Apple's air-expelling keyboard system

Creativity | 2011. 5. 13. 01:05 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

A new patent application published by the US Patent and Trademark Office gives us another thought-provoking insight into Apple’s thinking behind sci-fi keyboard designs. Granted, only a fraction of their patents see the light of day. Moreover, those that don’t often file is vague, too broad conceptual ideas. Nevertheless, this one’s interesting on several levels.  Apple wants you to feel the keys before you hit them. The document entitled “Input Devices and Methods of Operation” proposes the use of air vents on keys (you read that right) coupled with a bunch of proximity sensors like the one inside your iPhone that prevents spray input from your face.


In some systems, feedback is provided before actual contact with the key expelling air from the input device proximate the key when user selection is imminent. In other examples, the tactile sensation results from automatic movement of the key in response to detected user selection of the key.

Another embodiment calls for a pneumatic system designed to pull the key away from you by “advancing the selected key in a direction of actuation in response to detecting user selection”. What do you make of this?


The described concept is pretty much useless in virtual keyboards where glass prevents air expelling. However, such a design could come in handy for really tiny keyboards where the individual keys are too close together, meaning one is unable to distinguish between the individual keys just by touching them with one’s finger. How small a keyboard, you ask? Really small – think iPhone small. Any suggestions? Meet us in comments. Apple credited this keyboard concept to engineers Aleksandar Pance, Michael Sinclair and Brett Bilbrey.
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Capster_Mac Application to show caps lock on/off

Creativity | 2011. 4. 23. 20:42 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

맥킨토시를 사용하시다가 잘못 눌러서 부지불식간에 Caps Lock이 켜져 있는 채로 작업을 한 경험이 있으실 것입니다.


유일하게 Caps Lock이 켜져 있는지 안켜져 있는지 알 수 있는 길은 키보드 자판의 Caps Lock에 초록색 불이 들어왔는지 안들어왔는지 확인하는 방법 밖에는 없는데요. 이제는 그런 고민 (?) 또는 불편한 없이 Mac 스크린에 Caps Lock의 On/Off 여부를 분명하게 보여주는 아주 유용한 애플리케이션이 있어서 소개하고자 합니다.


용량도 작고 설치 방법도 아주 간단합니다. 디자인이라고 할 것 도 없이 조그만 사각형 바가 스크린 오른쪽 위에 나타나면서 Caps Lock의 On/Off 여부를 시각적으로 보여주니 이보다 쉽고 편하게 애플리케이션을 사용할 수는 없을 것 같습니다.

Capster 1.6.5 (Capster Developer Page)

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Mirrored Download2


Original Post (English)

CAPS Warn is a menu-bar utility that displays a bright-red icon and sounds an alert whenever caps lock is enabled. But if you’re already using the excellent Growl notification system, a simpler—but just as effective—option is Capster (download link).

Launch Capster—it can run invisibly as a background-only application—and if you press the caps-lock key, intentionally or not, Capster pops up a Growl notification letting you know. Disable caps lock, and you get a Growl confirmation of that, too.

Because it uses Growl, you can customize Capster’s alerts using Growl’s System Preferences pane. For example, you can choose a different Growl display style and onscreen position for your Capster alerts than for other Growl notifications. You can also choose separate notification options (display style, priority, and alert sound) for when you enable caps lock and when you disable it—on my Mac, the caps-lock-on alert uses High priority (which means it pulses red) and an audible alert, while the caps-lock-off alert uses Normal priority and doesn’t make a sound.

Capster’s only other settings let you choose whether or not the utility displays a systemwide menu; and, if not, which keyboard shortcut you need to press to access these settings. If you choose to display the menu, you get several options for its menu-bar icon; whichever one you choose, the menu icon works much like CAPS Warn, changing its appearance whenever caps lock is enabled.

Because it relies on Growl for notifications, Capster doesn’t have some of the unique options of CAPS Warn, such as the capability to warn you whenever you’ve typed more than a set number of capital letters in a row—say, if you typed them using the Shift key instead of caps lock. (These days, CAPS Warn can also notify you when other modifier keys are pressed.) I also found what appears to be a minor bug in Capster: If caps lock is enabled, pressing Shift produces the Caps Lock On alert. But Capster works well, and if you’re already using Growl, Capster is a simple and easy way to get a convenient and popular feature.


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Multifunctional touch screen Mac is Apple's Next?

Creativity | 2011. 4. 1. 04:28 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

애플이 Mac OS를 기초로 하여 iOS와 iPad를 탄생시켰고 이제는 'Back to the Basic'이라는 콘셉트로 iOS와 iPad에서 배운 것을들 조만간 공식 공개 (Official launching)를 앞둔 Mac OS X 10.7 Lion에 적용하여 밀림의 왕자 사자와 같은 테크놀로지의 최강자로서 most advanced한 운영체제인 Mac OS X 10.7 Lion을 내놓게 됩니다. (June, 2011)

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Mac OS X Lion에는 여러가지 새로운 기능들이 적용이 됐는데 그 중에 하나가 'Mission Control (미션 콘트롤)'입니다.

