Androidcontrollerism: Hardware Options on Android, in Detail; Android Player Piano

Adding hardware to tablets, as it has with decades of computing technology, can open up new worlds for software and music. It can animate a conventional piano, or provide new physical interfaces for touching music. But let’s not wait for it to happen; let’s get hacking. Following on today’s line of thinking about hardware-augmented touch, I’d like to look a bit at the recently-transformed landscape on Android. iOS users can connect to external hardware via the Core MIDI protocol or, via official channels, through the Apple Dock Connector. That’s not a perfect situation, however. Hardware developers have to be approved …

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Tablet Visualist: Hands-on with Android Xoom HDMI Output Looks Promising

Three tablets – iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, and HP Touchpad. Improving like wine with age, or corked? Photo (CC-BY) Justin Ried. We’ve been watching tablets for some time now, looking for the perfect, mobile visualist performance tool. For the first time, those results begin to look genuinely promising. But here’s a surprise: it’s the Android-powered Motorola Xoom, not the Apple iPad 2, that shines in an early test. Well, sort of, anyway – it’s also evident that video output, while prominent in specs and ads, seems to be a bit of an afterthought in practice. (Also, “I want my HDMI …

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HDMI Now on iPad, iPad2, and Android Honeycomb; HDMI Tablet VJ, Anyone?

Tablet? Check. HDMI output? Check. Mixer? Fail. Apple’s new Digital AV Adapter, announced today [see Apple Store link], is pretty darned near perfect for the iPad performer. It might just be better news for the readers of this site than the iPad itself. At US$39, it includes both HDMI and USB ports – meaning you don’t have to lose one to get the other. It’s also compatible with not only the new iPad 2, but also the original iPad (along with the iPhone 4 and even the iPod touch). An Apple spokesperson confirms to CDM that the adapter will be …

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OpenGL Geek Out: Motorola Releases Supported Extensions for XOOM Tablet

Mobile devices are finally starting to look more like desktop devices in terms of GPU 3D capabilities, thanks to new chipsets – in this case, NVIDIA’s Tegra. In non-technical terms, think eye candy. In technical terms – well, heck, let’s use this handy copy-paste feature I have on my (ahem, desktop) computer:

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