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Better Displays With New Nanowire Film

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the i'll-take-one dept.

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Roland Piquepaille writes "A Harvard University team has successfully applied a film of nanowires on glass and plastic. This might lead to better and flexible displays or wearable computers, says the American Chemical Society, in "Nanowire film brings cheaper, faster electronics a step closer." "By using a 'bottom-up' approach pioneered by our group, which involves assembly of pre-formed nanoscale building blocks into functional devices, we can apply a film of nanowires to glass or plastics long after growth, and do so at room temperature," says Charles M. Lieber, professor of chemistry at Harvard. The researchers think that the first applications will be improved smart cards or LCD displays. But they also have a vision for the next decade. "One could imagine, for instance, contact lenses with displays and miniature computers on them, so that you can experience a virtual tour of a new city as you walk around." This overview contains more details and references. It also includes a picture of a high-density crossbar nanostructure, whose geometry can serve as the basis for many applications, like bio-sensor arrays or high-density data storage."

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GNAA Announces acquisition of SCO (-1, Troll)

ceelphone (722353) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415918)

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First Rams! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7415932)

Rams will kick ass the rest of the season and slaughter KC in the superbowl.

In other news: I hate all of you. Fuck you all.

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LYNCH TOOK ONE UP THE ASS FOR OUR TEAM! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7415921)

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On contacts? (4, Interesting)

3.5 stripes (578410) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415925)

Can you actually focus on something which is that close to your eye?

Re:On contacts? (2, Interesting)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415949)

I don't know about the technology, so I may be talking out of my arse, but I would think it's possible to have the nanowires "focus for you". They're going to be emitting light. If they can emit light in a specific direction, like a laser, then they'll be able to make sure the light hits the correct point on the photo-receptors in your eyeball.

Now, obviously, if they can't have the light emitted go in a particular direction, then a different solution will have to be found...

Re:On contacts? (1, Funny)

3.5 stripes (578410) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416042)

There's an angle I hadn't thought of...

Re:On contacts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7417375)

I'd rather focus on how this can be used with OLED screens. This is a technology that could seriously oust CRTs and backlit LCDs from their thrones.

Re:On contacts? (1)

mustangsal66 (580843) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416414)


How long until the millitary gets a hold of this for contacts... Night vision contacts... zoom contacts....

Will they be able to create images like a HUD? Process info from a recon bird, and display enemy locations on your contact lens, with distance, and position...

Will the be hijackable?

Ok strange trip down a detour

making capital instead of destroying it (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416748)

How about if a company made night vision, zoom contacts? Rather than destroying stuff with the new tech, it could be used to make stuff. The military is a really bad jobs/tech development system; it's necessary only as the foreign policy enforcer of last resort. Unless you're a nationalist/socialist - in which case, the military is your be all / end all.

Re:On contacts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416622)

In SOVIET RUSSIA, wires focus YOU!

Re:On contacts? (2, Informative)

wtrmute (721783) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415964)

Perhaps one can blur the image purposefully to make it seem farther away. One problem with wearable computers today is that they force their wearer to focus on something close with one eye while the other cannot focus on the same distance. This leads to a pretty headache after a while...

Re:On contacts? (1)

nnnneedles (216864) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416391)

And the receiver would have to be really small.

I call bullshit on this one.

Blue Screen of Death (1)

DumbSwede (521261) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417090)

If your contacts are running windows (whether in focus or not) and you're driving, gives a whole new meaning to blue screen of death.

Re:On contacts? (2, Funny)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417221)

Can you actually focus on something which is that close to your eye?

Can you say repetitive eyeball stress syndrome?

(Although popups on pron sites already cause this, most don't complain due to embarrassment)

Re:On contacts? (1)

CaseyB (1105) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417248)

It's possible, in the sense that you could create a lens that would create an effective focal length of a comfortable distance (like a camcorder viewfinder) so that content on the back face of the lens would be clear, but the lens geometry would probably have to be so large that you couldn't actually close your eyelid over it.

Re:On contacts? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417434)

I should think they'll make them for given sizes of eyes, in several grades, with each light-emitting element pointing at the proper place in the eye.

Note also that the lens does not have to have the whole computer in it, nor a power storage medium. It needs only to have enough of a computer to run the display, some sort of (hopefully secure) wireless networking, and an antenna to pick up power. Where you broadcast the power from is up to you but something with a relatively harmless frequency on your collar should do the trick nicely.

