Photos of the year: From weird datacentres to a 3D printer that prints chocolate

Photos of the year: From weird datacentres to a 3D printer that prints chocolate

Summary: The best tech snaps of 2011

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • OmniTouch technology

    This interesting piece of tech is able to turn any surface - from a table to a hand - into a touchscreen.

    The OmniTouch, shown off in October this year, is a wearable device that projects a graphical user interface, such as a computer desktop or a virtual keypad, onto any surface. Users are able to interact with these virtual interfaces using their fingers, which are tracked by sensors built into OmniTouch, in the same way they would use a touchscreen.

    For more photos of the OmniTouch check out Photos: Microsoft's OmniTouch - The tech that turns any surface into a touchscreen.

    Photo: Microsoft Research/CMU

  • Rural Indian call centre

    As India's outsourcing industry continues to grow, major IT vendors are starting to look to locate their operations outside of India's big cities.

    This voice and data processing centre is located in Bagepalli, a small, dusty town 100km north of Bangalore. It is one of 10 such centres run that is run by RuralShores which, as its name suggests, specialises in running operations outside of urban areas in India.

    To learn more about the growth of rural outsourcing in India visit Photos: Inside a rural Indian call centre - outsourcing builds a new life in the country.

    Photo: Namas Bhojani

  • Icelandic geothermal vent

    What better place for a datacentre than just outside the Arctic Circle?

    Verne Global sited its datacentre campus in Keflavik, Iceland, where the country's chilly climate can naturally cool servers and its abundant supply of geothermal and hydroelectric energy can provide renewable power to the facility.

    Shown above is one of the valves at an Icelandic geothermal power plant supplying the Verne Global facility.

    To see more photos of the Icelandic datacentre campus check out Photos: One of the coolest datacentres in the world - on the edge of the Arctic Circle.

    Photo: Verne Global/Colt

Topic: Hardware


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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