• OLED Screen so Flexible and Thin it Blows in the Wind

    October 29 2008 / by John Heylin
    Category: Gadgets

    Samsung shocked some crowds at the FPD International 2008 this year by displaying a .05mm thick OLED display. Oh, and did I mention there just “happened” to be a fan nearby that caused it to flap around? Because there was.

    Called the Flapping Display, Samsung really outdid itself. In fact, one staffer at the event mentioned “It is technically possible to make the panel thinner. However, it is difficult to further reduce the thicknesses of the flexible substrates and circuit components around it.” Way to be modest. I wonder how long before OLED screens start appearing everywhere — on the sides of cars, in our phones, even on a future high-end Kindle.

    One thing is for sure, OLED is going to change everything.

    info from Nikkei Business Publications

  • Interactive Mirror Touches on your Love of Fingerpainting

    October 30 2008 / by John Heylin
    Category: Gadgets

    Interactive Mirror from Alpay Kasal on Vimeo.

    If there’s one thing guaranteed to to touch your child side but also appeal to your geek side, Interference Inc has done just that. This fully interactive mirror allows users to design, paint, and even read text on a touchscreen mirror. The most amazing thing is vast array of colors at the users fingertips — whites, blues, red, and an incredible neon green.

    Don’t expect to see these in your home for another year or two (and only if you happen to have a wad of cash hanging around). It will be incredible to see these displays used in a more consumer sense as far as personal computing or even retail. The mirror allows for you to virtually try on different articles of clothing right there in the store. A unit at home will allow you to literally “surf” the web, the sensation being that you can push your way through the Internet with touches. When can I get one?

  • Infrared Sensors to make your Touchscreen Obsolete

    October 21 2008 / by John Heylin
    Category: Technology

    Tired of mucking about with your touchscreen? Constantly having to worry about scratching the screen in your pocket? Wiping the face of it with your t-shirt to get your greasy finger marks off it? Microsoft may have an answer.

    SideSight, a prototype by Microsoft, uses Infrared proximity sensors to determine which way you want to spin or expand the screen of your smartphone. “The sensors can read inputs up to 10 centimeters away, just through reflected infrared light.” This way you can browse through your phone without having to worry about mucking up your screen.

    While this technology is limited (for instance, you need a flat surface for the sensors to work), it shows some amazing potential for future phone interactions. By placing sensors all around the phone, you will be able to use your hands directly in front of the screen in order to shuffle through images or browse sites. Being able to tell exactly where your hands are gives you the added bonus of being able to control the interface with individual fingers or your hand position itself, something the touchscreen can only do through physical contact.

  • UK Doing its Best to Become Dystopian with Mobile Fingerprint Scanners

    October 27 2008 / by John Heylin
    Category: Security

    The UK police are implementing a new policy which has civil liberty groups in an uproar. Called Project Midas, it aims to put small Blackberry-like fingerprint scanners in the hands of police within the next two years. This will allow police to confirm the identity (7.5 million prints on record and climbing) of people they detain.

    Officials claim that the fingerprint records will only be used for identification and all fingerprints obtained by the device will be erased. But after reading about the British bomb-sniffing laundromat I have my doubts.

    In fact, the UK Police are notorious for invading the civil liberties of their people. With an estimated 1.5 million security cameras around London alone (along with a probable 4.2 million country-wide), it’s no wonder the British people are feeling a little perturbed.


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