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Guust Hilte’s tactile texting device solves the ‘every pixel feels the same’ problem (video)


Guust Hilte tactile texting device solves the 'every pixel feels the same' problem (video)
Moving away from buttons on phones has lead to a higher level of design purity, but has also made life a lot more difficult for the blind or seeing impaired -- or anyone who doesn't want to look at their phone while texting. We've seen how solutions like the Brailliant-32 can let users interact with mobile devices, but that's hardly portable. Guust Hilte's device is. Looking like a cross between an egg and a rubber stamp, or perhaps the abdomen of a Cyclocosmia spider, it features a series of what Hilte calls gullies on the top that users can trace over with their thumb to enter letters, shown after the break (complete with chill Röyksopp soundtrack). However, that's just a prototype, a Masters project at the Eindhoven University of Technology, with the ultimate goal to integrate the thing into the back of phones. Hilte's vision is users flipping over their celly, entering their message, and then sending away without looking. We think the same could be done without flipping, instead using your index finger, and finally making use of all that wasted space 'round back.

[Thanks, Fabian Hemmert]

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Will You Learn ROILA, the Robot Language, to Befriend Your Robot Overlords?


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roila logoResearchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have been developing a new language that they hope will be easy for both robots and humans to learn. ROILA (Robot Interaction Language) was designed because modern speech-recognition software -- as anyone who has tried to use Voice Control on the iPhone or similar software -- is not refined enough to understand the nuances of most human languages, such as irregular verb tenses and contextual deviations in meaning.

The Eindhoven team utilized algorithms to generate ROILA's roughly 850-word vocabulary, which includes grammar staples like verbs, adverbs, adjectives, nouns and pronouns (I, you, he and she). Built from phonemes (linguists and 'Twin Peaks' fans should be intimately familiar with those basic units of sound) that are shared among major languages, ROILA sounds like Dutch, English and African lexica met in some kind of Esperanto-esque mashup. Example: Biwu wekepo buse kulil bubas? (What color is the museum?)

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