Hologram TV is Coming

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Watch closely, ‘Star Wars’ hologram TV is coming

THREE-DIMENSIONAL television may be the latest in home cinema, but it will soon seem so 2010. Scientists are already planning its successor — holographic television.

On a holo-TV, images will be projected into the middle of a room as a “cloud” that can be enjoyed from every angle without 3-D glasses.

Forget 3D glasses! 'Star Wars' hologram TVs will put you IN the action


Holo-TVs will resemble a large book laid out on the floor, according to Sony engineers. Lasers will then project a 'cloud' of images that will appear to float in the middle of the room and can be enjoyed from every angle WITHOUT 3D glasses.

It may sound like an implausible technology more suited to Star Wars films than real life, but industry leaders are taking it very seriously indeed.

Japan proposes holographic 3D broadcasts for 2022 World Cup

While we're limited to merely 3DTV depictions of the 2010 World Cup, Japan is letting its freak flag fly in a proposal to host the 2022 matches with a concept envisioning matches captured by 200 HD cameras, then projected as fully 3D images onto real fields in other countries.

Holographic TV

DiscoveryNetworks June 16, 2009 — Television's gone from black and white to color to high definition. So is 3-D holographic TV next? Jorge Ribas finds out.

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Powerful Lasers, Futuristic Digital Cameras, 3-D Television and More: Highlights of Frontiers in Optics Meeting in San Jose, Oct. 11–15


With 3-D movies helping to drive record box office revenues this spring and companies like Sony and Panasonic rolling out the first 3-D-enabled televisions, a timely special symposium titled "The Future of 3-D Display: The Marketplace and the Technology" will feature presentations on current and future technologies driving the 3-D revolution. [...]

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A Next-generation One Laptop per Child (OLPC) XO Tablet

Negroponte: One Laptop Per Child is now a $75 Android Tablet

The former head of MIT's Media Lab said the next OLPC device, the XO-3, would be a 9-inch tablet made by Marvell and running Google's Android OS.

The first OLPC was an underpowered, 'designed-by-committee' laptop that cost at least double of what it was supposed to.  Most importantly, didn't adapt to the needs of the children who used it.  For instance, it didn't have a method for non-Latin characters to be input.  It was also made of plastic and had moving parts that would often break in rugged environments.

At CES in January this year, that will change, according to Nicolas Negroponte.
The new OLPC devices will take the lead from Apple's iPad but use Google's (GOOG) Android OS, at least initially.   The keyboard will be virtual and be able to adapt to different languages.

One Laptop per Child and Marvell Join Forces to Redefine Tablet Computing for Students Around the World

Marvell and OLPC Empower Education Industry to Revolutionize the Classroom Experience through Advanced, Affordably-Priced Tablets

Cambridge, Mass. and Santa Clara, Calif., May 27, 2010One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a global organization whose mission is to help provide every child in the world access to a modern education, and Marvell, a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, have agreed to jointly develop a family of next-generation OLPC XO tablet computers based on the Marvell® Moby reference design. This new partnership will provide designs and technologies to enable a range of new educational tablets, delivered by OLPC and other education industry leaders, aimed at schools in both the U.S. and developing markets. Marvell is also announcing today it has launched Mobylize, a campaign aimed at improving technology adoption in America’s classrooms. 

Marvell backs ambitious $100 OLPC tablet

The backbone of the XO-3 will be an ARM processor (likely the Marvell Armada 610), with initial models running a version of Google's Android OS. As with the OLPC laptop, these initial models will be sold within developed nations, subsidizing the less-expensive $75 version (running the open-source, educational Sugar OS) distributed to children and institutions supported by the foundation.

In the accompanying video, OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte also boasts that the tablet will eventually include an adaptable screen that can be optimized for both indoor viewing and direct sunlight, though the earliest models will be designed around a glass screen. An iPad-besting thickness of 10.8 millimeters is also claimed.

OLPC's Negroponte says XO-3 prototype tablet coming in 2010

One Laptop Per Child project founder Nicholas Negroponte said that the organization is accelerating its development of the XO-3 tablet computer and will have a working prototype by December 2010, two years ahead of projections. Negroponte said the final product would cost US$75.

