CES 2010: Final Thoughts

The Consumer Electronics show, the behemoth of tech, the Valhalla of gadgetry, has come and gone for yet another year. But this time, rather than arriving with a bang, it slinked into sight with something more like a whimper. CES…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Final Thoughts

CES 2010: Day 2 Round-Up

It may have gotten off to a dull start thanks to the lacklustre showing from Microsoft, but CES 2010 today threw up some really nice surprises. Keep an eye out for the Light Blue Optic's Light Touch here in today's…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Day 2 Round-Up

CES 2010: Light Blue Optic's Light Touch turns any surface into a touchscreen

The beauty of CES is that it can throw up little gems from the most unexpected of places. Ever heard of Light Blue Optics? Nope, neither had we. But after taking a look at their Light Touch interactive projector,…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Light Blue Optic's Light Touch turns any surface into a touchscreen

Sanyo has said it's doing something to make Blu-ray lasers better

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To this end, Sanyo is promising to boost the capacity of Blu-ray discs to 100GB and maximise write-speed of burners to around 12x.

It’s all thanks to clever and more powerful new blue laser diode technology, which allows up to four data layers – each packing in 25GB of deleted scenes and staggeringly dull interviews with the leading man – to be stuck into a single Blu-ray disc at TWELVE TIMES writing speed…

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Gary CutlackSanyo has said it's doing something to make Blu-ray lasers better

Raygun testing begins – 100kW electro-laser nearly ready for battlefield use

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Military developer Northrop Grumman has a dream. A dream to create proper rayguns. A dream we would happily fund by paying extra tax and posting it off to the American government should it be able to pull it off.

But that’s not necessary – it has already done it. Northrop will soon start testing a 100 kilowatt model of its Joint High Power Solid State Laser, which chains together eight smaller 15kW models. It has already successfully tested a chain of two…

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Gary CutlackRaygun testing begins – 100kW electro-laser nearly ready for battlefield use

Maplin intros virtual laser keyboard, type on any flat surface

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Maplin has announced the availability of its Bluetooth Laser Key Projection Keyboard, a gadget that will project a keyboard onto any flat, non-reflective surface and allow you to type. It works by optically tracking finger movements, and incorporates both keyboard and mouse functions.

Maplin claims that it’s comfortable to use, and reduces the wrist strain associated with using a standard keyboard. The keys are also projected larger, which is supposed to assist faster, more accurate typing.

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Andy MerrettMaplin intros virtual laser keyboard, type on any flat surface

Wicked Lasers' wicked Photonic Disruptor laser is, well, wicked. Innit.

pd_serieslaser.jpgFancy a LASER BEAM with your, err, laser?

The Photonic Disruptor from Wicked Lasers must be aimed at serious laserphiles, as I can’t imagine too many hooligan kids standing on street corners, or your average Fabric nightclub goer would be willing to cough up the $599.99 they’re asking for one. The latest in their line-up, it’s actually being sold to law…

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Katherine HannafordWicked Lasers' wicked Photonic Disruptor laser is, well, wicked. Innit.