Liquid displays

Liquid-OLED Offers More Light-Emitting Possibilities
“The researchers hope that, by taking advantage of the new device’s unique liquid properties, they can make further improvements in OLED technology. For instance, liquid semiconductors could easily fill the space between two electrodes in curved structures without cracking or shortage problems. The researchers also suggest that the liquid semiconductors could be circulated or refilled into the active emitting layer. This constant, fresh supply of semiconductors could improve device reliability and reduce degradation.”
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PhysOrg.com

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Party planning

Flavortunes Lets Your Guests Build Your Party Playlist
“Nobody wants to throw a party with stale music. Flavortunes invites your guests and has them RSVP with playlist suggestions at the same time. After signing up for an account at Flavortunes, you can send invitations with pictures and themes to email contacts. Flavortunes makes it easy to manage your RSVP list, with prominent icons indicating who can come, who can’t make it, and who hasn’t responded yet.”
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Lifehacker

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Media control

CRISTAL: Control Your Living Room By Dragging, Dropping, Swiping a Surface Table
“The awkwardly-acronymed CRISTAL, which stands for “”Control of Remotely Interfaced Systems using Touch-based Actions in Living spaces,” uses a camera to take an overhead shot of your living room setup, and you designate the compatible parts: TV, speakers, digital photo frame, HTPC, Roomba. Then you simply touch, swipe, drag and drop to control the room. Your digital media collection shows up as almost a Cover Flow-type design, and can be dragged either to the speakers or TV, or just examined more closely on the Surface-type screen itself.”
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Gizmodo

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Running on rails

KAIST korean electric vehicle project
“the electric vehicle picks up power from underground power supplier lines through the non-contact magnetic charging method, while either running or standing. […] in february 2009, KAIST researchers first proved that up to 80 percent power conveyance is possible through a gap of 1 centimeter from the power line, and in july they successfully supplied power to a bus – up to 60 percent across a 12 cm gap from the power line x embedded in the ground – using power supply and pick-up devices they developed.”
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Design Boom

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Speed vs. accuracy

Kids Who Text Frequently Work Faster, Sloppier
“The Mobile Radiofrequency Phone Exposed Users Study (MoRPhEUS) analyzed the cognitive capabilities and mobile phone use of 317 children ages 11-14. The young people who used their phones more often- with the setting that completed words automatically (predictive texting), completed tests quicker, but with a larger number of mistakes. Epidemiologist Michael Abramson, who performed the tests for Monash University in Australia, told ABC Science that the results showed predictive texting may be teaching children to act fast, while placing less emphasis on specificity and accuracy.”
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PSFK

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Mixing the senses

Tasting the Light: Device Lets Blind “See” with Their Tongues
“visual data are collected through a small digital video camera about 1.5 centimeters in diameter that sits in the center of a pair of sunglasses worn by the user. Bypassing the eyes, the data are transmitted to a handheld base unit, which is a little larger than a cell phone. This unit houses such features as zoom control, light settings and shock intensity levels as well as a central processing unit (CPU), which converts the digital signal into electrical pulses—replacing the function of the retina. From the CPU, the signals are sent to the tongue via a “lollipop,” an electrode array about nine square centimeters that sits directly on the tongue. Each electrode corresponds to a set of pixels. White pixels yield a strong electrical pulse, whereas black pixels translate into no signal. Densely packed nerves at the tongue surface receive the incoming electrical signals, which feel a little like Pop Rocks or champagne bubbles to the user.”
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Scientific American

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Robot negotiations

Robot negotiates with mentally ill man who threatened White House
“That particular piece of equipment is a Remotec (a subsidiary of Northrop-Grumman) model F-6A by the looks of it. It has 3 cameras, a microphone and a speaker. It can be operated remotely by a fiber optic tether or by radio waves. It is used by Law enforcement and the Military typically in bomb disposal operations. The use in hostage situations is not unprecedented however.”
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Boing Boing

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