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Future iPhone’s could simulate surface textures and temperatures for AR

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Touch screens are a common interface for the vast majority of mobile devices. The visual element and haptic feedback provide users with a considerable amount of stimulus in relation to the content with which they interact.

However, regardless of their appearance on the screen, users continue to touch a glass or plastic surface and will not get a full physical feedback experience.

Whether it’s touching sandpaper or a kitten’s fur on an iPad screen, at the end of the day, you’ll just feel like glass.

In a patent granted Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office. UU. Titled “Touch surface for material simulation,” Apple suggests different ways to modify a surface to give a variety of sensations that mimic those of different textures.

Apple's patent illustration showing the use of actuators, temperature controls, and a diamond material to simulate materials on a touch surface

The patent suggests the use of actuators, temperature control devices and a master control unit that manages the use of both types of feedback generators on a specific portion of a touch surface. In the case of the actuators, the control unit will use it to vibrate the screen to give a feeling of texture.

The user of a Peltier device or other temperature control component can simulate the thermal conductivity of a material. For example, a wooden table may “look” warm, while a metal surface may appear cold to the touch or warm over time.

Depending on the implementation, the system can be configured to operate in a single region of a touch panel, in multiple areas or on the entire surface.

In cases where several regions intervene, each region can simulate different materials at the same time, so that one hand can feel something soft and warm while the other can feel cold and roughness.

The selection of specific areas of the screen in which to apply the technology may be due to the difficulty of applying multiple sets of components on a screen. By limiting it to designated areas, such as the opposite edges of a screen that are generally affected by landscape-oriented games, such a system would be more practical from a manufacturing point of view.

Apple suggests that the touch surface can use a diamond layer, possibly using a chemical method of vapor deposition, which will provide “extremely high thermal conductivity” and “extreme mechanical hardness” on the screen while maintaining transparency. optical.

Although the patent offers more immediate applications for touchscreen devices, Apple emphasizes its use in the touchpad area of ​​a MacBook in a single image. This may seem logical because it would be easier to implement on a touch surface that does not include a display element.

Apple files many patent applications every week, but if the existence of a patent suggests areas of interest for the company’s research efforts, it does not guarantee that the concept will arise in the future product or service

In the case of texture, it can be argued that Apple could implement part of the patent on the devices now. Apple’s Taptic Engine on its iPhones offers a variety of models and vibration levels, which can be easily used to zoom in different ways to simulate a surface material.

Of course, temperature is not something that the iPhone can simulate at the moment. Given the need to keep peripherals as safe as possible for consumers, Apple is likely to want to make sure that no thermal modification system can cause injuries, for example, burning your fingers while simulating a hot pan

Apple has already studied the possibility of providing a more tactile experience to its users, as in the patent “User interface for variable topography” of March 2017, in which the screen changes shape to have elevated sections. For example, this could include raised keys on a keyboard or calculator.

An earlier patent application of July 2015 involved a pencil with built-in haptic feedback components to make the tool vibrate, according to the information collected about the material the pencil touches on the screen.

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Vivo Z5i specifications and pricing leaked; Launching soon in China

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The Vivo Z5i will feature a triple rear camera configuration with a combination of 16 megapixel, 8 megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors.

It seems that Vivo is preparing to launch a new smartphone under the Z series, called Vivo Z5i. This is the same smartphone that appeared in TENAA with all its specifications with the model number of Vivo V1941A / T last month.

A list from China Telecom revealed that the Vivo V1941A phone is the Vivo Z5i. The list of China Telecom reveals that the Vivo Z5i is sold at a price of 1998 Yuan and will be available in the colors Agate Black, Spar Blue, and Jade Porcelain Green.

According to the list, the phone was to be launched in China on November 1st. As the date has already passed, it can become official in the next few days.

Based on previously filtered TENAA specifications, the Vivo Z5i will feature a 6.53-inch display with Full HD + 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution and a 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. It will be powered by the Octa- Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 core This works at 2.0 GHz.

The Vivo phone will have 4GB / 6GB / 8GB of RAM variants with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. It will have an expandable memory with a microSD card slot. The phone will have a fingerprint sensor on the back.

