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Light Touch projector makes any surface a touchscreen

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A previously little-known company from the UK called Light Blue Optics has demoed a projector at CES which allows users to interact with the light image as if it were a touchscreen.

The Light Touch throws a 10-inch image at WVGA resolution at incredibly short distances thanks to the holographic projection technology involved. At the same time the infra-red touch sensitive system allows users to interact with social networks, multimedia sharing and any other applications that can use the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth support in the device to connect to the Internet.

It comes with 2GB of onboard flash memory, a microSD card slot for expanding the storage and the battery life will last 2 hours. Expect to hear more from this one on the OEM front as interest grows.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2011 in Technology

 

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Chinese university manages to store data in bacteria

The quest to squeeze more and more data into ever smaller spaces continues, but current materials and techniques have their limits. One day in the not too distant future we will reach the limits of current hard drive technology.

So where do we look for the next storage breakthrough? If you ask researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong they’d say we need to look for a living solution, more specifically bacteria. In fact, they’ve already achieved it, managing to store 90GB of data in 1 gram of cells.

The team has developed a massively parallel bacterial storage system that also achieves data encryption through DNA shuffling. An encoding system takes the original data, turns it into a quaternary number, and then encodes it as a DNA sequence. Encryption is achieved through DNA sequence shuffling. That process also involves compressing the data to allow for more storage within the same sequence.

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Posted by on November 28, 2010 in Technology

 

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Hamper is the Washing Machine

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It’s a hamper/washer/dryer. After you fill it up, an automatic wash and dry cycle initiates. It’s even Wi-Fi enabled to help you monitor it remotely. Once it’s finished, it’ll alert you via email or text message to your phone. Guopeng Liang doesn’t say what method of washing it uses, tho there are spillways for water so that must mean you have to be near a hose, a sink – some sort of outlet. It also doesn’t solve the problem or sorting. I wouldn’t want two separate units for colors and fabric types. But for now I’m happy knowing somewhere, sometime in the near future – my life will be one step closer to the Jetsons.

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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in Technology

 

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Healing on Air

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Modern medicine is amazing. You can get basically anything in your body fixed, adjusted, twisted, broken, or completely restructured. But what about healing? That sucks. What if you could heal on air? Let’s take a look at this wonderful machine designer Sung Soo Chae of DESIGNNOON has made. It’s an air compression therapy system for hospitals, inflating the core of the the casts the system works with. Swelling and contracting for lovely massage.

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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in Technology

 

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iDrop

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Gadgets like smart phones, laptops, and PDAs form the essence of our environment these days and the intuitive i dropper interface allows you to connect fast and move data between devices in a jiffy. Modeled on the eyedropper, this new-age thang allows you to “suck in” and “drop out” information such as a mobile application, text, or an image.
This easy step eliminates the complexities of existing transmission process between devices to an intuitive eyedropper method.

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Posted by on November 14, 2010 in Technology

 

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Alarm Clocks Are So Redundant….

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It’s time to move on and discard phone alarms and clocks! This is the new age people; we need cooler and hipper gear like this Alarm Pillow! It gently vibrates at the given hour, to wake you up with a buzz. And if you don’t get out of the bed, your head-weight acts as the snooze trigger. How awesome is that! The label-trigger is clever and fitting, I so need this for my sleepyhead daughter!
Designer: Seung Jun Jeong

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Posted by on October 5, 2010 in Technology

 

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Heat-Harvesting Nanomaterials

Nanomesh: A thin film of silicon riddled with regular nanoscale holes could be an efficient thermoelectric material.

Engineers have long dreamed of harvesting waste heat from a microchip or car engine and turning it into usable electricity. But thermoelectric materials, which convert heat into electricity, have never been efficient enough to move beyond a few niche applications.

Now researchers at Caltech have demonstrated new materials that could boost the efficiency of thermoelectric devices. They’ve demonstrated the design using silicon, but say it should improve the performance of other thermoelectric materials, too.

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Posted by on October 5, 2010 in Concepts, Technology

 

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Retro Watch

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Let me continue our legacy here on Yanko of presenting completely amazing, strange, and weird, with this “Retro-Futurism” timepiece from designer Carson Leong. It’s a digital timepiece that “celebrates the magical properties of fused fibre optics.” I couldn’t have said it more wonderful myself. The watch has its top glass (Sapphire crystal) replaced by fused fibre optic with 12 facets, each of the 12 representing one hour of the day. When turned off, the watch becomes a unique fashion accessory with a black gem (the optic) at the helm.

When the watch is on, a pattern is projected to the top surface of the fibre optic, only fully visible from the very top. Tiny sections of the output are visible from the sides, making the entire watch like a fantastically classy kaleidoscope. Wear this everywhere, at all times, except I’m not sure if it’s waterproof or not so probably not on your boating trips. But everywhere else, wear this out. You’ll get all the looks. Classic, futuristic, fabulous.

Designer: Carson Leong

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Posted by on October 5, 2010 in Technology

 

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Defense Contractor Demos Iron Man Style Exo-Skeleton

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Defense contractor Raytheon has just released a video and images of its’ new XOS 2 (Mark II) exo skeleton. The suit is the next step in the design process for developing robotics suits for military use in and out of theater.

Actor Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson in the Iron Man movies) looking at the prototype XOS 1 exo skeleton.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2010 in Technology

 

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Handwash with Just a Shot

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It’s the future. Don’t kid yourself – even though there’s no flying cars or Sprocket dogs or anything, we’re in the future. Do you know what that means? That means we’ve gotta be basically saving what we’ve got left before we’re so far down in resources that it’s just silly. So what’s to be done? Let’s start right here with water. This is a project called “Misting”, a hand-washing station that uses no more than a shot glass of water per handwash.

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Posted by on September 25, 2010 in Concepts, Technology

 

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