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leapmotionRecently we have seen a big rise in motion control and 3D gesturing and sensors. Take the Xbox Kinect and the Playstation Move for example. Both are using 3D motion control technology to accurately capture and process your movements to make games more interactive. A fun an and entertaining concept no doubt. But, what about this? What if you were able to use the same type of technology on your smartphone or your tablet? Would it be worth all the commotion it would cause? Would it be practical? Or, would it be just another cheap gimmick to try and reel customers? After, touch screens were designed for, well… touch.

The company, Leap Motion, has already seen its motion control product utilized on desktop computers an laptops alike. For those unfamiliar with the device, the Leap Motion Controller, is a sensor that plugs directly into your computer and allows you to take control of your PC’s or laptop’s functions with just simple hand gestures. Well, now they have plans to expand their market.

Leap Motion is doing it’s best to see mobile devices, such as your tablet, using its 3D motion control interface. The CEO of the company expects to see this be implemented in new mobile devices by the end of 2014.

Since the Leap Motion Controller is a separate device, it would need to be somehow integrated into the hardware of a phone or tablet itself. Recently, the challenges that were faced with integrated the technology into smaller hardware has been overcome and has since seen its way onto an actual product. The HP Envy 17 laptop has actually put the motion control sensor created by Leap into the laptop and has put it out for consumer use. Now the object is to see the same type of technology put into mobile devices for commercial and consumer use.

When asked about the possible new functions for the technology, Leap had mentioned that they were working with manufacturers to make the transition as seamless as possible. They are doing their best to make specific gestures fitted for mobile devices. With the ability to use your tablet as a TV remote with gesture-based control functions, Leap has definitely opened up a whole new market with their product. The chance to actually have different devices’ functionalities coincide with one another based on the embedded technology is quite remarkable, but then comes the question on whether or not it could be viewed as practical.

When looking at it from a marketing standpoint, having this technology embedded into tablets and other mobile devices already is reason to believe that it is important enough to see proper use and practicality when utilized. It still brings back the thought of, touchscreens being for touch. The “pinch” and “spread” motions are already there for us on the touchscreens. This technology will just allow us the capability to do it in free space above the sensor. The company to trying to see this technology on the mass market anywhere from July to December of 2014, so be on the look out from summer to winter of next year.

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Apple has taken a lot of heat lately for falling behind some of their competition when it comes to the resolution of their iPad Air with Retina Display. Although the iPad Air’s display quality is quite good, some people still complain that is isn’t good enough, considering the Kindle Fire HDX has a way higher resolution. The current Kindle Fire HDX has about one million more pixels than the iPad Air; 2560 x 1600 and 339 pixels per inch with an 8.9 inch display.

The new iPad with a 12 inch display that everyone has been hearing rumors about recently may be Apple’s answer to this issue. According to new rumors, they are currently testing their future iPad release right now with 2K and 4K resolutions. According to un-named sources, there have already been several prototypes on this new tablet.

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If this is true, the new iPad would be one of the most impressive tablet releases that we have ever seen. The resolution would likely be 4096 x 3072, which is even higher than the 4K Ultra high-definition televisions that have come out recently. The current iPad Air is 2048 x 1536 at and 264 pixels per inch, and the resolution on the new version would be literally doubling that.

This change would be one of the most pleasing things that Apple could ever do for their fans. That, and smartscrolling. But we shouldn’t get our hopes up, just in case.

One rumor that can’t really be taken too seriously is the release date for this new iPad. You can find more guesses on that than there are pixels in the new display. Originally everyone thought it would be coming out in early 2014, but my guess is that it will have a more traditional release date of  later 2014, maybe around fall. Another thing people say is that the 2K release will probably be mid year, with the boosted specs version having the later release.

iPad and iPad miniEvery holiday season can mean many things to many people, and even many companies. To some it may mean family dinners, holiday shopping, milk and cookies and a warm fire place. To others, like the companies out there, it may mean it is time to capitalize on the competition and the holiday season by bringing putting out the best products our company can offer currently. Well the Apple and its tablets have gone ahead and utilized that prospect wholeheartedly. The tablet game has been going strong, and its only getting more complex as the holiday season draws closer and closer. Well Apple has one more trick up their sleeve this year.The new iPad Mini with its Retina display is now available for all consumers and is really shaping up to be one of the best possible tablets to purchase this year with everything it has to offer so far.So what exactly can this new mini tablet offer up to the table? Well how about starting with the one thing that everyone seems to gawking at. The new 2,048 x 1,526 pixel count Retina display. For such a smaller screen than the recently released iPad Air, that is quite a large pixel count. The newly introduced A7 chip processing unit along with the co-processing M7 chip are also featured in the in iPad Mini Retina. It just so happens that both of these chips are also included in the iPad Air as well. Both of these chips working together means much faster functionality due to the M7 chip taking over all motion functionality processing and leaving the rest for the A7 chip to handle. Weighing in at only 0.73 lbs and boasting a 7.9 inch display, it would seem that this new iPad Mini is basically the new iPad Air only…”Mini”. They do host the same specs after all.