The Vivo Z5i will feature a triple rear camera configuration with a combination of 16 megapixel, 8 megapixel, and 2-megapixel sensors. There will be a front camera of a 16-megapixel sensor. It will run under the Android 9 Pie operating system with a Funtouch user interface layer and the battery capacity will be 4,920 mAh. The phone measures 162.15 x 76.47 x 8.69 mm and weighs 193 grams.

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Google Pixel 4, Pixel four XL Customers Complain of Clicking Noise in Snap chat, Instagram Video clips

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The Google Pixel series is famous for all the problems it faces right after its launch. The Pixel 4 series does not look different, as some users of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have begun to report a problem with clicks or cracks in recorded videos through third-party applications such as Snapchat and Instagram.

However, it is important to keep in mind that videos recorded in the normal “video” mode of the standard camera application are not affected.

The problem only occurs with third-party applications, as well as in the augmented Playground-AR mode of the Google Camera application.

On the Google Pixel Phone Help website, several users claim that there is a clicking noise every half second to a second in the videos in question, and one user compares the sound with that of a metronome.

Although an expert on Google product forums has aggravated the problem, he blamed the problem on third-party applications.

Fortunately, he wrote that this could be a software problem and could easily be solved with a software update. The expert also invited interested people to submit their comments.

Users can contact the Google Pixel team directly by selecting the Settings menu, clicking on About phone and selecting “Send comments on this device.” So, for now, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL users should expect a software update.

In addition to solving the noise problem in the videos, the update should also correct the problem of adjusting the white balance in the camera application, as previously reported by some social media users.

If a product or expert service on the Google solution discussion boards took up the challenge, it blamed the dilemma on third-party apps.

Fortunately, he wrote that this could be a software problem and could easily be fixed with a software update. The expert’s publication also invited those concerned to send suggestions.

Users can contact the Google Pixel team directly by selecting the Settings menu, clicking About mobile phone and selecting “Send feedback on this device”. So, for the moment, buyers of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL should wait for a software update.

In addition to solving the problem of noise in the videos, the update should also correct the situation of adjustment of the white harmony in the application of the digital camera, as previously indicated by some end users of social networks.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Book Flex and Ion laptops boast QLED screens and 10th-gen Intel CPUs

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During this year’s SDC (Samsung Developer Conference), the company introduced two new laptops: Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion. Each model is available in two variants: 13 “and 15”. All have some common outstanding features.

First and foremost, the Flex and Ion have QLED Full HD screens (1920 x 1080 pixels), and although Samsung claims that these are the first QLED screens on the market, there are some previous implementations of the technology in the notebook market.

AU Optronics has been producing quantum dot panels for some time, which is in the first iterations of Acer Predator laptops.

However, these QLED panels seem to be superior as they have a maximum brightness of 600 nits, which is truly impressive. The 13- and 15-inch screens in Galaxy Book Flex and Ion also seem to be suitable for outdoor use.

Both devices are compatible with Samsung Wireless PowerShare and can charge their Qi-compatible devices through the touch panel. We wonder if this means you can not use the touch panel while charging your device.

The AKG stereo speakers are also on the menu.

Galaxy Book Flex

The 13-inch Flex comes in a 1.15-kg package with the latest 10th-generation Intel Core chips (Ice Lake), integrated graphics, up to 16GB LPDDR4X RAM and up to 1TB PCIe NVMe -SSD delivered.

For additional security, the device has a fingerprint reader.

The name derives from the 360-degree rotating screen, which is also a touch screen and is compatible with S-Pen. The connectivity is also not overlooked: 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and microSD card slot.

Inside there is a generous 69.7 Wh battery.

Galaxy Book Ion

As we mentioned before, the Ion series is also available in two versions: 13 “and 15”. The 13-inch weighs 30 g less than a kilogram, while the 15-inch version can go up to 1.26 kg with a discrete GPU.

The 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake chips will drive, while the 15-inch model will be equipped with a GPU Nvidia GeForce MX250 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.

Memory configurations can be up to 16 GB DDR4 and up to 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD in both cases. However, the 15-inch does not have an additional free SODIMM slot for another 16 GB RAM chip and an additional SSD slot.

The same 69.7 Wh battery turns off lights for both iteration and connectivity. The ion beats the Flex with an additional HDMI port.

No pricing information is available at this time, but sales are expected to begin in December.

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