I thought I would try and drum up some more activity on the forums with a quick tech update loosely related to DIY Cintiq builing with the intention of getting some creative thoughts and ideas bouncing around.
First up the 'Leap Motion' controller, a small USB device that sits on your desk in front of your monitor and allows you to manipulate the on screen data using just your hands! Takes on the likes of the Microsoft Kinect although is far more sensitive (allegidly). Pre-Orders $79.99 (~£53).
Link to Leap Motion: https://www.leapmotion.com/
Next up we have the 'MYO' controller, A hands free device that clamps to your arm like a blood pressure monitor and acurately measures electrical impulses in your muscles, the information is used alongside data from motion sensing hardware to provide another cool way to control stuff. Pre-Orders are $149 (~£98).
Link to MYO: https://getmyo.com/
This is the one that most people have probably heard of - Google Glass. Augmented reality glasses which will give you a new perspective on the world whilst looking actually quite cool. No idea on cost as I can't find any info on that.
Here's the link: http://www.google.com/glass/start/
Whilst still in developemental stages (and so not readily available for the consumer yet) there have been some rather cool breakthroughs in battery technology this year. A team of scientists/engineers at the University of Illinois have developed and are continuing to develop a new method of creating battery cells, which whilst being tiny are mighty powerful and can be recharged up to 1000x faster than competing technologies. They claim that this cell technology means that you can produce batteries which are ten times smaller for the same output, or you can make batteries which are 10x more powerful at the same size as competing batteries. Here's a link: http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/0416microbatteries_WilliamKing.html
Another team of scientists/engineers at Northwestern University (Chicago) are working on stretchy lithium Ion batteries. Bit wierd but still cool, here's the link: http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2013/02/clever-battery-completes-stretchable-electronics-package.html
And for those times where you need to step away, be it from the frustrations of taming jitter problems or for some creative inspiration, well soon you will be able to relax with a consistantly perfect cup of tea! Scientists at UK based company Cambridge Consultants (partly responsible for the first round teabag) have developed a machine - not unlike a coffee machine - which will make the perfect genuine brew every time, Nice!
Here's the Link: http://www.cambridgeconsultants.com/news/pr/release/112/en