Jackson’s holographic revival
Michael Jackson became the latest deceased celebrity to be brought back to life as a hologram when he performed from beyond the grave at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
People who have been living under a rock for the past few years may be forgiven for mistaking the projection for the real thing; aside from a wobbling backdrop that rather gave the game away, Jackson looked utterly real as he performed Slave to the Rhythm, a new release from his posthumous album Xscape.
A matter of light
Scientist have for the first time worked out how to create matter from light, putting an end to 80 years of speculation about whether the idea was possible. In the end the method took just a day to work out.
The technique is based on existing technology. Scientists will need a photon-photon collider to smash together two particles of light, and are now looking to build such a machine to demonstrate the method in practice.
Source: Imperial College London.
Personal space protector
Women whose commute involves a crowded subway regularly have to put up with a serious invasion of their personal space. But now there’s a solution, in the form of The Personal Space Dress.
The Arduino-powered dress features two proximity sensors that cause the skirt part of the dress to expand when anyone gets to close. Not exactly the best way to make friends on a busy commute.
Source: GMA News.
A new Surface
This week Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3, which it’s calling “the tablet that can replace your laptop”. With desktop-quality specs packed into a 12in, 800g tablet, the new Surface looks impressive, although time will tell if it gets the sales.
Microsoft’s announcement, which was livestreamed on Tuesday, was peppered with needy references to Apple and the Macbook Air, showing how much the dynamic has changed between the two companies.
Implanted medical devices this week saw a major breakthrough with the invention of a method to wirelessly transfer power deep into the body by scientists at Stanford University. The breakthrough will pave the way for significant developments in embeddable electronics, and potentially take over from drugs to treat some conditions.
With the technique, medical devices such as pacemakers can be recharged by holding a credit card-sized power source outside of the body above the device.