This is neat, but I’m so paranoid that I immediately started thinking about all the privacy implications, which sort of colors my viewing in an unfortunate way. There’s a lot of very graceful and amazing conceptualization in this video, but all this photo-sharing between devices at the wave of a finger – suffice to say, there will be security issues:
Of course, I want one of each – especially the phone that stretches out. That’s bloody marvelous.
Also of note:
Some interesting upcoming touch screen technologies here, including potential Kindle-Killer’s.
Microsoft is working on ‘tactile touch’ technology:
According to the patent filing, the technology is aimed at large displays like Microsoft’s table-sized Surface display rather than portable touchscreens – for the time being, anyhow. Surface works via a projector that beams images onto the tabletop screen from below. Users’ fingers touching the other side of the screen generate infrared reflections that are picked up by sensors below, creating touchscreen capability.
One wonders how this sort of thing (interesting video at the link), combined with the really extraordinary Kinect technology, could revolutionize computing (not to mention Microsoft’s bottom line). Things are moving quickly in the world of technology. A concept piece like the one in the video above isn’t so much a fancy art project anymore: it’s a prediction of things to come, and soon.
Unrelated, but this discovery by NASA of new life is fascinating.