Tech Smart

January 25, 2008 3:59:19 PM PST
Bigger cell phone displays, mouse-like TV remotes, touch screens that touch back...Bigger cell phone screens

A Dutch company found a way to fit a bigger display screen on a cell phone while keeping the device compact. The new 'Readius' phone --by Polymer Vision -- offers a five-inch screen that folds away when the phone is closed. The display is the size of two business cards.

The company says the phone is in production and will hit stores in the middle of this year.

TV remote works like a mouse

The Nintendo Wii has inspired an idea for a TV remote that works like a computer mouse.

The controller on the video game system senses motion so you don't have to point it at the screen to move things on the screen.

Now, television manufacturers are incorporating similar technology into remotes. They're trying to turn the remote into a pointer, much like a computer mouse. Experts say the technology could be available in the next few years.

Car LCD touch screens touch back

Daimler Chrysler funded a research project at Stanford University on an interface that interacts with humans.

For example, when someone touches the LDC screen, a firm vibration assures the driver they've hit the correct button without forcing them to take their eyes off the road.

The company says you can expect panels like these in the next model year.