Imagine waving at your television to get its attention, then making another hand motion to select a channel. That TV is coming soon, made by Hitachi using gesture control technology supplied by Canesta, Carlsbad, Calif.
Legend has it that, after the famous pianist and composer Paderewski performed for Queen Victoria, she pronounced him a genius. “Perhaps so, Your Majesty,” he replied, “but before that I was a drudge.” The man who practiced relentlessly for six to eight hours a day did not want anyone thinking his talent was an unearned gift.
Trust is difficult to attain, and once acquired, remains fragile. Restoring trust after it’s been damaged is a Herculean task. Unfortunately, just such a challenge stands before the appliance industry and the federal government as they seek to restore the luster of the highly successful Energy Star program.
The term crowdsourcing refers to the concept of employing a large group - the crowd - to help solve a problem or complete a task. In a nutshell, it proposes that a multitude of amateur generalists might provide superior guidance than a handful of professional experts.
The seemingly simple act of moving a miniscule droplet of dye from one reservoir to another in order to change pixel status lies behind a novel display technology developed by advanced display technologies (adt) Deutschland GmbH, Bad Soden, Germany, in conjunction with Bartels Mikrotechnik GmbH, Dortmund, Germany, and Pforzheim University, Pforzheim, Germany.