New Technologies

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LCGC Europe

LCGC Europe, LCGC Europe-07-01-2007, Volume 20, Issue 7
Pages: 426

See so much more with these new video glasses; Tune into your stress levels; A gadget that won't let you close your wallet!; Interaction using a new dimension; Personalize your identity tag

See so much more with these new video glasses

Next time you go on a trip why not take your very own 50 inch-long movie screen. Weighing just 68 g, ezVision Video specs plug into your iPod Video or any portable video/movie/DVD player and screens your movies so it appears you're looking at a huge screen. They allow you to zone out from the world around you and get right into the movie, slide show, or whatever. There are retractable headphones that are built into the arms of the specs, so you can truly plug-in and zone-out.

They have an eight-hour rechargeable battery, an integral volume control, and come with adaptors.

Maybe they could also replace your computer monitor that would provide total privacy at both work and home!

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Tune into your stress levels

Are you stressed? Well according to the makers of this device there's a reason and it's to do with Ergotropic tuning.

Ergotropic tuning is supposed to be a biological process that changes the way nerves in your body respond to stress by making them respond faster and stronger to stress. In other words, it makes you feel stressed more easily, more quickly and more intensely. Helicor has developed a device capable of measuring the effects of breathing on the parasympathetic system and then guide a person on how to use this information to reduce ergotropic tuning.

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A gadget that won't let you close your wallet!

Forgetting to put your credit card back in your wallet could now be a thing of the past.

SafeCard ensures your credit card is always put safely back in your wallet.

When a credit card is removed from a wallet, the SafeCard opens to prevent the wallet from closing until the card is put back inside.

Interaction using a new dimension

Microsoft enters into a new area with Surface — a multi-touch, multi-user interface.

A 30-inch display is shaped in a table-like form and is easy for people to interact with in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world. Surface can simultaneously recognise dozens of movements, such as touch, gestures or actual objects with identification tags similar to bar codes.

It's estimated that we're still a number of years out on the technology as the Surface units are estimated to cost up to £7000. This is a lot of money for what is ultimately an underbelly projector with digital cameras that track surface interaction (all of which running on a 1 GHz Vista box). However, the focus of any nascent technology is never the price, but its function. And maybe the day is not too far away when we can use them as laboratory bench tops. Then they will track all our samples, columns or anything that passes over them and then display the results or allow instrument control and feedback.

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Personalize your identity tag

Fed up with that conventional ID tag? This model enables you to input messages of up to 256 characters long using a simple push button. The messages scroll across the tag and you can control the brightness of the display, even the speed at which the messages whiz or crawl across the screen.

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