Flexible and Transparent Displays
There's been several articles on flexible and transparent displays over the past couple of
years. Manufacturers such as Sony and LG have been showing off flexible displays. From the
pictures shown in the articles, the displays look like they're sharp and easily
readable. The 19" prototype version being touted by LG is listed as being 0.3mm thick and is
mentioned as being used as an ereader for newspapers or advertisement posters that could wrap
around curved surfaces. At the 2010 CES, Samsung had transparent OLED technology in a 14" laptop
prototype. At the 2011 CES, Samsung had a 19" transparent screen. They also showed off a flexible
4.5" AMODLED display. These are pretty impressive technologies with a certain amount of wow factor
and worth taking a look at. Below are some links to some sites on these displays.
Alienware: Curved Display
Alienware has a picture and brief description up on their site of a curved display that they are showing at CES 2008. I sure
hope displays like this catch on so that the price will become affordable. I'm not a big gamer by anyone's definition, but this
would sure be a nice monitor to use when the gaming urge hits.
Alienware lists the monitor as having a 2880x900 resolution with a .02ms response time and being the equivalent of two 24 inch
monitors. Here's links from Cnet
for information from people who have actually seen the monitor at CES.
Converting CO2 Into Fuel
Discovery News and ABC News reported in December 2007 that researchers in New Mexico are working to turn CO2 into a fuel source. I'm not what most
people would consider an environmentalist nor am I a proponent of the global warming theories, but I believe technology such as this has a lot of
potential. Hopefully they'll be able to make such a device a viable solar energy option.
From the Discovery News article: "This would allow you to use CO2 one more time. You wouldn't throw it out into the atmosphere; you'd turn it into gasoline," said Rich Diver, principal member of the technical staff and lead engineer on the project.
From the ABC News article: The real potential, however, is to capture carbon-dioxide emissions and reuse them as fuel. "We're also looking at ways to pull carbon dioxide out of the air," he says. This would allow the reactor to be mounted anywhere, sucking up the atmospheric greenhouse gas and turning it into fuel.
BBC News is reporting that a mineral matching the chemical formula for Kryptonite in the movie Superman Returns has been found in Serbia. So, I suppose we can wipe Serbia off of the possible vacation spots for Superman this summer.
From the article, "Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral's chemical formula - sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide - and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luther from a museum in the film Superman Returns."
The quotes below are from an article on NewScientist. You're supposed to be able to build your own 3D objects with a machine you assemble yourself. It uses plastics and other materials to build the 3D objects. I don't think I'll be in a rush to spend $2400 to build one, but it's interesting to see what's being done. I copied the video (click the image to the left) linked in their article to have a local copy to link to.
"A cheap self-assembly device capable of fabricating 3D objects has been developed by US researchers. They hope the machine could kick start a revolution in home fabrication – or "rapid prototyping" – just as early computer kits sparked an explosion in home computing."
"The machine connects to a desktop computer running software that controls its operation. It then creates objects layer-by-layer by squeezing material from a mechanically-controlled syringe."
This video (click the image to the left) was linked to from one of the sites that I frequent. The site containing
the video took a long time to download, so I stuck it here for a few friends. Being
a Linux advocate, I like the video. The video seems to have been originally