Tagged: Technology

Video: Floating 3D video shows ‘Star Wars’ holograms are closer than we think


Thanks to Princess Leia’s famous Star Wars plea, true holograms rank just behind flying cars as tech we want, nay deserve to have in our lifetimes — and Tupac-style flimflam won’t cut it. (more…)

Video: Have You Always Wanted To Be A Jedi? Come September, You’ll Be One With The Force.

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After Star Wars was released, everybody wanted to control the force. Who wouldn’t after watching Vader force-choke Imperial officer Conan Antonio Motti or Yoda moving Luke’s X-Wing from the swamp? While we’re not even remotely close to that kind of force control (everyone has to start off as a Padawan), Canadian company Thalmic Labs has given us control over our electronics.
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Sci-Fi-like displays are now real

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Despite sluggishness in the global display market, Samsung and LG are aiming to maintain their leadership in displays by coming up with next generation products like the ones that wowed audiences in sci-fi flicks such as 2002’s “Minority Report.”
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Star Trek May Be Here Sooner Than We Think

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In a distant part of the galaxy, 300 years in the future, Starship Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk talks to his crew via a communicator; has his medical officer assess medical conditions through a handheld device called a tricorder; synthesizes food and physical goods using his replicator; and travels short distances via a transporter. Kirk’s successors hold meetings in virtual-reality chambers, called holodecks, and operate alien spacecraft using displays mounted on their foreheads. All this takes place in the TV series Star Trek, and is of course science fiction.  (more…)

Aereo loses to broadcasters in Supreme Court fight for its life

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The Supreme Court struck a dramatic blow against Aereo today in a ruling that puts the TV streaming service as it currently exists on its deathbed. In a 6–3 ruling, the court found that Aereo’s service violates the Copyright Act by playing back recordings of broadcasters’ TV shows — even though it legally captures those shows over the air and obtains individual copies for each viewer. Aereo had argued that it was merely providing technology that its subscribers were renting in order to watch TV, posing that the viewers were responsible for playing back those recordings.  (more…)

Scientists Solved the Mystery of Why Rechargeable Batteries Go Bad

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Every time you recharge your lithium-ion batteries, their storage capacity decreases just a little bit. That is why your mobile gadgets won’t stay on nearly as long as they did even a year ago. But thanks to research by the US Department of Energy, we finally know why exactly that occurs and, more importantly, how to stop it from happening.
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