The only real draw back to the new iPad Mini is the $399 price tag. As with most Apple products, this one comes with a decently sized price. Having said that though, it is still $100 cheaper than the new iPad Air and is basically the same thing. This is perfect for anyone not wanting to haul around a larger tablet but still wants the freedom and mobility of a top quality tablet. The $399 is also starting price, so if you choose to get a higher memory storage or are planning to get LTE service as well, be prepared to have the price increase pretty substantially.

It may be a better benefit to rent this before buying just to see if the size itself would be the best fit for you, along with all of the capabilities of the device. This could be a great fit for the office as well, with its storage size being able to be expanded up to 128GBs, holding documents, memos, and even setting up your programs and apps. Any office could benefit from new tech, but now even class rooms are beginning to utilize tablets and the iPad Mini could be perfectly suited for teachers and students alike. That is, if it is within the schools budget of course.

Be sure to check out the new iPad Mini today, or rent one today! You may have something else to add to your Christmas list!

thin-tabletApple’s next generation of iPad will be 15% thinner and 25% lighter than the fourth-generation model.

The reduction in its size is due to a handful of modifications. The battery is supposed to be 25 percent to 30 percent smaller and improvements on display panels and A-series chip technology, which now uses less energy. Apple also will use the same touch technology found on the iPad mini, which is thinner than what it currently uses on its full-size iPads.

This is just the latest in a series of rumors and murmurs pointing to a slimmer iPad. Apple’s used what’s effectively been the same outside design for the device for the past three versions, something of an abnormality when compared with the iPhone and iPod line.

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Microsoft SurfaceMicrosoft recently announced that it has relaxed a Windows 8 certification requirement, allowing devices with lower resolutions. According to analysts, this move signals that Microsoft could be the next company in the industry to make the shift to smaller, less expensive tablets.

According to IDC Analyst Bob O’Donnell, “The sub-eight-inch part of the tablet market will be growing this year to about 55% of the entire market. Microsoft hasn’t even been playing in that segment, and they needed to do something.” Microsoft laid out all the details of the new relaxed rule in a newsletter released March 12 by its certification program. The program oversees use of the Windows logos that OEMs display on their hardware.

Microsoft made it clear in the newsletter that even though it will allow lower-resolution devices, it would still prefer that original equipment manufacturers continue to work with higher resolution screens. Microsoft also detailed that the exact specifications of the new resolution are 1,024 x 768 pixels.

According to the newsletter, “This doesn’t imply that we’re encouraging partners to regularly use a lower screen resolution. In fact, we see customers embracing the higher-resolution screens that make a great Windows experience. We understand that partners exploring designs for certain markets could find greater design flexibility helpful.”

The previous stipulations of the Windows 8 certification, which also applied to Windows RT, required screens with a minimum 1,366 x 768 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. This lower resolution rule would allow for tablets running Windows 8 and RT to be smaller in size, comparable to Apple’s new iPad Mini.

This move by Windows is obviously an attempt to stay competitive with the two other big names in the tablet industry, Apple and Samsung. Smaller Windows 8 tablets would be able to compete against Apple’s iPad Mini and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.

If you want to try out the Microsoft Surface running Windows 8 or the other tablets mentioned in this article, like the iPad Mini or the Galaxy Note 8, then RentOurTablets.com is where you need to look! RentOurTablets.com has a wide selection of products, meaning you can rent an Android tablet or rent an iPad whenever and wherever you need it!

Microsoft SurfaceTablet PCs are very cool pieces of technology but a lot of people don’t really need one on a long term basis. Many people get them simply because they are trendy or they don’t need all the features that come with a laptop, but these devices do have a lot of productive uses and are perfect for college students or businessmen who are always on the road.

One thing that tablet PCs allow you to do is take them everywhere, including a classroom, business meeting or trade show. You can buy digital copies of books from online retailers and read them directly on your tablet or download different business apps that allow you to fully connect during a meeting or presentation.

However, even though tablet PCs are extremely convenient and cheaper than buying a fully-featured laptop, they are not always cheap. Sometimes tablet PCs can sell for as high as $600, which is a lot to throw down if you ask me. That is where RentOurTablets.com comes in with its full line of tablet PC rentals.

RentOurTablets.com allows you to rent a tablet PC for a period of time, like a school semester perhaps, so you can have all the conveniences of a tablet PC without the cost of buying one. In many cases, renting a tablet is far less expensive than buying one, especially if you are a student where money is always tight or you don’t have a long-term need for one.

RentOurTablets.com has many regular tablets in stock, like Apple’s iPad, and even some convertible tablets (devices that convert from a laptop to a tablet) like the Inspiron Duo Convertible Tablet from Dell. You can even rent Microsoft’s new Surface Tablet, which comes complete with Windows RT.

Tablets can be expensive and unless you are planning on using yours all the time, it doesn’t make sense to jump in and spend a lot of money on one. If you need one for a school semester to save on books or for a business meeting that you are taking out of town, then renting a tablet is your best bet and RentOurTablets.com can get you whatever you need.