HTC Wildfire S

Wildfire S controls crazy human-assisted wings

If you haven't neglected your classical education, you've surely heard of the legend of Daedalus and Icarus, who escaped their island prison by building wings out of feathers and wax. Things didn't end up so well for Icarus, but one Dutch man seems to have had the same dream. Jarno Smeets is a mechanical engineer who's spent the lat eight months building his very own set of "Human Birdwings" capable of independent flight. The contraption makes use of an HTC Wildfire S and a Wii Remote to translate the "flapping" motion of his arms to the wings themselves. The apparatus isn't technically human-powered, it just translates Smeets' arm motions to a set of motors and servos that flap the wings for him. The Wii Remote measures acceleration and other factors and is presumably connected via Bluetooth, though why he couldn't simply use the one already in the phone is a mystery. The "flight" isn't much more than a few hundred meters and perhaps 20 meters in the air at its highest point, but that's still a pretty impressive achievement. Insert your own "Flying Dutchman" joke here. Check out the video below: [youtube GYW5G2kbrKk] Doubters have called the video fake, and it's easy to see why - amateur cameras, a seemingly unbelievable achievement, and lots of media coverage would make for a great viral program. But it's been covered and investigated by various European press without any serious evidence of forgery. The Mythbusters' Jaime Hyneman (the one with the mustache) says that he can't find any reason why the contraption wouldn't work, and can't see any faulty editing in the video. As someone who does crazy things for a living in a special effects capacity, he ought to know. [via Gizmodo]

HTC Wildfire S hits US Cellular

Today the HTC Wildfire S is finally available on US Cellular. For those wanting a great smartphone in a small package, this is for you. Revealed back in January the Wildfire S is one of HTC's best entry level smartphones available and has a better build quality than any free or low priced smartphone I've seen to date, and today it is now available from US Cellular.

HTC Pico Pictures Leak, Looks like a Wildfire S

New pictures have leaked of a device being called the HTC Pico. When I first heard that I was hoping for a phone with a built-in Pico projector as that would be awesome but I quickly learned this was a much smaller, goofier device that is aimed for the mid-range crowd. It looks slightly like a re-badged Wildfire S and has similar specs to match.

HTC Wildfire S Hands-On and Unboxing

We've got a treat for you here, one of the tiniest little treats we've ever had the pleasure of checking out, one made for small-hands-having ladies and gentlemen across the world - an HTC device made for those who love the coolness of HTC's Sense UI without the giant nature of the top-tier devices we early adopters love so very much. This device comes with a 3.2-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and it weighs in at a mere 3.7 ounces (105 grams.) Will this little superstar capture our hearts above the rest of the mid-tier competition?

HTC Wildfire S Announced for T-Mobile

Today the team at T-Mobile will be announcing the availability of the HTC Wildfire S, a lovely little HTC device made to compete against the mid-tier onslaught we've been witnessing from Samsung, LG, and the lot. This device will be available on August 3rd, 2011, for $79.99 after a cool $50 mail-in rebate and tied to a 2-year agreement with qualifying "Classic" voice and data plan. This device will be running Android 2.3.x Gingerbread and will of course have a new version of HTC Sense for your ease of use.

HTC Marvel coming to T-Mobile after the Sensation and Doubleshot

This is some fresh news from our friends over at TmoNews. According to some recent photo's that have been found, T-Mobile plans to bring a nice mid-range device in the HTC Marvel, better known as the Wildfire S. You can see our hands-on here. It should come looking pretty similar to the Wildfire S, only with T-Mobile branding and the rest of the goodies assuming T-Mobile doesn't become AT&T anytime soon.
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