An animated poster made up of LEDs and OLEDs could be the next huge billboard frustration, if Dai Nippon Printing have their say. The Japanese firm have built a prototype panel which mimics animation by selectively illuminating different parts of the printed image, in this case the home stadium of the Rakuten Eagles baseball team.
The story behind the Lenovo Pocket Yoga has emerged, courtesy of Johnson Li, Director of Lenovo’s Beijing Innovation Center where the first blurry images of the netbook were snapped. Despite what the images released earlier today might suggest, the Pocket Yoga is no new design but in fact a two year old concept.
Mitsubishi have been demonstrating a "3D Touch Panel" that can recognize both direct contact and finger proximity. Based on a mainstream 5.7-inch 640 x 480 capacitive touch panel, the new proximity tech can sense a finger up to 20mm from the screen surface as well as the speed at which it is moving. Mitsubishi envisage the system being used for mobile devices, with proximity used to control a mouse pointer or possibly bring up a context menu.
Two devices, supposedly Apple's prototypes of the iPhone, have gone up for sale on eBay. The handsets - only one of which runs - are believed to be manufactured around six months before the launch of the original iPhone; the working device has a beta OS with a plastic matte screen and limited functionality.
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Sony has been demonstrating a number of fuel-cell concepts, ranging from portable power units to rechargers and even home speaker systems that have their own methanol power-source. Of most interest are the two devices seen here, which may look like retro radios but in fact combine a rechargeable Li-Ion battery with a methanol fuel-cell.
A group of MIT students have developed a wearable computer that projects its display onto any nearby surface, and is controlled by hand gestures and voice-recognition. A prototype was demonstrated at TED this week, capable of projecting a watch face onto the user's wrist after they trace a circle over it, capturing images framed by their fingers, and pulling up information about an individual and projecting it onto them during conversation.
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After talking the big talk last week, NVIDIA are looking to walk the walk this week with preview samples of the NVIDIA Ion reference nettop hitting at least two review sites. Both LaptopMag and PC Perspective have been playing with the Ion platform, which couples an Intel Atom CPU with NVIDIA's GeForce 9400 chipset for improved gaming performance together with 7.1 HD audio and Blu-ray full-HD video.
Clearwire are preparing to launch a portable WiFi router compatible with a Motorola WiMax USB stick modem, intended for sharing a WiMAX connection with more than one user. The router, seen here in prototype form, was demonstrated at the official Clear launch in Portland, Oregon, yesterday.
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Qualcomm today demonstrated a Snapdragon-based reference prototype running Google's Android OS. The setup includes a large WVGA display, together with Snapdragon's always-on wireless connectivity, and is intended to demonstrate the open-source platform's suitability for larger-scale devices than the current smartphones it's usually seen running on.
If the Eee Keyboard is a concept ASUS could pretty easily bring to market, their Shared Computing Concept is slightly more left-field. Designed around an origami theme, the notebook has a quad-fold format whereby the screen and keyboard sections fold into - and cover - the hardware. More interesting than the physical design, however, is the software; ASUS are really pushing the idea of collaborative working.
The software emphasizes shared experiences, either online or locally. For instance the laptop can be folded flat for two people to work at, or two of the devices can be pushed back-to-back and automatically interfaced. In one video demo, four people were shown collaborating on a presentation, sorting images and charts together while communicating through instant messaging.