I totally disagree with you here. Apple feels 100% different from Microsoft (hell, they even put the minimize, maximize and close icons on the window manager completely on the opposite site) and yet they succeed.
No; you need quality. As Linux user I will be taking a fresh perspective on this from a higher purpose here. First up: Does it even work? The awnser is "NO". Yeah it is comming with Gallium3D bla bla bla but it is comming and it is not here yet. So no-go from graphics (unless you still feel like using a 2D desktop ala 2009) and no-go for OpenCL.
Next stop: "Does it have advantages over the competition?" The awnser is "It's on par". Linux, in an idiot-friendly distro, is not faster and about kind-of as secure as Mac (maybe more, maybe less; only the future will tell us).
Final destination: "Does it out-app the competition?" and the awnser is probably still "No".
So ladies and gentleman: Linux is not ready yet, although I believe it will be kicking serious ass in a year or four.
it just seems like it will have a severely limited scope. Much like speech recognition is GREAT in a very small set of circumstances, and a nuisance in most others.
I agree with you here, we've discussed how unimaginative the majority of the Wii games are going with just a 'waggle' to perform actions...I suspect with Natal game designers will end up having to put in a load of crazy gestures because there is no standard controller. Also think about things like golf/baseball/driving - I'm pretty sure all of these would feel much more immersive if you actually had an object in your hands as with the Wii.
Use the scan-line technique to scan each line with a rapidly adjustable mix of red, green and blue lasers.
As long as the laser light spreads out proportional to the distance it has travelled the picture should look good wherever the laser will reach. My only worry is the battery life.
and IIRC the head-tracking trick involves a wiimote pointing at the user and some leds in the user's head.
I think e-paper like this has definite uses for researchers or anyone else who needs to read, and more importantly add notes to printed text. My desk at university, and to be honest half of my house, is covered in printed academic papers and other research material. Theoretically I could read all of these on my laptop or PC but it's just so much easier to read from paper, and a break from staring at a glaring computer screen. Also I tend to highlight lots of text and add a tone of scribbled notes on each sheet which I find is easier and faster than annotating on screen.
If I could have say 3 A4 sheets of this e-paper I would be able to just a single sheet of 'paper' in each of my working locations. This would mean access to limitless pages of research, on a screen that presumably will be very similar to reading it on paper, and the ability to highlight and add notes stored electronically. The fact it's flexible I hope means it will be pretty durable and I'll be able to carry it about with me, shove it in a bag, whatever.
But really whatever happens with this technology think of the amount of paper it will save, and so trees, and so the world...everyone's a winner, except paper companies.
When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.