Galaxy Round en-MY Get ready for the iBall - Disney breakthrough could lead to round phones and realistic robot eyes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney has found a way to 3D print tiny spherical screens - and gadgets may never be the same shape again </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2500" height="1600" title="Disney&#039;s robots" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forget flexible screens, Disney's research lab has invented a new 3D printing process that can make tiny, round screens that could lead to a new generation of spherical gadgets.&nbsp;</p> <p>The firm has even worked out how to make the text readable on a round screen, meaning even apps could be usable - and raising the prospect of round phones, and screens far more curved that the flexible screens currently being shown off by Samsung and LG.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The eye&#039;s have it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Called Papillon, Disney showed off the technique at the SIGGRAPH conference with three small toys, Beep, Boop and their dog-like pet Igg.</p> <p dir="ltr">The characters had wildly expressive eyes, and responded to the gestures of human visitors.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘Papillon is a technology that is scalable and flexible,’ said Ivan Poupyrev, a senior research scientist who leads the interaction team at Disney Research Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">The team say it could first be used in toys. </p> <p dir="ltr">‘We envision it being used for building interactive toys, supplemental characters for videogames, robots or perhaps eventually even human prosthetic eyes.’</p> <p dir="ltr">‘One of our goals was to create minimal displays, to figure out how much resolution do you really need to express emotion,” said Eric Brockmeyer, a Disney Research Pittsburgh research associate who worked on the project. ‘It turns out you really don’t need that much to convey a compelling interactive experience.’ </p> <p dir="ltr">'The advent of 3D printing, however, has made it possible to create customized optical elements, or “printed optics,' Disney said. </p> <p dir="ltr">'These elements include such structures as light pipes, which can direct and bend light much like a fiber optical element. </p> <p dir="ltr">'Papillon can thus enable video projection in even small characters and at a fraction of the cost of bundled fiber optic.</p> <p dir="ltr">To make sure images on the round screen aren't distorted, the team developed an algorithm based on Fibonacci spirals that minimizes distortions - meaning your emails, text messages and apps could be shown on the round screen and remain usable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1410" height="863" title="Hypno-toad" alt="Hypno-toad: Disney&#039;s latest screens in a toy toad" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="3000" height="1267" title="The tiny round screens can show a range of emotions" alt="The tiny round screens can show a range of emotions" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="2400" height="1590" title="Iggy the dog" alt="Iggy the dog: The technology could soon be seen in other gadgets" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galaxy Round iPhone Smartphones Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:41:11 +0000 Nigel Yap 1427734 at