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What if any object in the world, not just smartphones and tablets, could know when and how you were touching them? If a team working at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University continues to make progress, soon we may have smarter chairs, doorknobs, bathtubs, and even living things. Using the researchers’ new technology, called Touché , we could sense what is touching an object (human or fork?), how it is being touched (pushing, pinching, grasping), and which body part is touching it (hands, elbows, number of fingers).
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In a lot of the “ future world ” videos produced by technology companies, we are supposed to be wowed by devices that look far different from today’s tablets and smartphones. One common theme is the use of a device that is entirely display and is capable of adapting to the needs of the user at a given time. It would be pretty cool technology, but, up until now it, was nearly impossible to achieve, making the videos more sci-fi than future tech.
16 January 2012 Last updated at 03:50 ET Last week we asked readers for their predictions of life in 100 years time. Inspired by ten 100-year predictions made by American civil engineer John Elfreth Watkins in 1900, many of you wrote in with your vision of the world in 2112. Many of the "strange, almost impossible" predictions made by Watkins came true.
Editor's Choice Main Category: Public Health Article Date: 04 Jan 2012 - 5:00 PST Current ratings for: Predicting The Top Five Health Trends For 2012 According to a leading national research group investigating health-related behavior and attitudes in the United States, some of the top consumer health trends expected in 2012 are improved sleep and energy drinks, as well as health-related smartphone apps.
9 January 2012 Last updated at 06:20 GMT By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News The climate, if not species, of an Ice Age "ought" to return within 1,500 years
Swiss record-setting solar powered aircraft Solar Impulse takes off from Payerne airbase and is to make its first international flight. Solar Impulse is due to land at Brussels airport this evening. Pioneering Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse ambled over Europe into Belgium on Friday on its first international flight, with the pilot reporting that everything was running smoothly. "The flight is going really well, I have just flown over Liege, it's a real pleasure to enter Belgian airspace," Andre Borschberg said as the dragonfly-like aircraft cruised at 50 kilometres (31 miles) per hour.
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By Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY Updated 4/8/2011 12:06 AM | BEIJING — China is running out of space for 9 million burials a year and is urging the bereaved to look east, to the ocean, for the final resting place.
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View a photo essay of the world's top global cities The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the city. In an age that appears increasingly unmanageable, cities rather than states are becoming the islands of governance on which the future world order will be built. This new world is not -- and will not be -- one global village, so much as a network of different ones. Time, technology, and population growth have massively accelerated the advent of this new urbanized era.
News January 6, 2012 10:00 AM ET Computerworld - The ability of the U.S. to compete globally is eroding, according to a federal report released Friday that described itself as a "call to arms." The report, which has a strong emphasis on technology, warns in stark terms that "some elements of the U.S. economy are losing their competitive edge."