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Sony's Rollable OLED Display

Sony unveils super-thin OLED screen that can be rolled around a pencil

Sony has developed was it calls 'the world's first' flexible colour video screen, that is so sheer it can be rolled around a pencil.

The Japanese electronics giant created the 4.1" across prototype using an ultra-thin flexible material covered in organic semiconductors.

The ultra-thin screen continues to show a clear picture even when it is rolled

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Video: Sony’s new, super-thin OLED display wraps around a pencil

The display is just 80μm thick, offers 432 x 240 resolution (121 ppi), a contrast ratio of around 1,000:1, and produces 100 cd/m2 brightness. Sony says the OLED can be wrapped around a pencil with just a 4mm radius. And the OLED can actually continue to display images and video while being rolled up, which is (according to Sony) a world’s first.

Sony develops a rollable OLED screen

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May 26, 2010

Sony Develops a "Rollable" OTFT*1-driven OLED Display that can wrap around a Pencil

-New developments with high performance organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) with an original organic semiconductor enable roll-up capabilities-

Technology Features

1. High performance OTFT with originally developed high-mobility and highly-stable organic semiconductor materials, PXX derivatives

 2. Integration of a flexible gate-driver circuit with OTFTs

3. Enhancement of flexibility with all organic insulators in the OTFT and OLED integration circuit

4. Achieved display capable of reproducing moving images while rolled-up around cylinder with 4mm radius

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Google TV

Google TV

Google TV is a software platform for set-top boxes and HDTVs based on the Android operating system and co-developed by Google, Intel, Sony and Logitech. The project was officially announced by Google and its partners on May 20, 2010.

Google plans to introduce a box accompanying the TV which tries to make the TV “smarter” by letting you search for content... and browse the web, and view photo albums and more, as Google’s video introduction shows. It’s called Google TV, and as Techcrunch writes, “It will work as a new box – you’ll just hook up your existing cable or satellite box to it. All the hardware will include a keyboard and a mouse – but it will work with Android phones too. And you can use multiple Android devices to control the same TV – no more fighting over the remote.”

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Introducing Google TV


TV meets web. Web meets TV.

Google TV is a new experience made for television that combines the TV you know and love with the freedom and power of the Internet. Watch an overview video below, sign up for updates, and learn more about how to develop for Google TV.

Google TV is coming to a living room near you.
Watch the Google TV announcement.

Learn about the partners we're working with.
Visit Sony, Logitech and Intel.

Optimize your web apps for Google TV.
Android SDK coming soon. Learn more.
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Enhance your TV experience with the power of the web. The Sony Internet TV provides richer internet access so you can browse the web just like you would from a computer. Seamlessly navigate between websites and TV channels or enjoy both at the same time. On the same screen.

Intel® Atom™ processor

TV just got smarter. The Intel® Atom™ processor brings intelligence and performance to your TV experience. Everything you love about TV and the Internet is now together on one screen. Instantly find and watch your favorite shows and movies, easily surf between channels and Web sites, and interact with TV like never before.

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If you can think it, you can watch it.

Chances are, you have one of the 60 million HDTVs in the US that are ready. To be smarter. To integrate the full Web and your HD cable or satellite content. To do things no TV has ever done before.

Logitech is putting the final touches on a companion box that will connect your HDTV to everything the Google TV experience can be. So watching is just the beginning.

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Boeing X-51 WaveRider Hypersonic Scramjet

Boeing X-51

The Boeing X-51 is an unmanned scramjet demonstration aircraft for hypersonic (Mach 7, around 8,050 km/h) flight testing. The X-51 WaveRider program is a consortium of the US Air Force, DARPA, NASA, Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. The program is managed by the Propulsion Directorate within the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).[1] The X-51 has flown on a B-52 and is expected to have its first non-captive flight as early as May 25, 2010.[2]

The X-51 WaveRider team is focused on developing a free-flying vehicle that will fly longer hypersonically than all of it predecessors combined. Hypersonic speeds are those in excess of Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound).

