ParaGraph PI, a pen and Internet technology group headquartered in Mountain View, CA, has announced that NEC Computer Systems became the first manufacturer to include built-in natural handwriting recognition in its Microsoft(reg) Windows(reg) CE handheld PC. The MobilePro(TM) 750C H/PC features Paragraph's CalliGrapher(reg) software in ROM. Users simply write on the PC's screen and the software converts the handwriting in real-time into ASCII text. The handwriting recognition tool understands how people normally write--natural cursive, print/mixed cursive, or print. Based on patented fuzzy logic and neural network techniques, the program recognizes dictionary and non-dictionary works, as well as arbitrary symbol sequences--without any user training. The PC, which went on the market last month, sells for about $900. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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