It is perhaps the most sought after technological goal in the digital age, an interface that will allow you to throw away the humble keyboard and mouse and take control of your computer by simply thinking. The latest foray into this rapidly evolving field is the Neural Impulse Actuator, a gaming interface prototype unveiled at Computex 2007 that reads brain signals instead of keyboard strokes to provide a hands-free computer control.
...This is a technology I am tracking, as it will have many uses.. including in operating rooms and other critical care areas of a healthcare institution, as well as portable use imbedded into a headset.
Swedish researchers are showing a working prototype of a fourth generation of paper products that can communicate with computers. By combining paper with printed graphic codes and electronically conductive ink that is engineered to be sensitive to pressure. When the paper "buttons" are touched, the sound is played out via the printed speakers. A video of the paper used in large boards and store displays can be seen here. The technology has obvious application in high-impact point-of-purchase promotional displays.
...another technology I am tracking. Very useful for quick wall displays at work, as well as individual papers held in your hand when you don't have a laptop with you... also to give to customers or peers who don't have computers yet... very interesting.