iCandy: A Better View

A panoramic vision system, an eye tracker, and a 3-D model of a fetus

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Willie Jones covers transportation for IEEE Spectrum, and the history of technology for The Institute.

iCandy: A Better View

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Researchers from the Industrial Technology Center of Fukui prefecture, in Japan, have teamed up with a textile maker and a solar battery manufacturer to produce textile fabric interwoven with 1.2-millimeter-diameter solar-cell balls. The researchers say that solar fabric—which they aim to commercialize by 2015—will likely yield more energy than today’s flat solar panels, because the spherical balls will absorb sunlight from any direction.

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