Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Harry Potter...Inspiring Real Products?

If you're a fan of the Harry Potter series, here's a bit of news that might cause you to sit up in your chair.

Apparently HP has created a new chip that it unveiled on Monday. Called the Memory Spot, the tiny chip is seen as a potential rival to RFID tags.

The beautiful thing? How it was conceived!! An HP scientist actually thought to themselves "wouldn't it be cool if I could make talking pictures?" ...Wonder if Harry Potter inspired this?

Either way, it looks like as this technology matures, moving and talking people in digital picture frames is not too far off.

Although...I've got to admit, it might take a while for the public to become accustomed to talking pictures of loved ones. Can you imagine walking past a picture of your grandmother who then barks out "eat your peas!" each time you pass?

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