How thin, flexible electronics will revolutionize everything from user interfaces to packaging
Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces.
Classrooms of the future to have multitouch desks, probably a few Terminators
Researchers at Durham University in the UK are working hard to ensure that the academic sector isn't left out of the multi-touch craze. The still-unnamed "interactive multi-touch desk" is a major part of the SynergyNet framework, an interactive classroom environment they're building based on a gaming engine called jMonkey. There's no word on how soon SynergyNet will change the world, but when it does the software will be open source -- allowing anyone to get into the code and tweak it to…
Staples starts selling The Cube 3-D printer
Staples says it's the first major U.S. retailer to sell a 3-D printer. The Cube, made by 3D Systems, is available on Staples.com now and will hit brick-and-mortar stores by June.
Scientists create the first graphene-based holographic optical disc - ExtremeTech
Scientists in Australia have succeeded in creating the first graphene-based optical disc. Owing to the magical properties of graphene, we're not just talking about a Blu-ray or DVD disc that has had its recording layer replaced with graphene, either -- we're talking about holographic storage with absolutely monumental capacity, intrinsically high security, and apparently the ability to recover the data even when the discs are broken.
Solar-powered screens mean phones never run out of battery
Wysips technology, designed by France's SunPartner Group, converts light into electricity that can be used to keep a phone permanently charged.
Not Out, Through: The Best Way to Deal With the Onslaught of Technology
Fifteen years ago, as email was migrating onto cell phones and electronic interruptions were becoming a fact of life, I began a campaign for...
Paytouch lets your fingerprints make purchases, hopes to expand into Europe and America next year
The business of commerce is alive and well, and while there's far too much noise for anyone to stand on the mobile side, Paytouch is hoping to add a new wrinkle on the conventional end. The Barcelona-based outfit was on hand here at The Next Web Conference, showcasing its biometric payment terminal and setting the stage for what's to come. For those unfamiliar, the Paytouch terminal is currently being used at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel -- users with a Paytouch account simply link their credit…