<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-78519" title="Braille CU 3" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/gadgetlab/2011/10/Braille-CU-3.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="371" /> One group of people has traditionally been left out of our modern tablet revolution: the visually impaired. Our slick, button-less touchscreens are essentially useless to those who rely on touch to navigate around a computer interface, unless voice-control features are built in to the device and its OS. But a Stanford team of three has helped change that.
6 Realities of Teleportation Star Trek Didn't Warn Us About With most technologies, we can only guess what they will look like 1,000 years from now. We don't really even know what the "ultimate" video game or cellphone would even look like. We're waiting for the technology to show us. But everybody knows what the end point of transportation technology is: instantly being able to go anywhere, at any time.
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Imagine feeling texture on your touchscreen Imagine Feeling Texture On Your Touchscreen Soon you’ll not only be able to control a tablet with your fingertips, but you’ll actually be able to feel various textures like fabric, sand and water on your touchscreen. Though it may seem like a far-fetched reality, more and more companies are designing prototypes that feature this “Feel Screen” technology. Both Disney Research’s TeslaTouch and the Swiss scientists at EPFL are working to enhance tablet experiences with the use of electrovibration technology. This innovative software development adds the sensation of texture in relation to the displayed image by implementing sonorous vibrations. Unfortunately, an undesired sensation supplements this advancement—noise.
3D Printing - MakerBot Replicator Prints a Plastic Bust of Stephen Colbert The new MakerBot is bigger and more capable than ever before 3-D Printed Colbert Dan Nosowitz I just stopped by MakerBot's far-flung booth somewhere in the back caverns of CES (I believe it may technically be in Arizona) to check out their new Replicator 3-D printer. Check out the video below--pretty sure that's a bust of Stephen Colbert being slowly brought to life with swirling circles of molten plastic.
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Smartphone Booklet by Ilshat Garipov Not a Pamphlet, It’s a Smartphone Clutch your pearls because I’m about to say something amazing – nanoparticles! Yes these tiny, near invisible objects can revolutionize the bio medical, optical and electronic fields so designer Ilshat Garipov put pen to paper and came up with the Smartphone Booklet – a disposable phone as thin as a cardboard made possible by switching from traditional silicon to nanoparticles.
Try On Clothes Without Getting Undressed While perusing the newest releases at CES yesterday, I have to admit the main reason this software came to my attention was because of the name of the company that created it: “ FaceCake. ” Immediately, the image of a printer that created “face cakes” came to mind, but after I did some research, the real thing, Swivel , was almost as cool. Swivel (not to be confused with Swivl ) uses the Microsoft Kinect to let users try on clothing without getting down to their skivvies. Once the user is the right distance from the Kinect, a menu of different items pop up that can be selected with the wave of a hand and overlaid on the body. When the shopper selects an outfit, she can move around as she might when physically trying on clothes.
A Sneak Peek At The TVs Of The Future Each year begins for technologists and geeks with the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for CES . It's easy to write off this massive technology trade show as an outdated, overrated, and overhyped gizmo-fest. But I think it's incredibly valuable, and often results in real marketplace knowledge ahead of the curve. That said, I go into CES each year with some insights and some crystal ball gazing that often helps me focus on what I'm expecting to see.
Is Video The New Software? Editor’s note: Contributor Ashkan Karbasfrooshan is the founder and CEO of WatchMojo . Follow him @ashkan . VC (TechCrunch contributor) Mark Suster published an article on his personal blog about one of his portfolio companies, Maker Studios .
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Control a PC with body motions LAS VEGAS – Don't trash your keyboard and mouse just yet. But three companies at the International Consumer Electronics Show demonstrated depth-sensing cameras that let you to control your computer by moving your hands or body. Microsoft's Kinect add-on for the Xbox 360 console has already popularized these cameras for gaming.
We've been waiting to find out which manufacturers Corning would woo with its new Lotus Glass , and it's just announced that the first will be Samsung. Corning and Samsung have signed up for a new joint venture in Korea with the aim of supplying stronger, more durable OLED displays for Samsung Mobile Display and the broader Korean market. Corning says that its Lotus Glass is far more resilient than other glass substrates, allowing for more delicate and complex panels to be constructed — that's good news for Samsung, which recently debuted some impossibly thin OLED panels at CES 2012 . There's no word on when the new displays will appear, but with Samsung pushing for new OLEDs to arrive later this year , it might not be a long wait. Corning and Samsung to marry Lotus Glass with OLED displays in new joint venture