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Sony to Compete With Segway?

Sony to Compete With Segway?
A recently filed patent application from Sony shows that they are working on a technology that is similar to that in the ubiquitous (and superfluous) Segway Human Transporter. The patent abstract, titled “Vehicle steerable by movement of center of gravity” describes the invention as follows: …a vehicle which can travel in the front and back direction and which can turn by right and left wheels rotated when a rider riding on a step-board moves the position of rider’s balance from the center of a vehicle base.

The $800+ Compact Disc

The $800+ Compact Disc
One of the concerns about conventional CDs and DVDs is that they will eventually lose their data at some point in the future. In order to solve this problem, a Japanese recording engineer has developed the first compact disc made from glass.
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Giant Helmet Vision: the Next Big Thing?

Giant Helmet Vision: the Next Big Thing?
Toshiba has shown us the future of television in the form of the most unwieldy contraption I’ve ever seen. Looking like a cross between a space helmet and some sort of industrial grade hair dryer, the prototype system is said to provide an all-encompasssing 360-degree television experience on its massive convex screen.

Soda Claims to Aid Calorie Burning

Soda Claims to Aid Calorie Burning
This new soft drink from Coca-Cola and Nestl

New Soda Bottle Tech Lets You Mix Your Own Flavors

New Soda Bottle Tech Lets You Mix Your Own Flavors
In the future, you’ll be able to customize more and more products to your own liking, and why should beverages be any different? This new technology from Ipifini, called “Choice-Enabled Packaging,” provides bottles of soda with multiple flavor “buttons,” which can be pressed to create your own customized soft drink flavors.

Fujitsu Shows Paper Thin Flexible Color Display

Fujitsu Shows Paper Thin Flexible Color Display
So called electronic paper and electronic ink technologies have been showing alot of promise lately, especially with the upcoming release of Sony’s eBook Reader coming out next month. At this week’s CEATEC show in Tokyo, Fujitsu showed off a prototype of a 7.8-inch paper-thin panel that can show 4,096 colors.

LCD Permits Different Content From Different Angles

LCD Permits Different Content From Different Angles
This new LCD system from Sharp Electronics allows you to display different images on the screen when viewed off axis. Sharp’s European laboratory has developed a system that takes advantage of a concept called the “parallax barrier,” which limits what light can be seen along specific angles.

The Latest in Automation: the Retro-Encabulator

The Latest in Automation: the Retro-Encabulator
The Retro-Encabulator implements the crudely conceived idea of generating inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors and automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Also it features modial interaction of magneto-reluctance and capacitive diractance. Huh?

New Breakthrough Could Miniaturize Projectors

New Breakthrough Could Miniaturize Projectors
Researchers at Cornell University have developed a new system for rapidly scanning wide areas with a laser beam using a rapidly moving mirror. If the technology hits its potential, a dime-sized projector could cast an image about a meter wide from only half a meter away.

Amoled, the Next Portable Display Technology?

Amoled, the Next Portable Display Technology?
At the 2006 International Meeting on Information Display in South Korea, Samsung demonstrated prototype portable screens using AMOLED display technology. AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) claims to have a much greater contrast ratio, lower power consumption, better viewing angle, wider color gamut and faster refresh rate than similar TFT LCD screens.

2D/3D LCD Screen in the Works

2D/3D LCD Screen in the Works
LG is working on a 42-inch LCD monitor capable of displaying images in either 2D or 3D without glasses, by simply toggline a switch. At this time, there are no other details on the technology or when a release is expected.

Prototype Augmented Reality System From Msft

Prototype Augmented Reality System From Msft
Check out this cool video of Microsoft’s prototype for an augmented reality system known as “PlayAnywhere“. The system combines a video projector and a sensing device that can detect a user’s gestures and the position objects placed on a surface in real time, and utilize that data to create a highly interactive and intuitive user interface.
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