emitted by a cellular base station, encoding speech patterns into reflected radio signals. To transmit speech, the phone uses vibrations from the microphone to encode speech patterns in the reflected signals. To receive speech, it converts encoded radio signals into sound vibrations picked up by the speaker.

Read more...

Kodak Sells Tablets in Europe

  • PDF

The Eastman Kodak company joins Archos to offer Kodak-branded tablets-- available in 7- and 10.1-inch models with either full black or "radiant" yellow back casing.

Kodak tabletImaginatively dubbed the Kodak Tablet 7 and Tablet 10, the tablets fall in the lower end of the market spectrum. Both carry a quad-core Mediatek processor, 1GB RAM and 16/32GB storage (expandable via microSD). The 10-inch model offers a 720p display and a 6000mAh battery, while the 7-inch model has a resolution of just 1024 x 600 and a 2500mAh battery.

Read more...