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Futuristic Photo Albums
In today's digital age, putting together a physical photo album seems downright retro. The way people store and display their favorite snapshots has evolved, and technologies that were once the realm of science fiction can now be found on Kickstarter.
From sharing photos on car windows to creating interactive holograms to programming digital clothing, here’s a look at the future of photo albums.
Car WindowsSlide 2 of 15
Many vehicles now have video screens to keep kids entertained on long car trips, and some models even have fighter jet-style heads-up display systems that project navigation information onto the dashboard. But now, automakers want to take in-car displays even further.
Over the past several years, Toyota and General Motors have been collaborating with design teams to develop interactive car window concepts. While still in the idea phase, these advanced car windows would give backseat passengers a way to capture photos and video, zoom in on distant objects, create drawings or share messages with other people on the road.Slide 3 of 15
Your BodySlide 4 of 15
You may no longer need a photographic memory to keep a bunch of photos on hand, because your hand (literally) could one day be used to display photos. Advances in user interfaces are making it easier than ever to interact with projected images. For example, Microsoft Research's Skinput project uses biosensors to turn people's hands and arms into touch screens.
Other researchers, including John Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana, are making strides with stretchy electronics that can hang onto human skin like a temporary tattoo.Slide 5 of 15
The CloudSlide 6 of 15
Cloud computing, which distributes information over a network, means no longer having to print out every photo and put it into a physical album — unless you really want to do so. Cloud services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Flickr or SmugMug, abound these days. Although each service has limitations, it’s possible to find free or low-cost storage with custom settings that work with specific smart devices. And you won't need any extra shelf space.Slide 7 of 15
Electronic PaperSlide 8 of 15