THE MARTIX: Is the Brain the Ultimate Computer Interface?

Jacking into the Brain

  • Futurists and science-fiction writers speculate about a time when brain activity will merge with computers.
  • Technology now exists that uses brain signals to control a cursor or prosthetic arm. How much further development of brain-machine interfaces might progress is still an imponderable.
  • It is at least possible to conceive of inputting text and other high-level information into an area of the brain that helps to form new memories. But the technical hurdles to achieving this task probably require fundamental advances in understanding the way the brain functions.
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OLED Screen: So Flexible and Thin it Blows in the Wind

OLED Screen so Flexible and Thin it Blows in the Wind

Samsung shocked some crowds at the FPD International 2008 this year by displaying a .05mm thick OLED display. Oh, and did I mention there just “happened” to be a fan nearby that caused it to flap around? Because there was.

Called the Flapping Display, Samsung really outdid itself. In fact, one staffer at the event mentioned “It is technically possible to make the panel thinner. However, it is difficult to further reduce the thicknesses of the flexible substrates and circuit components around it.” Way to be modest. I wonder how long before OLED screens start appearing everywhere — on the sides of cars, in our phones, even on a future high-end Kindle.

One thing is for sure, OLED is going to change everything.

info from Nikkei Business Publications

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