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Introducing Magnet-Responsive Memory Foam

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the had-this-stuff-in-my-head-for-years dept.

Space 69

Roland Piquepaille writes "The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently reported that two research teams have developed a new porous foam of an alloy that changes shape when exposed to a magnetic field. The NSF states that this new material is able to remember its original shape after it's been deformed by a physical or magnetic force. This polycrystalline nickel-manganese-gallium alloy is potentially cheaper and lighter than other materials currently used in devices ranging from sonar to precision valves. It also could be used to design biomedical pumps without moving parts and even for space applications and automobiles."

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Pumps with no moving parts? (4, Interesting)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880408)

From the summary: "It also could be used to design biomedical pumps without moving parts"

Well, such pumps do exist - you can pump liquid metals by passing a current through them, and applying a magnetic field at 90 degrees to the current as per high school physics - but I doubt they'll be pumping molten sodium through people any time soon. You could build a diaphragm pump with this approach, presumably using a two-phase magnetic circuit to very the length of the magnetic actuator, and this would probably be a lot better than passing airlines into people to operate conventional diaphragm pumps, as is done at present. But the pump has at least two moving parts, i.e. the actuator and the diaphragm.

I suspect the author meant "no rotating parts".

Re:Pumps with no moving parts? (4, Insightful)

BigHungryJoe (737554) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880648)

applying a magnetic field at 90 degrees to the current as per high school physics

you went to a much better high school than I did

Re:Pumps with no moving parts? (1)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880690)

You never got to build a basic electric motor or put a bent wire carrying a current in a magnetic field?

Sheesh, if that's the case it's not surprising there's a Republican presidential candidate who doesn't accept the idea of Evolution.

Holy specious conclusions, Batman (3, Funny)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880780)

Yeah, heaven knows the US would be a better place if we all knew how to build motors. Then the Democrats would rule forever!

Re:Holy specious conclusions, Batman (4, Insightful)

rbanffy (584143) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880900)

The world would be a better place if people were given proper scientific education.

You know... That where you observe facts, formulate hypotheses and try to invalidate them through experiments.

Thanks for expanding my point (5, Insightful)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880966)

It wasn't a jibe at Republicans. It was a jibe at a world in which the most advanced technological power can produce people who don't seem to have the least idea of the basis on which that power rests, and don't seem to care. It may be that if GWB had had a proper scientific education he might have tended to, say, believe the weapons inspectors and his own military rather than the spin merchants, though we can't be sure. It might be that he would, say, read Scientific American or National Geographic, and this would inspire him to leave a legacy of a serious attempt to solve world problems through the encouragement of science and technology

I'd be almost equally happy if future politicians got a really good grounding in history, instead of being told that it is irrelevant.

Re:Thanks for expanding my point (0)

skoaldipper (752281) | more than 6 years ago | (#21882032)

a world in which the most advanced technological power can produce people who don't seem to have the least idea of the basis on which that power rests[...]It may be that if GWB had had a proper scientific education[...]I'd be almost equally happy if future politicians got a really good grounding in history
Kupfernigk, you sure do speak in a lot in generalisms and random biased assumptions about other people. Is this the profound "scientific education" of which you speak?

Re:Thanks for expanding my point (1)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 6 years ago | (#21883702)

Sheesh, if that's the case it's not surprising there's a Republican presidential candidate who doesn't accept the idea of Evolution.
It wasn't a jibe at Republicans.
Uh, yeah it was. Otherwise, you wouldn't have said, Republicans. Let's see what Bush has to say about whether evolution should be taught in schools [washingtonpost.com] :

"Both sides ought to be properly taught . . . so people can understand what the debate is about," he said, according to an official transcript of the session. Bush added: "Part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought. . . . You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes."
I guess if people want to see a view other than your own, then they must be wrong.

Re:Thanks for expanding my point (2, Insightful)

Torvaun (1040898) | more than 6 years ago | (#21884212)

I have no issue with both sides being taught in schools, as long as we make sure that only the one that conforms to the scientific method gets called science. Intelligent design can go in a religion or philosophy class.

Re:Thanks for expanding my point (1)

rbanffy (584143) | more than 6 years ago | (#21884326)

I have no problem with religions being taught in schools, but only as far as they are no treated as science and only as long the curriculum provides an unbiased view of as many as possible different religions and compares their differences, similarities and explains why humans seem to feel the urge to try to understand the universe around them by resorting to supersti^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hreligious explanations.

Re:Thanks for expanding my point (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | more than 6 years ago | (#21885784)

I was about to complain about a public school sponsoring a class on religion, but yours sounds sufficiently subversive that i think it would be beneficial. Good luck finding good teachers for it however.

