Top 5 disruptive tech products unvieled in 2010
By Kukil Bora, SiliconIndia | Friday, 29 October 2010, 01:21 Hrs | 3 Comments
3D without glasses!
There was a time when the eye glasses were a vital part in 3D technology. But today these glasses are going out of the picture. Viewer's dream to have been able to sit on their own couch and watch a movie in 3D HD - without wearing any glasses has become a reality. Recently, Toshiba unveiled two new 3D TVs fabricated for viewing 3D pictures without the help of glasses. The two new 3D TVs in the Regza GL1 series use autostereoscopic 3D technology which does away with the glasses by providing a filter on top of the TV set that will send the 3D image to the viewer. Sony has all geared up for the same to be followed by other brands. The trend is gaining momentum in the mobile space also. Spatial View, an online store of stereo 3D content, is developing an application and hardware solution that allow iPhone and Android mobile users to watch glasses-free 3D stereoscopic movies and images.
4G into products
Yes, that's true. 4G is coming in products that are not usually associated with digital high-speed networks. Verizon is campaigning to get its fourth-generation network first in laptops and then in smartphones in 2011. But going beyond laptops and smartphones, products like cars and even home appliances like coffeemakers and refrigerators are also expected to become 4G playgrounds, to automatically communicate with repair technicians. Verizon says it has already persuaded manufacturers including Eastman Kodak, LG, Samsung, and Dell to start developing products to take advantage of 4G data speeds.
Robotic car technology
The dream of autonomous cars is not a dream any more. The car in which a driver simply presses a button and sits back in his seat while the car drives him home is going to be the future vehicle soon. While there are cars that can adjust speed automatically or can sense the obstacle beforehand, Google's recent development in robotic car technology sets it apart. Google has been quietly building self-driving robotic car technology, based on the work of Google engineer and Stanford Professor Sebastian Thrun. Google is intending that these cars, manned as they are by vast arrays of excellent software and hardware, will avoid crashes and allow for fuel savings.
In security printing, Photopolymer Holograms are set to become a significant disruptive technology. Because of the revolutionary advances in substrates and imaging capability, the way people look at secure documents will change. Photopolymer holograms and gratings are typically recorded within the body of the material, so that the light-diffracting fringes are parallel to the surface, like pages in a closed book. These holograms are by far the most realistic looking mass-production holograms available and with the greatest appearance of depth.
Photonic ink, the key element for e-reading
Photonic ink, popularly known as 'P-Ink', is one of the new and exciting options for colour displays for e-book readers as well as for authentication devices. Previous electronic inks had just two modes, typically black and white. But P-inks can be tuned to make any tint of the rainbow. The ink contains spheres of silicon dioxide, a fraction of a micron in diameter, stacked like oranges on a greengrocer's stall. When light bounces off these, interference eliminates some wavelengths, giving the reflected light only in a specific colour, which is dependent on the diameter of the sphere and the exact spacing between the stacks.
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