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“Smell-o-Vision” display emits localized virtual odors

By - April 1, 2013 1 Picture
Localized dimming is a feature found in many televisions these days, but what about a display capable of producing localized smells? That’s exactly what a team from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Japan has created. The “smelling screen” that was recently presented at the IEEE Virtual Reality 2013 conference in Orlando, Florida can produce odors that appear to emanate from specific areas of the screen. 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

By - March 25, 2013 9 Pictures
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

By - February 21, 2013 2 Pictures
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

By - February 7, 2013 3 Pictures
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

By - January 11, 2013 5 Pictures
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
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