Harry Potter fans should go crazy about the new TV controller, “Magic Wand”. Rather than control your TV through various buttons, you simply need to wave the magic wand, as miraculous as Witchcraft! When you wave it counter-clockwise, the volume will be adjusted while the channels will be changed if you gesture up or down.


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(Source: THR.com) The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled 11 scientific and technical achievements on Friday that are in the running for Sci-Tech Awards at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

The contenders are enabling technologies for digital intermediate (credit to be determined); the development of Fujicolor ETERNA-RDI Digital Intermediate Film (Fujifilm USA); relighting for virtual characters (USC ICT) Imocap (Lucasfilm Entertainment) ambient occlusion (Double Negative VFX); point-based color bleeding (Pixar Animation Studios) OBAQ/DOALL (Industrial Light & Magic) Film Master (Digital Vision Ltd.) System 5 (Euphonix, Inc.) Rigtight£ (1stCall Studio Equipment) Heden Lens Motors with Two-Stage Friction Drive Planetary Torque Amplifier (Heden Engineering AB).

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(Source: Gizmodo) It feels like the whole world is holding its breath for the Apple tablet. But maybe we’ve all been dreaming about the wrong device. This is Courier, Microsoft’s astonishing take on the tablet.

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Courier is a real device, and we’ve heard that it’s in the “late prototype” stage of development. It’s not a tablet, it’s a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They’re connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.

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