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Gizmag's week in emerging technology - roll-up screens, high-tech punching bags and some remarkable technology firsts

The latest tech highlights in the world at Gizmag

| Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: May 28, 2010 10:48 am

Sick of squinting at that tiny screen on your mobile phone? It's a problem that comes hand-in-hand with the shrinking size consumer electronics devices and Sony may well have an answer with this super-flexible full color OLED display. Could we soon see mobile phones with pencil form factors and roll out displays?

 

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MIT researchers have also taken up the challenge of improving the human computer interface - this time in the arena of gesture recognition. The researchers have developed coloured gloves that, although they may not win any fashion awards, can be used with a standard webcam and some clever software to create a cheap solution for on-screen commands or control gestures.

 

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There's also been some BIG firsts in the world of technology and innovation this week. The world's first truly synthetic organism has been created by transplanting a synthetic genome into a recipient cell, an achievement that could pave the way for the development of powerful new drugs, biofuels or other useful chemicals using bacteria engineered in a lab.

 

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We've also seen a scientist in the UK become the first to infect himself with a computer virus and in an event that could be mistaken for science fiction, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has launched an experimental "space yacht" that propels itself using a massive 14 m square solar sail that 's only 1/10th the thickness of a human hair.

 

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While up in the air, the record breaking flight this week of Boeing's X-51 WaveRider is also worth noting. The unmanned aerial vehicle is the first to fly at supersonic speeds for almost three and a half minutes and during Wednesday's test in the skies off the southern California coast, it hit hypersonic speeds - that's more than five times the speed of sound.

 

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Expo 2010 in Shanghai is providing us with some tantalizing glimpses of what transport will be like in the future. This week we've looked at two concepts SAIC - the carbon dioxide absorbing, oxygen emitting YeZ and the all-in-one (we're talking automobile bedroom, office and gym) SheLL concept car.

 

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Finally, we've also found a couple of new ways to have fun this week with the latest hydrogen fuel-cell remote control car drivetrain from Horizon, some eye-catching bike-wheel LED art from Tokyo and a high-tech punching bag with built-in sensors and lights that direct you where to land your fists of fury.

 

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Stay tuned for more from Gizmag next week!

 

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