Few of us touch or even think about Scotch tape between holidays, birthdays, and whenever a gift needs to be wrapped. But some people deal with the sticky stuff all day long, so 3M enlisted designer Joongho Choi to help create a better tape dispenser, and the results are surprisingly impressive.
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.
A dirty car not only looks bad, it can also lead to reduced fuel efficiency if it affects your car's aerodynamics. But who wants to spend every weekend washing their vehicle, or ponying up for car washes? No one, especially when 3M has created the perfect alternative: a spray-on invisible film that can be easily…
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 color-changing UV sensor that tells the wearer their head…
Do you want a small, portable projector that can stream a near-endless supply of movies and TV shows onto any surface with no extra hardware? Of course you do! Which makes 3M's Roku-streaming projector such a welcome concept—and such a let down.
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.
File this one under Straight Out of Our Sci-Fi Dreams. When you shine a light on a photo from different angles, nothing happens to the image. But what if the shadows on it could change as if it were a real, three-dimensional object? That day is closer than you think.
The same company that made it impossible to forget things thanks to a small sticky note, could one day revolutionize interior lighting with a highly-engineered reflector that's capable of spreading the light from a single LED bulb over an incredibly large area.
Pixel Qi's Transflective LCD technology has been blowing minds since late 2009 but has yet to gain much traction in the market—beyond the Notion Ink Adam, that is. But that may change with its latest round of funding, provided largely by 3M.
Imagine taking off a band-aid or medical tape, not grimacing in pain as the bandage adhesive pulls hair and skin cells with it. That is what 3M is promising with their new silicone tape technology, which bonds with skin in a way that other tape adhesives don't.
True, the bridge of your nose might appreciate the lessened weight, but to those around you, you'll still look like a goggle-eyed bandit. Compatible with Dolby 3D Digital Cinema screens, they also have anti-theft RFID tags so cinemas can try and stop the blatant pilfering which still seems to be going on. You'd think…
And here I was, ready to paint my bedroom purple. But if 3M owns it, I can't, right? Wrong! Although under US law 3M strangely does have a claim to the the color, it's not as bad as it sounds.
This 18.5-inch screen doesn't exactly look exciting with its 1366 x 768 resolution, but it has a secret: It draws about half the power of a standard monitor and it does it through two USB 3.0 ports.
There are plenty of privacy filters out there that prevent snoopers from seeing what's on your laptop screen from an angle. But how many show said snoopers flashy gold? Just one, that's how many. [3M]
3M only updated their pico projector range last August, claiming it was their "second generation" model. Meet their third-gen pico: the MPro150. The resolution is still just VGA quality, but there's now 1GB of internal storage.
Pico projectors were all the rage when they were in development, but as the first wave of products hit, so did a reality-induced malaise: They weren't that great. Fortunately, 3M's MPro120 goes far to outshine the original MPro110.
3M pitching the MPro120 mini-projector as a "second generation" piece of hardware. For them, that means it's the first with the new MM200 projection engine. For everyone else, it could mean the first truly decent pico projector.
In case you missed it, there is a bigger, badder duct tape in town. Used mostly in the nuclear power, shipping and steel industries, this stuff can handle just about anything.
It seems that we see tiny projectors often, but never in actual phones or in devices I can imagine myself using. The tradition continued tonight with more prototype pico projectors from 3M.