By timothy from Slashdot's mary-lou-can-do-no-wrong department
The Wall Street Journal reports in a paywalled article
that a team under Pixel Qi founder and OLPC co-founder Mary Lou Jepsen
at Google's skunkwork labs Google X is working on modular video displays that could be expanded by snapping them together "like Lego." Ars Technica
, The Verge
, and several others summarize the claims made by "three people familiar with the project"; here's a snippet from TechSpot's version:Even in the home and office, the use of multiple displays isn’t uncommon but just like with larger implementations often used for advertising purposes, screen bezels are always a problem. Bezels are less visible from a distance but up close, they pretty much ruin the experience.
The scope and target audience for the project is unclear at this hour as we are told the project is currently in an early stage. One of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to stitch images together across screens, both electronically and through software.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's why-see-a-doctor-when-you-could-see-facebook department
New submitter Ted_Margaris_Chicago
sends a report from Reuters indicating Facebook will be adding healthcare features to their social network
.The company is exploring creating online "support communities" that would connect Facebook users suffering from various ailments. A small team is also considering new "preventative care" applications that would help people improve their lifestyles. In recent months, the sources said, the social networking giant has been holding meetings with medical industry experts and entrepreneurs, and is setting up a research and development unit to test new health apps. Facebook is still in the idea-gathering stage, the people said.
The article notes two reasons in particular that spurred Facebook to this course of action. First, the day that Facebook let people share their organ donor status, the U.S. saw a 21-fold increase in people registering to be organ donors. Second, they noticed users with chronic conditions had a tendency to search Facebook for advice.Read Replies (0)