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Personal Landscape ReaderThe Plastic Logic Reader may very well be this next Kindle Killer, but we will have to wait at least a year before that is proven. And even at that point who knows what Amazon will do with their widely accepted Kindle. But will products like the Plastic Logic Reader and the Kindle change the way we read newspapers, books, and magazines? I for one still like the tactical feel of reading a magazine or newspaper. However with products like this becoming lighter, thinner, and more natural in form factor. The real benefactor will be having a plethora of reading choices at your finger tips without the added weight of carrying such articles. The Plastic Logic Reader uses a flexible plastic substrate instead of silicone glass that is typically used for active matrix displays. This makes the display more rugged, lighter and thinner. I really am infatuated with simplicity and minimalism, but I feel this product is a bit to similar to the Kindle in terms of aesthetics. I hope they revamp the design to differientiate it from the Kindle.

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MIT "Sixth Sense"

MIT "Sixth Sense"

The genius students at MIT Media Lab have created a wearable computer that can turn almost any object into an interactive display. Dubbed the “Sixth Sense” this prototype machine uses a cell phone to connect it to the internet which is attached to a webcam and a battery powered 3M projector and a mirror. The video shows how the student Pranav Mistry uses color coded finger tips to control the computer via hand gestures. Watch as he draws a clock on his wrist to bring up the time, check the flight status on his plane ticket, and even see star ratings on books he picks up. The possibilities of this amazing technology are endless. Being able to interact with tangible objects is going to change the way we use and think about computers in the future.

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