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PiPhone, the DIY Raspberry Pi Smartphone…

The Raspberry Pi has led to many great DIY electronics projects and people love phones, so it’s probably inevitable they would be combined. The result of this glorious mashup is the PiPhone, the DIY smart phone.

David Hunt is the DIY guru behind the PiPhone and many other amazing Pi DIY projects. To simplify development the phone uses off the shelf parts; an Adafruit touchscreen display, SIM900 GSM/GPRS mobile module, a Raspberry Pi and cable ties. A parts list that led to the $150 build cost.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the DIY project that could save your life, who knows when you might have to build your own phone to get out of a tough situation. Sit back, relax and let the DIY ideas run wild…

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LG Reveals Rumoured Next Generation Nexus. Nexus 5: A Good Day to Phone Harder…

Like a classic Hollywood blockbuster following on from a legend can sometimes be difficult. Many have said that the Nexus brand peaked with the third generation, the Samsung Nexus. While the LG Nexus 4 was technically a great phone many supply issues hampered sales. Now Google is back, keen to bring the Nexus name back into the limelight, for all of the right reasons.

Google is rumoured to be working with a number of manufacturers at the moment in order to bring the Nexus 5 to life, and yes LG is once again amongst the manufacturers being consulted. Internally the phone has been given the designation ‘Megalodon’, everyone else will call it Nexus 5, A Good Day To Phone Harder.

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The Flexible Smart Phone and The Bend Gesture…

In this fast changing world flexibility is an advantage, to bend and not break. Scientists have finally combined all of the flexible technologies – flexible display, flexible computer, flexible electronics – with bend sensors that enable bend gestures. This is truly interactive paper, not just interactive pixels. Scientists from the Human Media Lab at Canada’s Queens University have developed the natural extension to the flexible computer, the flexible interface. Called the PaperPhone – even though its made of plastic and is more computer than phone – this prototype is the first device to bring all of the technologies together. Combining all of the functionality of a smart phone – very basic though – into a sheet of plastic with bend sensors, the future is here.

A number of standard gestures have been created, bend the corner of the page just as you do when turning a book’s page and the e-book turns the page or bend two edges to switch task. If the standard gestures aren’t enough the PaperPhone can be trained to recognize new gestures, then perform actions in response to the gestures. The current PaperPhone combines the kinds of interaction we are used to, tactile input like touch screens, pen input, touch screen gestures as well as adding the new layer of interaction, the bend. This is a complimentary technology to the existing standards and may well be the future of gadget input.

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