BT Balance : New Way to Move Your Laptop
Tech Gone Awry, our Guest Blogger, is a full-time freelance writer who enjoys writing about the latest in technology, as well as fiction. He lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children. He wanted to share some of the latest in gadgets with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article:
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Creativity is never lacking when it comes to laptop technology. Researchers in the UK have discovered a way of using a laptop without a keyboard, touchpad, or mouse. The method is as simple as moving and tilting the laptop. In fact, that is the method.
All it would take is an insertion of an adaptor in the laptop (I am assuming via USB port) and then you can move and scroll with motion sensor technology. The adaptor has some sort of movement sensors that send the proper signals to the laptop, and then uses the software to translate such motions into directions for your cursor.
Apparently, the BT Balance is designed for those who may have a hard time with the conventional mouse and keyboard, like the elderly and disabled. However, I think this particular audience may have a hard time picking up their laptop. This has also led me to wonder if the tipping and moving might be more of an aggravation than anything. Remember those little plastic toys with the metal ball that you had to roll into the right places? What if the BT Balance is just as sensitive?
I personally don't see this technology applied to laptops, but to light electronic notebooks. Better yet, those Ultra-Mobile Personal Computers (UMPC) that are becoming more popular these days. That might make operating a blast, providing you wouldn't need to type anything. (Via Ubergizmo )
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