Many of us use our laptops for the Office Applications that involves extensive typing. I have observed one inefficeint habit among most of them(including myself), whenever, they commit a typo, they tend to backspace right till the point where mistake is made and then retype the entire word/phrase. This is actually very ineffective, when compared to actually tracing the cursor to the point of error and returning back to the original spot. But we have internalised 'backspacing' so much, that it looks far more effective than 'retracing' and we tend to opt for erasing and retyping. The position of the arrow keys also help this. But in the longer run, changing this habit can effectively save thousands of man hours cummulatively. If, say, the arrow keys are moved to the top, rather than their current position in the typing blind spot, people might slowly adapt to the habit of retracing.
Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.),
An increasing amount of homes now have connectivity to the internet, and share their internet within their own home. With the increase in numbers of "Wireless utilities" such as mobiles, printers, HDD's, stereo's, fridges, and other appliances, there is a gap in the power market where I think my product could fit in. I recently swapped my energy supplier and was sent a free gift. The gift was a home energy monitor and proved very useful. With a clip around my incoming power supply (Near fuse box) and a USB charged display I could see exactly how much power my home was consuming at all times. The product I would like to invent and brainstorm is simple. It is a pass-through plug socket. The device would be plugged into a socket, and an appliance will then be plugged into the invention. No need for it to be oversized should be about the same size as a timer plug. The invention will have the following abilities plugged in:1. A Micro-USB Socket on the bottom (Used to plug into a laptop/Computer for programming of Wi-Fi network presets)2. An Ammeter (Used to digitally record the power useage through the device)3. A Wireless antenna (Used to transmit data to the wireless router and recieve instruction)4. A Flow switch (Remotely or locally controlled to enable/disbale power throughput)5. A small display (LCD) The product is made of 3 parts:1. The socket previously mentioned2. The software to be described (free downloadable)3. A Mobile App (Free downloadable)Sockets are the only thing purchasable and can be purchased individually or in packs of differing quanities. For example A house owner buys 4 sockets (a starter pack with mains clip and USB lead included). He wraps the clip around his mains input exactly like the ones you recieve from British gas etc. He then chooses 4 appliances he would like to monitor/control. He chooses:1. His Fridge2. His pond3. A living room lamp4. His childs TV.He then downloads (free) the configuration and control software available for the product. On his mobile he downloads a similar more compact version of the software as an app. He then plugs via USB the first of his sockets into his computer. Using the software he is prompted to pick his Wi-Fi network (being picked up by the USB powered socket) and enter his network key. The socket is then greeted on the network and settings are saved to a small memory within the socket. It is allocated a unique id corresponding to the network such as Socket<serial number>. On completion of this he repeats the steps for all 4 sockets.He then places his sockets in situ. On his computer he can now see with the program, all of his sockets readings as they work. Each of the sockets recieves its power from the outlet they are plugged into so require no batteries. They are beaming out constant ammeter info onto the pre-programmed network for their own usage which is picked up by the computer with loaded software on that network (a simple pairing). The software can now be used to monitor the total power useage (by the clip on the mains emitting wi-fi ammeter info) and all sockets within Wi-Fi range. This can be displayed and monitored with lots and lots of tools as it is all read on his personal PC.Using the software he can also remotely turn on/off the socket. This is brilliant for the kids TV at bedtime (no more sneaking the TV on whilst mum and dad arn't watching). The pond has also been programmed using the software to work on a timer. Coming on at 9:00am and off at 6:00pm (except sunday). That is how flexible the software possibilites are.Also, if the man decides to go on holiday he can remotely turn on or off his living room lamp using his mobile app, and an external encrypted port into his wi-fi router protected by username and password. All of this and still monitoring the useage of his fridge in comparison to other fridges measured by other users of the software all over the world. Brilliant for encouraging true power reading consumer tests when appliances can be named on the software eg.Socket 1 = "Samsung EPL500C 42"HDTV". Does it really run at only 200W in the average home. Data can be collected and collated centrally using the internet connection connected to the PC or mobile.Lastly is the ability to expenentually expand on the power monitoring. More sockets can be purchased at any time and just be programmed to join the network. With no maximum capacity and ever shrinking technology, the scope is available to incorporate this product smaller and smaller into different designs and styles to suit many different houses and tastes.Please let me know if this has made you think. It certainly made me think.[Personal information redacted by moderator]
I always have a big question mark that Dell has been collecting tons of used electronic equipment but how these equipment are being treated or they go straight to secured landfills??
