The innovators at Canesta believe in the future, every room in the home will include devices that are controlled entirely with hand gestures, and so they have developed the chips, software and imaging technology to make this possible. What still remains is for manufactures to incorporate this new technology into products.
At TechCrunch50, the entire audience was delighted to see something innovative in the area of text entry for mobile devices, or actually all touch-screen-oriented devices. From the person who designed the Virtual keyboard now found on more than 500 million smart phones came the ability to type by dragging rather than lifting and tapping the keys, resulting in a doubling of typing speeds.
The guys at Bug Labs never grew up. As children, they were the kinds of kids that were more likely to tear apart a toy to see how it was made than to actually play with it. As adults, they want to build their own toys.
Just as butterfly wings and peacock feathers reflect contrasting light patterns to creating brilliant natural displays, Qualcomm's new Mirasol display technology causes light to interfere with itself to achieve amazing contrast and outdoor readibility. At the same time, Mirasol displays to not require backlight in most environments, significantly reducing the power consumption used by the display, and thus increasing battery life of mobile devices.
For years, we have been reading the promise of paper-white electronic
displays, a future of books and newspapers with ink-on-paper
readability delivered on super-thin LCD displays. For the tree-huggers
among us, the ultimate eBook technology may remain a distant promise,
but at least one company is making a practical step toward
commercializing white-background LCDs.
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TECH2 LAKE HOUSE
UPDATE - The exterior of the Technology Lake House is complete and we are now working on interior finishing and electronics. Last year, San Francisco's Channel 7 ABC News ran a special video report on the construction progress of the Technology Lake House, and we expect them back for a follow-up soon. Click HERE for a DLINK Live Video Feed with pan and zoom features (userid=user, no password, daylight hours only).
Ron Rosberg's current project home, the Technology Lake House, is currently under construction on the shores of Clearlake in Northern California. Even though the house is a wireless demo house, we have installed more than seven miles of wires in the walls for dozens of flat panel TVs, speakers, control panels, and sophisticated lighting. So far, more than a dozen technology and fixture manufacturers have agreed to sponsor this project, which has been simmering in Ron's head since he attended the first CES show in New York in 1967. The 7,500 square foot project (plus three existing rustic cabin guest houses) is being built on a five-acre Honeymoon Cove resort with 500 feet of beach directly across from Konocti Harbor Resort. This summer retreat will host technology gatherings annually, inviting Western states home builders, contractors, and technology consultants for a live open house showcasing the latest in home technologies. There is room to park plenty of boats, so plan on coming up for some lake fun after the project is complete. For more info, send email to email@example.com, or call 707-995-2683. To see the latest photos, visit Ron's Flickr gallery.
We are currently looking for products to evaluate in these areas:
Home automation: lighting, security, and entertainment
A/V technology for the 500 SF home theater media demo room
Hot News on Cool New Features: The ENTIRE front of the home is made of 21 sliding NanaWall glass panels that fold into the walls, opening the entire home up to the lake during demo days.