Touch Racing Nitro lets you race around complex tracks with sharp curves, jumps, and obstacles using only one finger to control your car. The game offers a tutorial for learning the one-finger controls, and we recommend starting there first, because it's a little tricky. The two main game modes in Touch Racing Nitro are the Free Racing mode and the Tournament mode. Free racing comes in handy to practice your one-finger driving skills with no time limits and no opponents. But once you start a Tournament, you'll need to race against three computer-controlled opponents and try for the … Read more
The iPad will be released to the public tomorrow, April 3, but we have one in the building for review purposes today (check out our hands-on review). I had a chance to try a couple of apps out myself and--let me tell you--this thing is something special. Pardon me for a few moments while I exhibit a little breathless fanboyism, but the iPad is truly an experience that you need to try for yourself before making any judgments.
What I noticed right off the bat is that the iPad puts out great sound (along with the large, bright screen), adding … Read more
Now that rumors of an Apple tablet have manifested themselves in the iPad, speculation about the next iteration of the iPhone can begin in earnest. In a research note published today, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty offers a few thoughts on what a successor to the iPhone 3GS might look like.
"We expect Apple to launch new iPhones in June that offer both a lower total cost of ownership and new functionality, potentially including gesture-based technology," she wrote in a note to clients today. "As we've highlighted in the past, the cost of device-plus-service plan is … Read more
As Eric Jones fought off cancer a few years ago, his weakened immune system left him vulnerable to strep pneumonia and sepsis, which developed into the blood-clotting disorder known as Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation.
Without enough blood supply to his extremities, he wasn't expected to come out of a month-long, medical-induced coma and be able to keep his arms and feet.
Jones was fortunate to fare better than expected, but he did lose movement in his left hand, his right hand's fingers and thumb, his toes, and parts of his feet. Even with intensive physical therapy and the aid of crutches, his mobility was severely affected, and he was unable to do such previously simple tasks as walk while holding a coffee mug, play Legos with his kids, or perform on the piano.
Enter ProDigits, believed to be the world's first powered bionic finger solution, whose commercial launch developer Touch Bionics announced Tuesday. With a silicone skin designed specifically to fit around his right hand, the ProDigits prosthesis gave Jones, who began to use the latest model this summer, a movable thumb.
In other words, it gave him opposition, without which the hand is considered to be 40 percent impaired.
"I didn't want to wait even one more day before I could start using it," Jones says. "ProDigits offers me functionality that I can't get anywhere else; it offers me the ability to grasp... I can pick something up and walk out to the car with it, rather than have to put it in a bag. Most importantly, I'm able to take care of my kids--play games with my kids, take them to school, make dinner."
Touch Bionics is probably best known for its i-Limb Hand, a full-hand prosthetic with five individually powered digits released in 2006. ProDigits takes this prosthetic a step further, because it caters to patients like Jones with partial hands on a case-by-case basis. The sockets themselves are custom-designed by clinicians to suit individual needs.… Read more
For a friend's birthday the other night, we all went down to his rehearsal space (he's in a band) and played music, often switching instruments to see what we could come up with. Not everyone there was a musician, but with drums, guitars, basses, a keyboard, percussion instruments, and microphones, everyone found a way to get in on the jam. To add to the fun later in the night, my friend also had a cord to connect an iPod or iPhone to the PA system which meant I could try out some of my music apps. Among the … Read more
Frets on Fire is a basic but fun music game that's similar to Guitar Hero. Although users seeking a full-featured guitar game will likely find this one lacking, we thought it was very good for what it is.
The program's interface is attractive but simple. There are no fancy graphics to be found here; users see the frets with the notes coming at them, and that's about it. A brief tutorial explains how the game is played and gives a few practice exercises. The game supports the use of guitar-style controllers, but we just used our keyboard. … Read more
You have, perhaps, been taking additional fiber since you heard about the iPhone farting-app litigation.
iFart was fingered by Pull My Finger for using a phrase redolent of nothing more than a very happy night among very sad people.
I can now reveal that the evil odor is over. Fresher air has prevailed. The two farting apps have partaken of a peace pipe and declared the spat to have blown over. They have even created a new app to prove that the air is now safe to breathe.
However, should you have not had so much as a sniff of … Read more
As an obsessive-compulsive gum chewer, I never thought to make art of my annoying habit like mechanical sculptor Nik Ramage has done. He built a mechanical copy of his hand, which drums its fingers without cessation. Anyone imagining a use for this thing?
Based on Dezeen's description, this little motorized, battery-operated gadget is either a pure annoyance or maybe, depending on your imagination, something more useful:
Fingers by Nik Ramage are an eternally tapping mechanical copy of the artist's own hand. At the flick of a switch the resin cast fingers drum rhythmically, until switched off.
Ramage's … Read more
MB Learn Palmistry is a simple program aimed at teaching and testing users on the world of palm reading. With excellent pictures and a simple design, users will be closer to unlocking the meaning of hands and palms with this download.
The interface is particularly simple, considering the complicated terms people will learn. With simple pictures, definitions, and commands, the program is so simple that users will not need the online Help file for guidance. The program consists of two distinctly different functions: tutorial and testing. The tutorial is a series of a few dozen screens featuring different aspects of … Read more
TouchCursor offers users an alternative to moving their mouse around to select items on screen. Thanks to its simple layout and functionality, this niche program will find a home with keyboard lovers.
The program's interface was delightfully simple, ushering users through a bare-bones configuration. Users who have never even set up a program like this will likely be able to move easily through everything and use its key commands. Any questions can be directed to a comprehensive Help file. Using TouchCursor was as simple as we hoped. Users need only hold down the space bar and hit the designated … Read more