Displays under the skin

Dermal Display Gets Under the Skin. “The display would consist of billions of light-emitting robots implanted under the skin and capable of rearranging themselves to spell out words and numbers and produce animations. They would display data received from other nanobots in the body designed to monitor a person’s vital signs. Instructions from the patient could be communicated by touch-screen-like finger taps on the skin.”

Discovery Channel

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Cool UI on Linux

What’s Hot on the Linux Front? Xgl Compiz. “Think Apple’s OS X offers incredible user-interface eye candy? Wait until you see Xgl and Compiz in action! A little background first. Xgl is an X server architecture running on Linux that taps into high-powered, modern graphics cards via their OpenGL drivers to accelerate jaw-dropping 3D visual effects rendered by the Compiz compositing windows manager. Together this duo greatly enhances desktop environments like GNOME and KDE.”

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New musical instruments

Musical column. “SoniColumn (image on the left) is a high column-like cylinder that can be played by touch. Grids of LEDs installed inside the column light themselves on by the users’ touch and emit unique sounds. When a user cranks the handle, the column slowly rotates itself and plays the light patterns of the user’s touch.”

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Exclusive websites

A Weinstein Will Invest in Exclusivity. “Invitations are difficult to come by: only some members have the right to invite friends to join. According to Erik Wachtmeister, the site’s founder and the son of a former Swedish ambassador to the United States, a panel considers 12 to 15 variables before permitting certain users to issue invitations. “You don’t want to let just anyone invite,” Mr. Wachtmeister said. Asked what those variables were, he replied that it’s a “secret sauce.””
New York Times

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Games that measure emotion

Virtual Sumo. “The more emotionally neutral their state of mind is, the more their (virtual) energy grows. When they think the moment has come, by pressing a button with their right hand they launch the attack: The piece that represents them flings itself at the opponent’s piece tryng to throw it out of the circle. On the wall above the two contestants a large screen will dramatically reveal the alternation of the two fighters’ emotional responses.”

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Paying for services

Never Mind the Clip-On Ties, Geek Squad Can Fix Your PC. “The conversation with Mr. Stephens, who is chief inspector of the Geek Squad for Best Buy, helps to explain the success and, indeed, the proliferation of services that do what most Americans are unwilling to do themselves. It is not confined to oil changes, maid service or hiring a gardener or handyman. Almost every time you buy electronics you are offered a service contract either by the manufacturer or the retailer. Beyond service contracts, though, consumers need some insight into how to be smarter about deciding when to call for help. It all boils down to the classic choice between time and money.”

New York Times

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