Consumer electronics go from magical to muggle

  October 15, 2003 at 11:35 AM ET
  Cheeser     HPANA (via The Inquirer)

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Electronics giant LG Philipsopens in new window at Display Forum 2003opens in new window in Holland unveiled a mirror that can detect who is in front of it and display personalized information, says the Inquirer. Philips Researchopens in new window calls the technology "intelligent ambience" and has been developing several "living" appliances:

Harry Potter sees his dead parents speaking to him from a mirror and this, says Philips, is possible by combining a polarised light source in an LCD display and a polarising mirror to control display brightness (as well as rigging up a webcam to Heaven).

They predict the magical world of Harry Potter in which pictures move on the wall in Hogwarts Castle or on the page of a wizard's newspaperopens in new window will soon move out of the realms of magic and become reality as an example of "ambient intelligence".

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Thanks to Emily for the tip!


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