No one has ever reported that, for 18 months, Project Marklar existed only because a self-demoted engineer wanted his son Max to be able to live closer to Max’s grandparents.”
New technology allows physical buttons to rise from a touchscreen.
The Tactile Layer technology created by Tactus Technology uses microfluidics to allow physical buttons or shapes to rise up out of a touch screen. The technology adds no further thickness to the screen as it replaces a layer of traditional touchscreen display stacks.
Check out the video, it looks almost unbelieveable! The best part is that this isn’t just a one-off prototype in a lab, but a demonstration Android Tablet using a technique that’s almost ready for mass production. The company says the technology will be available in tablets, phones, and other mobile devices from 2013.
Mr Gilster gets very excited about these numbers. But I got left behind, a bit. I stopped at “Jupiter in twenty-one days.” Wait. You send a probe screaming around the sun to develop a speed that’d probably have it pass Pluto in a month… and you point it out into interstellar space? Explain to me now how you’ve just put the outer solar system into commuting distance and don’t do anything with that first? Jettison the goddamn sail and coast in. Point a laser at a deceleration sail. Unload probes as you pass. Or, the hell with it, just fire a sensor-loaded penetrator at Europa. Even if it takes a year to perform the sundive manoeuvre, even if it takes three, it’d still get there before a conventional probe launch.
Chucking sun-powered smart missiles all over the solar system sounds like fun to me.”