The Boeing X-51 team purposely developed the vehicle to package a specific engine type into a soon-to-be-demonstrated platform. When this jet-fueled, air breathing hypersonic vehicle flies in late 2009 and early 2010, it will demonstrate a reliable system capable of operating continuously on jet fuel and accelerating through multiple Mach numbers
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Air Force's Hypersonic X-51 WaveRider Ready For First Test Flight

X-51 WaveRider The X-51A WaveRider, a wingless scramjet, will make its first hypersonic test flight Tuesday over the Pacific Ocean. Air Force Research Laboratory

The X-51A WaveRider, which sort of resembles a shark, will fly for about five minutes, powered by a scramjet engine. It should reach about Mach 6 and transmit data to ground stations before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, according to the Air Force Research Laboratory.
The longest previous hypersonic scramjet flight test, performed by a NASA X-43 in 2004, was faster, but lasted only about 10 seconds and used hydrogen fuel. The X-51 uses JP-7 jet fuel, the same juice that powered the SR-71 Blackbird.

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Japan's Solar Sail Spacecraft, Ikaros

Japan launches Venus probe and solar sail

Akatsuki probe, Ikaros sail and other satellites all ride on one rocket

An unmanned H-2A rocket sends Japan's Akatsuki probe toward Venus from the Tanegashima Space Center on Friday. The Ikaros solar sail prototype hitched a ride as well.

A powerful new Japanese spacecraft and experimental solar sail have blasted off together to start a six-month trek to explore Venus and cosmic parts beyond.

One mission is aimed at uncovering the secrets of Venus and its cloud-covered surface, while the other could become the first interplanetary solar sail to fly successfully in space. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, is backing both spaceflights.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

May 21, 2010 Updated

AKATSUKI successfully launched!!

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 17 (H-IIA F17) with the Venus Climate Orbiter "AKATSUKI" onboard was launched at 6:58:22 a.m. on May 21 (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The H-IIA F17 flew smoothly, and, at 27 minutes and 29 seconds after liftoff, the AKATSUKI was separated from the H-IIA.
We will update you with the latest information on the AKATSUKI on the special site.
(Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries)

Launch H-IIA Akatsuki/Ikaros


A Solar Sail gathers sunlight as propulsion by means of a large membrane while a Solar “Power” Sail gets electricity from thin film solar cells on the membrane in addition to acceleration by solar radiation. What’s more, if the ion-propulsion engines with high specific impulse are driven by such solar cells, it can become a “hybrid” engine that is combined with photon acceleration to realize fuel-effective and flexible missions.

IKAROS's mission

IKAROS’s membrane

Membrane deployment

Future plans

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Sugar-powered Biofuel Cell

Technology Review - Published By MIT

Power from Glucose

An implanted biofuel cell may someday power medical devices.

Scientists have implanted the first functional glucose biofuel cell in a living animal. Unlike batteries that supply power to implants, a power-generating device may not have to be surgically removed and replaced, because glucose is a potentially limitless source of energy.


"It's quite an interesting paper that demonstrates for the first time that one can generate electrical power from body fluids," says Itamar Willner, a biomolecular chemist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Glucose biofuel cell could revolutionize medical technology

The secret behind the technology? Electrodes made out of compressed graphite containing enzymes that force the oxidation of glucose to generate energy. Notably, these electrodes are protected by a membrane that keeps the enzymes from flowing out, while allowing oxygen and glucose molecules to flow in. That’s the difference between this newest cell and prior, failed iterations.

Glucose biofuel cells may soon power implants

Implants containing both GOX and catalase, immobilized on barium alginate beads, in dialysis tubing wrapped in an exPTFE coating. (A) Before implantation. (B) After 3 months of implantation. A neo-vascular network can be seen, no sign of inflammation is present, proving the good tolerance of the rat for the implant. Image credit: PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010476

Cinquin said he was optimistic the efficiency could be improved, and achieving electrical outputs in the tens of milliwatts is not unrealistic in larger animals. He said he could see no reason why the devices could not work in people, and hoped to see them developed for use in humans within five to 10 years.

The biofuel cell could find application in devices such as insulin pumps, artificial urinary sphincters, biosensors, bone growth simulators and drug delivery devices as well as pacemakers. The research team want to continue their research by testing biofuel cells in larger animals and for longer periods.

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