Browsing the net I came accross this new tidbit of technology: http://www.eet.com/sys/news/OEG20030404S0014
Initally the first thing that came to mind was the story of the users trying to fax something over their computer's fax/modem by holding the paper up to their screen.
Perhaps they were just ahead of their time.
Admittedly it's only a 320x240 resolution LCD display, but it scans a image of accual screen size at 960x240x(256?) shades of gray.
How long before they have this in color, focusable (possibly using MEMs, or digital distortion/correction techniques), and eliminate the need for a seperate lense altogether? I mean essentially this is like a marrige between a LCD and a really big CCD array.
I can see how this technology can EASILY evolve into something like that REAL fast.
Something tells me thoes tiny lenses that are showing up on cellphones don't have that much longer to go before this type of technology makes it completely obsolete. Now the screen(!) will take the picture, and show it too.
And of course then they're privacy concerns; By and large we know when were being watched because we can see the lense of the camera. In 10 years will our TV watch us back and record our reactions to the shows were watching?
Boy... brings new meaning to the phrase 'putting a porno on the TV'.
How many other realistic uses can you think of for this? I'm trying to think outside the box here, but nothing's comming to mind immideately. Anyone else got some better future-vision than me on this one?
(Edited by Kevlar at 2:52 pm on April 10, 2003)