Re:Thanks for expanding my point (1)

rbanffy (584143) | more than 6 years ago | (#21889844)

Thanks. I thoroughly enjoy being called subversive. :-)

Re:Thanks for expanding my point (2, Insightful)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 6 years ago | (#21888350)

I have no issue with both sides being taught in schools, as long as we make sure that only the one that conforms to the scientific method gets called science. Intelligent design can go in a religion or philosophy class.

I don't know if I would even go that far. All most Christians want is that the theory of evolution be taught as a theory. As a Christian student, evolution fascinated me. I always felt that a slow evolution of species was much more a miracle than God simply saying "let there be X... and there was". I always wanted to know what happened when (and before... God is timeless after all) God said what he said, and evolution provided that to me. But too many science teachers wannabe scientists (like here on /.) use evolutional theory as proof that God doesn't exist. I see it as proof that God DOES exist as the odds of each evolutionary step happening as it does are so slim to be qualified as a miracle, IMHO.

So I have nothing against the theory of evolution being taught as long as it's taught as a theory. My reasoning for that is nothing religious, but because sometimes, science is wrong. Even Einstein rejected the idea of the "Big Bang" as he rejected the idea of an expanding universe. He told Georges Lemaître (a Catholic Priest, btw) "Your calculations are correct, but your grasp of physics is abominable.". Einstein, of course, had to revise his theories once Hubble proved that the Universe was expanding.

My point is that science evolves just like anything else. What is "fact" today is backward-thinking-junk-science tomorrow. Science and religion are not mutually exclusive. Evolution has about as much to do with disproving religion as the Big Bang, and I don't want it being taught as such. Teaching Darwin is fine. Teaching Darwin as a counter to religion is just wrong.

Re:Thanks for expanding my point (1)

jsoderba (105512) | more than 6 years ago | (#21891440)

Have you actually seen this "Teaching Darwin as a counter to religion" happen? Because I don't think religion should be brought up at all in science class. Religion exists outside the context of empirical science.

The reality is that high-school science teaching must happen within very tight time and money constraints. We can't present every crackpot notion because there is barely time to present the basics of the scientific consensus. As everything creationists say has been shown to be false time and time again, it would clearly be a waste of time to bring it up in class.

Re:Thanks for expanding my point (1)

JesseMcDonald (536341) | more than 6 years ago | (#21897472)

I see it as proof that God DOES exist as the odds of each evolutionary step happening as it does are so slim to be qualified as a miracle, IMHO.

This is a common misunderstanding. Looked at the same way, the various events you experienced since waking up this morning were all extremely unlikely, when you look at the details and not just the broad patterns. What are the odds, for example, that you would wake up the precise nanosecond that you did? However, none of the alternatives were significantly more likely, so the event was clearly not miraculous.

Evolution is the same way. Looking back, the combination of events leading from non-living non-self-replicating molecules to humans seems extraordinarily unlikely, and yet at each step along the way what actually happened was not much less likely than any of the other things that might have happened. Even an event with only a one-in-a-million chance of occurring at any given time has about a 74% chance of happening given a million opportunities; given enough time, just about anything is likely to happen at least once. That this process eventually led to us rather than some other kind of organism is a matter of merest chance -- but why shouldn't it lead to us? We were no less likely a result than most other possible organisms, and rather more likely than some.

Teaching Darwin is fine. Teaching Darwin as a counter to religion is just wrong.

Evolution is not contrary to religion in general -- although it's definitely contrary to the Christian creation myths. Rather, it's simply one more area in which a religious explanation has been rendered unnecessary. However, as ways of seeking out truth, the scientific method -- the search for objective models of the observable universe which asymptotically approach the truth -- and adherence to non-verifiable, and thus subjective, religious ideology are necessarily in conflict with each other.

Re:Thanks for expanding my point (1)

sincewhen (640526) | more than 6 years ago | (#21908366)

Look, I don't normally reply to God-botherers, but I'm so sick of hearing such people saying "Well, science is allowed to be wrong and make mistakes, so I'm allowed to believe whatever I want without any proof." Which would be fine if they kept their stupidity to themselves, but then they have to start posting on the internets with "They should also teach God in science school because God invented science."

I can't believe that people are that stupid.
I just can't.

Writing as someone who once did theology (1)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 6 years ago | (#21893874)

Intelligent design does not belong in either a religion or a philosophy class. It's been exploded over and over again for hundreds of years because it creates an infinite regress (i.e. if a God designed the Universe, what designed the God? Clearly a bigger and better God who had to be able to design a God that could design the Universe. And what designed that God...as Hawking puts it, it's turtles all the way down). Theologians classify the "argument from design" as just one of about 7 flawed arguments for the existence of God.

