By Darren Murph
Posted 03.14.2010 at 3:37 pm 0 Comments
Samsung’s IceTouch media player—the first gadget with a see-through color video screen to hit stores—is a window into the future. At rest, it’s a gray-tinted pane of glass, but it can instantly display full color across all or parts of its surface. Although the feature may be just a novelty in an MP3 player, it heralds practical applications to come: a windshield that shows a speedometer, or a living-room window that doubles as a TV.
U.S. automakers are thinking big -- and building small.
By Dan McCosh
Posted 12.02.2001 at 10:19 pm 5 Comments
Maybe E.T. is in the back seat. I'm trying hard to keep such thoughts out of my mind, but the fact is there's a strange orange glow coming from the rear of the car I'm driving, visible whenever I glance in the rearview mirror. That, along with the high-pitched whine of the drive motor and the intermittent thump of a tiny compressor replenishing the brakes, is making a simple crosstown trip feel somewhat surreal.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.