iPhone App Turns Any Surface Into A Keyboard

Florian Kräutli has developed an ingeniously simple alternative called the Vibrative Virtual Keyboard. By placing an iPhone on any surface, that surface becomes a keyboard. Technically, the phone’s accelerometer is measuring vibrations on that surface. Kräutli’s software maps those vibrations to a point of origin on the table. And when the phone can “see” where you’re tapping, you can have a QWERTY keyboard on any tabletop.

Its still in its early stages of development, but its amazing technology that im sure we’ll be seeing a lot of in the future

Batteries that charge by shaking them!

We’ve seen kinetic chargers in the past before, but what about a battery that can be recharge itself via vibrations? That’s what the folks over at Brother Industries Ltd. did, with the objective to reduce toxic waste created by discarding batteries. These batteries are capable of generating power whenever the user shakes the remote control, flashlight, or whatever device the batteries are placed in, and are available in AA or AAA sizes. Hopefully they’ll be able to be recharged via the normal methods too; after all, we don’t want to be shaking a pair of batteries for long periods of time just to switch the channel…