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Military

Raytheon developing 3D hearing for pilots

Pilots need sharp eyes, but Raytheon is looking to their ears as well. The company has developed a new 3D Audio system for aircraft, that turns information into an audible three-dimensional picture. It helps pilots identify where threats are coming from, and keeps radio channels untangled.Read More

Apple iTV rumored to have 4K display

A year ago, the rumor mill said that Apple may release its mythical iTV by the end of 2012. When that time came, the same rumor mill said that content deals had thrown a wrench in the works, and the TV was delayed. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that the rumor has reared its head again – now saying that the iTV will release in late 2013 or early 2014.Read More

Computers

"You lookin' at me?" – Diff Displays system can tell

A team of scientists at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland has developed computer monitors that can detect when a person has stopped looking at them. At first glance, this may sound like some Orwellian micromanger’s dream, but its true purpose is to reduce distraction and increase productivity while taking the pressure off people whose jobs require staring at multiple displays for long periods.Read More

Electronics

New transparent, flat, flexible image sensor has potential for gesture control displays

A research team from the Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria has developed an image capturing device using a single sheet of polymer that is flat, flexible and transparent. The researchers say the new image sensor could eventually find its way into devices like digital cameras and medical scanners, and that it may help to usher in a new generation of gesture-controlled smartphones, tablets and TVs.Read More

Science

Unlocking color mechanism of peacock’s feathers could lead to next-gen color displays

Structural color, which is the foundation that makes things like a peacock's tail feathers appear iridescent, has been an area of study for scientists as they try to adapt it for use in everyday technologies – only without the “rainbow effect” that makes the colors unstable depending on the angle of view. Now, Researchers at the University of Michigan have mimicked the peacock's color mechanism in an approach that could lead to high resolution reflective color displays and have implications for data storage, cryptography and counterfeiting.Read More

Games

IllumiRoom takes video games beyond the TV

The way we play video games is forever evolving. Nintendo brought motion control to the masses with the Wii, while the rise of smartphones and tablets has meant the number of casual games (and casual gamers) has grown exponentially over the past few years. What is next on the agenda? The signs all point towards a more immersive experience being the main aim and Microsoft Research is keen to lead the way with IllumiRoom.Read More

VR

zSpace display simulates motion parallax for more immersive 3D

A new interactive 3-D display developed by Californian startup Infinite Z can track hand and eye movements in real time to let users manipulate virtual objects in three dimensions in a highly intuitive way. The zSpace display could bring a new level of realism to computer-aided design, virtual reality simulations, and even gaming.Read More

Science

Curved LCD could be used for displays in contact lenses

New research conducted at Ghent University, Belgium, has resulted in the development of a curved LCD display which can be integrated within a contact lens. While still in its infancy, the project lays the foundation for future fully-pixelated contact lens displays which could be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes, in addition to a heads-up-display (HUD) further into the future.Read More

Science

SBU’s Reality Deck breaks one billion-pixel resolution barrier

If you’re impressed by the 4K TVs set to hit the market from the likes of Sony, Toshiba and LG, then get an eyeful of the new Reality Deck officially opened at New York’s Stony Brook University (SBU) last week. Described by its creator as the closest thing in the world to Star Trek’s holodeck, the four walls of the Reality Deck are covered in a total of 416 high resolution screens that provide a total resolution of 1.5 billion pixels. SBU says this makes it the largest resolution immersive display ever built driven by a graphic supercomputer.Read More

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