You’ve heard of resistive touchscreens, and hopefully you’ve been fortunate enough to own a capacitive touchscreen phone. But have you heard of Interpolating Force-Sensitive Resistance, or I.F.S.R touchscreen technology? Touchco hopes you soon will.A bunch of scientists at New York University’s Media Research Lab have grouped together to form Touchco, which is working on the aforementioned I.F.S.R technology. They want to create touchscreens which are even more multi-touch enabled than we’ve seen so far, capable of receiving simultaneous touch inputs. Apparently these touchscreens can be produced very cheaply, with Touchco hoping to sell them for $10 a square foot.
Archive for December, 2009
Researchers have discovered an antibody which, when injected into mice, will bond with prostate cancer tissue and “initiate direct cell death” in it. If results carry over to humans, this discovery would almost be a cure to prostate cancer.
I say that it would almost be a cure for that particular type of cancer, because in initial trials with mice “F77 bonded with tissue where prostate cancer was the primary cancer in almost all cases (97 percent) and in tissue cores where the cancer had metastasized around 85 percent of the time.” This means that while the antibody even attacked advanced stage cancer cells, it did not attack them all. Still, this is fantastic news and I hope that further research lives up to the initial optimism.
Great news: Panasonic not only started mass producing laptop type battery with a record setting rating of 3.1 amp hours this December, but in the next few years, will make these cells with up to 4.0 amps in 2013. Yowzer.Part of the secret is to use nickel instead of carbon for the positive terminal in each cell. The previous record at Panasonic for type cells were 2.9 amp hours, and a quick search shows that most are in the 2.2 amp range.Battery tech still remains one of the slowest developing sectors in technology, which is why Obama put billions of dollars in grant money towards its research. And why this is great news for all.
Sanyo Electric Co., plans to market a lithium-ion storage cell for home use around fiscal 2011.”We’ll be the first to bring to the market a storage battery for home use, which can store sufficient electricity for about one week of use,” said Fumio Otsubo, president of Panasonic, in a recent interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun.On Monday, Panasonic announced it has officially acquired a more than 50 percent stake in Sanyo.It has become Japan’s second-largest electronics giant, next to Hitachi, Ltd., with anticipated combined sales of 8.66 trillion yen for the business year ending in March.Stressing that Panasonic and Sanyo have already test-manufactured a storage battery for home use, Otsubo said, “We’re positioned closest [among firms] to realizing CO2 emission-free daily life.”
Juice is quite the apt name for this multifaceted charger. It sports a USB outlet at one end, and two slots for charging batteries at the side. These side slots are called Air Holder and can hold two different sizes in battery for recharging. The main unit works as an AC adapter and stores “juice” for your devices. LED lights on the body indicate charge-levels and the whole thing is offered as a sleek ingenious mobile charger.
Cool to know that this design will be out in Japan and Taiwan early next year…US will soon follow.
Today, Cowon officially announced their latest PMP, the V5 HD. Remember that vague commercial which was leaked last week for the Cowon V5 HD which featured two people in a library? Turns out, that commercial still doesn’t make any sense, but we do have a few more details on the player now…
The V5, which measures in at 128x82x15.7mm, features a 4.8” (800×480) touch screen TFT LCD, a massive 45 hour battery life for audio (10 for video), full HD H.264 playback, HDMI output, supports virtually every codec under the sun, and will be available in 8,16, and 32GB flavors.
Next-Generation Intel Atom Processors: Smaller, More Efficient, Not Much More Powerful – intel atom n450 – GizmodoPosted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2009 by nuKnuK
Intel revealed its new line of Atom processors today, including the “Pineview” nettop-centered ones we saw benchmarked earlier. What do they have to offer? A smaller footprint, better efficiency, and not a lot more power.
The new chips include the N450 for netbooks and the D410 and D510 for nettops (or, as Intel kept calling them, “entry-level desktops”). The big news is that they’ve integrated the graphics and memory controller into the processor, which results in a much smaller footprint (and in turn, could mean smaller devices). They’ve also made the usual improvements in efficiency and size—the N450 is 60% smaller and 20% more efficient than its predecessor, while the D410 and D510 are 70% smaller and 50% more efficient.
But there hasn’t been much change in the base power of the chips; the N450 is clocked at 1.66GHz, single-core, with a 512kb cache and supports only DDR2 memory. Besides that, the 2GB memory ceiling is still in effect—and the Nvidia Ion configuration will give you better graphics performance. Intel will announce final pricing and availability information at CES.