Back to the Future 2 *clearly* showed that we were due to have flying cars in 2015.
Of course, they also showed the Cubs winning the World Series, and I can't see that happening in 5 years, either.
So if they hold true to what Bill Gates said (http://www.esato.com/archive/t.php/t-54833,1.html) back when they were just a software company, this device should cost us nothing.
The other thing is Microsoft's last announcement of something like this (the tablet PC, wasn't it?), turned out to be something you couldn't buy. It was a reference platform and a set of specifications that others could build to.
So I'm not holding my breath that we'll be able to buy one of these.
I intend to fully endorse and support this research, just so I can say "monkeynomics" a lot.
"And figures just released this week show that rear-end collisions at traffic lights skyrocketed in California in 2010. Authorities are baffled as to the causes."
At one extremely busy intersection near me (Fermor & Lagimodiere in Winnipeg, right near the Royal Canadian Mint), the mint has got a huge video screen playing ALL THE TIME visible to southbound and westbound traffic. It's VERY distracting, and I've seen several people drift over a lane (only to violently correct themselves) while heading through the intersection and staring at the billboard.
This in a city where the roads are frequently snow- and ice-covered as well. Nice one, Canadian government.
Why can't some of my cow-orkers off themselves? Kill two birds with one stone--rid the workplace of annoying, mopey, emo-types *and* score me a sweet raise.
APL hackers do it in the quad.