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Will the Touchscreen Replace the Keyboard?

A recent Gartner report suggests that by 2015, half of all computers purchased for children will implement touchscreens rather than the traditional keyboard. Despite their growing popularity, however, touchscreens have some drawbacks with users. Many who need to type, for example, prefer the feel of the familiar keyboard. Touchscreens are also often unresponsive to gloved hands, making their use impractical for certain industrial applications. Dirt and debris may also lead to false inputs.

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Will Users Adopt 3D TV?

ESPN, which in 2010 announced that it would offer sporting events like World Cup soccer and the NCAA national championship football game in 3-D, now says it will stop doing so this year. Now that the sports giant, one of 3-D TV's initial champions, is abandoning the format, many are wondering if the 3D experiment is over, or if 3D television will ever catch on.

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Is your product certified for use internationally by complying with the relevant safety standards worldwide?

In 2013, Littelfuse is taking engineers behind the scenes at NASA for a truly unique Exploration & Discovery experience. Speed2Design TechTalk events will be hosted at two premiere NASA facilities. Winners will meet face-to-face with NASA engineers involved in the NASA Technology Transfer Program. They will engage in peer-to-peer discussions with NASA engineers currently working on technological breakthroughs in small spacecraft, intelligent robotics, bioengineering and the NASA Space Portal. The drawing for Speed2Design Exploration & Discovery at NASA Ames Research Center is July 18th, so ENTER NOW!

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Is It Right to Bring Back an Extinct Species?

Recently, Russian scientists discovered perfectly preserved blood and muscle tissue of a woolly mammoth buried in the permafrost of the Lyakhovsky Islands in Siberia. The blood had dripped out of the giant animal into a natural ice capsule. The news comes amid a debate on whether scientists should try to recreate the extinct species using DNA.

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Do Social Tools Make Employees More Productive?

According to a recent Microsoft survey conducted by research firm Ipsos, nearly 50% of employees believe social tools make them more productive while more than 30% of companies restrict the use or undervalue them. Typical professional uses for social networks include communicating with colleagues, sharing/reviewing documents, and communicating with customers/clients. Many executives are still resisting the move to social networks because of the loss in predictability or productivity. Supporters say that deferring new innovations can cause companies to be overrun by their competitors.

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Will 3D Printed Food Help to Solve World Hunger?

Systems & Materials Research Corporation recently received a six-month $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of a universal 3D food printer. The company's creator imagines a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the Earth's 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritious meals one layer at a time, from cartridges of power and oils.

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Is Warp Speed Possible?

NASA scientists are currently working on the first practical field test toward proving the possibility of warp drives and faster-than-light travel. Thanks to a loophole in the theory of relativity, a ship could theoretically travel in such a way that the universe moves around it, allowing it to reach faraway planets very quickly. Results have been inconclusive so far, but physicist Harold White says it's only a matter of time before warp speed travel is achievable.

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Can the Desktop PC Market Be Reinvigorated?

As consumers increasingly use cheaper, smaller tablets and smartphones, a recent IDC report showed that PC sales are down 14% year over year, and Apple's desktop sales are flat. PCs are still more powerful than competing computing devices, and still have a prominent role in the enterprise, but many think PC makers haven't figured out how to leverage the transition into mobile devices.

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Would You Enjoy This Kind of Tech-free Weekend?

A new summer camp, called "Camp Grounded," invites over 200 adults to take a break from technology for a weekend. The retreat, which takes place near Anderson Valley, Calif., brings people together in a "summer camp" atmosphere. The rules are: No technology use, no cell phones allowed, and no talking about work.

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Will You Use a Mobile Device to Check Your Health?

A "Smartphone Physical" debuted at the TEDMED conference in Washington D.C. this month. Using devices and attachments paired with an iPhone, patients were able to measure and record their blood pressure, lung function, weight, oxygen saturation, and eyesight. The technology, developed by medical students and biomedical engineers at Johns Hopkins University, could be used in assisted living centers, offering a convenient way for residents to provide medical data to physicians.

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