Scientists worldwide continue to create new applications for smartphone technology. The following summaries highlight research announcements made in the past month related to smartphones.
Future smart phones may project images on the wall. — An improved laser light source for projectors is being developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland together with EpiCrystals Oy and the Aalto University. The developers plan to integrate the technology into smartphones to “enable accurate and efficient projection of, for example, photographs and movies on any surface.”
Researchers combine mobile phone technology and microscopy. — A microscope accessory that will fit into users’ pockets is also being developed by scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The optical accessory makes it possible for an ordinary camera phone to function as a high-resolution microscope and will be accurate to one hundredth of a millimeter.
Georgia Tech develops Braille-like texting app. — A prototype touch-screen app built by Georgia Tech researchers lets people text without the need to look at their mobile device. The open-source app, called BrailleTouch, is available for free to smartphone users.
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