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LG Display and Samsung Mobile show transparent OLEDs

LG Display and Samsung Mobile show transparent OLEDs

The actual benefits of transparent displays are yet to be explained - beyond the sheer cool factor, of course - but that isn't stopping manufacturers from announcing them.  Both LG Display and Samsung Mobile Display have been flaunting their respective transparent OLEDs, the former having a full 15-inch OLED panel ideal for notebooks, while the latter has a 2-inch OLED panel intended for cellphones.

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SenseCam lifelogging camera hitting production

SenseCam lifelogging camera hitting production

The SenseCam prototype we first mentioned back in February 2007 has finally spawned a production version, albeit initially intended for researchers with deep wallets.  The handiwork of Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, the SenseCam is worn on a lanyard around the neck and takes images either periodically, when movement is sensed, or when a person is encountered (via a PIR sensor on the front).  Vicon, who have licensed production rights from Microsoft Research and who will launch it as the Vicon Revue, expect the camera to be used by lifeloggers wanting to document their everyday movements.

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Dell datacenter-in-a-briefcase prototype demo’d [Video]

Dell datacenter-in-a-briefcase prototype demo’d [Video]

Remember the talk of datacenters-in-containers last year and earlier?  Google were even tipped to have patented the idea; now, though, a datacenter is simply too large to be fashionable, hence Dell's datacenter-in-a-briefcase.  To be fair, it's not quite the briefcase you might take on your daily commute - think 40lb toolcase instead - but that's still good enough to impress GigaOm.

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Microsoft Pressure-Sensitive keyboard contest winners announced [Video]

Microsoft Pressure-Sensitive keyboard contest winners announced [Video]

The results for Microsoft's pressure-sensitive keyboard competition are in, and there are some interesting uses for the prototype 'board.  The peripheral can track not only which keys are pressed but the force with which they're hit, and it's that which "Most Useful" first prize winner SafeLock takes advantage of; the password app not only matches up an eight-character code, but measures flight time, hold time, maximized pressure and a curve fit to measure pressure over time for each keypress.

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Nissan Land Glider leaning electric car concept [Video]

Nissan Land Glider leaning electric car concept [Video]

After Shane flagged up a couple of interesting and definitely distinctive electric cars yesterday, it only seemed fair to counter with this: Nissan's Land Glider concept.  Reminiscent of the VentureOne tilting trike, the twin-seater Land Glider leans into turns to avoid falling over, and is blessed with one of the coolest cockpits we've seen in some time (you can see it in the gallery after the cut).

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Apple TV touchscreen remote leaks?

Apple TV touchscreen remote leaks?

Salt at the ready - and you'll need a pretty big handful this time around - because according to the Boy Genius Reports' tipster you're looking at a "product mockup that may coincide with the launch of a revised Apple TV".  If you reckon it looks like a touchscreen remote control then you're not alone.

The device - about which little is known - does show a Safari option, which has led to suggestions that it could be a WiFi tablet in its own right.  Alternatively, if it really is a true companion device to the refreshed Apple TV, it could be a trigger to loading Safari on the mediaplayer, with the remote then working as a touchscreen keyboard and mouse pad to control browsing on your HDTV.

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KDDI iida Polaris robot concept [Video]

KDDI iida Polaris robot concept [Video]

Firmly convincing us that the Japanese get not only the best toys but the best concepts too, this collaboration between carrier KDDI and Flower Robotics - the iida Polaris - has just drooling with envy.  Currently just a prototype - with "commercialization yet to be determined" - the iida Polaris has at its core a touchscreen cellphone which docks into a mobile robot "suit".

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Android 1080p set-top box prototype gets demo

Android 1080p set-top box prototype gets demo

It might not mean much to the Android smartphone lurking in your pocket (or that you'd like to have there), but MIPS and Sigma Designs have been demonstrating an Android-based set-top box capable of 1080p high-definition video.  The STB prototype is being positioned as "a major milestone toward the creation of a reference platform" for Android-powered home entertainment devices, with the two companies adding support for Sigma's hardware graphics acceleration and decoding.

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Intel mix face-tracking and speech-recognition for better hands-free PC control

Intel mix face-tracking and speech-recognition for better hands-free PC control

If you've tried to use speech recognition to control your computer, then you may have experienced the frustration of finding "George, stop touching that!" transcribed into your letter to the bank since the system doesn't differentiate between your dictation and your asides.  Intel are hoping to put a stop to all that, with their integration of facial-recognition and speech-recognition; part of the company's Research team experimentation, the prototype uses a webcam to track facial movement and only turn on speech-control when the user is facing their monitor.

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