이 미션 콘트론은 향후 애플이 나아갈 방향을 보여주는 것 같아서 더욱 관심있게 보게 됩니다.


애플은 곧 정식 공개될 Mac OS X Lion을 개발하면서 아이폰과 아이패드에서 배운 것들은 반영했다고 했는데, 거의 모든 아이폰과 아이패드 기능들이 Mac OS X Lion에 반영이 된 것 같은데 그 중 하나 반영이 안된 것이 있다면 그것은 아마 터치 스크린 (Touch Screen) 기능일 것입니다.

미션 콘트롤을 사용해 보신 분이라면 다들 느낄 수 있는 점인데, 딱 한 가지 부족한게  터치 스크린을 사용하게 되면 정말 더 편리하고 좋을 것 같다는 것입니다.


그래서 이와 관련하여 애플의 향후 Macintosh 개발 방향에 대한 포스팅이 있어서 소개하고자 합니다.

이 글은 애플이 가지고 있는 'Multifunctional Device 300'에 대한 아이디어 개념도입니다. 물론 특허, 저작권은 애플에게 있는 것으로 생각이 됩니다.

글에는 애플이 Spaces 개념을 아이패드에 도입하려고 한다는 내용에 대한 설명이 길게 나와 있는데 이 글을 읽으면서 자꾸 애플의 다음 Macintosh Computer는

터치 스크린을 적용하게 될 것이라는 생각이 강하게 들게 되었습니다. 아마 모르긴 몰라도 2012년 WWDC에서는 (그 전에 있을 애플의 미디어 컨퍼런스가 될 수도 있구요.) Touch screen을 지원하는 MacBook이나 iMac이 나올 것이라는 생각이 듭니다.



관련 글1: Virtual Spaces iPad or Touch Mac

관련 글2: Apple is bringing to 'Spaces' to the iPad


The future of iOS is quietly shaping up behind the scenes at Apple, and we’ll probably get a good look at iOS 5 during WWDC 2011, but until then it’s mostly a guessing game. That is, until someone digs up some patents that show potential features in a currently unreleased product. Case in point, PatentlyApple has discovered a patent that describes Spaces (virtual desktops) in use on a “Multifunction Device” that looks a lot like an iPad. 

iPad… or Touchscreen Mac?

While the patent drawing does look like an iPad, I think it’s just as possible that the multifunction device could be any touchscreen display, even for a currently unreleased touchscreen Mac. I say this because the behavior described in the patent is similar to how Spaces works in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, where you sweep between Spaces by using the trackpad. It’s also reminiscent to the multitouch gestures you can enable for iPad by using developer tools with iOS 4.3. Those gesture similarities could even hint at further merging and sharing of features between future versions of iOS and Mac OS X. 

Last year, multiple patents showed up for things like a MacBook tablet, MacBook Touch, and even an iMac Touch that runs both iOS and Mac OS X.  You can see more details of the patent at PatentlyApple. Remember, not all Apple patents see the light of day as a feature or a product, but they can give us great insight into what Apple is working on.

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New MacBook Pro

Creativity | 2011. 2. 25. 05:52 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건
The new MacBook Pro
State-of-the-art processors. All-new graphics. Breakthrough high-speed I/O. Three very big leaps forward.
  • State-of-the-art Intel processors.

    The 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro now feature quad-core Intel Core i7 processors. And the 13-inch models jump to dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. That means all three models are up to twice as fast.1 Learn more

  • Thunderbolt. The next generation of I/O.

    New Thunderbolt technology lets you connect high-performance peripherals and high-resolution displays to a single port — with data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps. Learn more

  • Game-changing graphics.

    AMD Radeon graphics processors on the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro are up to 3x faster than those in previous models,2 so you can take everything from games to CAD to HD video projects anywhere. Learn more

  • FaceTime goes HD.

    Now you can use FaceTime to make full-screen HD video calls that are astonishingly crisp. And thanks to the new widescreen format, you can get your friends in the picture, too. Learn more


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How to setup auto shutdown of your Mac computers

Creativity | 2011. 2. 15. 01:11 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

If you often forget to shut down your Macintosh laptop, you can schedule

an automatic shut down that closes all applications on the laptop

and powers it off. The auto-shutdown mode can be set to occur every day;

on the weekends or during the week at a specific time based on the schedule

settings in your Energy Saver preferences. By automatically shutting down

your Macintosh computer when you are unable to manually do so,

you preserve the battery's health and prevent wasted electricity caused by

continuous use, according to Joe Hutsko, author of "Macs All-in-One For Dummies."




  1. Select "System Preferences" from the "Apple" menu, located at the top of

    your Macintosh's screen.

