Institute researchers get grant
Two researchers at the Dean McGee Eye Institute have earned a grant to continue developing a treatment to prevent scar tissue from forming on the cornea after a traumatic injury. Researchers Michael Elliott and Alex Cohen received a $110,000 grant from the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research to study how limbal stem cells aid in the body's recovery from cornea injuries. Such injuries, which are common, currently are treated with lasers or transplants. “Our research team is first trying to understand how these stem cells are activated after injury,” institute CEO Dr. Gregory Skuta said. “They have identified a protein in the eye called caveolin-1, which appears to slow the wound healing process and increase the chances that scar formation will occur.” Elliott and Cohen are assistant professors in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma.
Panasonic unveils headphones
LAS VEGAS — People who don't want to disturb sleeping family members could use a new product from Panasonic that doesn't need speakers or even your own ears: wireless bone-conduction headphones. The headphones connect to a TV via the Bluetooth wireless standard and attach to your head like a normal set of headphones. But instead of using your ears, the headphones work like hearing aids by transmitting sound waves through your skull. They are one of several innovations Panasonic unveiled at the International CES show in Las Vegas. It also showed off a new user interface for its “Smart Viera” TVs, featuring a TV-mounted camera that recognizes the user and sets viewing preferences accordingly. The Japanese electronics maker also showed off an easy way to send YouTube videos from smartphones to the TV.
Monster touts new line at show
LAS VEGAS — Headphone maker Monster's gadget show event was expectedly monstrously cheesy with a healthy dose of hype. Head monster and founder Noel Lee skirted around a stage on a two-wheel Segway scooter at the International CES gadget show Monday, as celebrities, athletes and models touted the company's upcoming line of headphones to about a hundred journalists. Taking the stage with him were New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees, rapper Nick Cannon, drummer Sheila E, model Tyson Beckford and boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. Lee frequently urged the gathering to “give it up” for new products. Introduced at the show for the first time was a line called “Inspiration,” which sported metal spikes on the headband. “Oh, that's too kinky for me,” Lee said. “Don't sit on your headphones.”
Dish reveals TV signal ‘Hopper'
LAS VEGAS — Last year, Dish revealed a new set-top box called Hopper that can send the TV signal “hopping” from room to room, covering all the TVs in the house. This year, it's upgrading the Hopper so that it follows you wherever you go — even outside the house. The new box revealed Monday can transfer stored TV shows or movies to an iPad for viewing any time, even when there's no Internet connection. Dish Network Corp. is the first cable or satellite company to offer such a feature. It could raise eyebrows in Hollywood and among the TV networks that supply the satellite broadcaster with programming. Dish says the new Hopper will be available later this year. The box will be free with a two-year contract.
New chips benefit ‘Ultra HD' TV
LAS VEGAS — TV makers are trotting out sets with “Ultra HD” resolution at the International CES electronics trade show in Las Vegas this week. Few video cameras record at that resolution, which is four times higher than regular high definition. But Qualcomm Inc., a leading maker of chips for cellphones, says it has a solution: With its chips, smartphones could be recording video in Ultra HD as early as this year. Paul Jacobs, CEO of the San Diego-based chipmaker, revealed a lineup of new chips in a keynote speech Monday, ahead of the opening of the show. The top-line model, the Snapdragon 800, is fast enough to record and playback Ultra HD video, the company said.
Sharp shows off HD technology
LAS VEGAS — Sharp is jumping on the “ultrahigh definition” bandwagon by introducing two super-clear TVs and one ultra-HD computer monitor that will give PC users something to brag about to Apple fans in love with their high-resolution Retina display. At the International CES gadget show, Sharp is showing a 32-inch monitor that uses its IGZO technology, based on a semiconductor material called indium gallium zinc oxide. Sharp touts IGZO for its high resolution, low power and accurate touch response. The monitor measures 3,840-by-2,160 pixels with about 8.3 million pixels. Apple's largest MacBook Pro with Retina display boasts 5.2 million pixels on a 15.4-inch screen.
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