The challenge now will be to develop those applications which can truly benefit with 3D printed microfabrication. Biotech and nanotech researchers around the world are certainly anxious to get printers in the lab and utilize them for novel experiments. What companies can equally utilize these printers for the development of commercial products remains to be seen.
For instance, there have been cases when criminals have stolen cars and used GPS jammers bought over the internet to prevent the vehicles’ owners from trying to locate them.
Since many companies like to keep future new releases under tight wraps so they don’t short-circuit sales of their current products, we can’t predict what all the new hot gadgets will be. But as usual, we expect to see a fair amount of intriguing stuff at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, and we know that plenty of sequels to today’s popular products are on the way–whether the company wants you to know it or not.
In 2011, the tech world saw the release of game-changing gadgets including the iPhone 4s, Kindle Fire and iPad 2. But along with the good (and, yes, sometimes, the bad) came the bizarre. And by bizarre, we mean the weird gadget creations and unexpected Internet sensations that went viral (cue Rebecca Black’s “Friday”).
A new display technology uses cold fog and a laser projector to create a volumetric 3D image. The fog itself is created by an ultrasonic cavitation device of the sort that has become popular for creating mood enhancing mists. At the moment it looks as if the fog forms a curtain that restricts the back-to-front depth of the 3D projection.
Speech-recognition company Nuance said an auto manufacturer will integrate advanced voice command technology into its vehicles next year.
Music Beta launched without the cooperation of record labels and, according to the New York Times report, Google is still in talks with labels over the MP3 store launch.
The finger scan device costs the school district about $30 per student each year. Parents can still opt for their children to sign in the traditional way.
It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform.
NEW YORK — Steve Jobs had no formal schooling in engineering, yet he’s listed as the inventor or co-inventor on more than 200 U.S. patents. These are some of the significant products that were created under his direction: [PHOTOS]