Smartwatch prototype turns your arm into a touchscreen

A prototype smartwatch called the LumiWatch has been created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The timepiece has a feature that allows it to project images on the user’s arm that can be swiped and tapped. In other words, the LumiWatch turns the user into a touchscreen. The watch can project an image of up to 40 square centimeters, five times the size of a typical smartwatch display.

The researchers say that skin happens to be an attractive surface for projecting such an interactive display. Despite some physical and color distortions, the team working on the device says …


Samsung, KDDI run multi-device 5G test at a Japanese ballpark using prototype tablets

Samsung and KDDI together ran a successful multi-device test of next-gen 5G connectivity, using prototype tablets supporting the faster network. The test was conducted at Okinawa Cellular Stadium, a ballpark with capacity for 30,000 fans, and the results were announced today. This was the first trial in Japan to test 5G connectivity using 5G tablets. A 4K live video feed was downloaded and streamed simultaneously on these 5G slates using the millimeter wave spectrum.

Equipped with beam-forming technology, Samsung placed 5G access units on the light tower just beyond the left field fence. …

New Huawei P20 leak: looks totally different than the prototype we saw previously

Following the Huawei P20 leaks can turn into an emotional roller coaster pretty quickly. First, we heard about three variants — Huawei P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Plus. Then, the Pro rumors were retracted and we got the more predictable lineup of P20 Lite, P20, P20 Plus. We heard about a triple camera module… only to see an alleged prototype of the P20 in live photos showing the same dual camera module as before.

We admit we are spoiled in this age when the rumor mill churns out all the details months before a phone’s unveiling. The Huawei P20 still manages to avoid spilling all the beans …

Huawei P20 prototype unit leaks in live pictures, leaves nothing to the imagination

Huawei has found a way to set its phones apart from the competition: three rear-cameras. The P20 will skip Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year, but the Chinese handset maker has already confirmed its flagship will be unveiled on March 27.

As expected, there hasn’t been any lack of information regarding the Huawei P20’s specs, but images with the phone haven’t been leaked yet. The most recent picture allegedly showing the flagship might not be legit, so we have yet to learn what exactly the P20 looks like.

Now the folks over at AndroidAuthority got their hands on a set of Huawei …

Huawei P20's triple camera shows in leaked images, along with a notch-y prototype

We’ve been hearing about Huawei’s upcoming “triple-camera” P20 for a while now, and that it will also come in three versions, including a Lite model, which likely won’t have the fancy camera set of the top-shelf P20. Today, a few leaked images, of an alleged prototype, and case maker renders, flesh out those rumors a bit more, as on one of the sources we see a triple vertically-situated camera, and what seems like a dual LED flash plus a laser focus, while the other makes do with a dual arrangement in a horizontal placement, and a single LED.

Thus, the P20 might have Plus …

Galaxy Note 9 is reportedly codenamed 'Crown', Samsung might have a prototype in early 2018

With the Note 8 already comfortably resting inside the pockets of million of users, it’s only natural and logical for Samsung to carefully plan its next moves. Aside from the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, this also puts the Galaxy Note 9 on the drawing board.
According to fresh new rumors, Samsung has already started early development of the Galaxy Note 9, which is reportedly codenamed “Crown” and is expected to arrive in late summer 2018, possibly in mid-August. The codename, in particular, doesn’t provide any hints about the device and that’s okay – we …

A true edge-to-edge screen: a new prototype phone shows what the future could look like

“Bezel-less” phones with taller, 18:9 screens are becoming the norm among flagships as they maximize screen real estate, but making a true bezel-less phone is hard. For starters, you have an earpiece and a front camera to think about, as well as a range of other sensors. So how do you do it?

Here is an idea: resurrect the old slider form factor of phones. Sounds crazy, but it makes sense as the bottom slide out part can actually house all of those things.
After all, you don’t want anything interrupting the all-screen design. And yes, phones might end …

Prototype of the unreleased Nvidia Shield Portable 2 gaming tablet found in Canadian pawn shop

Pawn shops are a bit like casinos — 99 percent of the time there’s nothing to be gained from being a patron, but that one other percent is the reason why such establishments exist in the first place. And the following story is a classic take on the old “person unknowingly buys something which turns out to be rare and valuable” story.

You may remember the Nvidia Shield Portable (also known as the Nvidia Shield before it got renamed) as one of the results of the early ’10s smartphone gaming craze that also brought us failures like the Sony Ericsson Xperia …

Shiny iPhone 8 prototype fits in an iPhone 8 case… then gets sized vs iPhone 7

There have been many concept images, case maker renders, and even rough dummy units of the iPhone 8 circulating in the last few weeks, as is customary when an Apple handset announcement nears. This year, however, it’s different. We’ve been inundated with so many preliminary depictions of how the iPhone 8 would look like, including (gasp) a leak by Apple itself, that the design has now moved away from the guesswork stage, and hit the best-prototype-to-rule-them-all level.

One such prototype of the iPhone 8 chassis that has the most chances to be announced next …

Vivo is showing off a working in-screen fingerprint scanner prototype, courtesy of new Qualcomm tech

We were wrong – Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo won’t, in fact, be the first to put out a device with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, though it most certainly is the first to openly display a prototype. At this year’s MWC Shanghai, which taking place right now, the company showed off the first implementation of Qualcomm’s just-announced in-screen ultrasonic scanner technology.

Vivo demonstrated the new tech with a couple of prototypes, one based on the current Xplay6 (seen above) with the scanner embedded under the screen, and another with it behind …