Dell Studio One 19

Welcome to the age of smaller CPUs and thinner monitors and the Dell Studio One 19 is certainly emphasizing on that. Looking more advanced, it carries a functional design that is certain to be tempting under the eyes of any techie freak wanting to be the first to own the latest technology offerings that PCs have to offer.

The specs look pretty good with CPU options that include Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad Core and either nVidia GeForce 9200 or 9400 GPU option. The hard drive can go up to 750GB with 4G of memory. It also has a 7-in-1 media card reader, and six USB ports. The user has the option of wireless capability and a 1.5 megapixel webcam, as well as Blu-ray and touchscreen. Now how can anyone not be tempted with those specifications? The Dell Studio One 19 is practically a demanded item in the world of computing!

The touchscreen feature allows for “multi-touch photo editing, slideshow creation, playlist compilation, notes, and web browsing”. The touchscreen allows for easy recording and uploading videos on YouTube, as well as Flickr. As for entertainment, the user can have a blast with the multi-touch percussion center and the You Paint finger painting software.

The base price for it is $699 but expect the numbers to flicker a bit especially when you start wanting more enhancements for it.


Computer Solutions for the Disabled via Gestures

Using a computer should not always be limited to people without disabilities. While some interfaces through computer accessories as the keyboard and mouse may become a shortfall, it remains that new solutions are bound to be on the horizon to help broaden the use of computers for the benefit of the ones who are unfortunately disabled in nature.

Remember virtual reality? Well it looks like we are being drawn to its second coming. Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia seems to have come up with an alternative interface gadget known as the “datagloves” that allows the computer to monitor the person’s hand or shoulder movements. This input can then be fed to a program, a game, or simulator, or to control a character, an avatar, in a 3D virtual environment.

So once this system has been perfected, it looks like the use of computers have gone a bit broader and no longer limited to the people who employ normal means of maximizing the privileges brought about by the computer age.

“We developed two gesture recognition systems: DESigning In virtual Reality (DesIRe) and DRiving for disabled (DRive). DesIRe allows any user to control dynamically in real-time simulators or other programs. DRive allows a quadriplegic person to control a car interface using input from just two LEDs on an over-shoulder garment. For more precise gestures, a DataGlove user can gesture using their fingers,” the authors said.

The evolution of widening the computer utilization scope is only to be expected. Technology is aggressively covering all bases to help people, both normal and disabled”, appreciate their true intent. With these developments, another potential privilege for people who feel limited has been opened.