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Who pinched the hooch? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7415960)

Could someone please post that troll about GWB asking Rumsfeld "who pinched the hooch" or something like that. It was damn hilarious but I haven't seen it for a while and I don't remember exactly how it read. I even tried searching it on Google, but couldn't find it.

On another topic, Private Lynch has finally exposed the lies the Pentagon spread about her. Now she's a REAL hero to me.

Re:Who pinched the hooch? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7415966)

Listen Rummy. I'm gonna say it plain and simple. Where'd you pinch the hooch? Is some blind tiger jerking suds on the side?

Re:Who pinched the hooch? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416022)

Excellent. Thanks!

Re:Who pinched the hooch? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7415975)

On another topic, Private Lynch has finally exposed the lies the Pentagon spread about her. Now she's a REAL hero to me.

Because you knew they were lies all along, right?

Idiot.

Re:Who pinched the hooch? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7415979)

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Re:Who pinched the hooch? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416001)

No.

She's a hero because she's not playing their game as one could expect that she's been pressed to do so ("just play along - for your country's sake").

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Just one word (3, Insightful)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415943)


Hype.

Anything with 'nano' or 'cyber' in the name is hype. Yeah, we will see smaller cheaper electronics, but that's hardly news.

Re:Just one word (1)

dandelion_wine (625330) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416118)

The miniaturization isn't hype -- this is another step toward those (literally) scrolling displays.

But as for the term, I must agree. This certainly isn't "nanotechnology". Nano has become what (shudder) "mega" was in the 80's.

Re:Just one word (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417466)

If nano has become mega, that's really going to fuck up scientific notation.

The importance of this work (1)

uglomera (138796) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416910)

Dr. Lieber has long been publishing in the area of nanowires, I have read plenty of his and his peers' papers. The importance of this work has nothing to do with contact lenses or futuristic devices that Spielberg loves to put on Tom.

The problem that the semiconductor industry is facing right now is the ever more-expensive optical lithography systems. As the device features shrink down, we are getting more and more to the point where wavelengths will approach the X-ray spectrum. This is a whole new world of lithography, and people are looking like crazy for another way of doing it.

Here is the point where a distinction between parallel lithography and serial lithography should be made. For a long time people could pattern sub 10-nm features with AFM and STM (Atomic Force and Scanning-Tunneling microscopes). But those have only a tip (or several tips in parallel in a couple of cases). This would never be a fast and reliable method for patterning the interconnect on a chip, as it is done is series. Dr. Lieber's work is the first one to show some control of nanowire-based interconnect done in parallel. There were tons of studies of chemical self-assembly of nanowires before, but no one had control of the nanowire spacing (design rules for the IC guys).

Now we have to see if this technology goes somewhere. Another technology for parallel lithography that recently emerged is imprint lithography, where basically you stamp the pattern on the substrate. Dr. Stephen Chou over at Princeton invented that and several [obducat.com] companies [molecularimprints.com] are already shipping imprint nanolithography systems. Hopefully I'll play on one next year :)

Now can you please convince my advisor to get me a laptop?

Re:Just one word (1)

cbqwinner (152547) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416958)

You forgot 'extreme'. I guess to make it an even better product you drop the 'e' and just make it Xtreme.

Xtreme cyber nano insert product here. sure to get lots of hype.

Useful (5, Funny)

dwalsh (87765) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415944)

"One could imagine, for instance, contact lenses with displays and miniature computers on them, so that you can experience a virtual tour of a new city as you walk around."

So while you are walking around in the city, you get to see what it looks like. Hmm... Pity you can't do that now.

Re:Useful (3, Interesting)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415970)

Thinking about it, this could be used for good, and for evil:

Good: The contacts overlay useful captions where there currently isn't one, giving you street signs, direction signs, making it obvious from a distance where to get food, where the ATMs are, etc. Enter details of where you want to go, and the bus that'll take you there can be highlighted when it comes towards you.

Bad: It's sold as that, but funded by advertising. Everywhere you look there's an ad for X10.

Re:Useful (0)

computechnica (171054) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416181)

Imagine the uses for Pr0n ;^) -8

walk around (3, Insightful)

termos (634980) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415945)

One could imagine, for instance, contact lenses with displays and miniature computers on them, so that you can experience a virtual tour of a new city as you walk around.

