Communication surfaces

Wireless: Scientists Serve Up Bluetooth Replacement in the Form of Inkjet-Printed Plastic Sheets
“Scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed a new 1mm thick plastic sheet inkjet-printed with various nanoparticles and insulating and semiconducting polymers that enables electronic devices placed on it to communicate with one another. A technology like this would have advantages over other means of short-range wireless communication (like Bluetooth) because it is inherently more secure and power efficient.”
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Gizmodo

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Energy management

Green Tech: Green Plug Is Promiscuous and Energy Efficient Like a Lady of the Night
“Green plug hubs—which can have multiple gadgets jacked into it—have a microcontroller chip that chats up devices with the green talk protocol to intelligently deliver juice so none’s wasted. It turns off gear that’s good to go and supposedly does AC to DC power version like a Russian chess prodigy. Supposedly we’ll see some green plug-compliant gear at CES, so you can be sure we’ll check it out.”
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Gizmodo

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Places for getting work done

You Won’t Find Me in My Office, I’m Working
“Mr. Judkins spends his day moving around the agency’s offices, which are in a converted elementary school. The former gym, now filled with couches and tables, is a good place for creative thought, he said. The “rocket sculpture,” an abstract piece in a central hallway that has a bench inside it, is a favored spot when he doesn’t mind colleagues stopping to chat. There are hidden corners and crannies where no one can interrupt (best for writing). What Mr. Judkins is doing is looking for “white space,” a term creeping into the language of work to describe a place where the actual work gets done. Desks suffice for answering phones and filing forms, but when it comes to the creative or introspective aspects of a job, desks can be uninspiring at best, or formidable obstacles at worst.”
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New York Times

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Real desktop

Desktop in real life
“Ola Pehrson’s “Desktop” consists of a blue wall with Windows 95 icons hung vertically on the left side, and a camera pointing at the wall. On the desk is a monitor displaying the feed from the camera on its screen so it looks like an actual desktop. Pretty brilliant and simple way of materializing a Windows display.”
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MAKE

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Stretchy chips

Expandable Silicon
“The chips, built by researchers at Stanford University, consist of free-floating islands of silicon surrounded by coils of silicon wire. Each island can be processed to include transistors, sensors, or materials for tiny solar cells. When the corners of the chip are pulled on, the coils around the silicon islands unwind. As they do, the islands, which start out nearly touching each other, spread apart. The end result is a netlike array of silicon devices.”
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Technology Review

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Built in projectors

Portable PC Theatersign
“In lieu of a display, it has a built it projector which can be removed to better positioning. Don’t worry about sound because flanking the projection lens are stereo speakers. What about messy cords? All cords retract into the unit when not in use and because it is a computer, there’s a collapsible keyboard.”
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PYanko Design

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