Flexible display research lauded by publication


January 14, 2009

Research at Arizona State University’s Flexible Display Center, which is laying the groundwork for a new type of flexible information display for computer screens and beyond, has been cited as one of the top technological breakthroughs in 2008 by Wired magazine.

Information-rich displays that can be carried anywhere are tantalizingly close to reality thanks in part to the groundbreaking work of the U.S. Army’s Flexible Display Center at ASU, according to Wired.http://www.wired.com/gadgets/miscellaneous/news/2008/12/YE8_techbreaks">... />
Because these display screens are a significant departure from traditional rigid, glass-based screens, the underlying technologies that will make flexible displays had to be completely reworked.

In order to make flexible displays – flexible enough to be body contouring or even folded or rolled up – FDC researchers and their industrial partners have developed new display designs, developed new materials for the displays and associated electronics, and re-worked existing manufacturing methods. The end result for consumers will be a new technology that could have a major impact on how we interact with the world.

“Flexible displays could change the way we interact with the info-universe, creating new kinds of cell phones, portable computers, e-newspapers and electronic books,” Wired states in the article.

“This year, the research moved from the realm of science fiction to plausible reality,” it adds. “With the help of the U.S. Army, Arizona State University’s Flexible Display Center has created a prototype for soldiers and hopes to have the devices in field trials in the next three years.”

“This recognition is a great tribute to the talented and dedicated team we have put together here at ASU and our industry and government partners,” said Greg Raupp, FDC’s founding director. “Working together we have rapidly achieved results which, in the words of one of our Army stakeholders, ‘are nothing short of miraculous.’”   

The Flexible Display Center was established in February 2004 with a 10-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The Army’s interest in flexible displays is as an enabling technology that can improve performance of its people on the ground by providing instantaneous critical information to even the most remote of locations.
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Soulful superstar headlines Green Jazz series concert


January 14, 2009

The Valley’s gold standard for jazz is going “green” for one night to raise awareness on sustainable living.

International recording artist and Scottsdale resident Khani Cole will headline ASU’s Green Jazz Series concert, which takes place at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission is $20 for general admission and $40 for VIP seating. Download Full Image

The series, which runs through April 2009, is sponsored by Arizona State University Online, the Herberger Theater Center, Brotha Love Productions and Southwest Green Magazine.

“We’re hopeful the concert series will help shift the awareness and culture of green living while helping low-income households,” says Mernoy E. Harrison, Jr. ASU Online and Extended Campus vice president and executive vice provost. “The premise is that jazz is the bridge between music and sustainability.”

Proceeds from the concert series will support the Green Survival Initiative (GSI), a Phoenix-based sustainability project. Through the use of cost-effective green technologies such as compact fluorescent lights, low-flow shower heads and water heater blankets, GSI seeks to mitigate increasing energy costs for approximately 1,000 low- and fixed-income households in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The initiative will help low-income families make the conversion to a sustainable lifestyle.

“The GSI recognizes that there is a cost to convert to a green lifestyle and those who need it the most might not be able to make that conversion,” says George Brooks, publisher of Southwest Green Magazine, an event sponsor. “We believe that once these conversions are made, each household could save anywhere from $300 to $500 annually.”

A green business networking event that includes informational booths and promotional giveaways starts at 5:30 p.m. and will precede the 6:45 p.m. concert. For more information or to reserve a booth, call (602) 363-1677 or e-mail Publisher">mailto:Publisher@sw-green.com">Publisher@sw-green.com.

Cole, who is one of the Valley’s best known names in smooth jazz, ascended into the national and international consciousness after relocating to Arizona from her native Milwaukee, Wisc. in 1992. The move sparked the inception of her very first release, Piece of My Soul, (1996) on Fahrenheit Records. The sultry-voiced singer was praised by critics for the smoky tonality of her voice and emotional quality of her songs.

“Audiences love smooth jazz because they’re longing for something that’s real, heartfelt and not manufactured,” says Cole. “Every song I sing is from the heart because there’s no other way I can present them.”

Cole followed Piece of My Soul with Places (1998) and Lifetime (2001), and extensively toured stateside and abroad. After finishing an unprecedented 10-year run at the Pointe Tapatio Cliffs, Cole teamed up with Chef Michael Lepore in 2007 and created Voce Ristorante and Music Lounge, 9719 N. Hayden Road.

Cole said she’s excited to lend her soulful voice to the concert series.

“For years people thought that the green movement was strange and offbeat, and it’s a nice affirmation to see it become more mainstream and acceptable,” says Cole. “This world is a beautiful gift to all mankind and it’s our responsibility to take care of it.”

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