Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Matsushita Technology Recognizes Facial Features Even in Pitch Dark

TOKYO, Feb. 23_(Kyodo) _ Matsushita Electric Works Ltd. said Thursday it has developed a low-cost, laser-based technology that enables human faces to be recognized even in the pitch dark or at condominium entrances that do not have consistently sufficient lighting.
The technology uses laser beams from light-emitting diodes to record images of the faces of visitors at the entrances of condos and office buildings, the company said.

Read at TMCnet.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Japanese Develop 3D Plasma Shapes In Thin Air

"The night sky could soon be lit up with gigantic three-dimensional adverts, thanks to a Japanese laser display that creates glowing images in thin air.

The system is being developed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tokyo, in collaboration with Burton Inc and Keio University.

“We believe this technology may eventually be used in applications ranging from pyrotechnics to outdoor advertising,” says a spokesman for AIST. According to Burton Inc, the technology might also be used for emergency distress signals or even temporary road signs."

Read Full Article at Newscientist.

Sony's New 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo

"Don't let the size of Sony's 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo media card fool you. This product has the largest storage capacity of any Memory Stick flash media card on the market.

At one-third the size and half the weight of the standard-size Memory Stick card, the 4GB PRO Duo media is designed to store large amounts of rich, multi-media content, including movies, music and high-resolution digital photos."

Read Full Article at Sony PSP Review.

Saturday, February 25, 2006