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The London Times has an preview article on Google’s new Android phone The article includes a clip of the phone in action together with a small slideshow.

The Google Android phone will allow owners to unlock it by drawing on the screen, includes a built-in compass to help with navigation and a magnifying tool to make zooming web content easier on a small screen.

Google will not acutually manufacure the phone but has helped develop the software for the manufacturers such as Motorola and Samsung which have said thye will build phones based on the Android OS.

 

Reuters is reporting Amazon has agreed to buy Audible.com a provider of digital spoken word content. Amazon values the transaction at about $300 million, including Audible.com’s cash and short-term investments.

Audible.com audio can be listened to hundreds of AudibleReady devices incuding not only Apple’s Ipod but also devices from –

Audible, BookCourier, Creative, Dell, Digisette, Fujitsu, Garmin, Gateway, GPX, HP. iMate, Iomega, iRiver, Kenwood, Mitac, Motorola, Navman, PhatNoise, Philips, RCA, Rio, Sandisk, SoniqCast, Sonos, Tao, Tapwave, Thomson & Tom Tom. 

The Epoc Mind Reading Helmet from Emotiv  should be available in the US and the UK from early 2008 capable of reading what wearers are thinking. Initially to be launched for Gamers controling their characters the implications are massive, opening the possiility that one day soon people will be able to control the cursor on their computer by simply thinking about it.

Emotiv Epoc Mindreading Helemt demo video on YouTube

The Emotiv web page for their Epoc Project.

The London Times has details the Epoc Mind Reading Helmet together with some interesting thoughts as to future applications.