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Paper generator creates power to turn on an e-book display

Paper generator creates power to turn on an e-book display

Researchers at Disney have created something very interesting that could have significant practical impact for the world of electronics. The researchers have created a generator that creates electricity using pieces of paper. Project researcher Ivan Poupyrev says that creating power supplies such as this is a key step in enabling interactivity everywhere at any time.

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Star Wars spinoff films focusing on origins: franchise “evergreen”

Star Wars spinoff films focusing on origins: franchise “evergreen”

Walt Disney Co. chief financial officer Jay Rasulo spoke up this week about the vast possibilities in the near future for Star Wars. Whilst speaking on the assets Disney currently has in tow at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference 2013, Rasulo made clear that there's really no end to the possibilities with where the company could go with the Star Wars universe. In speaking on new licensing deals, rights deals, and everything in-between, Rasulo described Star Wars as a true "evergreen property" whose value does not diminish.

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Star Wars TV show a possibility as Lucasfilm chats with ABC

Star Wars TV show a possibility as Lucasfilm chats with ABC

Now that Disney owns both Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm (and Star Wars therein), the company has begun taking liberties with its wares, speaking this week with ABC about the possibility of a Star Wars-themed television show. This is hardly unprecedented, as the Marvel Comics television adaptation of the secret organization behind The Avengers hit the airwaves earlier this year in a show called Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., also with ABC. There's also a cartoon delivery vehicle for Star Wars in The Clone Wars, a show broadcast through Cartoon Network.

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Netflix and Amazon ink DreamWorks and Disney content deals

Netflix and Amazon ink DreamWorks and Disney content deals

Netflix and Amazon's LOVEFiLM are each getting a burst of new content, its been announced, with DreamWorks and Disney each promising fresh on-demand titles for the cord-cutting favorites. On Netflix, a new deal with DreamWorks will see more than 300 hours of new programming based on existing and upcoming franchises such as Turbo added, while LOVEFiLM will get a mixture of new and classic titles like Dumbo, Ratatouille, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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Disney Research Aireal adds real force-feedback to Kinect gaming

Disney Research Aireal adds real force-feedback to Kinect gaming

Next-gen gaming won't be truly immersive until it blows, Disney Research believes, and it has the Kinect accessory to fix that tactile omission. Aireal uses a focused blast of air, fired from a compact cannon designed to sit alongside a sensor-bar like Kinect, to make action on the screen feel all the more realistic; shown off at SIGGRAPH in July, the cannon can track a player around and synchronize with the gameplay.

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Star Wars Rebels cartoon series coming fall 2014

Star Wars Rebels cartoon series coming fall 2014

While we've already heard some details of Disney's future plans with the Star Wars franchise, the company has announced its next Star Wars project, called Star Wars Rebels. It will be a cartoon series that will air on the Disney Channel, and as you'd expect, this show will be aimed at the younger audiences, but we wouldn't be surprised if the older-generation Star Wars fans also enjoyed the show.

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