computers
Intel is Experimenting With Fully Immersed Cooling for Computers

Forget your water-cooled gaming rig: Intel is experimenting with a cooling system which fully immerses the entirety of a computer's electronics in liquid to increase efficiency. Read More >>

safety
Colour Changing Hard Hats Highlight Brittle Sun Damage

Over exposure to the sun is of course bad for your skin, but that's not the only thing adversely affected by its rays. Man made materials like plastic will slowly degrade when left out in the sun, so 3M has developed a new line of hard hats featuring a colour-changing UV sensor that tells the wearer their head protection might not actually be so safe.
Hard hats are designed to deflect and absorb the impact of objects falling from above, but as they're exposed to sunlight for long periods of time the plastic can become brittle. So instead of protecting the wearer's head, they have a higher risk of just shattering, which of course provides no protection at all. Instead of just guessing if a hard hat is still ok, the red UVicator sensor on the front of 3M's new £9 models slowly fades to white, like a reverse sunburn, as an obvious indicator it's time to swap out your head gear. [3M via Gear Patrol] Read More >>

displays
Fingerprints Magically Fade Away On 3M's New Screen Protectors

If you'd rather spend your time actually using your touchscreen tablet, instead of wasting hours buffing away fingerprints, 3M's new Natural View Fingerprint Fading Screen Protectors might be just up your alley since—like an old soldier—fingerprints will just fade away. Read More >>

lighting
These Super-Efficient Reflectors Could Light an Entire Room With Just a Single LED

The same company that made it impossible to forget things thanks to a small sticky note, could one day revolutionise interior lighting with a highly-engineered reflector that's capable of spreading the light from a single LED bulb over an incredibly large area. Read More >>

computers
HP Gives Me Hope We Can Finally Live That One-Cable-to-Rule-Them-All World I've Been Dreaming About

It's all fine and dandy having fancy super-thin displays that you can mount on the wall, but you've always got an absolute mess of cables to deal with. Even if you have just one HDMI cable running up there, you've still got to get power to it. If we can't do serious wireless power, at least HP's taking a step forward with its partnership with 3M. Its new all-in-one-type 18.5-incher needs just one cable for everything, including power. Read More >>

windows
3M Doesn't Just Make Scotch Tape: Check Out Their Windows Surface Rival

Devices like the Windows Surface have been in development for what feels like an age, and delivered very little. Now 3M Touch Systems is showing off a 46-inch prototype touchscreen table at CES that allows up to 60 touch points, and sounds like it might actually be useful. Read More >>

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