Rochester (NY) – Scientists at the University of Rochester have found a way to change the intrinsic surface properties of virtually any metal to achieve a change in color.
Las Vegas (NV) – Business cards are usually flimsy and unappealing, but MetalPhoto has developed a process that makes them much sturdier, heck these cards will probably outlive the human race. The company’s nano-etching process cuts 26,000 grooves per square centimeter into sheet metal and can reproduce high-fidelity images.
Independent music distributor Surround Records has announced that it will start releasing titles on Blu-ray Disc, nixing its exclusivity with HD DVD.
Analysis – If you had to choose between Blu-ray and HD DVD today, what would you buy? Based on recent media coverage we guess likely you would go with Blu-ray. But has the market already made its decision? Which companies support which format? We spent some time examining the current market and compiled a list of hardware vendors, retail stores and publishers and their support for the HD age.
Editor's note: Charts update on 1/31 11:30am EDT
Dell announced this week that it will shut down all of its 140 interactive kiosks throughout the US.
Oakland (CA) – Note taking is a messy affair and you often miss the gist of what the speaker is saying while you frantically try to write down words. But never fear, Oakland-based Livescribe has developed its Pulse Smart Pen that can digitally record everything you write and hear. This magic is done thanks to an integrated infrared camera and two noise cancelling microphones in the pen chassis. You can see the pen in action in our videos below.
Palm Desert (CA) – Database administration and creation has always been relegated to pointy head techie types, but start-up company Blist claims to have developed the world’s easiest database. The web application makes database creation as simple as dragging data types like pictures, lists or even documents into the creation page. Watch our video of Blist’s demonstration from the DEMO Conference in Palm Desert California.
College Station (TX) – Hydrogen carries the potential to become a clean energy source in the future. But while hydrogen does not produce green house gases in cars, an enormous amount of energy is required to produce it. E.Coli bacteria may change that and enable you to create your own hydrogen supply right in your backyard, if researchers from A&M University are right.
Palm Desert (CA) – Has your Bluetooth headset or speaker system ever been drowned out by a loud radio or a chatting passenger? Step Labs has introduced a new noise cancellation technology that they claim will produce clear voice audio even with your radio on full blast. Company reps gave a fairly convincing demonstration at the DEMO Conference in Palm Desert California and you can watch that video below.
Palm Desert (CA) – Accelerating your child’s learning is as easy as giving him LeapFrog’s new “Tag” pen-like device. Thanks to an infrared camera in the tip, the pen recognizes graphics on specially designed books and then reads back words and letters as the kid taps on the book.
Katie Silverton is suing a health clinic for botching a recent operation, which she says she scheduled because of increased concerns over HDTV images.
A new infrared-blasting helmet could stop and possibly even reverse Alzheimer’s disease. British researchers developed the helmet for human testing after similar treatments improved brain function on middle-aged mice. The infrared light supposedly stimulates brain cells to regenerate and, according to the researchers, can reverse dementia in just a few weeks.
Charter Communications has blamed a "software error" on completely deleting the contents of 14,000 of its customer e-mail accounts.
Digital converters for the massive broadcasting change happening next year should be available in less than a month, according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Earlier this month, standalone Blu-ray players counted for 90% of the next-gen DVD hardware market, but analyst firm NPD says that consumers shouldn't read too much into that.
The prequel to the first-person shooter Stalker will be available exclusively as a digital download on Valve's content delivery service Steam.