Tech: Up close and personal
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Ever wondered how your camera takes a snap? Or how your mobile’s screen can shift from landscape to portrait within mere seconds of you rotating it? We dismantled gadgets and got macro on their asses in order to find out…
HTC Incredible S
This is how your screen knows to shift orientation from landscape to portrait depending on how you hold the phone. Hang on, it'll change in a sec... There it goes. It also comes in handy for gaming. The tilt-sensing accelerometer works by sensing G-force and movement on three axes, before relaying the information to the device's CPU via an IC (Integrated Circuit) interface.
ASUS EEE PC 1215B
AMD C-50 with Radeon HD 6250
The brain of Asus' new generation laptop is AMD's 45nm, dualcore processor. Roughly the size of a five pence coin, this sits a high-powered 276MHz Radeon graphics chip alongside the main CPU. As a result this 1GHz processor with 1GB L2 cache gives performance similar to a 1.6GHz single-core processor while retaining the usual netbook chip virtues of being cheap to buy and easy on the old power-suckage.
Live MOS image sensor
This is covered in millions of solar cells that capture light and turn it into electrical signals. Each cell gives its absorbed light a digital value, which assigns a colour to that tiny portion of the image. This Four Thirds camera's sensor provides CMOS (complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor)-like image quality but is smaller. Its low power consumption also means the camera can provide live view framing on its LCD screen, removing the need for a viewfinder.
The glowing ball on top is the reason that PlayStation Move can track your hand movements so accurately. The Eye camera and Cell processor work in harmony to process depth imagery at 60fps by tracking the light coming from the orb. The LED array is fully programmable to generate any hue required, and can even adjust by slight shades and tones to compensate for ambient lighting conditions by receiving feedback from the camera.
KEF T Series Speakers
Kef's latest spreakers are extremely slim, thanks largely to this. The bass and midrange unit is pancake-thin, because the usual cone shape is replaced with a flat, stressed diaphragm with stiffening "ribs" shrunken magnets and precisely rearranged suspension. The result is incredibly deep sound emanating from something very shallow.