Tagged: Future Tech

Coop Italia opens Supermarket of the Future to reshape grocery shopping experience

Supermarket of the Future

A new flagship store in Milan’s University area of Bicocca claims to have taken first step to reshape the experience of shopping which is a mixture of physical and virtual supermarket environment or say augmented reality. Coop Italia, one of the largest supermarket chains in Italy, teamed up with Accenture to open the ‘Supermarket of the Future’ store. The innovators are of the opinion that it will enhance experience to make it more personalized and organized shopping. Read More…

Finger swipes on phone screen will power its guts – MSU’s innovation for energizing gadgets

MSU innovation

The need for finding an endless resource to power new day gadgets is the craving of every leading research center in the world. That one magic material which will provide us with an abundant resource of power, enough to keep our gadgets charged for weeks even months. Well, Michigan State University engineering researchers have taken a detour and come-up with an ingenious way to charge phones, and could pave way for future mobile device charging mechanisms.
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Leaked video shows Xiaomi’s bendable touch-screen in action

Xiaomi bendable touchscreen

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Smartphone manufacturers are trying to pack every available and feasible technology into their new products. Away from technical specification, now bendable screen or bendable smartphones have attracted attention of smartphone/device brands like Samsung, LG, and Lenovo. Samsung had already hinted about two of its upcoming bendable screen phones. One of them can be folded into half, while the other one unfurls into a notepad. However, bendable screens still remain in prototype stage and consumers have seen such products mostly in leaked images. Read More…

SkinTrack: Innovation turns your arm into a touch-input surface for smartwatch

SkinTrack watchband prototype

Smartwatches are a good way to interact with your applications like texting, navigating through music menus or even playing games like Angry Birds. But they come with one disadvantage which can be attributed to their small size. This disadvantage being the difficulty to navigate on small screen size. Mobile devices have the freedom to go big or small, but a smartwatch cannot be bigger than an acceptable size as it won’t look appealing. Keeping this predicament in mind, the team of researchers at the Future Interfaces Group have come up with a very interesting solution. Using your arm and hand skin surface as an input platform to make it easy for you to interact with applications on your smartwatch.
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Another wearable tattoo that shows your vital body functions

e-skin wearable tattoo

Wearable technology is going to influence our daily chores in a big way, if already it hasn’t started doing so. One application of this is the use of electronic tattoos that is still in the infancy stage, but none the less impactful. Going by this notion, a team headed by Takao Someya at the University of Tokyo have developed a prototype e-skin which is the thinnest so far at just 3 micrometers. The artificial skin embraces any part of your body and lies on your skin like a food wrap. It has a LED display which displays user’s vital stats like heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
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Sharp’s bendable OLED display might feature in future Apple iPhones

Sharp flexible OLED display

Envisioning foldable smartphones and bendable displays as the next juncture in gadget technology, many electronic companies are investing their R&D in developing such technology. Sharp is the latest company to have come-up with a prototype 3.4-inch bendable OLED display which can be used in smartphones and other wearable gadgets in the coming years. Sharp has developed this foldable display having IGZO (indium-gallium-zinc oxide) energy-saving panel technology at the facility in Tenri, Nara Prefecture.
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Is Samsung secretly developing smart contact lenses for the future?

Samsung Smart Contact Lenses_4

SamMobile has dug down a Samsung patent application that points the South Korean giant working on the development of smart contact lenses. These contact lenses are going to be far better than virtual reality glasses like the Google Glass or for that matter ever Samsung’s own HUD glasses or the Gear VR. This next generation wearable is going to change the way we perceive VR and other applications which depend on detection of eye’s movement for input, like in eye-tracking equipment. The patent for this smart contact lens has been filed couple of years ago in South Korea.
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MWC 2016: Flexible display bracelet gives a sneak-peak of the future

FlexEnable flexible display bracelet_1

Rollable and bendable display gadgets are going to rule the coming future and we got to see one more wearable proving that all right. This is FlexEnable’s prototype 4.7-inch organic LCD flexible display which wraps around on your wrist to show all the vital information you need to be abreast with. The UK-based company has partnered with Chunghwa Picture Tube to develop such kind of OLED displays and this one is one of them. The bracelet sits on your wrist and for now the prototype displays a demo of the technology which aims bring all the needed applications on your wrist.
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LG’s 18-inch rollable OLED display will be revealed at CES 2016

LG rollable display at CES 2016

It is more than a year now since LG first announced its prototype 18-inch rollable OLED display under development. Now, the company is ready to reveal it to the world at CES 2016. Back then, the OLED panel was 3 cm, having a resolution of 1,200 x 810 pixels and most probably the one shown-off to the public will be the same or even better. Also, we could see the 0.97mm thick 55-inch flexible wallpaper OLED display which was proof-of-concept technology when initially showcased.
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Production version of Flike hoverbike debuts at Middle East Extreme Sports Expo

Flike

In the summer of 2014 we came across a movie-like flying object called Flike developed by Hungarian company Bye Gravity. At that time it was in prototype stage and some even doubted about its practicality. Those doubts have been laid to rest as the makers of Flike have come out with a bang, announcing the purchase availability to general public. This Star Wars like hoverbike will go up for sale worldwide early next year and for now people in Dubai can expect to fly aboard this larger than life machine during the Middle East Extreme Sports Expo.
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