Comcast Is Bringing Skype to TV Soon you might be heading to the television to take a call instead of the phone. Comcast has partnered with Skype, a video-calling service that was recently purchased by Microsoft, to offer the service for TVs sometime next year. Subscribers who rent a video kit from Comcast will be able to use their TVs to make and receive calls from other Skype users — regardless of whether those people are also using a TV for the call. Although Skype-enabled TVs have been available since last year, this is the first time that Skype will be available to Comcast subscribers regardless of which TV they own. Comcast hasn't yet announced what it will charge for the kit, but presumably it will be less expensive than purchasing a Skype-enabled television. "Your television is ringing" might become a new household phrase. [via Associated Press]
'Paper iPhone' could be next mobile revolution - Technology & science - Innovation A pocket-sized computer as thin and flexible as a sheet of paper is set to be unveiled next week. While it's just a prototype, the researchers say the bendy souped-up smartphone could revolutionize the way we interact with computers. Called PaperPhone, the new device is a flexible version of e-ink, the digital ink screen found in e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle. "This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper,” said lead PaperPhone creator Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen's University Human Media Lab. The researchers have built a prototype phone -- a 3.7-inch (9.5-cm) diagonal e-ink display -- and taken it for a test drive. The PaperPhone isn’t available for purchase quite yet, and it will be five to 10 years before you can buy one, said Audrey Girouard, a postdoctoral student at the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University. The new bendy computer is made of two layers: the e-ink display and a flexible printed circuit with five bend sensors.
AAXA P1 Jr Ultra Portable Pico Pocket Projector, LED, Media Player, Speaker, iPhone Compatible: Electronics Flying Car Gets Green Light From Feds Flying car company Terrafugia, whose website conveniently includes a pronunciation guide (say it with me: “Terra-FOO-gee-ah”), has announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted the company specific exceptions regarding their Transition vehicle. The Transition aims to fulfill the dream that we’ve been promised since the earliest days of prognostication: The flying car. Unlike other projects like the Skycar, the Transition is meant to function as both a street-legal car and a light aircraft. For Terrafugia, receiving these exceptions is a great accomplishment but it is by no means the last hurdle for the Transition. (Terrafugia via Geeks are Sexy)
New invisibility cloak hides objects from human view Public release date: 27-Jul-2011 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Michael Bernsteinm_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042American Chemical Society For the first time, scientists have devised an invisibility cloak material that hides objects from detection using light that is visible to humans. Xiang Zhang and colleagues note that invisibility cloaks, which route electromagnetic waves around an object to make it undetectable, "are still in their infancy." Although the study cloaked a microscopic object roughly the diameter of a red blood cell, the device demonstrates that it may be "capable of cloaking any object underneath a reflective carpet layer. The authors acknowledge funding from the U.S. [ Print | E-mail AAAS and EurekAlert!
Novel Devices Laboratory - Activities Our large area, pixelation-free, optical shutter is shown below in operation. The substrate is held vertically (gravity does not effect the performance). We also are developing novel light-valve approaches with commercial partners such as Sun Chemical (see second video, technology not disclosed). An electrowetting dielectric that self-heals even when punctured! See our publications page to find out how it works… (work performed in collaboration with Stein Kuiper and Philips Research Labs). See below videos of our switchable retroreflector film illuminated in the infrared (night-vision) and in the visible spectrum while immersed in water (green light). Yes… Some work we are doing with AFRL that feeds into our biosensor program. This was our very first 25 PPI demonstrator for our electrowetting imaging film. Basic Electrowetting Droplets. Electrowetting Microprisms The video shown at left is one of our earliest devices, but it the video nicely shows prism operation. Electrowetting Displays
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10 Incredible Cutting-Edge Technologies In Development Technology Don’t give up on flying cars or hoverboards just yet! As technology marches relentlessly on, everything goes into development sooner or later—as demonstrated by the existence of these things, which we’ll almost certainly see within our lifetimes. 10 Artificial Gills Inventors have long sought an underwater breathing apparatus that doesn’t store oxygen, but extracts it from the water the way gills do. The device, aptly named LikeAFish, works by using a centrifuge to lower the pressure of water within an airtight chamber. Such a system would obviously allow for longer “bottom time” without the need for refilling oxygen and would decrease the amount of nitrogen the diver is exposed to. 9 Agricultural Robots Agricultural robotics are, somewhat surprisingly, still in their infancy. But the technology is coming along, and it’s easy to imagine it implemented on a wide-scale basis before too long. 8 Sunscreen Pills 7 Paper-Thin, Flexible Computers and Phones 6 Tooth Regeneration