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The future of personal tech looks more and more like a “Jetsons” fantasy, but our brains may not be equipped to handle looming gadget overload, experts say.
They’re also everywhere. The White House tweets them. Childish Gambino sings about them. Last year, hundreds of anonymous authors translated Moby Dick with them. (The product: Emoji Dick.)Typographica ruled the Apple Emoji font one of the best new typefaces for 2011.
The artist Liza Nelson has now given that font the adoration they deserve. In a series she documents on her website, she has sculptured just what Apple’s emojis would look like if they were physical. Her project’s fitting title?
As camera-makers trim their point-and-shoot lines in the face of encroaching smartphones, one company is keeping the faith and doing what it’s done for the past three decades. Lomography’s wide range of film cameras dates back to the early ‘90s, when some students in Vienna discovered the potential of the Russian LC-A, but shows no signs of slowing down — after all, if the company managed to survive the explosion of digital photography, phones are unlikely to be of much concern.
How to make a cheeseburger:
Step 1: Hit ‘print.’
Step 2: Eat.
See what else you can print with a 3-D food printer. Would you eat any of these foods? If so, which one? Let us know!
Magic keyboard appears from flat touchscreens.
The Tactus system allows raised buttons or shapes to appear from a flat touch screen when required, helping users navigate keyboards, gaming controls, or other UI features.
Tactus has created a thin layer that can replace the Gorilla Glass on top of the touch sensor and display layers of a smartphone or tablet. The surface of that layer is a semi-elastic polymer under which there are little channels filled with a special transparent micro-fluid. To make buttons appear (for a keyboard, a game controller, whatever), you can increase the fluid pressure in a certain area. The added fluid physically stretches and raises the polymer surface.
Presto! Real buttons on your previously flat screen.
Check out this demo video for more.