LG is coming out with a new LCD. A massive 0.23 inches thick, or 5.9mm, 1080p, 120Hz, 42 or 47 inch display. The displays use LG’s proprietary Light Glide Sheet (LGS) to reduce thickness and uses something called edge-lit LED backlights.
Panasonic and Sumitomo Chemical are teaming up to start production of the 40+ inch displays by fiscal year 2010, that’s in the next few months to the rest of us. Sony launched their OLED XEL-1 about 2 years ago to much fanfare but the prices were just too high. Sony has since withdrawn from the OLED game.
It takes me back to when I first started seeing the $15,000+ plasma display that had no warranty and now you can get the same thing for under $1,000. Sure that was 12+ years ago but still. People expect to be able to afford stuff.
I was listening to a podcast from the guys over at GeekSpeak today and they had a guest from the San Jose Police Department. The talk was mostly about cybercrime and what they are doing to fight it, limitations, people falling for scams, etc. but one of things that I didn’t already know stuck in my mind, so I did a little digging.
Apparently various Police Departments across the United States are using specially designed camera’s mounted on the outside of the squad cars. The camera’s face every direction, taking snapshots of license plates, comparing the plate against a database, and returning whether or not the plate is suspect for whatever reason. While some departments claim that if the plate comes back with no hits the plate is then purged from their system, others sound like they keep the records in case they are needed later. It sounds like the results have been very positive for the safety of the community.
Now on the flip side, besides privacy advocates, what about the data security? Now that could be a scary discussion…
The footprint of the equipment looks a little large for the average gym to start offering but for a training facility it would probably work well. As you can see in the video below, and from anyones experience on the slopes, this would probably offer a great workout and a way to stay in shape in the off season.Related Posts:
I came across this on Engadget and couldnt resist.
Is this the end of humanity as we know it or simply moving from the video game to real world battles? In any case I think this is bad ass! I want one, but bigger…Related Posts:
Ok so the Martin Jet Pack isnt really coming for your commute but it is still pretty bad ass. According to the manufacturer, Martin Jet Pack, it can sustain up to 63 MPH for 31.5 miles and hover at 8,000 feet.
Although you cant buy one right now Martin Jet Pack is taking $10,000 deposits from interested parties.
Using Microsoft’s Photosynth software NASA is offering virtual tours of the Space Station and the Mars Rover, while on Earth. Using Photosynth allows for you to get a 360 degree, 3D, fairly high resolution, look at the Mars Rover and the inside and outside of the Space Station.
I found the comparison between the US and Japanese Laboratories interesting.
This little gem of a prototype robotic hand was designed and built by the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, RoMeLa Project, at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering. The project is dubbed RAPHael, short for Robotic Air Powered Hand and Elastic Ligaments. The robotic hand can hold heavier solid objects as well as light delicate items without crushing them. Even things such as eggs and light bulbs are safe. The hand is powered by a 60psi compressed air tank and movement is achieved using a accordion style tube actuator making motors unnecessary.Related Posts:
Space tourism is alive and well thanks to Virgin Galactic. They continue their ventures. If thats not bad ass I dont know what is. The part that probably wont be so bad ass… The price… But who knows maybe it will come down to, say the price of a small house.
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