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World’s smallest 3D printer is the size of a milk carton

World’s smallest 3D printer is the size of a milk carton

One of the coolest inventions in the tech world is the 3D printer. This is so cool because it can take any design you can dream up in your favorite drafting application and then print it in the real world for you to touch and use for whatever you need. Generally, these 3D printers are very large devices that take up lots of space. A team of researchers at Vienna University of Technology has announced that it has built the world's smallest 3D printer.

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Qualcomm mirasol gets intelligent LED lighting; in ereaders this fall

Qualcomm mirasol gets intelligent LED lighting; in ereaders this fall

Adding illumination to e-paper screens seems pretty counter-intuitive - after all, what makes the display technology special is that it looks like paper and doesn't need backlighting - but that's just what Qualcomm has done with its latest mirasol prototype. It makes sense, too, The Digital Reader discovered when Qualcomm whipped out the ereader mock-up at CES On The Hill this week; rather than backlighting the display, the new mirasol model actually has an embedded front light.

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PaperPhone Flexible Smartphone Prototype, Responds To Touch And Bends

PaperPhone Flexible Smartphone Prototype, Responds To Touch And Bends

Earlier today we mentioned that E-Ink, the company behind those Amazon Kindle displays, have been busy working on new and improved E-Ink screens that can display full-color content. And with that, were some nifty videos of the E-Ink screens in action on various flexible materials including cloth and Tyvek. Well now we have some more nifty videos, but of E-Ink technology being harnessed by a group of researchers to produce a flexible smartphone dubbed the "PaperPhone."

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White iPhone 4 for T-Mobile caught in testing

White iPhone 4 for T-Mobile caught in testing

Images of a white iPhone 4 test device with what looks to be support for T-Mobile USA's 3G bands have leaked, though whether that means the expected launch for the white variant this coming week will also mark its long-awaited debut on the network remains to be seen. BGR's sources sent them the shots, which show the white handset marked "confidential and proprietary" (just in case it's found in a bar) and with 3G support for T-Mobile's network.

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Refreshed Mac Pro prototype is rack-friendly Xserve alternative?

Refreshed Mac Pro prototype is rack-friendly Xserve alternative?

Apple is reportedly considering a rack-mountable redesign for the Mac Pro, with one potential prototype already in circulation at the company's labs. According to 9 to 5 Mac's sources, the rackable, stackable Mac Pro is believed to be narrower and shallower than the current model - at just over 5-inches wide and 19-inches deep - with the thinking being that enterprise users could replace the discontinued Xserve with this new model.

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The Engrain Keyboard is Made of Wood

The Engrain Keyboard is Made of Wood

I've spent a lot of time looking at strange keyboards. Anyone remember the miniguru? I even once spent a few hours browsing Cherry's website looking at the various high quality keyboard switches for an abortive project last year. That said, thank God for talented industrial designers like Michael Roopenian. Us computer users spend our time interacting with our machines primarily through the keyboard, it's the primary place where we touch and feel the physical presence of the machine. Usually we're rubbing our fingers all over a collection of cheap plastic keys. My current keyboard is an unimpressive slab of black plastic like I'm sure most of us are using. The Engrain keyboard is so pretty and I want one. Now.

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Eye-controlled Head-Mounted-Display prototype shown by Fraunhofer IPMS

Eye-controlled Head-Mounted-Display prototype shown by Fraunhofer IPMS

We've been tracking the Fraunhofer IPMS' research into bi-directional OLED displays for a few years now: panels that integrated both a display and a camera, so that they can simultaneously track an object and display something. The institute has long promised that our head-up display (HUD) ambitions could well be satisfied with the technology, and now it has a prototype to show us. Set to make its debut at SID Display Week 2011 in May, the OLED microdisplay-based eye tracking HMD (head-mounted display) is, as the name suggests, capable of being controlled simply by eye movements.

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Toshiba Resistive Multi-touch from Embedded World

Toshiba Resistive Multi-touch from Embedded World

By now we're all used to multi touch capacitive displays where the slightest brush of our fingers can zoom and pan the application. At Embedded World in Nuremburg, Toshiba showed off their prototype of a Resistive Multi-touch display using an ARM Cortex-M3 micro-controller. Most people don't have any problems with just using a capacitive screen, but in industrial and medical applications it's often necessary for the users to wear gloves, negating the benefit of capacitive screens. Resistive screens are also much less expensive than their same-sized capacitive counterparts, and are often more durable. Toshiba will have the ability to market this technology to touchscreen markets from ATM's to Point of Sale registers and beyond.

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