Considering we are geeks, going to a new city doesn't involve walking around, more like visiting conventions and getting the latest cool funny-phrase-sysadmin-tshirts.
Take away the walking part mister, and you have yourself a deal.

if it works for the Terminator... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416091)

this would be helpfull in bars at least..
if these things could tell me a chick has VD, i mean

Fault Tolerance? (4, Interesting)

supersmike (563905) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415946)

Anyone notice what appears to be a broken nanowire towards the bottom left of the picture? I wonder what kind of fault-tolerance these sturctures have for that sort of thing.

Re:Fault Tolerance? (1)

JDevers (83155) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416600)

Not necessarily broken, but definitely bent to hell...

Contacts (3, Interesting)

maxdamage (615250) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415961)

How long do you think it will take untill somone decides it would be funny to hijack someones vission and hack their contacts? It could be someone trying to be funny, just make the person think their seeing things... Or it could be someone trying to blind them... Just imagine waking up, putting on your contacts and being tourtured by avertisments, IN YOUR EYES. Thats a future that I am terrified of!

Re:Contacts (1, Insightful)

zyridium (676524) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415986)

What I am scared of is when the nasty ones from slashdot start smacking goatse or tubgirl on your eyes. And if they were contacts even closing your eyes might not help...Shudders

Re:Contacts (1)

October_30th (531777) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415989)

putting on your contacts and being tourtured by avertisments, IN YOUR EYES

Just wait for the advertisements they're going to be beaming into your dreams.

Re:Contacts (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416062)

Good call. I cringed for Spider at that scene.

Re:Contacts (1)

eriksarcade (715857) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417150)

time to get out the tinfoil helmet!

I take it... (1)

theTerribleRobbo (661592) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416439)

...that you've been reading Diamond Age (Phil K Dick) again?

Re:Contacts (0)

NoNine (690801) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416576)

and how is that different from now, again?

tl; dr (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7415963)

I mean really. Taco, can we add a little of USA Today's flair for making stories quickly digestable? I have a job to do, and thanks to the new productivity numbers, you already know The Man's squeezing more and more out of this old sponge.

Gracias, mi amigo.

my eyesight is bad enough as it is... (2, Funny)

size1one (630807) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415972)

"One could imagine, for instance, contact lenses with displays and miniature computers on them"

my eyesight is bad enough as it is, the last thing I need are electronics short-circuiting in my eyeball.

Invisibility? (2, Interesting)

cableshaft (708700) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415977)

This might lead to better and flexible displays or wearable computers Could this be used to further "invisibility" research? For example, wear a suit of these displays and have a camera record a panoramic video around you and display the appropriate camera displays around the body?

Re:Invisibility? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416132)

Hm, what about the unlimited number of viewing angles? Unlimited number of camera's?

How long before (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7415984)

The real question is how long until I can get some nice Adware to pop up on my contacts?

Glasses for Zaphod Beebelbrox (3, Funny)

madsen (17668) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416003)

The mention of the contatct lenses made me think of Zaphod Beebelbrox and his glasses (or was it someone else) that helped him to never be scared. The glasses went black when danger was imminent.

That could be really cool when driving.

Re:Glasses for Zaphod Beebelbrox (0)

cablepokerface (718716) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416174)

You're thinking about the wrong guy ... Zaphod Beebelbrox would need 2 pair. ;-)

[OT] Re:Glasses for Zaphod Beebelbrox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416419)

That reminds me of the procedure for landing a single-engine airplane when the engine quits at night.
  1. Establish best glide airspeed.
  2. When you get close to the ground, turn on the landing light.
  3. If you don't like what you see, turn the landing light back off.

Re:Glasses for Zaphod Beebelbrox (1)

Ours (596171) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416450)

Reminds me of a Ghost in the Shell: Stand alone complex. They kill a cop who knew to much by hacking his eyes and turning them off while he was driving on the highway.

Ain't no way (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416007)

Hey! Let's get funding by exciting all the geeks and tell them about technology that is nowhere near even a prototype - woohoo

And BTW retards, it's L.C.D. NOT "LCD display"

Lovely! (1)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416012)

"One could imagine, for instance, contact lenses with displays and miniature computers on them, so that you can experience a virtual tour of a new city as you walk around."

Until the spamming starts! [slashdot.org]
=Smidge=

Contacts (1)

Whispers_in_the_dark (560817) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416019)

I don't know about anyone else but I certainly wouldn't stand for having to wear contacts when I don't need them simply to get "bonus material". Glasses, sure, but having watched people try to put in/manipulate/not drop the things it is certainly an activity I wouldn't want to participate in. YMMV though...