Quite irrelevantly and incidentally, this is my beef with current theoretical physics. It's substituting a defective theological argument (an infinite regress of universe constructors) with an argument that goes against Ockham's Razor (an infinity of parallel universes.) In a recent popular article on the subject I saw a suggestion that we can't see the additional dimensions because we are made of particles that are bound to only 4 of them. I am not a physicist, obviously, just a would be theologian who retrained as an engineer, but I'm beginning to suspect that String Theory is a religion, and should not be taught as science in schools.

Believing spin merchants? (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#21886766)

No you have this the wrong way round. GWB already knew the outcome he wanted and the spin merchants were needed to create the supporting evidence.

Unfortunately even National Geographic is far from being impartial and is heavily skewed in favor of pandering to patriotic or other themes. This is nothing new either: they were doing this during WW2 too.

Re:Holy specious conclusions, Batman (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 6 years ago | (#21884086)

I'd rather observer people, formulate a hypotheses to control them the try to force that belief onto everyone. Perhaps some all seeing father figure that judges you and threatens some kind of reward/punishment system that doesn't happen until after one dies. That way no one can prove otherwise.

Re:Pumps with no moving parts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21880950)

Many schools are a joke. I took a chemistry class without ever touching a beaker or burner, though the teacher used his own money to demonstrate some experiments in front of the class. In my introductory physical science we only did a few labs around density, displacement and basic measurements which all involved lead weights, flasks of water, balance beam scales and rulers. This was because my school, drowning in its own money and lacking common sense, threw out all its "antiquated" lab equipment to replace it with fancy scientific computer labs (never mind that the school already had two computer labs.) So my high school science education consisted of reading dry texts and filling in bubbles. I can say in all seriousness I was exposed to more scientific experimentation in elementary school than I was in high school. I never got to see the new setup, as I graduated before they finished it - I just pray that some kind of science is finally going on in those classrooms.

Re:Pumps with no moving parts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21881734)

Yeah, the highlight of my high school physics class was watching ice cubes melt in a styrofoam cup. Seriously.

Re:Pumps with no moving parts? (1)

beckerist (985855) | more than 6 years ago | (#21885954)

Aw that sucks. I had an amazing physics class. I took it my junior year (everyone else was a senior) and as a result I actually went to college for physics. I had the type of teacher that would take the Van der Graaf generator and hook it to the doorknob. He'd turn it on when class started so that the jocks that always showed up late would get shocked trying the door. They always knocked after that!

Oh, and one time a couple buddies of mine and I stole this machine out of his supply closet that could pump out thousands of dime-sized bubbles in minutes. The bubbles were perfectly buoyant in air (didn't rise or sink, just sat where you put them. Technically they rose very slowly but the air currents in the room generally moved them more.) We filled the room the night before our teachers birthday. Somehow, weeks later, he caught wind that it was us. He got a janitor to break into our lockers and completely filled them with confetti-style shredded paper (a PAIN to remove, there were still little static-clinging pieces floating around my locker through the end of the year.)

Despite all the fun, we really did learn too!

Re:Pumps with no moving parts? (1)

Hucko (998827) | more than 6 years ago | (#21891396)

Now one can't do this kind of teaching in our schools. The curricula seems to be more like an English lesson than a science lesson let alone being something that inspires wonderment or encourage curiosity.

Re:Pumps with no moving parts? (1)

odourpreventer (898853) | more than 6 years ago | (#21881102)

Whether there are moving or rotating parts is not as interesting as whether there is wear, tear or fatigue. Pumps exist where the rotating parts are magnetically suspended and thus they can theoretically work forever. TFA doesn't mention any real life test, so in essence it's vapourware.

Re:Pumps with no moving parts? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21881164)

I can think of a lot of better things to pass through people instead of airlines.

Honestly, I can't imaging anything about an airline that would be good to put through a person. Not the planes themselves, the baggage handlers, the cleaning crews, pilots, "
snacks and refreshments" or whatever passes for a "meal" on most flights, and not even the pilots. And forget the awful airline debt load.

Flight attendants, maybe. Some of them are ok.

Other than than, nope. I don't want an airline passing through me.

Re:Pumps with no moving parts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21884108)

"passing airlines into people"? Sounds painful, even if it were a small airline.

this substance has been around since 1991 (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880410)

Space Time Continium (2, Insightful)

Smordnys s'regrepsA (1160895) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880432)

*ahem* [wikipedia.org]

a seemingly unstoppable cyborg assassin who has been sent back from the year 2029

Just on track, I believe.

