Vending machine of the future

There’s the potential for the next generation of touchscreen LCD vending machines to be an all out assault on our senses. So here’s hoping more companies will take this subtly animated approach instead of horrifying advertisements.

This concept machine, created by Sanden, Okaya Electronics, and Intel, uses a monstrous 65 inch transparent HD display that still lets shoppers see the actual products being sold. And instead of just playing full screen commercials with music blaring, a series of simple silhouetted animations and menus are used to entice shoppers to give up their pocket change…

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Microsoft Develops 3D Without the Glasses

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Microsoft’s 3-D screen can project multiple images simultaneously.

Today’s 3-D movies are far more spectacular than the first ones screened more than 50 years ago, but watching them–both at the movie theater and at home–still means donning a pair of dorky, oversized glasses. Now a new type of lens developed by researchers in Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group could help make glasses-free 3-D displays more practical.

 

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Liquavista e-Reader Displays

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Reading, writing , reading…

Liquavista has rolled out a trio of new e-reader display technologies that are currently in a prototype mode, where they tout speedier page refreshes on e-book readers alongside support for video playback. Apart from that, it is hoped that this new technology would change the way Internet browsing on an e-book reader in the near future. (Video)

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Samsung’s New Camera With Front-Facing LCD

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Samsung TL225

Points to Samsung for coming up with something that should have been common years ago: a point-and-shoot camera with front-facing LCD. It’s been a staple of cameraphones (even Samsung ones) for a while, but the TL225 is one of the first mainstream P&S cams to have the feature, making it ideal for self-portraits, something we’re told the kids are into these days. Face and smile detection are built in to help get that perfect shot.

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Top 5 Tech Toys Of 2009 And 5 More On The Way

Top 5 Tech Toys Of 2009 And 5 More On The Way 

2008 was a good year for gadgets, and we’re hoping that ’09 will be just as impressive. We’re only a month in so far, but Palm, Dell, Sony and even Amazon have all dropped hints about what the companies have in store. We’ve collected the five big announcements that have us drooling, as well as five more that we’d like to see happen before 2010.

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Sony Cybershot G3 Camera Offers Direct Web Browsing

 

Sony Cybershot G3 Camera Offers Direct Web Browsing 

 Sony Cybershot G3

The Sony Cybershot G3 is a true first. It boasts direct web browsing from the camera via WiFi. The camera can upload photos and videos to Web sites through any public hotspot via its built-in Web browser. It comes with complimentary AT&T WiFi access to Sony’s Easy Upload Home Page all the way up until Jan. 31, 2012. It includes Wi-Fi access at thousands of AT&T hotspots across the United States, including participating coffee shops, some bookstores and quick-serve restaurant locations, plus hundreds of upscale hotels and airports. Some specs on the camera include a dedicated WLAN button, direct links to photo sharing sites like Shutterfly and Picasa Web Albums; video sharing sites like YouTube and Dailymotion.

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Beer Tap With Built-In LCD TV

Beer Tap With Built-In LCD TV 

 v-POD Beer Dispenser With LCD Screen

The problem with having your beer tap and your TV seperate is that sooner or later you’re going to have to get up off your ass and get a beer. That means missing like 2 seconds of TV time. Something important might happen during that time. With this awesme innovation, you won’t ever have to miss anything again while getting a beer. It’s the v-POD beer dispenser with LCD screen from the house of MicroMatic.

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New Digital Camera With Built-In Printer By Takara Tomy

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Cutting Edge Technology Right At Your Fingertips

Wanna-be cutting-edge art photographers got a cool new toy to play with recently from Takara Tomy called the XIAO. The XIAO is a digital camera that takes the place of the old school Polaroid Instamatic by allowing users immediately print their digital photos on the spot via its built-in printer.

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Double Sided LCD Screen Introduced By LG

Double Sided LCD Screen Introduced By LG 

 LG Double Sided Display

Lg is showing off thier new double sided LCD display at this years IMID 2008 conference held in Goyang City, Korea. The displays are 15″ and have a 14:1 contrast ratio. From a technical standpoint this is very impressive, these are not simply two screens attached to each other, but rather the same screen displaying an image on its front and back. Will the “two screens, one display” become a sensation or remain an oddity shown off at various industry shows? Only time and more importantly manufacturing costs will tell.

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