If there is one thing I want to recommend to Alienware, it is to put mechanical keys in the next versions of their high-end gaming laptops such as the M17x and M18x. It will be heavenly for both gaming and other purposes. A lot of us prospective buyers have the same opinion regarding this. Among all the M18x and M17x users I have surveyed, the only thing they have complained about was the keyboard, it tends to be flex in the middle, this hampers competitve gaming performance. MSI has successfully integrated Steel Series mechanical keyboards in their high-end gaming laptops and the reviews were extremely positive. Honestly, all PC gamers use mechanical keyboards nowadays, since it's much more comfortable to use and it enhances their performance, plus these keyboards last longer. We could all connect an external keyboard, but why should we? We are already paying upwards of $2000 for the laptop, we shouldn't need to use an external keyboard. If any Alienware engineer is reading this, they should really consider this before M18x R3 and M17x R4 launches, as it'll not only flush out one of their few flaws but also enhance their already god-like reputation in the mobile gaming world.
I just got a new computer accompanied by a KB212B. When there is not a very bright light in the room, it is very hard to see the letters on the keys. Side by side with an old and well-used Compaq keyboard, the letters on the new board are extremely faint compared with the old one.Please, Dell, why don't you make the text on the board more easily seen in dimmish light?
design and build a peripheral that would be used with my current desktop tower at a price that would compete with current tablets on the market. under $500. you would need to design a way to send a video and audio signal from the pc to the display around the home. the display should be available in a few different sizes eventually but begin with the 10" as a starting point. the display would need to talk to the wifi in the home to send the touch imputs, camera, and mic back to the pc. the proposition here is that consumers could purchase one central pc in the home and possibly run several "virtual" computers around the home for all the family members in a small portable tablet form. mom has a tablet in the kitchen that she uses for recipes and entertainment. dad has a tablet in the living room to surf the internet while he watches television in the family room. the kids have a tablet they can use for games and homework. instead of upgrading all these devices the consumer could increase the memory or hard drive storage or add a faster processor with more cores etc... obviously this would be a huge opertunity for business users as well. the display would need a battery suply capable of 6-8 hours normal use. possibly an add on mouse or keyboard option and a dock to charge the thing. Whatever company is first to bring this idea to market could re energize the consumer pc market and challenge the ipad. using virtual machine technology it would be fairly easy to design a system to support 4-8 devices from an 8 core machine if it had enough ram. Intel was working on a wireless display scheme for a while but i think it never really worked as hoped.
iam a big fan of dell laptops iam using laptop is 3years ago...my friends are also using....finally iam seaing the speakers are damaging..in olden days there is no probem for laptops..it is recently problem 2 or 3 years we are seaing....you are giving speakers below the keypad it is very problem for speakers and system also..so my idea is please design the speakers above the keypad it means screen front....so many pepoles are facing this problem....so many students are also not intersting for the below speakers..so please.....
I think it would be a good idea if Alienware offered their M17x and M18x graphics cards as purchasable accessories on the dell website. Why should we have to go to ebay or attempt to order them from the Dell parts warehouse? It would be much easier if they allowed us to purchase them from the accessories/upgrades website. It seems a bit silly that Dell will teach you how to replace the part, but won't easily sell it. I think they could make a ton of extra money and they would truly make their laptops upgradable.
hi,I am highly frustrated with the battery backup given by my inspiron 5520 b'coz for my friend who has a hp laptop with the same config as mine gives him about 4 to 5 hours backup but mine gives only 2 hours for the same process and is there any ways that i can go for a 6 cell battery for my inspiron 5520
I would love to see Dell come out with a keyboard dock/cover for the XPS-10 like the existing one, but without the battery/usb ports to keep the price down. Keep it to around $40 - $60 and I would definitely buy one. Aluminum bluetooth keyboard/covers for the iPad and Galay pad (with small L/I batteries) are selling on eBay for under $30.