Re:this substance has been around since 1991 (3, Funny)

owlstead (636356) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880990)

I don't think the T-1000 was made of foam. It's been a while since I last saw the movie, but I cannot remember anything about a killer robot cuddling people to death.

Wow. (-1, Redundant)

hsdpa (1049926) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880414)

It will really be interesting to see where this technology will be used in, and when it reaches ordinary consumers.

prior art (1)

User 956 (568564) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880576)

two research teams have developed a new porous foam of an alloy that changes shape when exposed to a magnetic field.

That's nothing. I have stacks and stacks of disks with INFORMATION that changes shape when exposed to a magnetic field.

Re:Wow. (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880760)

Self wringing scrubbing sponges here we come!

They forgot (3, Interesting)

Smordnys s'regrepsA (1160895) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880416)

To mention that production of any theorized applications will take 5-10 years. Yeesh, the editors usually remember to add that bit of useless info when they add the useless list of possible uses!

Fender Benders? (3, Funny)

frinkacheese (790787) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880424)

This would be cool for bumpers (I think some of the colonies call them fenders). You could park your car, shunt the other card out of the way and then apply your magnetic field and say "Nar it wasn't me, mate. Look, my car is OK. Must have been some other bloke".

Re:Fender Benders? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21880558)

I think some colonies would have said "man" instead of "mate", and "dude" instead of "bloke".

Re:Fender Benders? (1)

User 956 (568564) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880654)

I think some colonies would have said "man" instead of "mate", and "dude" instead of "bloke".

How many Boffins died to bring you that information?

Re:Fender Benders? (1)

rrp (537287) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880610)

Fenders are the pieces that go around the wheels, while bumpers are what go in front and behind the car... even in the other "colonies"

Updated Memory Foam Mattress (1)

orionop (1139819) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880430)

I can see the commercials now...
Introducing the Magnetic Memory Foam Mattress, molds to your body with adjustable magnetic fields.

Still Legal in 16* States!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Smordnys s'regrepsA (1160895) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880454)

I can just hear [youtube.com] the small print [wikipedia.org] now!

Re:Updated Memory Foam Mattress (1)

Tim_sama (993132) | more than 6 years ago | (#21887458)

My upstairs neighbor had one of those beds, so I put a strong electromagnet on my ceiling rigged up to a pressure sensor under his bed, and use it to transform his mag-foam bed into a giant slingshot, which would fling him out of his bed every 30 seconds after he laid down. True story. *sip*

Moving parts (4, Insightful)

michaelmalak (91262) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880470)

biomedical pumps without moving partsThat should read "without rubbing parts". And even with that increased language precision, we still don't know the answer to the important question, which is whether this willow allow pumps "without fatiguing parts". (I suspect this will not be possible without biological-like microscopic self-healing.)

Re:Moving parts (4, Informative)

compumike (454538) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880486)

Correct. The big design concerns (and eventual failure points) in pumps, and even fans, are bearings and rotating seals. But there are already implantable heart pumps which rely on the principles of active magnetic levitation to remove the need for contact bearings. See this article [businessweek.com] for an example.

--
Coder? Want to learn electronics? Microcontroller kits. [nerdkits.com]

Obligatory Metal Gear Solid Remark... (0, Offtopic)

FF8Jake (929704) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880526)

Computer : PAL code number two confirmed. Awaiting PAL code number three.

Snake : Okay, there goes PAL code number two. Next comes PAL number three... warm the key.

(Snake Inputs the third PAL code.)

Computer : PAL code number three confirmed. PAL code entry complete. Detonation code activated.

Snake : No! Why!

Computer : Ready for launch...

Minus 5, Troll) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21880712)

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Offtopic: Roland (-1, Offtopic)

ilovegeorgebush (923173) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880740)

Why does everyone hate Roland? :o

Re:Offtopic: Roland (2, Informative)

dbIII (701233) | more than 6 years ago | (#21881010)

He is in the habit of making grand world changing announcements that unfortuately are not true because either he completely misunderstood the subject matter or if he did get it right the world changed forty years ago. None of his mistakes have needed more than two fifteen year old first year University textbook to point out - one in introductory materials science and one in introductory thermodynamics. There was a linking issue and advertisements at the end of the link some time ago that annoyed people but he doesn't do it anymore.

He's puts in a lot more effort than Dvorak but it's still annoying when a tech journalist gets things wildly wrong.

Polycrysta... (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880808)

... liquid medal.

Re:Polycrysta... (1, Funny)

chuckymonkey (1059244) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880844)

I applaud your mettle for using the word medal when you should have used metal. I love words, they're so much fun to play with...maybe I should get a pet.

