Gadget News

Circular Smart Phones Might Become A Thing For Internet Surfers

All screens are rectangles right? My five-year-old boy who has broken several iPads could tell you that is true. But what if manufacturers suddenly went to a circular design? How would that change the landscape of smart phones and tablets? If you look up Internet providers by zip code in Bing could you handle looking at a little circle? Startup firm in Berkeley California thinks is a good idea.

Monohm is currently working on a circular palm-sized device that would replace most smart devices. Theirs is called Runcible and there is currently a three person team hard at work to shift that paradigm and be the next big digital device.

Internally the company refers to their device as the "anti-smartphone" which is a reference to both its circular design and how it will be valued by the user. Runcible is to be the antidote for the currently notification saturated and spammed out of existence digital life people are leaving now.

The problem is if you look back into the past displays have almost always been rectangular. These can be identified as TVs, computers, movie screens, and even glasses were originally all rectangular. And don't forget paintings, Windows, and print pages. Just go ahead and assume that everything we've ever looked at this point is a rectangle.
The makers of Runcible do have a point in that rectangles to seem to be dictating quite a bit of our behavior. Movie screens, followed by TVs, have gotten bigger and wider over time which has in turn made the viewing experience more immersive. Now smart phones with their touch displays are even more active rectangle in the lives of the users. Couple that with verticals information feeds and apps like Twitter, Facebook, injuring, and more they become what many find it irresistible to version.

What this means is shape matters. The shape defines how a user interacts with the device, and perhaps limits the usefulness of the device over time. So by changing from a rectangle to a circle we may be changing a lot more than the initial appearance of an Internet device.
Runcible is meant to be an alternative to smart phones and tablets, not a replacement. The device is supposed to help reduce disruption in someone's life, whereas smart phones and tablets tend to actually want to disrupt activity and monopolize the users time in ways that may or may not be useful. A spokesperson for the company said, "it's time now to use technology to get a little quieter".

So what the hell is this thing supposed to do? So far the three person team working on the project for over a year has prototype hardware, a few sketches and accrued operating system. Clearly they have a long way to go, but do they have a vision of where they're going. They do have a few ideas for applications such as a dashboard to manage social media accounts, a compass style mapping system that actually encourages wandering around as opposed to the straight line efficiency with current apps, as well as several other applications designed to streamline interaction and distill information. Basically they want to restrain the experience is currently out-of-control in a smart phone.

Online Music News

Online Music Tools Are Getting Good

Online Music ToolsCreating good music requires some talent, there is no way around that. What it doesn’t have to be is expensive or complicated. In the past without a ton of time and money true composition was either difficult or impossible. That isn’t the case anymore and with the growth of technology comes the ability for the average lover of music to set up a workstation at home that can do some amazing things quickly and easily.
Some of these online tools are actually free and usable on almost any machine. With a computer and a decent internet connection you are in business. Below are some of the best tools around.
Audio Tool
More than just an instrument emulator, Audio Tool is a full blown music creation package. You are offered templates at start-up or you can start with a clean new file to start from scratch. This gives you full control of every aspect of your music from the beginning. You can create, control, and manage the connection between devices like a splitter, beatbox, DAW interface, and more.
Although the interface is a bit confusing early on for beginners this learning curve is past quickly and there are many video tutorials available to help users get up to speed fast.
If you own the license to the music you are working on you can publish it online directly from the tool.
Music Shake
This is a great tool, but if you are still a beginner when it comes to creating music this one might be a bit much to get into. The interface can be a bit bumpy and the terms used will need to be learned but if you want to learn it you won’t be disappointed. If you are determined beginner you can get through this.
The tool does make it easy to create online music once the interface is understood and then you can create, manage, publish, and listen to your music from the tool itself. Again if you own the music you are working on you can publish it on the tool site itself. This is similar to how Rap Beat Maker Online works, although it doesn't require a download.

Music Shake hosts many online contests that let musicians compete for various prizes and awards.
This flash based tool may be the easiest one to use on this list. The software is referred to as a generative sequencer and uses automaton logic devised specifically to produce unique sound events. Once you load the tool itself you will be offered columns of boxes that can be interacted with to create various sounds.
As a test just click several of the boxes and hit play. You will quickly see how it works. It’s is close to impossible to create something that doesn’t work, although you can create a ton of racket if you like.