Apple didn't deliver many surprises Wednesday, but it left room to dream
Except for Siri, which may come later, and Apple's (AAPL) decision not to give the new device its own name, most of the rumors leading up to Wednesday's iPad unveiling turned out to be true.
That's not to say that there aren't folks out there wishing the company had pushed the technological envelope just a bit further.
A few hours before the event began, Pocket-Lint's Stuart Miles managed to singlehandedly create the short-lived expectation that the new iPad would incorporate Senseg's haptic feedback technology, which can turn a touch screen into a feel screen.
Needless to say, it was not to be.
Also in the realm of the pipe dream: The concept video produced by Aatma Studio -- and viewed nearly 5 million times on YouTube -- in which Retina iPads with edge-to-edge screens, super powerful magnets, near-field communications and holographic displays produce a 3D multiplayer football game that makes Madden NFL look like something from the age of Pong. Check it out below.
After an 18-year hiatus, AutoCAD returns to the platform and is coming soon to the iPad
In an important vote of confidence in Apple's (AAPL) resurgence as a mainstream computing platform, Autodesk (ADSK) announced overnight Tuesday that it is bringing AutoCAD back to the Mac.
AutoCAD is an industrial-strength 3D modeling program for software and engineering design. According to Autodesk, its various Microsoft (MSFT) Windows configurations are used by some 10 million MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 31, 2010 5:52 AM ET
A Sony exec revealed that YouTube would be part of Sony's upcoming 3D offering.
Mick Hocking, a studio exec at Sony, last week was drumming up support for Sony PlayStation's future capability to game in 3D when he let loose this little tidbit:
YouTube will be supporting 3D content over the next 12 months as well - and you'll be able to watch that on the PlayStation 3. And as you MORESeth Weintraub - Jul 14, 2010 4:14 PM ET
In the latest Techmate, Michael Copeland ruminates on 6 things other than the iPhone 4G (AAPL) he wishes companies would leave in a bar for him to check out.Ben Baer, Senior Producer - Apr 28, 2010 10:49 AM ET
The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA, is one of the hottest tickets in sports. Unless you know someone on the inside, plan on paying thousands for entry onto the hallowed grounds.
Or, you could spend that money on a 3D-ready television and let Augusta National's famous azaleas and manicured fairways come to you. Starting today, 3D coverage of the tournament will be broadcast live on Comcast (CMCSA), which is also MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Apr 8, 2010 10:15 AM ET
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LAS VEGAS - Two big takeaways from Sony's press event at the Consumer Electronics Show:
One, Sony (SNE) is doubling down on 3-D. Two, it's getting serious about the web and open standards. The media and electronics company made both priorities clear in a few ways.
For 3-D, Sony announced several components designed to bring a version of the movie experience into the home. The equipment alone won't do it, though; in an MOREJon Fortt - Jan 7, 2010 6:02 AM ET
An obscure patent by three Frenchmen describes a new way of controlling touchscreens
With speculation about the Apple (AAPL) tablet computer rising to a fever pitch, Gus Sentementes at the Baltimore Sun has scored what may be an important scoop.
He's put his hands on a patent filing, recently assigned to Apple, that describes in detail a graphical user interface "for navigating three-dimensional virtual spaces and manipulating three-dimensional objects in the virtual MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 5, 2010 5:22 AM ET
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