The Fairest of Them All?

by Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Given our recent posts about the future of surface computing, especially how it can get you drunk, this seems particularly relevant: The Interactive Mirror takes the idea of dielectric glass mirrors with LCD panels built in a step farther by adding a touchscreen component. Sure, it would be neat […]

Microsoft debuts touchless touchscreen

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] At this week’s User Interface Software and Technology conference, Microsoft is presenting a new idea for touchscreen interface that doesn’t involve touching the screen.  It’s called SideSight, and it uses infrared reflection to detect finger movement in the proximity of the device — up to 10 centimeters away.  […]

Move over Beijing, Dubai now has the world’s largest airport

While Dubai’s underpaid workers live in misery, the city’s elite class keeps piling on architectural wonders one after another. This time they’ve built the world’s largest airport, dethroning the previous record holder, Beijing’s UFO-like Olympic Terminal. At 16.1 million square feet, Dubai’s International Airport is not only larger than all airports that have ever been […]

Standby power: Electronics that drain your wallet, even when they’re off

Some electronic devices keep on drawing power, even when they’re “off.” While some of them have a function, like displaying the time or offering remote control functionalities, most don’t. Typical “vampire” appliances can consume up to 25 watts each, an amount that could make a significant difference in your electricity bill by the end of […]