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NEC PanelDirector IDs viewers & serves personalized adverts, Minority Report style

NEC PanelDirector IDs viewers & serves personalized adverts, Minority Report style

Minority Report may have tickled us with its floating multitouch displays, but it also warned us of what might happen when adverts start recognizing us.  Unfortunately, it seems NEC didn't heed Tom Cruise, and has developed a new individual-recognizing system for their PanelDirector advertising system.  The prototype can identify the age and gender of the people currently looking at the screens, and serve up contextually-suitable adverts.

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Dell Inspiron Duo twisting net-slate gets new video demos

Dell Inspiron Duo twisting net-slate gets new video demos

After its brief demo on-stage at IDF 2010 earlier this week, Dell's rotating Inspiron Duo netbook/tablet has stepped out for a slightly longer preview.  The company is still keeping most details - and the prototype hardware, for that matter - close to its chest, refusing to discuss battery life or pricing, but at least we now have some close-up video of that slick converting mechanism.

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Core Prototype Robot is All Legs, Can Lift up to 220 Pounds [Video]

Core Prototype Robot is All Legs, Can Lift up to 220 Pounds [Video]

Robots come in all shapes and sizes. And more often than not, prototypes are the main focus for most researchers for quite some time. Even when a robot is, for all intents and purposes just a pair of movable legs, the prototype stage is a necessity for developing it further, so that it can be utilized within any particular market. Researchers at fuRo, which is a division within the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan, have put together a prototype called Core, which is designed to be able to carry, and move, a lot of weight.

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Sony flexible e-paper display previewed

Sony flexible e-paper display previewed

Sony has been demonstrating a large-scale flexible e-paper display, which could potentially pave the way to rollable, twistable ereaders.  Details on the display are scant - the company brought it along to their 2010 Dealer Convention, according to AV Watch - but it's said to use a plastic substrate rather than the usual glass panel.

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Acer dual-touchscreen proto leaks ahead of possible fall 2011 debut

Acer dual-touchscreen proto leaks ahead of possible fall 2011 debut

Roll over Libretto; Acer is coming to town, and they're bringing dual 15-inch multitouch touchscreens to play.  According to TechReviewSource, Acer is in the midst of development of the finger-loving behemoth you see sneakily photographed here; their source reckons it's packing a 2.67GHz Intel Core i5 processor and Windows 7.

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Rockchip tease with Android desk phone

Rockchip tease with Android desk phone

Android-based landline phone renders are one thing, but Rockchip has been quietly beavering away at the real thing.  Tucked away at IFA 2010 last week was the Rockchip Android phone, a desk-bound device which apparently supports both landline and 3G connections, can be used for video calls and browsing the web.

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CUPP hybrid PC pairs always-on ARM chip with Core 2 Duo [Video]

CUPP hybrid PC pairs always-on ARM chip with Core 2 Duo [Video]

Instant-on OSes aren't unusual these days on laptop computers, generally offering a fast-booting Linux based environment for basic multimedia playback, internet browsing and email that's separate from the core OS.  However, CUPP Computing is taking a different approach; the Norwegian firm has created what it describes as a hybrid PC, the "Computicator", with a regular X86 processor for day-to-day tasks in Windows 7 together with a low-power ARM processor, both of which can access all the notebook's ports and peripherals.

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HP future-tech prototypes teased ahead of Phil McKinney futurist talk

HP future-tech prototypes teased ahead of Phil McKinney futurist talk

HP are making the most of the interest surrounding their tablet plans with some teasing images in the run-up to CTO Phil McKinney's SXSW panel.  The two shots cover (or fake) the so-called "Hacking the Future" prototype, but are apparently a tablet-scale device, a smartphone-sized portable device, and some form of wrist-mounted device.

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Emotiv brain-reading headset used for emotion-led video navigation

Emotiv brain-reading headset used for emotion-led video navigation

The brain-reading Emotiv Epoq headset might not be wowing gamers, but that doesn't mean there aren't more unusual uses it can be put to.  Robert Oschler - who we've already seen remotely-controlling his Rovio using brainwaves - has now turned to video navigation using emotions.  He's used various apps to train the Emotiv headset to index video according to emotion, which he can subsequently browse through according to how he felt at the time he saw the footage.

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Microsoft Research RearType adds physical QWERTY to tablet back

Microsoft Research RearType adds physical QWERTY to tablet back

You could well argue that the real innovation at Microsoft is going on at their Research arm, where the latest oddball idea is a tablet PC with a split keyboard stuck to the back.  Each half of the 'board is rotated 90-degrees, so as to maintain the regular hand position.  Dubbed "RearType", the layout is the product of a new research paper [PDF link] and is designed to allow for faster text entry without blocking screen visibility or relying on tactile-minimal on-screen keyboards.

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Microsoft Menlo smartphone prototype spotted

Microsoft Menlo smartphone prototype spotted

Microsoft's Menlo "frankenOS", said to be an attempt by the company to develop a new mobile platform, has birthed its first prototype, with the suitably hacked-together device you see here being included as part of a new Microsoft Research publication.  According to "User Experiences with Activity-Based Navigation on Mobile Devices" [PDF link], the test hardware "is a prototype mobile device with a capacitive touch screen (4.1-inch diagonal, 800x480) running Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 which incorporates a Bosch BMA150 3-axis accelerometer and Bosch BMP085 digital pressure sensor (barometer)."

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AT&T Android prototypes HTC Paradise and HTC Fiesta spotted

AT&T Android prototypes HTC Paradise and HTC Fiesta spotted

A pair of previously unseen HTC prototypes have apparently been sold on Craigslist, and subsequently identified as the HTC Paradise and the HTC Fiesta.  According to Cellpassion, their source was told the two Android phones were AT&T prototypes; the Paradise is a hardware QWERTY version of the Aria, while the Fiesta is a more basic touchscreen-only device.

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