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Citizen Japan has unveiled a new LCD technology — called “memory liquid crystal” — that retains the image even when turned off. Basically, its inorganic membrane and angled orientation keep the crystals frozen without needing power. Practical applications would include watches and mobile phone displays. [via engadget]

We have seen the future, and it’s cell phones equipped with mini-projectors. Samsung has filed a patent for a virtual screen input device to be integrated into mobile handsets. The projected image will let users input data via an electronic pen — sensors will detect the pen’s position and characters drawn.

From the article: “That projected screen will have its own interface using a notebook paradigm, with areas for text and drawing input, along with a menu bar and scrolling capability.”

[via Gizmodo]

The “Z. Island by DuPont™ Corian®” is a sensory-receptive kitchen appliance that consists of two free-standing island units, a wall modular cabinet system, wall cladding system (advanced sound and light diffusion capabilities), and a host of multimedia equipment. At the touch of a button, users will be able to turn on music, browse the internet, or create ambience (lighting) via a control panel. Additional pics after the jump. [via YankoDesign]

Toshiba has just unveiled a 2.9mm thick, 1,280×800 (WXGA) LCD display. This ultraefficient display uses low temperature polysilicon liquid crystal and has 300 cd/m2 brightness. It’s designed for use on notebook systems and will be showcased at the “2nd Display 2006” event in Tokyo (April 19th). [via Press Release]

Connie Cheng and Leonardo Bonanni have developed the world’s first “Intelligent Spoon”. It’s equipped with sensors to measure temperature, acidity, salinity, and viscosity. Download the recorded data to any computer via a cable for furthur processing.

From the article: “Apart from consolidating measurements that are normally done by an array of equipments into a single spoon, the information obtained can be used to advise the users what their next step should be; for example, it tells the user if there is not enough salt in the brine prepared to make pickles.”

[via MAKE]

Marketed by General Dynamics, the Trophy Active Defense System (ADS) provides an invisible force field for military vehicles by disabling incoming RPG rounds. Video segment after the jump.

From the article: Trophy provides a dome of protection around a vehicle. When it detects an incoming missile, it throws a “beam” of fragments at it, which causes it to explode.

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NEC unveils a new 3.5-inch LCD display for mobile devices that offers 220cdpm² luminance – 130% brighter than current transmissive LCDs – and is capable of producing clear/vivid colors in bright conditions. It’s also 10% lighter than comparable 3.5-inch LCD displays. Testing begins in June.

“LCDs traditionally use transmissive or reflective illumination. The former use a backlight to shine light through the panel. That makes for rich, bright colours but comes at the cost of high power consumption, thanks to the backlight. Reflective displays use ambient light, allowing it to pass through the screen then be reflected back again to illuminate the display.”

[via RegHardware]

Designed by Greg Schultz, the Thor Shield is basically a polyster fabric bonded to conductive material that effectively loops electricity back to the stun gun. This flexible material is ultralight and can be applied to just about any garment. Currently, the Thor Shield is being tested in military and law enforcement clothing. Video clip after the jump. [via NewLaunches]

Developed by IO2Technology, the “Heliodisplay M2” mid-air projecter is capable of projecting images from any video source onto a thin layer of smoke or mist. Video clip after the jump.

The bottom frame of the image hover a few inches from the Heliodisplay and project up to 28″ (71cm) into the air. The slightly larger than a desktop computer tower M2 projects visible images under normal office lighting conditions.

[via IO2Technology]