Paper Four initiative developing talking paper

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Interactive billboards and advertisements have been (trying) to catch our eyes for some time now, but a team of Swedes are apparently hoping that adding speech abilities might convince you to take an even closer look. The Paper Four project has reportedly developed a prototype digital paper that uses embedded sensors to detect touch, and when you graze over a certain spot, it actually talks back to you via “printed speakers.” Now in the fourth generation of development, the device combines paper with “printed graphic codes and electronically conductive ink that is sensitive to pressure,” and it is already being showcased as a way to invite tourists or other customers to get up close and personal with ads in order to hear auditory information. Best of all, the team has hosted up a video showing exactly how this stuff works, so do yourself a favor and hit the read link to catch a peek.

[Via BBC]

 

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Itronix’s semi-rugged GoBook VR-2 gets a day job

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General Dynamics Itronix certainly has the rugged computer gig down pat, but the GoBook VR-2 scales things back a bit and only gets the “semi-rugged” treatment. Don’t think this bad boy’s not a workhorse, however, as this machine was reportedly designed to “meet the demanding needs of mobile workers in a variety of commercial, field service, public safety, and military markets.” Among the niceties that make the day-to-day a bit easier is a 13.3-inch XGA DynaVue touchscreen display, Intel’s 2GHz T7300 Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 120GB of hard drive space, an optional HDD heater for those chilly morns in Killington, DVD burner, PC Card slot, optional ExpressCard slot, VGA output, audio in / out, four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n, integrated fingerprint reader, optional WWAN / GPS, Bluetooth, and a three-year warranty that should keep you feeling secure. Of course, this beast can handle a decent amount of shock, dust, and humidity too, but we wouldn’t expect anything less with a base price of around $3,500. Click on through for a few on-the-job snaps.

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Kansei makes a comeback with reactive facial expressions

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Quite a lot has transpired in the android universe in the past two years, and it’s fairly safe to say that Kansei has made a few solid strides during that time as well. A Japanese research team has purportedly crafted a working prototype that can “pull up to 36 different facial expressions based on a program which creates word associations from a self-updating online database of 500,000 keywords.” According to a professor at Meiji University’s School of Science and Technology, the idea of the project is to “create a flow of consciousness in robots so that they can make the relevant facial expressions,” and the device relies on 19 movable parts and a silicon face mask in order to work its magic. Developers also noted that speech abilities should be added within a few years, and while we doubt you had to guess, it’s quite likely that fully developed Kanseis will one day roam nursing homes as Japan seeks to care for its quickly growing geriatric set.

 

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Spam King Sent Back To The Can

I GET SPAM

Don’t know about you guys and gals out there but my mail box has been a little empty lately. I really shouldn’t complain, I now have more time for WoW.

A man nicknamed the “spam king” for allegedly sending out millions of junk e-mails has been arrested in the US.

Robert Soloway, 27, was arrested in Seattle, Washington, after being indicted on charges of mail fraud, identity theft and money laundering.

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Tech Blog by Ezra Hill