Within a few years, the computer keyboard may go the way of the typewriter. It will be replaced by a light-projected device that mimics the look of a traditional keyboard and shines on a flat surface, such as a desk or table.
Would you notice a nanotube if you met one? Probably not. Nanotubes are extremely thin--their diameter is about 10,000 times smaller than a human hairhollow cylinders made of carbon atoms. The tiny web of atoms can be twisted in various shapes to perform different functions.
When strolling through the Muscatine, IA, headquarters of Hon Industries Inc., the word most frequently mentioned is "flexible." The company is a domestic manufacturer of middle-market office furniture. It offers a variety of style, fabric and frame choices for each customer.