Re:Contacts (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417502)

Why would you ever take them out? Except when you go to sleep, of course.

Great idea (3, Funny)

Ancil (622971) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416034)

One could imagine, for instance, contact lenses with displays and miniature computers on them, so that you can experience a virtual tour of a new city as you walk around.
One could imagine the decidedly non-virtual experience of getting creamed by a passing truck. Gives whole new meaning to Blue Screen of Death.

Re:Great idea (0)

cablepokerface (718716) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416195)

Good point, though if the driver of the truck would be wearing one, it would give a whole new meaning to Carmageddon. i.e. Pedestrians could be highlighted red in his eyesight.

Re:Great idea (1)

RocketSHE (686478) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416320)

You beat me to it. Yes, it's bad enough people walk around with cell phones not paying attention to where they are going. Gripe. Gripe. I predict that 90% of the time Future-Dude walking around with the nano-contacts will be watching the football game and paying no attention to cars, trucks, manholes, etc.

Movies (2, Insightful)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416037)

If this contact thingy works out, think about the fun you could have with it. The ultimate in interactive experience since you only see what it lets you. You could have a personal movie theater with incredible resolution at yours hands... i mean eyes.

Re:Movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416713)

"The ultimate in interactive experience ... at yours hands"

Yep, like pretty much all other advances in technology, this will be fantastic for pr0n ;-).

can you see me now (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416049)

Turns out the Iraquis have a little Kobe Bryant blood in them -- they like the old corn hole, too.

Five minutes after Lynch was captured, they're passing her around like a pack of smokes, fucking her in the ass, turning her into their own personal goatse man.

Sweet

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Until... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416056)

Commercialization helps to subsidize the cost of production. Imagine driving down the road and suddenly having an ad for McDonald's flashed on your eyeball. Which begs another question..can advertisers use this for subliminal messaging?

Re:Until... (1)

fgb (62123) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416226)

Or, more nefariously, if you want to get rid of someone, you can project a nice roadway scene onto his eyeballs even as he drives off a cliff...

Re:Until... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416812)

Acme(TM) Bridge?

Beep-beep!

One step closer to true VR... (1)

Jetifi (188285) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416070)

Displays embedded in contact lenses would be orders of magnitude less clumsy than even lightweight VR helmets. At that scale they could probably be powered by eye motion (as some watches are powered by wrist motion), or you could embed miniature solar panels where the contact lense covers the iris, with the LCD just covering the pupil.

Re:One step closer to true VR... (1)

kryliss (72493) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416792)

The only problem would be when the pupil adjust sizes for different amounts of light. But still a very good idea... maybe just a portion of the iris... kinda give you a strange looking eye though.

eye zooming (3, Interesting)

dew-genen-ny (617738) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416080)

What I'd like to see is contacts that implement both a display and an ccd or the equivilant, so that we can zoom in on objects that are in the distance....would be so wicked.....imagine being able to use them like a microscope as well....would be good.

Re:eye zooming (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416220)

It would probably be easier to use a clear polymer that can be shaped electrically. Create an adjustable lense to zoom in and out, rather than try to cram more electronics onto your eyeballs.

Re:eye zooming (0)

cablepokerface (718716) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416232)

Impossible. A optic improvement (like zooming) in a device is caused by 2 lenses moving further away from each other. Since the distance between the eye and lens is so small, only a digital zoom might be possible. Although using it as a microscope would mean however that we already can see i.e. cells with the naked eye but it is to small for our brain to filter it out. (Or is of too little importance).

Re:eye zooming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416642)

impossible? depends if you're trying to augment the eyes existing lense, or create a new one in front. sounds like you're thinking the latter, while the former would be easier - you'd simply be changing the shape of the lense (like with contacts).

Re:eye zooming (1)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416282)

OK the zooming is great for perving attractive young women but most of the rest of the time I require Peril-Sensitive and Monotony-Sensitive functionality so I just dont have to look at it.

