High contrast

Hitachi designs hybrid LCD display
“Hitachi has developed a prototype display with an amazing 8 million to one contrast ratio, achieved by combining a traditional LCD display with an LCD projector and multiplying their respective contrast ratios. Designed for dark rooms, the prototype is said to be targeted at a 30cm depth using a short focal-length projector model. The LCD panel sports 1080p resolution, while the rear projector is a standard 720p type. Hitachi also claims that 3D technology could be combined with the same method.”
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Engadget

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Solar street lights

Designer Streetlight: Solar Tree to Light up Streets outside Viennese Museum
“Ross Lovegrove, designer of beautiful, yet useful, things, has teamed up with Artemide and Sharp Solar to produce these solar-powered street lamps that are to light up the Ringstrasse outside Vienna’s Museum for Angewandte Kunste (that’s the Museum for Applied Arts and Contemporary Art.) They’ll be going up on a tree-line boulevard, so expect the effect to be awesome.”
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Gizmodo

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Online casting

Islandoo cuts its TV ties to go open access
“The idea is that the promise of fame will keep the site packed with out-going and “glamorous” 18 to 25 year olds. The production companies are incentivised to promote Islandoo, since it helps with the filtering process. However, a quick scan of the site shows there are plenty of unglamorous people too, which suggests that the site’s back-end casting system is going to have to work overtime.”
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TechCrunch UK

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mp3 of any article

‘Wash Times’ Site Translates Most Articles Into Downloadable Audio Clips
“The text-to-audio system, called Click-2-Listen, was applied to the newspaper’s Web site Friday, allowing users to follow links beside each story to a computer-generated audio file. Visitors to the site can hear the robotic voice reading the text while sitting at their desktops, or can download the audio file onto an MP3 player and listen to it on the go.”
Smart Mobs

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Virtual to real water

Duality
“Pedestrians walk over a 6 x 6 meters large LED plane, installed right on the edge of the water. The LEDs are covered with translucent glass diffusing their light. With their steps, the passers-by provoke virtual waves on the LED plane, computed in real-time. When these waves hit the edge of the pond, they are extended into the water as real ripples.”
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ART+COM

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