Creative Sensor to produce liquid lenses by year-end 2006

Creative Sensor Incorporated (CSI), a Taiwan-based maker of color contact image-sensor modules for multi-function peripherals, will invest about $3.1 million in a production line for liquid lenses, with small-volume shipments slated to begin by the end of 2006, according to company president Doris Hsu.

'Electron-spin' trick boosts quantum computing

A new silicon chip capable of manipulating the spin of a single electron could ultimately allow futuristic quantum computers to be built using conventional electronic technology, researchers say.

A SWAN to guide blind people

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed SWAN (an acronym for "System for Wearable Audio Navigation"), a wearable computing system to help blind people navigate in unfamiliar environments.

Penetration of HDTV service estimated to rise 35% in H2 06

The number of households with HDTV services, which are homes with an HDTV set that can receive HDTV signals and watch HDTV programs, are projected to grow 35% from 15 million units in mid-2006 to 20.3 million at the end of 2006, according to research firm In-Stat.

Tapping text messages to trap criminals

Criminals could one day be routinely trapped on the basis of how they write cellphone texts.

Scientists envision remote-controlled humans

It's a disturbing thought: being able to remotely control the way a person moves at the push of a button. But scientists have already managed to do just that - although not with the same repertoire of complex movements as, say, a practiced nine-year-old controlling a toy race car.

University of Calif. joins Google book scan push

The University of California has joined Google bid to scan the book collections of the world's great libraries, the organizations said on Tuesday, marking renewed momentum for a project nearly derailed by stiff resistance from publishers.

A photonic 'lab-on-a-chip'

Georgia Tech researchers have shrunk an optical device called wavelength demultipler (WD) by combining into one crystal three unique properties of photonics crystals.

Commodity PC morphs into mobile Linux robot

A small Canadian company is taking orders for a mobile robot that runs Linux, and is based on standard, modular PC components, interfaces and bays.

Researchers warn over Web worms

Exploiting a lack of security checks in browsers and Web servers, Web worms and viruses are likely to become a major threat to surfers, security researchers speaking at the Black Hat Briefings warned on Thursday.

Artwork morphs to match viewer's mood

Artwork that undergoes metamorphosis to suit its audience's mood has been developed by a team of computer scientists.

IDC: Global handheld market sees tenth quarter of on year decline in Q2

The second quarter of 2006 saw the worldwide handheld devices market experience its tenth consecutive quarter of on year decline, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

IPTV subscriber base set for explosive growth, says iSuppli

The worldwide subscriber base for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services is expected to expand by a factor of more than 26 from 2005 to 2010, spurring a competitive battle between video providers both old and new, research firm iSuppli predicts.

Witsview: Prices for monitor panels keep rising

Mainstream monitor panel prices are expected to see a significant increase starting from this month, according to research firm WitsView Technology.

Satirist Colbert successfully edits Wikipedia entries on Washington, elephants

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ASP for 17" panels jumps to $110

The ASP (average selling price) for 17" panels rose from $102 in July to $110 in August, amid rising demand and flat supply, according to panel makers.

Scientists to launch underwater autonomous robot fleets

Inspired by the coordination of bird flocks and fish schools, oceanographers will launch this month an entire fleet of undersea robots in Monterey Bay, California.

Sensory illusions dazzle at graphics conference

Gadgets and gizmos designed to astound the senses are the highlights of the SIGGRAPH 2006 computer graphics conference, which opened in Boston, US, on Monday.

MS launches Live spaces

Microsoft has launched the updated version of its MSN Spaces blogging software, Live Spaces, which it says allows users to connect with their friends online in real time.

Software meshes photos to create 3D landscape

Software that automatically stitches together hundreds of photographs to create a virtual world that can be explored using a computer is to be released by Microsoft.