Re:eye zooming (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417521)

I'd think you'd be better off with a handheld unit or two that could communicate with whatever computer is operating the display(s). This has the added advantage of being able to go places your head cannot.

meanwhile, in Japan (3, Interesting)

Grummet (161532) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416090)

hi everybody.
umm, gosh, don't know if i missed this news elsewhere in western media but last week on ABC (Asahi Broadcast Corp.) Japan there was a review of recent nanotechnology advances here in Japan and they reported that:
1) A Yamagata University research team has managed to make flexible millimeter thick screens (roll up your TV and stick it in a tube, into your backback, pocket, whatever and away you go..!) ALREADY so I don't understand what the big deal is with these nanowires. Plus the Yamagata people figured out how to use a kind of "nano-dye" for multiple applications like:
a) flexible thin solar cells (your tent is a battery charger!) or
b) a blue "lens" to increase the data storage on those recently reknown expensive blue laser cd's that store gigs of date. (20 times more (?))

Sorry for the lack of net based info but it looked pretty amazing - heck, I saw it on TV so come on,
it must be bran' spankin' new!

- Jeff -

When you see "wearable computers," you got hype (1)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416098)

Seriously, for people who aren't soldiers are able-bodied, what is the point of wearable computers? This reminds me of the "toaster that's on the internet... for some reason" hype.

Fiction (2, Informative)

Alrescha (50745) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416100)

"One could imagine, for instance, contact lenses with displays and miniature computers on them, so that you can experience a virtual tour of a new city as you walk around."

Someone did imagine this sort of technology. I particularly like "Fast Times at Fairmont High" by Vernor Vinge for it's description of wearable computers/contacts use for visual 'enhancement'.

A.

Re:Fiction (1)

Bazzargh (39195) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416650)

I can trump that 2001 short story with William Gibson's 1993 book "Virtual Light" (I'm sure by now someone else will have mentioned it on this thread), which invented the term "augmented reality" for this stuff (IIRC).

Chevette Washington is a bicycle messenger turned pick-pocket who impulsively snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But these are no ordinary shades. What you can see through these high-tech specs can make you rich--or get you killed.

For those who haven't read it, the shades showed overlayed architectural diagrams on top of San Francisco -- not all that different from what these guys suggest.

Optoelectronics in general (4, Informative)

cerulean (99519) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416175)

Techniques to make thinner wires will probably be useful for improving the efficiency a whole range of optoelectronic devices:

For LEDs, some light that might escape the device is reflected or absorbed by the tiny wires carrying the current into the junction. Thinner wires would mean an improvement (though perhaps small at this point) in the amount of light you get out of the device.

With light going in the other direction, photovoltaics (solar panels) and various detectors are all about getting as much light into a junction as possible, so thinner wires would help make better devices here too.

Fantastic (1)

locarecords.com (601843) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416187)

...

This sounds like a fantastic new technology. Being able to shrink high resolution to a usable size for photo-realistic displays would be great. But I think the idea of contact-lense screens or glasses with inbuilt displays particularly exciting as it could/would revolutionise computers.

Wearable computers are a much discussed idea but I feel that without a feedback display there are pretty useless. Now we have the possibility of it getting much closer...\

sun-contacts (1)

Hallow (2706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416199)

I'd just be happy with contacts that could sense the amount of ambient light and adjust their opacity to compensate. UV protection would be good too.

crystal clarity using newclear power? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416231)

this stuff is unbreakable, & wwworks on several (more than 3) dimensions.

addendumb to previous post titled:

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mynuts won: another whoreabull PostBlock(tm) devise failure..

that's right. we'll see your phonie ?pr? ?firm? scriptdead hobbyist 'hacker' witch hunt bouNTy scams, & raise you a private communications system based on the creators' newclear power mandate. gooed luck?

they think everything's always just about payper monIE.

that's not the case here, as yOUR entire planet/population is in crisis mode, due to the confused thinking/poor training of a handful of stock markup fraud execrable.

the daze of the greed/fear/ego based felonious payper liesense ?pr? ?firm? hypenosys stock markup fraud execrable, is WANing into coolapps/the abyss, at the (increasing) speed of right.

there's a real risk of overheating (peacing off) the main processor. you don't want that?

consultations are in order.

What about Light Emitting Polymers (LEP)? (1)

the_olo (160789) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416286)

Anybody heard whether there has been any progress on getting LEPs [wired.com] from Cambridge Display Technologies into mass production?

Re:What about Light Emitting Polymers (LEP)? (1)

flend (9133) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416750)

I believe there is a James Bond razor available with a polymer display, try, er, this link [dwellingstore.com] .

Peril Sensitive Contacts? (1)

Phlatline_ATL (174344) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416287)

Could just see it...

