World's Coolest Touchscreen Created in Finland

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World's Coolest Touchscreen Created in Finland

An innovative new touchscreen technology has been unveiled in Finland, and one might call it very, very cool - ice-cold, even.

I'm going to be honest: I really don't know much about Finland other than what I learned from that Monty Python song and that awesome sniper dude. Given its location on the globe, though, I imagine Finland during the winter as a frigid, inhospitable iceland (but not, you know, actually Iceland) where modern-day residents understand the value of warm clothing and central heating.

I also imagine they understand that they can do some pretty cool things with all that surplus ice that they're bound to have up there. Like, say, turn it into one giant touchscreen.

Researchers at mobile giant Nokia took a literal ton of ice, cut it into blocks and polished it smooth with a heat gun. They then worked their funky Finnish magic and beamed near-infrared light into the ice blocks. The light was then interpreted by a computer program in order to create the first touchscreen-slash-ice-sculpture in existence.

"This was a playful experiment, but one that we think showed interactive computing interfaces can now be built anywhere," says Jyri Huopaniemi of Nokia, whose Tampere-based team constructed the touchscreen, which they called Ubice - or ubiquitous ice (see? I told you it was everywhere).

I think we can all agree that this project is, in fact, pretty darn cool. And now, it calls for some Foreigner.

(New Scientist, Via Kotaku)

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That's........awesome. Once again..

SCIENCE PREVAILS

I bet Mr. Freeze has one. I want one.

SnipErlite:
That's........awesome. Once again..

SCIENCE PREVAILS

I bet Mr. Freeze has one. I want one.

Would it work if he touched it with his slippers?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZtecjUAsD8

That's what I think of this article.

Sometimes I am proud to be half Finnish.

Wow that's really cool. Dunno how useful it'd be though. Maybe if you got a bunch of ice, or wanna do a ice party or something. o.0

What killed the dinosaurs?

THE ICE AGE

Not Foreigner, Funk.

VANILLA ICE!

Fucking awesome! Screw Sweden I am going to Finland where they got this.

Ok, I wont be able to use it on the summer...

I kind of...want it.

Edit: This thread is so awesome just for that many ice jokes and references.

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To Rautatintori to get a train!

huzaah! now we're one step closer to haveing DS's that can withstand the inevitable upcoming ice-age! i'll call them D ICES! bad, i know

also i think i feel a Simpson's sketch coming on!

"we believe that these ice touch screens are the missing link between us and a supreemly technologically advance tomorrow!"

*sun comes out, melting touch screen*

"%@&$£!!!"

Thats um... Yeah...

Its going to suck when summer comes. XD

Off topic, but that "sniper dude" was axis....

Oh man, must resist urge to lick it, must resist urge to lick it, resist urge to lick it, urge to lick it, lick it, lick it, lick it

MUST LICK TOUCHSCREEN!

World's coolest touchscreen?
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GO FINLAND!

Always doing cool things with ice. When i was there, i went into some ice room owned by santa and got picture sitting in an ice chair with an ice wolf. Fun stuff.

This is now a Winter War thread.

One of the best wars ive ever heard of....
probably should be a 300 sequel

I wonder what would happen if I tried to operate it with my tongue...

Finally, A rebellious use for me battery operated hair dryer.

TeeBs:
Finally, A rebellious use for me battery operated hair dryer.

A battery operated hair dryer.. Why the hell have I never heard of one of those before?!
I WANT ONE! D:

Oooh! Nifty! You could use that in the north of canada, or during the winter festivals.

dogstile:
Would it work if he touched it with his slippers?

I.....don't actually know. Someone shall have to try it out.

dragonburner:
Off topic, but that "sniper dude" was axis....

Well no, not properly, the Winter War was specifically between Finland and the USSR. Finland never fought the other allies. They were also defending themselves.

Oh, and they eventually fought Germany.

That's so cool! HA see what I did there?

JUMBO PALACE:
That's so cool! HA see what I did there?

You've already been ninja'd.... by the title.

megamanenm:

JUMBO PALACE:
That's so cool! HA see what I did there?

You've already been ninja'd.... by the title.

Oh... I see...

Awesome well done finland
Wonder if anyone got their tongue stuck to the screen

icyneesan:
Oh man, must resist urge to lick it, must resist urge to lick it, resist urge to lick it, urge to lick it, lick it, lick it, lick it

MUST LICK TOUCHSCREEN!

Damn it ninja'd

Quaxar:
I wonder what would happen if I tried to operate it with my tongue...

That's what she said

Yay, Finland!

Those guys are...

cool

Well the Finnish were already awesome. Remember the winter war of 1939? They are badass! This just adds to the list.

DURR FUNK WE ARE NOT ICELAND GOD DAMMIT!
Seriously though, god I gotta kinda love being Finnish

So that's what our neighbours are up to. Cold as it may get over there, at least they're making the best of it.

Oh, wait. I totally forgot that my Chemistry/Physics teacher in high school was Finnish. Okay, that's an extra thing that I know about Finland now.

Well, i have to agree, Finland is awesome.
Damn...i want to live there. Sure, they are my neighboring country and thanks to that Schengen (?) thingy i just have to climb on a boat to go there, no questions asked...but i still couldn't Live there, at least not for a long time.

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