World’s first morphing touchscreen

Apple’s touch-based devices have changed the way we interact with computers entirely, but that hasn’t stopped users from occasionally thinking wistfully of the days when physical keyboards ruled the roost. Tactus has taken that desire to heart, and the startup’s first consumer product, the Phorm, is about to bring a tactile experience back to your iPad mini’s software keyboard.

Tactus co-founders Dr. Craig Ciesla and Dr. Micah Yairi have been working on technology that can generate physical keys from a flat surface on demand, giving you a smooth, unbroken surface for general touch-based interaction, and a physical keyboard when you need one. The company’s innovation uses a microfluidic panel to achieve its magic, routing liquid through invisible channels to expand specific areas of the top layer of a touch panel, producing protrusions and bumps where previously there were none.

Phorm is the first product from Tactus that is ready for the consumer market, and it’s available for pre-order now, with a target launch date of summer 2015 for the first crop of batch of devices. The Phorm is an iPad mini case that incorporates Tactus’ tech into a thin front panel, similar both in size and in method of application to a standard screen protector. It’s paper-thin, and it offers virtually no change in the optics of your display when you look at an iPad inside the Phorm. The Phorm itself also doesn’t add that much additional size to the iPad mini’s sleek frame, adding about as much bulk as you might expect from a fairly durable protective case.

The Phorm case itself holds the fluids needed for the transformation it enables, as well as the circuitry required for triggering the key generation. There’s a single large switch on the back that lets you turn the tactile keys on and off, and the case’s industrial design was handled by Ammunition, the same firm that originally worked with Beats on its hardware pre-Apple acquisition.

Style is great, but Phorm’s killer feature is the keys that rise up from nothing. These aren’t mechanical keys, of course: They’re essentially touch-capable ridges that suggest the location of the device’s keyboard (in portrait orientation) and have a little bit of give on finger press. But they provide a lot more presence than a flat display for typing by touch alone, and of course they disappear completely when not in use. Essentially, thanks to Phorm’s pricing, you’re getting a major feature in addition to a standard scratch protector, along with a durable protective case, without much cost over and above other cases from premium accessory makers.

Phorm is just a start for Tactus – they’re already working on designs for the iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air, and they’ve even produced a prototype using a generic Android tablet reference design that incorporates their tactile keys right into the display of the device, without requiring any additional parts or user installation. This is a tech that is still in its relative infancy, but seeing it start to make its way out to consumers makes it easy to get excited about where it could progress.

The retail price of the Phorm will be $149 once it becomes widely available, but pre-order customers can save $50 through the campaign, dropping the launch price to $99.

Posted on TechCrunch by Darrell Etherington (@drizzled) on Feb 12, 2015
http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/12/tactus-phorm-ipad-mini-case/

More Information at http://www.getphorm.com

The ModularHose iPad / Tablet Holder

Modularhose iPad standThe ModularHose iPad / Tablet Holder Kit is a flexible solution for holding up a tablet where you need it. The adjustable double arm configuration allows the tablet to be positioned virtually anywhere. The adjustable tablet holder works with Apple iPad 1, 2, 3, and 4 in addition to other tablets measuring 9.5″-10.8″ by 7.2″-7.5″. Works in both landscape and portrait mode. Designed for tablets weighing 1.5 lbs or less.

You can find this and other ModularHose products at http://www.modularhose.com/Assistive-Technology/mh-at-kits

8X Optical Zoom Telescope with case for iPad

8X-Optical-Zoom-Lens-Camera-Telescope-with-case-for-iPadThis compact telescope is specially designed for iPad. With this telescope, you can zoom to focus on distant objects clearly.  This can be used with a stand to work as a distance video magnifier allowing students to see what is on the board.  These scopes are very reasonably priced and really make a difference in getting a clear picture with enlargement.   Learn more about this product.

iUSBPort2 by HyperDrive

iUSBportHD PhotoiUSBport2 features a microSDXC slot and two 5W powered USB ports that connect to any 2 USB drives (including 2 hard drives) and wirelessly makes the contents available to your iOS, Android or WiFi-enabled device. Instantly stream 5 different HD movies to 5 different devices or perform 2-way file transfer with up to 12 different users at the same time. No Internet, computer, router or external power required. iUSBport2 is the most advanced, versatile and compatible device you ever need to expand your mobile device storage. Free iOS/Android/Web app and also works with hundreds of HTTP/FTP/WebDAV/DLNA client apps.

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HookUpz iPhone

The HookUpz adapter easily connects your iPhone 4/4S/5 to the included CloseUp Monocular. Now you can take pictures or video directly through the Monocular and easily text or e-mail friends. The adapter includes a rubber ring that conforms to the CloseUp Monocular. “Hook up” to your Monocular to view wildlife, your children’s sporting events and more. Be sure to capture everything life has to offer with the Carson HookUpz.

