Transparent Displays Are Coming

We’ve seen transparent displays in plenty of experience concept videos and product designs over the years. But now, products and technologies on display at this year’s CES is suggest that truly transparent displays will be a commercial reality within the next couple years.

Lumus showed off a development kit for creating products around their 720p wearable display lenses: Story at Engadget

Vuzix has working prototypes of their Smart Glasses technology: Story also at Engadget

Samsung continues to show off their extremely impressive “Smart Window”: Story at SlashGear

The Vuzix and Lumus technologies work by projecting a video feed in to the edge of a peice of glass. That glass then has reflectors (Lumus uses a hologram) embedded in the glass to reflect light in to the viewer’s eye. I’m not sure how the Samsung Smart Window works, but it appears to be an adaptation of traditional LCD display technology, without a reflective or backlight backing.

 

Harmony 550 Center of Gravity

I really live my Logitech Harmony 550. Even though the design has been replaced by newer models, I don’t intend on letting go of it any time soon.

One testament to the design is how it balances in your hand around the d-pad. Here’s proof of how perfect the center of mass is. I noticed this after hitting my coffee table with a fresh coat of glass cleaner.

What are some of the objects you use that impress you with details like this?

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Android on the HTC Wizard

Today I’m messing around with running Android 1.5 on my old HTC 8125 (Wizard). I don’t have the data network working yet, but I can place a call (but no audio) and send text messages. WiFi is also broken. Whenever the screen should go to sleep, instead of a blank screen, you get scrolled terminal text about the screen sleep function. It’s not practical at all, but it sure is fun.

The Wing Linux project makes it all possible.

Having a semi-functional Android phone in my hands is making me want one though. If even just for a functional Google Voice application (which I can’t get on my iPhone… thanks Apple.)

Topps 3D Live Baseball Cards

Augmented Reality concepts are becoming more mainstream. Not too long ago Mini released a magazine ad in Germany utilizing the interactive technique. Now Topps has jumped on the bandwagon with their 3D Live baseball cards. What a great application! Check out the video below for a demo of the cards in use.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAjEGqGnpFI

I first saw this mentioned in a tweet by @jefftippett who linked to this New York Times article. There’s also more information at Engadget.