  2. Click the "Power" or "Energy Saver" icon, and click the "Schedule" button

    in the lower-right corner of the window. Click the empty box beneath

    "Start up or wake" to add a check to the box. Click the arrow on the menu

    to the right of the checked box, and select "Shut Down." 

  3. Click the middle drop-down menu, and select "Every Day," "Weekends" or

    "Weekdays" from the menu depending on your preference.

    Alternatively, select a specific day of the week from the menu.

  4. Type the time you want to schedule the automatic shutdown,

    and enter "AM" or "PM" in the field. Click the OK button to save

    the automatic shutdown rules.

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Mac App Store Open Jan. 6th 2011

Creativity | 2010. 12. 18. 23:56 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

The Mac App Store is just like the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Great Apps for your Mac

So it’s as easy to find and download Mac apps as it is to add your favorite

magazine to iPad or a new game to iPod touch. You can browse Mac apps

by category, such as games, productivity, music, and more. Or do a quick search

for something specific. Read developer descriptions and user reviews.

Flip through screenshots. When you find an app you like, click to buy it.


The easiest installation ever

The Mac App Store revolutionizes the way applications are installed on a computer.

it happens in one step. Enter the same iTunes password you use to buy apps on

iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. And within seconds, your new app flies to your Dock,

ready to go.


Keep your apps up to date

Developers are always improving their apps. That’s why the Mac App Store keeps

track of your apps and tells you when updates are available. Update one app

at a time or all of them at once, and you’ll always have the latest versions.

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Coconut battery for MacBook

Creativity | 2010. 12. 18. 23:05 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

Coconut battery is an application for MacBook to measure the life of a battery.

It shows current details, battery capacity, battery loadcycles, and so on.

It must be a pretty good app for MacBook's battery. I hope you like it.

Coconut Battery 2.7

With coconutBattery you're always aware of your current battery health. It shows you

live information about your battery such as how often it was charged and how is the

current maximum capacity in relation to the original capacity your battery had

when it left the factory.

Of course you are able to save the current maximum capacity of your battery.

So you can see the changes of your battery health over time.

coconutBattery is and will always be freeware. If you like it,


Download (532KB, MacBook/Pro/Air, MacOS X 10.5 or higher)

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new MacBook Air

Creativity | 2010. 11. 18. 03:25 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

This is new MacBook Air Apple recently launched. I saw it in the apple store at UNC.

Allegedly, It is very thin and light like a feather or an air.

But it doesn't have CD/DVD Rom and have SSD (Solid State Disk) which has the merit of

the speed of booting, but has limitations of storage capacity.




These pictures show the key features of new MacBook Air.

Just have a look at.

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Mac OS X 10.6.5 now available

Creativity | 2010. 11. 12. 03:54 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

This morning (11/11), Apple launched Mac OS X 10.6.5 update file on
Mac OS X 10.6 (Snowleopard) users can directly download from their Mac.

Included features are like below.
 * Improves reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers.
 * Addresses performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture.
 * Addresses stability and performance of graphics applications and games.
 * Resolves a delay between print jobs.
 * Addresses a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme.
 * Resolves an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal.
 * Addresses an issue in which dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide.
 * Resolves an issue in which Wikipedia information may not display correctly in Dictionary.
 * Improves performance of MainStage on certain Macs.
 * Resolves spacing issues with OpenType fonts.
 * Improves reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays.
 * Resolves a VoiceOver issue when browsing some websites with Safari 5.
 * Improves Bluetooth pairing with Magic Trackpad.
 * Resolves performance issues with third-party displays that use InstaPort technology.
 * Add SSL support for transferring files with iDisk.
 * Resolves an issue when opening 4-up Photo Booth pictures in Preview.
 * Addresses keyboard responsiveness issues in the Dock when Spaces is turned on.
 * Resolves an issue syncing Address Book with Google.
 * Fixes an issue when replying to a Mail message sent by a person whose name contains certain characters such as é or ü.
 * Improves performance for users bound to an Active Directory domain.
 * Improves reliability of Ethernet connections.
 * Systems with a Mac Pro RAID Card (Early 2009) installed can now be put to sleep. For more information, see Mac Pro RAID Card (Early 2009): Enabling system sleep.
 * Improves reliability of fibre channel connections, resolving a potential Xsan volume availability issue.
 * Adds RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
 * Security improvements; for information about the security content of this update.


The update brings numerous improvements and stability fixes, but there’s no mention of AirPrint; many believed Apple would enable AirPrint wireless printer sharing with iOS devices in the next OS X update.

Some of the improvements in OS X 10.6.5 include improved reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers, stability and performance enhancements in graphics applications and games, and a fix for the delay between print jobs, VoiceOver bug in Safari (Safari), and spacing issues with OpenType fonts. For a full list of improvements

To install the latest version, go to the “Software Update” section in OS X.


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