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Quanta Optical Touch works with Windows 7 multitouch gestures

Quanta Optical Touch works with Windows 7 multitouch gestures

Quanta has been demonstrating multitouch touch-sensitive displays using an optical recognition system rather than the more common capacitive or resistive panels.  The technology, which the company calls Optical Touch, relies on two cameras embedded into the top left and right corners of the display, which track the user's fingers.  It will be compatible with the multitouch functionality coming as standard in Windows 7.

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HP flexible, unbreakable TFT display demonstrated

HP flexible, unbreakable TFT display demonstrated

HP and Arizona State University have demonstrated what they're calling the first prototype of "affordable, flexible electronic displays".  Constructed using the self-aligned imprint lithography (SAIL) technology invented by HP Labs, the display also uses E Ink’s Vizplex bi-stable electrophoretic imaging film that requires no power to maintain an image; the end result is a low-power, low-manufacturing-cost display suitable for color text and graphics.

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WowWee Rovio prototypes revealed

WowWee Rovio prototypes revealed

It's always interesting to see the various iterations of a gadget's design, before it reaches the shelves in all its shiny splendor, and today it's the family album of WowWee's Rovio mobile WiFi webcam robot.  Released at the beginning of October, the Rovio hasn't always had its Stealth Bomber-style, as these balsa prototypes from RoboCommunity prove.

BMW key-card unlocks car & works as contactless payment system

BMW key-card unlocks car & works as contactless payment system

BMW and NXP Semiconducters have announced what they're calling the world's first multi-functional car key.  Currently in prototype form, the key features contactless payment, personalized access control and public transport e-ticketing for when you've left your 7-Series in the parking lot.  Future functionality could include general shopping, paying for gas, parking fees and road tolls.  Using the same credit-card form-factor as other contactless car keys, the BMW prototype aims to replace not only your keys but your cash.

 

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Samsung & LG Display showcase OLED & AMOLED panels

Samsung & LG Display showcase OLED & AMOLED panels

The International Meeting on Information Display (IMID) 2008 kicked off in Korea yesterday, and both Samsung and LG Display brought along their latest OLED-based displays for a little screen-quality sparring. LG tried valiantly, with their 19-inch OLED panel, but Samsung's smaller, 14-inch panel fought back with the lower power-requirements of AMOLED while their larger 31-inch full-HD panel won the war of inches.

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Digital Cube Telson UMPC with 3D video camera set for release

Digital Cube Telson UMPC with 3D video camera set for release

Telson's 3D UMPC prototype, last seen in June, could be closer to a commercial release than expected, after new company owners Digital Cube announced their intentions to bring it to market.  With a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor, 512MB RAM and 30GB hard drive, the Telson device's particular talent is its 3D screen and - courtesy of a newly unveiled attachment - 3D video capture.

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