This Week’s Chitter Chatter – New Products from Apple and Taking Photos with Your Brainwaves

neurocamLet’s start with Apple, and a recent interview with CEO Tim Cook.   He is on record as saying that Apple sees ‘significant opportunities’ in their existing products as well as for new product categories. He also advised that new Apple products are scheduled to be launched in 2014 but of course the actual products due to be unveiled have yet to be divulged. The new products that Apple is working on are expected to be a smart watch (possibly the watch) and the new HD Apple television sets. We’ll keep you up to date on any new on future Apple products as we get it.

Talking of new products, there are rumours that Samsung are possibly planning to bring out a Galaxy S4 Active Mini handset. It’s thought that rather than manufacturing a more robust and weatherproof version of the S4 mini, Samsung will instead make a mini version of the waterproof and dustproof S4 Active. The Galaxy S4 Active Mini is expected to come with a 4.65-inch 800 x 480p resolution touch screen, a dual core 1.2GHz processor combined with 1GB of RAM. There’s speculation that it will have a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera and like the full sized S4 Active, it will be waterproof to a depth of 1 metre.

Another company that never lets the grass grow under its feat is EE, who continue their roll out of 4G with an additional 14 towns added to their network this week.  That takes their total of towns and cities in the UK with 4G coverage up to 131. Approximately 60% of the UK population are now 4G-enabled and it’s hoped that this will increase to 98% by the end of 2014. The latest towns and cities to be switched on include several in Wales – Caerphilly, Caldicot, Chepstow and Cwmbran as well as Benfleet, Canvey Island, Grays, Harlow, Rayleigh, Carlisle, Hatfield, Kenilworth, Southport and Worksop.

And finally, if you don’t mind walking around with your smartphone strapped to your head, you too could be able to take photos with your mobile phone just by using your own brain power. A new gadget prototype called a Neurocam was unveiled in Japan recently which uses brainwave readings to take automatic photos and videos. A smartphone is connected to a special headband which contains a brainwave reading sensor with the smartphone camera lens pointing in the direction of the image you want to record or photograph. The Neurocam is still in development stage at the moment but could have exciting possibilities for the future.