"honestly officer, my contacts turned totally black when I hit I-285. I couldn't see a thing, but I could still talk on my cell phone so I did." ...

so will this mean... (-1)

m1chael (636773) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416355)

that when you bend the screeno more nano things will be created to fill in the gaps? what happens to them when you unbend it?

personally im waiting for the organically vapourwareful screens coming out soon where soon means i dont know.

Screw contact lenses (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416566)

I want a few thousand nanomachines wired right on to the rods and cones of my retinas, telling them when to fire and when not to.

What it would be a better use for ... (3, Insightful)

Brutal_One (682848) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416567)

Anytime stories like this pop-up, everyone always discusses how neat it would be to overlay information about a city and the like.

Forget contacts the zoom, forget contacts that shoot freakin' laser beams. How about contacts that make my vision 20/20? My corrected vision is 20/35 and my contacts can only be worn for 7-8 hours a day then I have to wear coke bottle glasses because there isn't anything better.

My brother-in-law has Retinitis-Pigmentosa [retinitis-pigmentosa.com] which is a degenerative disease of the retina. He was diagnosed 7 years ago and is down to 10% of his vision which is stricly peripheral. Imagine a spoon in front of your eye and you can only see off to the sides.

A better use of this technology would be contacts that can adjust his line of sight to the best position on his eye.

Or to assist the vision of the elderly who often times can be helped with glasses or contacts.

Instead of coming up with "new" "cool" ways to use this, why don't we use the technology to help the people that need it? The people that surround us everyday?

Re:What it would be a better use for ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416652)

Because we aren't as noble as you are.

Re:What it would be a better use for ... (1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416883)

Because of capitalism, products are developed in the interests of maximising PROFITABILITY, not for the good of mankind.

Shigawire (1)

JonKatzIsAnIdiot (303978) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416583)

So - did anyone else out there see 'nanowire' and think that this might be one step toward the development of shigawire?

Gee... (0)

Legssus (132740) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416728)

I'm still waiting for "Thin CRTs" to come to market...

Where are your training lenses? (1)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416736)

"One could imagine, for instance, contact lenses with displays and miniature computers on them, so that you can experience a virtual tour of a new city as you walk around."
Just pray that AOLTimeWarnerNetscapeYadaYada doesn't get their dream role as enforcers of homeland security -- you'll have checkpoints verifying you are wearing your "training [adl.org] " lenses.

Wearable Computing = Total Bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7416765)

Wearable computing is the virtual reality of our times. Remember VR? Remember how it was going to Change Everything?

Remember Lawnmower Man?

Total Recall (1)

Atryn (528846) | more than 10 years ago | (#7416853)

Wasn't there a scene in Total Recall where they could simply hit a button and switch the "windows" between various scenery and info-displays? To me this is incredibly useful as we start packing more and more people into high-rises around the world and eliminating our access to nature.

Not that I like eliminating access to nature, just saying that would probably sell... Replace your window that looks at the neighboring building and alley with a nano-wire device that can display mountains, skyline, sunset, desert, or just the latest news.

www.contactwasher.com (3, Funny)

angedinoir (699322) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417140)

for instance, contact lenses with displays

"Yes, is this tech support? I think I have a virus in my contact. Everywhere I go, everyone's face is being replaced by banner ads.... Yes, I see it. Yea, it says gator. What I'm screwed?......"

This has been done to death already (2, Interesting)

Goldsmith (561202) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417479)

There is already a "standard" way to move nanowires from a substrate to glass or plastic.

This may be difficult for some of you to believe, but the standard technique is to use scotch tape. It's quite amazing, but you can pick up an array of wires on scotch tape (a similar array to that in the article). Then you simpliy place the tape wherever you want your wires and dissolve it away.

Of course you're still left with the same problem as on the substrate which is that no one understands how or why these arrays do whatever they may do (which is generally NOT reproducible). Everyone has been shouting molecular electronics for so long that they havn't stopped to actually check that it IS molecular electronics. A timely article in Science last month basicaly served as a retraction for the last 5 years of research in this field.

It's fine for them to report that they found a new way to move nanowires onto glass or plastic, but the days of saying these types of networks are only a few years away from market are over.

Virtual tours? (1)

pmz (462998) | more than 10 years ago | (#7417497)

Isn't the virtual tour buzzword the kiss of death for new technology? Look what happened to VRML.
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