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Watching TV in the kitchen window

A bay window that's also a home entertainment centre, invisible insect screens, downloading recipes to the kitchen window or watching TV on the same "screen" while washing the dishes...  Read More

Our Clothes are Getting Smarter

Clothes have done much more than serve as protection from the weather for tens of thousands of years. Over the last few millennia they've been worn as statements of rank and fashion, adapted for countless specialised uses from military combat to surfing and bee-keeping, cut and tailored in every conceivable shape, colour, size and fabric, and become signposts for entire cultures. Along the way clothing manufacture has embraced and developed many new innovations, and it seems a natural progression for micro-electronics and other emerging 21st century technologies to find their way into our wardrobes next to the zip-off tracksuit pants and the Moon-boots. The result: clothes are getting smarter.Smart clothing will both enhance its primary role as body covering and extend its functionality to keep us connected, entertained, relaxed, safe and healthy. Fabrics and designs with built in temperature control mechanisms will merge with invisible add-ons like mobile phones and MP3 players, sophisticated medical monitoring systems integrated into shirts will save lives and clothes may even provide us with our daily vitamin supplement.  Read More

Anoto Pen System

Sixty years after the humble biro was invented, a breakthrough technology looks set to extend its working life for decades perhaps centuries to come. Swedish based Anoto has developed a natural writing interface for the computer.  Read More

Olympus Eye-Trek finding myriad real-world applications

More than just a cinema-on-your-face, the expanding range of Olympus Eye-Trek head-mounted displays are finding a myriad of surprising 'real world' applications. Developed primarily for use with DVD and gaming consoles, the Eye-Trek - which includes the FMD-200, FMD-250W and the Sony Playstation2 compatible FMD-20P - has found its way into dentists chairs and F1 simulators as well as being used for virtual reality VR training and simulation, entertainment and educational purposes.  Read More

Wearable Computers - coming to a job near you

Computers are shrinking, and new display technologies will enable professionals to wear an interface to critical information whilst they go about everyday business. Already military personnel, surgeons, pilots, and aircraft engineers are using them. Follow our links to the newest of these productivity aids.  Read More

Essential Reality P5 Data Glove

The Essential Reality P5 glove fits over the hand and senses all its movements in three dimensions, becoming the interface to your PC or game console.  Read More

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