As you read this story on your computer screen, think about the technology that paints the letters and icons on your monitor.
For 95 years, the method of making flat-panel LCDs (liquid crystal displays) has been the same--rubbing a polymer substrate with a velvet paint roller. This aligns the molecules so they rotate in response to an electric signal, thus turning pixels on and off.
The new method is quicker, it avoids streaks and scratches, and it allows real-time quality control, IBM says. The company plans to create a production line by year-end, and also to license the method to other manufacturers.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
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