iCandy: Connecting the Dots

Gadgets allow communication, location, and identification

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

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This 3.4-inch flexible display produced by electronics maker Sharp is one of the first examples of its screens based on indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) technology. The new transistor formulation is said to yield twice the resolution of comparable displays and a 90 percent reduction in power consumption. These qualities make the nearly transparent thin-film transistor well suited to its first application: a 6.1-inch mobile-phone screen containing more than 4 million pixels.

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