Check the link for the pic of the large floating Swiss Army Knife(maybe someone will post it)
Interactive 3D Display: Its Here!
by Asim Waqar
Originally mentioned at Gizmodo as a prototype in 2003, IO2 Technology has just completed the production unit and provided the details behind the revolutionary HelioDisplay which produces interactive 3D dsiplays in thin air (via lasers) from common sources.
The HelioDisplay technology page lists some of its remarkable features:
Inputs from most regular sources: PC,TV, DVD, HDTV, Video game consoles
Projects a 22″ to 42″ (depending on model) diagonal image that floats above the device
It is interactive, like a virtual touch screen: a hand or finger can act as a mouse
Although the HelioDisplay uses lasers, the images are not holographic
Possible uses for this product include advertising, entertainment facilities, design prototyping, teleconferencing etc. Obviously the applications for such a product are endless. Most importantly it may convince my wife to finally allow the purchase of the Brooke Burke Swimsuit calendar for testing purposes! This of course relies heavily on pricing (TBD) and other more, um, personal matters.
Apparently the product is ready for release; visit the product page here which looks like its being updated right now.
Imagine the porn possibilities!
Yup, I was thinking about performances......operas, plays, She Spies......porn will be good too
New Japanese house-sitter robot hits stores
August 19, 2005
New Japanese house-sitter robot hits stores
Worried about leaving your house empty while you go on vacation? Japan has the answer: a house-sitter robot armed with a digital camera, infrared sensors and a videophone.
Stores across Japan have started taking orders for the Roborior -- a watermelon-sized eyeball on wheels that glows purple, blue and orange -- continuing the country's love affair with gadgets.
Roborior can function as interior decor, but also as a virtual guard dog that can sense break-ins using infrared sensors, notify homeowners by calling their cellular phones, and send the owner's cell phone videos from its digital camera.
It debuted in department stores this week, but supplies are limited. The robot is on display in a half-dozen shops, though many more are taking orders.
"We've had robots before that were just toys, but the Roborior can actually be put to practical use in the home," said Takako Sakata, a spokeswoman for the department store chain Takashimaya.
Such technology doesn't come cheaply. Takashimaya will sell the machines, developed by Japanese robot maker Tmsuk Co. Ltd. and electronics company Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., for 280,000 yen each.
"We received a lot of inquiries after the demonstrations," Sakata said. "Our initial plan is to sell 2,000 robots."
Tmsuk has already produced a four-legged security robot called Banryu, which is about the size of a large dog and sells for 2 million yen. (AP)
Project aims to create 3D television by 2020
Aug 19, 2005
TOKYO (Reuters) - Imagine watching a football match on a TV that not only shows the players in three dimensions but also lets you experience the smells of the stadium and maybe even pat a goalscorer on the back.
Japan plans to make this futuristic television a commercial reality by 2020 as part of a broad national project that will bring together researchers from the government, technology companies and academia.
The targeted "virtual reality" television would allow people to view high-definition images in 3D from any angle, in addition to being able to touch and smell the objects being projected upwards from a screen parallel to the floor.
"Can you imagine hovering over your TV to watch Japan versus Brazil in the finals of the World Cup as if you are really there?" asked Yoshiaki Takeuchi, director of research and development at Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
While companies, universities and research institutes around the world have made some progress on reproducing 3D images suitable for TV, developing the technologies to create the sensations of touch and smell could prove the most challenging, Takeuchi said in an interview with Reuters.
Researchers are looking into ultrasound, electric stimulation and wind pressure as potential technologies for touch.
Such a TV would have a wide range of potential uses.
It could be used in home-shopping programs, allowing viewers to "feel" a handbag before placing their order, or in the medical industry, enabling doctors to view or even perform simulated surgery on 3D images of someone's heart.
The future TV is part of a larger national project under which Japan aims to promote "universal communication," a concept whereby information is shared smoothly and intelligently regardless of location or language.
Takeuchi said an open forum covering a broad range of technologies related to universal communication, such as language translation and advanced Web search techniques, could be established by the end of this year.
Researchers from several top firms including Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. and Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). are members of a committee that published an interim report on the project last month.
The ministry plans to request a budget of more than 1 billion yen to help fund the project in the next fiscal year starting in April 2006.
3D TV and Smellovision...
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