HoloVizio 3D screen will allow true 3D models


Researchers with the European-based Coherent project have developed HoloVizio, a display that renders realistic 3D visualizations. Additionally, gesture recognition lets users alter the models by waving their hands in front of the screen. At its heart, the display is based on holographic techniques that present 3D images at natural human scale. The resulting images can be displayed simultaneously to an unlimited number of users across a network. The researchers used collaborative visualization and collaborative design review systems as the basis for the tool’s audio-visual elements.(Science Daily, 06/05/08)

Google plans new research facility at NASA Ames Research Center


Google will begin renting space at the NASA Ames Research Center to develop a technology and research facility. The lease term is for 40 years with options that could extend the term for up to 90 years. Google’s annual rent will begin at US$3.66 million per year. A NASA spokesman said that NASA will use the money it receives to make capital improvements to the research facility as well as general maintenance. Google plans to build employee housing and recreation facilities to support the technology center. Construction will begin in September 2013. (Computerworld, 06/08/08).

Scientists develop system that uses micropipes to cool microchips


Scientists from the IBM Zurich Research Lab and the Fraunhofer Institute are developing a microchip that cools itself using mircropipes, IBM announced Thursday. Microchips that use a 3D stack formation provide more information pathways and can reduce the distance information travels by as much as 1,000 times. However, this chip structure generates a huge amount of heat. The IBM and Fraunhofer team have created a cooling system that intersperses micropipes of water between each layer of the chip to offset the heat problem. Each micropipe is roughly as thin as a human hair (50 microns). (CNET, 06/05/08)

Google updates its deep Web search tool for businesses

Google on Tuesday upgraded and renamed its Custom Search Business Edition. The product is now called Google Site Search and features enchanced search and filtering capabilities. (Network World, 06/03/08)

NIST researchers find way to lower quantum cryptography costs

In a paper to be published in June, researchers at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology describe a technique to lower the costs of quantum cryptography. The researchers' technique reduces the number of photon detectors needed to polarize light, which is used to encode and decode information. (eNews, 06/03/08)

Europe in the race to build more high-performance computing centers

Developing high-performance computing centers is the key to boost science and industry across the European Union, researchers said Tuesday. (CIO, 06/03/08)

New AT&T encryption tool for business email released

On Tuesday, AT&T released its AT&T Encryption Services, a service package for businesses that encrypts email, folders, or network drives, and enforces enterprise encryption policies. The service integrates with antivirus and antispam software. (Network World, 06/03/08)

XP deadline extended for low-end PC makers

Low-cost computer manufacturers can continue to install Windows XP on their machines, Microsoft announced Tuesday. (Network World, 06/03/08)

New interface will move the shape of computers out of the 2D box


Researchers at Queen's University Human Media Laboratory have developed an Orgainic User Interface (OUI) that will let next-generation computers move beyond the rigid 2D realm of current devices. (Science Daily,  06/02/08)

Nvidia's faster processors run faster, last longer


Nvidia announced its new line of fast Tegra 600 and Tegra 650 processors on Sunday. The processors are targeted at the emerging category of mobile Internet devices and feature a longer battery life. (Reuters, 06/02/08)


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