Learn more about the HookUpz iPhone

Print from all your iOS devices to virtually any printer!

xPrintServer is an easy-to-use, affordable ‘plug-and-print’ solution for Apple iOS devices, enabling wireless printing from the native print menu to networked printers. There’s no need to install any printer drivers or download any applications.

iOS Print Server xPrintServer

xPrintServer also eliminates the need to sync documents back to a Mac or PC. Now, you can print documents, photos, e-mail, web pages and more in minutes. Open the box. Plug the xPrintServer into the network. Print. It’s that easy. With xPrintServer, schools no longer have to invest in brand new printers to enable iOS device printing.

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StandScan – Portable document and image scanning stand

StandScan will give you the perfect scan every time!

It is perfect for both home and office use. You will find thousands of uses for StandScan, including scanning and storing important business receipts and documents while traveling, sharing photographs with family members and even photographing items to sell on the Internet. With StandScan, the options are endless. StandScan is convenient, easy to use and can save you time.

There is no software to download, no drivers to install and no cables to connect. You can begin using StandScan within seconds of opening the box. Simply snap the frame into place, position your smartphone with the camera facing down and begin photographing and scanning your documents. It really is that easy! StandScan holds your camera steady to provide you with a crystal-clear photograph. The bright white background offers perfect contrast for important documents, items and pictures. If you need additional lighting, simply open the back panel and more natural light will flood your photo.  The Pro series features built-in LED lights on the inside of the device to provide brighter pictures and enhanced image quality.

The LED lighting helps to eliminate distracting shadows and provide you with high quality pictures and clearer scans. StandScan Pro can be used in any setting, at any time of day or night. There is no need for external light when you use StandScan Pro. StandScan Pro comes standard with a 9V battery holder. The battery holder has a built-in power switch for enhanced portability. StandScan Pro folds flat for easy storage and simple mobility.

When you are finished, fold StandScan’s frame flat and slide it into your briefcase, purse or laptop bag for easy portability.

Learn more about StandScan

The Transporter Is A Private, Internet Connected File Storage System

There are plenty of cloud storage solutions out there these days, including services such as Dropbox. Having your files stored on the cloud comes with some downfalls, though, such as monthly payments as well as decreased security. The Transporter, a new device created by the people behind the Drobo tries to give you the best of both worlds.

Photo of the Transporter Sync.

With the Transporter, you have access to all of your files stored on the device as long as you have an internet connection, but the files themselves aren’t stored in the cloud. By using this approach, you can avoid the hassles of cloud storage while still having the ease of access that services like Dropbox provide.

One of the Transporter’s headline features is the ability to share files with others. By inviting others to have access to your files, you can share

files with anyone across the globe, right from your desk. Since the Transporter uses standard 2.5-inch hard drives, it’s capacity is only limited by the drive that you put in.

You can purchase several different models of the Transporter at various price points. The least expensive model includes no storage, allowing you to add your own, and costs $199. The 1TB edition comes in at $299, and the 2TB will set you back $399. You can purchase the device filetransporterstore.com.

 

AirServer

AirServer is an AirPlay receiver for Mac/PC. It allows you to receive AirPlay feeds, similar to an Apple TV, so you can stream content or Mirror your display from your iOS devices or Mountain Lion.

AirServer now delivers full 1080p HD mirroring and is faster and more powerful than ever. The update for AirServer is free for existing users, and gives you more features to make the things you do every day even better.

AirServer for PC hits version 1.0 and is now feature complete, with audio, movie and photo streaming. All good things come to those who wait.  

Check out AirServer at http://www.airserverapp.com/

iPad VO Controller

Student using the VO Controller

RJ Cooper has created the iPad VO Controller.  The iPad VO (VoiceOver) Controller is a switch interface that connects to an iDevice through Bluetooth using VoiceOver.

Now some caveats:

  • You can only move to the ‘next’ screen object (button, field, list item, etc.) with the right arrow, or ‘back’ an object with the left arrow. There is no up/down, so you must go through everything on the screen many times to get to the bottom right of the screen. If you have long lists, it could take a long time to make it through with a switch interface. This is especially noticeable with the iOS keyboard.
  • Currently, with the VO Controller, there is no hold-down mode (auto-repeat). This will be added this option early in 2013 so the user will be able to hold down one of my buttons to move through multiple screen objects.
  • Not all apps are VO-compatible, even Apple’s.

Learn More by watching the following video:

Read more at http://www.rjcooper.com/ipad-vo-controller/index.html

Tactile Screen Protector for iPad 2nd and 3rd Generation

Tactile Screen Protector for iPad 2nd and 3rd Generation

This is the Speed Dots tactile screen protector for the iPad. It is compatible with all models of the new iPad as well as the iPad 2nd Generation. It is not compatible with the 1st generation iPad.

Tactile markings, similar in touch to braille dots, can be found on frequently used buttons and tabs located on the top and bottom of the screen in most apps. You will find the markings line up with native apps, as well as many found in the App Store.

The SpeedDots Tactile Screen Protector for the iPad is designed for use in portrait orientation exclusively.

Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/c8fwlxh