Monday, November 26, 2007

Fahrenheit 451

Remember the 1966 movie Fahrenheit 451 where fireman set fires (to burn books) instead of putting them out as all printed material was banned in order to keep citizens ignorant, isolated and forever linked to a huge tv screen, forbidden to question or think beyond the confines of what the government wanted them to see. The title is based on the fact paper burns at that temperature.

The book's great and Fran├žois Truffaut's movie is intriguing but that's not the reason for this piece, the size of the TV screen is as it's wall sized, flat and high res, a huge artifact that blows one away when looking at the film. The rez and flat part are there in today's LED affairs but wall size is not conceivable using this tech (too expensive, too fragile) but where this is a will, there is a way as stated in Technology Review's article titled Printing Cheap Chips.

Using Ink Jet related technology, companies like Kovio are printing sophisticated circuits on thin films at low cost. Because this tech scales, the ability to print truly thin wall size displays becomes real, something that the Sony's of the world are pursuing at breakneck speeds as the market for this kind of energy efficient tech goes beyond huge in the emerging world of the long emergency.

Couch Potatoes of the World Unite - :)
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