Philips (www.philips.com) has unveiled a wall-mounted mirror that can convert into a television or computer monitor. The Mirror TV, which will be marketed to the hotel industry by the end of the year, is actually a 17, 23, or 30-inch liquid crystal display with a polarized coating that adjusts a portion of the mirror surface between a total light transmission TV mode and a total reflection mirror mode. Philips says Mirror TV allows users to watch the news and traffic while shaving and brushing their teeth.
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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