Universal Display Corporation (PANL) came to SID 2008 in Los Angeles with the latest in its industry-leading OLED and PHOLED technology: the world’s thinnest, active-matrix OLED prototype seen to date. The electronic paper is part of a series of ever-thinning prototypes that demonstrate the robustness of organic LEDs on metallic foil substrates. Read more
With many new camcorders sporting eSATA ports these days, Hitachi (NYSE: HIT) has taken the opportunity to release a Blu-Ray disc burner that can connect directly to an eSATA-enabled camera and burn discs without a computer. The DZ-WR90 is intended to utilize the high quality of some hard drive-based high-definition model camcorders (like those made by Hitachi itself). Hitachi claims that each Blu-Ray disc burned by the DZ-WR90 will hold approximately three hours of full 1920 × 1080 footage and take about 1.5hrs to burn. Read more
If you've ever lamented the shoddy internal speakerphone in your mobile phone, Logitech (NasdaqGS: LOGI) might have the ultimate solution. It's a device called Pure-Fi Mobile, and the company claims it will “transform your low-fidelity mobile-phone audio into high-fidelity, stereophonic sound.” The best part: it's Bluetooth, so you can leave your phone in your briefcase, and let this thing jam out for up to 12 hours on its rechargeable batteries. Read more
Sony (NYSE: SNE) calls it a device for people who “want to experience music through movement,” but what is Rolly exactly? It's a baseball-sized digital music player that rolls and spins as if it's dancing to the music it plays. According to Sony, Rolly is now available in its retail stores, Sony Style. Read more
This week Samsung will announce the world's largest LCD television, coming in at 82 inches, with a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels at a 120Hz refresh rate (known as a “2160p” rating). This level of clarity qualifies it as an “ultra high definition” display, and its impressive picture quality will be bolstered by a red/green/blue LED backlight that will raise true color saturation to 150 percent. This HDTV tops the former record-holder for World's Largest by a sizable margin; the title once belonged to a 65-inch LCD TV made by Sharp. Read more
Lock-maker Schlage announced a new line of products today under the Z-Wave moniker that will feature wireless, Internet-enabled door locks that can be locked, unlocked and monitored from anywhere using a PC, cell phone, or any other Internet-enabled device. The company, which is owned by Ingersoll Rand, bases the Z-Wave devices on its current crop of keypad locks. The new locks are battery-powered and use radio frequency technology to connect to a nearby gateway device. In turn, it connects to any broadband router. Read more
Put some change in, thrust your face out and prepare for… a quick nicotine fix and an estimate of your wrinkles.
The Japanese have always had the world's quirkiest vending machines – actually I'd go so far as to say the world's quirkiest products in general. I did a slideshow on quirky vending machines for Fast Company last year; commonly dispensed products include toilet paper, beetles, porn and sex toys, umbrellas, fortunes, rice, and of course cigarettes and beer.
I am unable to post anything at all to my personal blog (though I successfully created a group, a blog for that group, and posting to that blog). Whatever I type, today when I submit I get this message:
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On previous days I got the message that I was suspected of being spam, but when I typed in the "captcha" and clicked submit, I got the above message. Today it just skips that step. Can anyone help?