As awful as paper is to use, it still has some things going for it: it's thin, it's light, and it can be folded into complex structures that predict the future. Instead of trying to cram paper books into digital e-readers, we should instead force our digital content to behave more like paper, and this prototype foldable touchscreen is exactly how it should happen.
It's a well-known fact that we here at DVICE will write about more or less anything involving lasers, even if it doesn't involve lasers. Fortunately, this display system actually does involve lasers, and it also involves invisibility. Whoa.
E Ink has been on a bit of a run lately, what with the whole e-book explosion. And it's easy to see why: E Ink offers inexpensive, ultra low power displays that are easy to read in direct sunlight. Does that mean that absolutely everything should have a handy little display on it? E Ink totally thinks so.
Each one of those lovely blue pixels in the picture above is in fact a little chamber containing thousands of bacteria, which turn themselves on and off in unison to create a living fluorescent display. It's not an infectious disease, it's a biopixel! Or, well, I guess maybe it's both.
Portals, a project by a grad student at Art Center College of Design in LA, lets you stick your hand into a display and directly manipulate a virtual world. It's not really virtual reality, and it's not really augmented reality. I'm not sure what reality to call it (a parallel reality, maybe), but the potential here is crazy.
Finally, a company marries a computer monitor with an iPhone dock that's actually useful. AOC's e2343Fi display isn't like any regular monitor; it features a 30-pin dock that outputs audio and video directly the docked iPad to the 23-inch screen. Why didn't Apple think of this?
We (apparently) just can't pass up a good vending machine around here, but this one is admittedly pretty cool, since it scans your face and body when you approach and guesses what you want to buy. Oh, and it has a pretty sweet transparent HD screen instead of simple glass.
Fogscreen tech has been around for, like, ever, but a Russian company has gone and added a slick little super smart camera system to turn a fog screen into a midair multitouch display.
Through the magic of science or optics or something, LCD screens are able to create white light by mixing other colors of light. This works fine, but not being satisfied with "fine," Sony has gone and added an entirely new pixel of pure whiteness, which can double a screen's brightness or make it twice as efficient, but not both at the same time.
Some five months later, the Motorola Xoom is officially a failure. Motorola messed up big time with its first Android 3.0 tablet. How can old Moto steal some thunder from the iPad 2? Perhaps by borrowing a few elements from its competitors and including a 2048x1536 resolution display.