Nokia N900 application powers portable brain scanner

N900 Powers portable brain scanner
N900 Powers portable brain scanner

For the first time it’s now possible to use a smartphone as part of a portable brain scanner that lets you monitor your neural signals on the go, New Scientist reports.

By connecting a commercially available EEG headset to a Nokia N900 smartphone, Jakob Eg Larsen and his colleagues at the Technical University of Denmark have managed to create a completely portable system.

Wearing the headset and starting up the application, creates a simplified 3D model of the brain that lights up as brainwaves are detected. This is the first time a smartphone has been used to power the EEG headset. The headset monitors the electrical activity of the brain and is normally intended to connect via USB to a USB receiver plugged into a PC.

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Nokia launches Nokia Car Mode with support for MirrorLink

Nokia Car Mode, using MirrorLink
Nokia Car Mode, using MirrorLink

Nokia continue adding support for new technology and standards in their mobile phones and now also adding support for MirrorLink with their latest Nokia Car Mode application. Nokia Car Mode makes it easier for drivers and passengers to access maps, satellite navigation (provided by Nokia Drive), traffic updates, music and voice calls when they are in vehicles, so there’s no need for a separate music player or satnav. All the smartphone features and services are designed and to optimise the usability in the car and avoid driver distraction.

The application is written in Qt and will first be available for the Nokia 600, Nokia 700, Nokia 701, but also earlier smartphones once they get upgraded to Symbian Belle. Nokia Car Mode will also be available for Nokia N9. MirrorLink™ (previously known as Terminal Mode) has been developed with the objective to provide a technology, which will offer seamless connectivity between a smartphone and the in-vehicle infotainment system.

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Samsung claims that the iPad design is taken from 2001: A Space Odyssey

Tablets in 2001 A Space Odyssey
"Tablets" in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

Samsung is currently caught up in a legal battle with Apple that is trying to prevent them from from selling their Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe.

A judgment made in the Regional Court of Dusseldorf in Germany granted Apple a preliminary injunction barring the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The judge who made the decision has backed Apple’s assertion that Samsung’s tablets infringe on the patented design of the iPad 2.

Samsung has now chosen to  appeal the court decision and one element of Samsung’s defense strategy is the claim that the iPad is in fact ripped off from a tablet design created by Stanley Kubrick for 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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