More on the possibilities of plastic transistors, one of the ingredients in the flexible displays...

posted 17 April 2001
More on the possibilities of plastic transistors, one of the ingredients in the flexible displays that light emitting polymers (which I mentioned a few weeks ago) will make possible. Remember, you heard it here first, or at least fairly early on. I want a flat-screen display for a t-shirt. The site the article comes from, the unfortunately-named eCompany Now, seems to be quite cool as well -- a very wide range of topics are covered, and it provides news and long-term resources, as well as the interesting-sounding What Works database, essentially a list of success stories with details of what made them successful. Cool.

Other interesting news today is this MSNBC (yuck) article about a really cool-looking robot arm which will be the main maintenance and construction tool for the new Internation Space Station. It's a clever design. A robot arm with "hands" at both ends, either one of which can hook into power supply and data sockets along the length of the station, the first hands can slot into some power, the second can then unplug and flip over the first, attaching to the next available socket, and so the whole arm can move around anywhere on the station. Also, the article mentions a lot of stuff that has happened to ISS that I didn't know about, like the way it's huge now.

That's it for now, but I haven't read SlashDot yet, so if you miss anything there, it's your own fault.

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