Re:Polycrysta... (0, Offtopic)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 6 years ago | (#21881038)

Never meddle with words, you'll just mottle the meanings, and model a schizophrenia attack.

How about transport security implications... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21880826)

if clothing can be "magneto-morphed" into medieval weaponry? For example, a pair of trousers and some dental floss could be transformed into a longbow (firing socks as arrows).

Re:How about transport security implications... (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#21880948)

For example, a pair of trousers and some dental floss could be transformed into a longbow (firing socks as arrows).
You also need a Swiss Army knife and some duct tape...

Re:How about transport security implications... (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 6 years ago | (#21884836)

Just carry a gun, already. The odds that the bad guys are going to continue to lock you in the "assorted dangerous chemicals and useful tools room" without searching your pockets are pretty low. I recommend a P90, the clear plastic magazine looks really neat.

Re:How about transport security implications... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 6 years ago | (#21881466)

Dental floss as the bow string? Puhleeze, if you got your arrow to fly a foot you'd be lucky. You really work too hard. How about magneto-morphing jacket-->katana/shurikens?* Bows (and other big, slow-to-reload projectile weapons) are pretty useless in crowded spaces anyways.

*if you make an anime of that I'll claim intellectual property rights :P

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Just what I always wanted (1)

MindPrison (864299) | more than 6 years ago | (#21881070)

...A giant fluffy USB-memory Pillow that can store my dreams!

Re:Just what I always wanted (1)

jmickle (941634) | more than 6 years ago | (#21881142)

hmmmmmmmmm agreed. anyone see the book 1984 by George Orwell coming to reality?

Re:Just what I always wanted (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#21881866)

I think perhaps you meant Brave New World...

Yeah boys we finally cracked iit. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21881184)

We had some of this stuff at Roswell and it took us forever to find out how to make it ourselves. Those crafty alien bastards.


MIB

Wow. Roland Piquepaille submitted ... (-1, Offtopic)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 6 years ago | (#21881288)

Wow. Roland Piquepaille submitted the story, and it doesn't link to some plagiarized copy on his blog. Shocking. Could he have reformed?

Re:Wow. Roland Piquepaille submitted ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21881784)

His firehose submission did link to his blog. That must have been "lost" at some stage...

Re:Wow. Roland Piquepaille submitted ... (0, Offtopic)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 6 years ago | (#21882706)

maybe it's hi new year resolution not be be an annoying bellend.

Hmmmm... (3, Funny)

tgd (2822) | more than 6 years ago | (#21881294)

*notices banner ad for fleshlight*

I may just have an idea here...

Best tag: (0)

Foolicious (895952) | more than 6 years ago | (#21881708)

"rolandagain"

Nitpick: (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 6 years ago | (#21882062)

It's not merely "biomedical". The proper term to describe such pumps is Peristaltic [wikipedia.org] . It has its uses in a wide variety of industrial applications as well.

/P

It could ... (1)

MarkoNo5 (139955) | more than 6 years ago | (#21882986)

Sure. And we could use it in nuclear fusion reactors, flying cars, and holographic memory, and possibly even in Duke Nukem Forever ...

car improvements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21883818)

First cars get seatbelts to make wrecks safer,
then airbags to make getting in a wreck fun,
now cars get memory foam so you wreck, you didnt total your car, you just ahve to press the reset button, watch the car restruct itself from the ashes. we call this model Phoenix. this reconstuctive property became necessary upon giving it flying capabilities. we had to remove the flux capacitor to fit it all in though.

Gentlemen...Behold! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21884412)

The everlasting love doll!

Transparent Version? (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#21891024)

I'd like to see some version of these electromagnetic "shape memory" materials in a cheap transparent form that can coat touchscreens. If they could be switched from smooth to a raised bump quickly, with very little power, and at high rez (about the size of a display pixel), they'd make for great feedback devices for "GUIs". Raised edges of GUI widgets, even vibrating areas indicating active buttons and their state. That would compensate quite a lot for how our fingers obscure the GUIs while we're operating them. And maybe even eliminate most of the need to actually even look at the GUI for most familiar interfaces.

If this MRMF stuff can work in a thin enough coating, maybe it could be transparent. Or just some other transparent stuff that isn't as fancy, but just jumps on command without blocking the light.

Re:Transparent Version? (1)

socz (1057222) | more than 6 years ago | (#21891734)

hmm now you got me thinking with your post. if it could be made transparent, it would really have many many useful applications. I agree that making a feedback-touchscreen would be great, but even for blind people this would be bad ass!

I wonder what the limits of this are? Could it produce a 3-d imagine if it were on a monitor? that'd be bad ass too!
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