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Holographic 3D Telepods May Revolutionize Videoconferencing
2012-05-04 05:54:13

[ Watch the Video ] Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com A Queen´s University researcher has taken inspiration from Star Trek to create an other-worldly way to meet with one another. Using a series of strategically placed projectors and Microsoft Kinect image sensors, Dr. Roel Vertegaal and his team at the Human Media Lab in Canada have created a human-scale 3D videoconferencing pod, allowing people in different places to meet with one another, just as if they were in the same room...

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2011-05-06 10:40:00

So your current smartphone tells you the time, allows you to read today's news, alerts you to appointments and even makes phone calls. But what if it also was large enough to use like a current tablet device and thin enough to fold up into your wallet? What if it actually was your wallet? Canadian researchers have created a working prototype smartphone made of e-paper called the PaperPhone which can do all the things bulkier smartphones can except that its different functions are activated...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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