Sprout by HP

Computer interaction moves back to the drawing board

Human to computer interaction is ever-changing with an ironic (though welcomed) evolution to more natural interfaces. Sprout by HP, the latest case-in-point, has just been officially unveiled. Sprout is a touch-screen Windows PC that has a touch-sensitive mat and projection surface where you’d expect to see a keyboard. The technology packed into Sprout is significant, but the resulting interface is simple. The relationship between the …

Winbot

A robot to clean your windows

We’ve all heard of Roomba, the frisbee-sized vacuum robot. Until recently we thought this slightly egregious piece of technology was the end-all-be-all of home cleaning innovation. Then we met Winbot. Made by Ecovacs Robotics—a company boasting 300-500 engineers on staff at any given time—the similarly-sized window cleaning robot uses multiple motors and an array of sensors to navigate any window, inside or out, without any …

Microsoft Office 365

The old dog learns new, cloud-centric tricks for the modern user

By Evan Orensten and James Thorne We’ve been trying out Windows 8 for a while now—not to mention testing the new generation of tablets and notebooks that has sprung up around the OS. Our overall impression is that it addresses the market’s demand for content on-the-go, cross-platform syncing and the versatility of touch screens matched with the power of a mouse and keyboard. With the …