I love science fiction. I devour SciFi books and I really enjoy watching SciFi films, especially the ones that build believable depictions of the future. I also love the little "details" – who amongst us could forget the scene in Blade Runner (one of my all-time-favorites), for example, where in the middle of all of the weird stuff there's a neon Budweiser sign in the background. It's not that I drink Budweiser, you understand (I prefer beer that has some pretence at flavor), but I can certainly believe that it will still be around hundreds of years in the future.
In fact, it's amazing how many things that used to be considered "far-off-future" in the "not-so-distant-past" are already here. For example, how many SciFi films have you seen where they don't have light bulbs per se – instead the walls provide a gentle glow that illuminates the room. Well, my friend Wilfried in the Netherlands has just pointed me at a Real Cool Article on the web.
Apparently, the folks at a company called CeeLite have developed Light Emitting Capacitor (LEC) panels that act as flexible, paper-thin light sources. These little scamps are only 1mm thick, they come in sizes as large as 3 × 6 feet, and you can pretty much use them like wallpaper.
How cool! In fact, in my lifetime I expect they (who ever "they" are) will develop some wall covering that allows you to change the color/pattern on-the-fly to match your mood. I can even believe that wall-size TV/video displays will be here before we know it. I for one can't wait!
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