4. The WSJ 2009 COMPUTING SYSTEMS Technology Innovation Winner: Organic Motion, U.S. For Organic Motion Capture Technology
is a revolutionary motion capture system which replaces the need for
body suits and incessant retakes of actors for animation capture.
Organic Motion also makes film capture much less costly. It has
applications in motion analysis for sports and medicine, digital-motion
games, animated films, and any virtual reality environment.
small cameras surround the "stage" simultaneously capturing the actor
from all those angles. Just tell the actor what to do and you've
captured the action from all sides. Done!
5. The WSJ 2009 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS Technology Innovation Winner: Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan For The fleXpeaker
paper-thin technology that has a bright future expanding audio
possibilities. The "paper" speaker actually does recreate sound,
although now, according to Engadget,
it's in need of some sub-woofers. Though the speaker shown is larger,
the aim is to have the fleXspeaker available in a standard 8.5 x 11
sheet for $20 each. You'll be able to paste these to the ceiling and
doors of your cars, or the walls of your room, and truly get "surround
Listen to the short demo below. Yes, it does shriek a bit, but remember that it's just a prototype!
6. The WSJ 2009 ENERGY Technology Innovation Winner: SFC Smart Fuel Cell, Germany For The SFC Fuel Cell
Why is this fuel cell so smart? The SFC
produces power from methanol rather than hydrogen, so the fuel can be
stored in lighter weight cartridges which makes the whole cell lighter
and less expensive. The SFC's are currently being used by the military
to power night-vision equipment and various equipment aboard military
vehicles. Also, as you can see in the photo above, there's plenty of
SFC's dedicated to recreation.