Posts Tagged ‘computers’

Shape-Shifting Touch Screen Buttons Head to Market

Finger guides: This prototype case for the iPad Mini features morphing, fluid-filled raised areas to make touch-typing easier. As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard. Now technology is heading to mass production that can offer the best [...]

Selling Teslas in China Won’t Do Much for the Environment

China-bound: A Tesla Model S sedan. Sales of electric vehicles in China, the world’s largest auto market, have been minuscule despite government incentives meant to put five million of the cars on the nation’s roads by 2020. Tesla Motors hopes to begin changing that as it makes its first deliveries of Model S sedans to [...]

Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics

Building big: A team of three small, magnetically steered robots worked together to build this structure from toothpick-sized carbon rods. Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy’s lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants. Dark shapes about a centimeter across move to and fro over elevated walkways: they weave [...]

The Limits of Social Engineering

In 1969, Playboy published a long, freewheeling interview with Marshall McLuhan in which the media theorist and sixties icon sketched a portrait of the future that was at once seductive and repellent. Noting the ability of digital computers to analyze data and communicate messages, he predicted that the machines eventually would be deployed to fine-tune [...]

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