Microsoft’s plan for shape-shifting touchscreens

by Mark R

One of the problems with touchscreens is that they are way too…flat. That, and there is often very little tactile feedback. If I want to type, I want to feel physical keys underneath me. That way, if I hit a “g” instead of an “f” key, I can feel it. I don’t want to have to look at my text to find out that I screwed up. According to my …

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DreamBots Ltd. presents the WheeMe massaging robots

by Mark R

So who says that you need human hands to give you a massage? Well, you do, actually. However, if you are willing to try out an acceptable substitute to fleshy human hands touching your back, you might want to consider the WheeMe from DreamBots Ltd. The WheeMe is clearly designed to look like one of those massage wheels that a human is supposed to push across your back. Now, the …

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Conrad makes a lock to put your bike up high

by Mark R

I’m guessing that most bike locks can be taken off using some fast-filing skills or some very sharp Sawzall. However, what if there was a way to make it very inconvenient for a thief to get to a bicycle because it was high up on a lamppost? This is apparently the idea from Conrad, a German toy and model company who made a very interesting bike lock made from a …

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BendDesk could change the face of desktop computing

by Mark R

This is the BendDesk from Media Computing Group. Just looking at this picture makes me want one, badly. I can honestly say that I would probably keep my desk a whole lot cleaner if it was a screen. I have a video of it after the jump that shows a very interesting photo sorting session. You will note how they can be arranged in a row at the “bend”. What …

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See Legos come to life with OASIS

by Mark R

Okay, this is about the neatest thing that you will see on Black Friday. Intel has been working on a system called OASIS (Object Aware Situated Interaction System) that combines projections with Lego. This system uses cameras that can detect both objects and depth. As a result, it knows where the Lego toys are, and can even add a little bit of special effects with the practical application of some …

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Phase 2.0 Three-wheeled concept vehicle

by Mark R

Nothing like a good concept vehicle to brighten your Tuesday, isn’t there? This particular one is the Phase 2.0, and it puts the driver inside a huge wheel, which is a design that I have seen before, in both science fiction films and concept vehicles. What makes this one different is that it has two other wheels that not only balance it out, but they can move to both front …

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Deflexion silicone armor grows hard on impact

by Mark R

This next device is known as Deflexion, but it has nothing to do with a game played with lasers that we reported on a while back. No, Dow Corning created this Deflexion, which is a material made from silicon that has been polymerized into a flexible silicone sheets. The idea is to create some kind of armor that can shift around like clothing in a breathable fashion. However, if something …

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Nanoparticles can illuminate certain trees

by Mark R

And in other news, NASA has finally found life on other planets. Judging from our high-resolution photos, we can see that they have similar buildings and automobiles, but their trees glow red at night. Seriously, this is Earth. Specifically, it is Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University, and it was recently discovered that adding gold nanoparticles to the leaves of this tree, known as Bacopa caroliniana, will cause the chlorophyll to …

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