Minority Report's holographic images made 3D cool again, and still more impressive was 6th Day's highly interactive virtual girlfriend who could even unzip your pants. But until that day arrives, PureDepth's upcoming MLD (Multi-Layer Display) project looks like a start. Developed jointly with Samsung and rumored to launch soon, this joint effort will roll out a 46-inch MLD LCD display that consists of two or more layers of LCD panels sandwiched within a frame and sharing a common backlight. The result is images onscreen that have a 3D appearance. Better yet, there's no need to don … Read more
With Earth Day upon us again, CNET News.com green reporters sat down and selected five leading companies in five different clean technology categories. Here are the ones to watch in the recycling realm:
1. GreenFuel Technologies: Large oil companies and many academics favor capturing carbon dioxide, turning it into a liquid, and storing it underground. Politically, though, that's a tough sell.
GreenFuel, with a pedigree from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and millions in venture funding, wants to feed captured carbon dioxide to algae, and then turn the algae into biofuel. The company is still fine-tuning … Read more
Even at the ripe old age of 26, MTV is still determined to make its way into your home one way or another: It may just not be on a television set. Instead, the network is literally leaving its stamp on various forms of electronics and computing gear by co-branding designs.
Recently, for example, it partnered with HP to sponsor a global design competition for an "Artist Edition" of the Pavilion laptop. And it's latest offering is a limited-edition "multi-room box" produced in collaboration with U.K.-based Sky TV, which had already been coming … Read more
Thanks to cues from the game industry, certain areas of today's casinos can sometimes resemble arcades. But most of the digital advances to slot machines and the like so far have been limited to the individual units, not elaborate networks.
That doesn't make a whole lot of sense, given the boom in multi-player popularity for online games involving wagers or otherwise. So casino gaming developer IGT wants to cross that bridge with its M-P Series of multi-player table games, which would link 12 machines for communal competitive play, according to BornRich.
We're not sure how popular this … Read more
Correction: The Microsoft and Intel press conference is scheduled for Tuesday.
Microsoft and Intel on Tuesday are expected to launch a joint research initiative to tackle programming for multicore processors.
The two PC industry giants sent out a media alert saying that they will host a teleconference to announce the research venture.The Wall Street Journal on Monday reported that the venture will focus on multicore programming and that the bulk of the work will be done at the University of California at Berkeley.
The need for more research stems from the emergence of processors with two or more processing … Read more
Once USB gadget makers started competing over aromatherapy, we should have known this was coming. As useless devices continue to pile up in warehouses overseas, at least one manufacturer has just decided to combine several of them into one "Mini USB Desktop Multi-Tasking Device" and be done with them.
OhGizmo says this over-achieving setup includes a USB cup warmer, USB flexible mini-lamp, and USB mini-vacuum cleaner, among other things, as if we need any of them. But given all the competition in this space, we can afford to be picky: We won't even consider one of these … Read more
Whether you're talking about a day trader, wannabe security guard, or voyeur extraordinaire, it seems that some people just can't get enough computer monitors to stack together. The latest example of this obsession comes from the "Paramount Parabolic Multi-Monitor Display" made by Humanscale.
Accommodating up to eight displays, the system tops even CineMassive's six- or seven-screen "MasterPlex" line. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this set-up--which apparently provides only the rack and mounts, not the actual LCDs--is that it requires no tools. Additional monitors just "snap into place," Dvice says.
Convenient, … Read more
If NFL teams continue to use technology on the field--legally or otherwise--you've got to wonder how long it'll be before they start using something like this.
The "Multy LYNK" helmet from Voz Sports would seem just as suitable for the battlefield as the gridiron, serving as both a multimedia device and communications tool. In addition to playing MP3s on its built-in stereo speakers, according to Gizmodo, it has a "two-way Family Radio Service radio with voice control and 14 channels (plus 38 privacy codes) or via Bluetooth."
We'd be dubious about … Read more
I wrote about the benefits of using multiple monitors in 2004 (see Secrets to My Excess), and I haven't wavered from my position: If you use a single monitor--unless it's a giant 30-inch model--you are missing out on one of the easiest ways to increase your productivity. Yes, I know this isn't really a Webware story, but the tools I'm about to describe have made using Web apps (all apps, really) much easier for me.
It's dead easy to add a second monitor to either a desktop or a laptop computer. The operating systems handle … Read more
At the Consumer Electronics Show, Hitachi is demo'ing a product called Starboard that is a multi-touch interface at a very large scale. You can use it to control a regular PC, and they've also got some custom apps for it. One of those is shown in the video.
What's interesting is that this is a projected interface, so it's untethered from the need to have a touch-sensitive LCD. This allows it to scale very large relatively inexpensively. They were also showing a wall-size version.
The projector in both cases was a very short throw Hitachi model … Read more