Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Technology has runneth over... me

Last night, I tweeted about the new Nintendo DS due to be released in a year:

Amazing how I'm turning ancient as I tweet: New Nintendo DS to Feature 3D Display   
about 12 hours ago via mobile web 

If you read the entire article, you'd note that
  • the new technology doesn't require glasses
  • there are now 3D-LCD TVs
  • Hitachi has released a 3D cellphone

Imagine that, 3D becoming the standard in everything that requires a screen: e-books (another brewing tech and lifestyle wonder), electronic billboards and signage, car dashboards... there are limitless possibilities.

I haven't quite gotten over imagining the future with 3D screens when Daphne posted an entry about the Polaroid Zink, a camera that has a built-in printer.

This wouldn't have been news to me if I didn't research about the quality of the prints. If you've had your photos printed in those cutesy Japanese booths, you'd know the prints don't last very long (think less than a year).

Not with Zink technology:

One challenge Zink Imaging scientists faced in developing the technology was image longevity but Wicker (Scott Wicker of Zink) says they leapt that hurdle. "It's important for photographs to be archival. It took us a long time to really perfect the technology, but we have; and Zink prints will last as long as a typical photograph," he states. "We determined that with accelerated testing of the media under a variety of different conditions. For example, we put the paper under very, very intense light sources, which simulates being in sunlight for multiple years. We put it under hot and humid conditions to see what happens. By placing Zink prints in those environmental chambers, we're able to predict how long an image will last. The results have been very encouraging they will last for years and years and years."

Digression: Hence, I'm sold -- I want this camera!

Zink requires no ink or cartridge but a specially produced paper. For now, the technology is applied to, aside from digital cameras, mobile printers. (See Zinc products.) However, it's not impossible seeing it applied to laptops, mobile phones and iPad-like devices. Or school and work desks, if you fast-forward a little further.

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