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World’s lightest and thinnest circuits pave the way for ‘imperceptible electronics’

Researchers from Asia and Europe have developed the world’s lightest and thinnest organic circuits, which in the future could be used in a range of healthcare applications. Lighter than a feather, these ultrathin film-like organi[...]
World’s lightest and thinnest circuits pave the way for ‘imperceptible electronics’
World’s lightest and thinnest circuits pave the way for ‘imperceptible electronics’World’s lightest and thinnest circuits pave the way for ‘imperceptible electronics’World’s lightest and thinnest circuits pave the way for ‘imperceptible electronics’World’s lightest and thinnest circuits pave the way for ‘imperceptible electronics’World’s lightest and thinnest circuits pave the way for ‘imperceptible electronics’

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IBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da Vinci

This is a robot system for keyhole surgery, consisting of a master unit operated by the surgeon, and a slave unit that moves on the patient side. “A feature of the slave robot is, it’s powered entirely by air. Nearly all co[...]
IBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da Vinci
IBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da VinciIBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da VinciIBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da VinciIBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da VinciIBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da Vinci

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OMC Robot Mixing System

This industrial mixing system, developed by OMC, uses a multi-axis robot from Nachi. In contrast with conventional mixing systems which rotate the container along two axes, using this multi-axis multi-directional robot enhances the sti[...]
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Hatsune Miku AR Stage

In the lead up to the release of the limited edition Xperia feat. Hatsune Miku smartphone in September, the Hatsune Miku AR Stage is being held at the ‘Metro Hat’ in Roppongi Hills from the 16th until the 21st of July. This[...]
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World’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedom

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has developed the world’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedom. It will be used in the drug discovery and pharmaceutical fields to automate experiments which use dangerous chemic[...]
World’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedom
World’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedomWorld’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedomWorld’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedomWorld’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedomWorld’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedom

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Laboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 mice

This robot is being developed to automate the management of laboratory animal colonies used by pharmaceutical companies and research institutions, primarily those that raise from 10,000 to 30,000 mice or rats. It’s currently unde[...]
Laboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 mice
Laboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 miceLaboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 miceLaboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 miceLaboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 miceLaboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 mice

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Remote internal imaging robot helps doctors in emergency situations

This remote medical care robot for use in emergency situations, is under development by a research group at Waseda University, led by Dr. Hiroyasu Iwata. “If a person receives an impact in an accident, there is a possibility that[...]
Remote internal imaging robot helps doctors in emergency situations
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Realtime restaurant status app means you’ll never have to wait in line again

This system, developed for restaurant chains, collects restaurant status data in real time, and shows app users which restaurants have seating available. The RealtimeManager software from Science Works’ was released in November 2[...]
Realtime restaurant status app means you’ll never have to wait in line again
Realtime restaurant status app means you’ll never have to wait in line againRealtime restaurant status app means you’ll never have to wait in line againRealtime restaurant status app means you’ll never have to wait in line again

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Stealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing process

Hitachi Power Solutions has developed an item management system, which helps to improve traceability in manufacturing facilities. This system uses item IDs printed in stealth ink, which is hard to see with the naked eye. The ink is mad[...]
Stealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing process
Stealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing processStealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing processStealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing processStealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing processStealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing process

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Tofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with ease

Lands Work, a manufacturer of tofu-making machinery, has developed a robot that can pick up very soft foods such as tofu. “First, the robot checks which way the tofu is facing, and how big it is, using a camera. The images are an[...]
Tofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with ease
Tofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with easeTofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with easeTofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with easeTofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with easeTofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with ease

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Privacy visor glasses jam facial recognition systems to protect your privacy

This is the world’s first pair of glasses which prevent facial recognition by cameras. They are currently under development by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics. Photos taken without people’s knowledge can vio[...]
Privacy visor glasses jam facial recognition systems to protect your privacy
Privacy visor glasses jam facial recognition systems to protect your privacyPrivacy visor glasses jam facial recognition systems to protect your privacyPrivacy visor glasses jam facial recognition systems to protect your privacyPrivacy visor glasses jam facial recognition systems to protect your privacyPrivacy visor glasses jam facial recognition systems to protect your privacy

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Creating Forests to Reduce Tsunami Damage

Yokohama National University professor emeritus Akira Miyawaki, who to date has planted over 40 million trees in 1,700 locations in Japan and overseas, is continuing his tree planting activities not only in Japan but also on twice mont[...]
Creating Forests to Reduce Tsunami Damage

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Dynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ball

Stationary Observation System for High-speed Flying Objects This camera system can track very fast moving objects, keeping them in the center of the screen at all times. Currently under development by the Ishikawa Oku Lab. at the Unive[...]
Dynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ball
Dynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ballDynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ballDynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ballDynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ballDynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ball

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Multi-viewpoint robotic camera system creates real ‘bullet time’ slow motion replays

This multi-viewpoint robotic camera system, under development by NHK, links the motion of eight sub-cameras to that of an individual camera, so that all the cameras film the same moving object. “Using this system, you can create [...]
Multi-viewpoint robotic camera system creates real ‘bullet time’ slow motion replays

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8K Ultra HD compact camera and H.265 encoder developed by NHK with UHD trial broadcasts slated for 2016

NHK is progressing with the development of equipment to enable to the broadcast of 8K Ultra High Definition television, with trial broadcasts to begin in Japan in 2016. The camera head, co-developed with Astrodesign, has been made much[...]
8K Ultra HD compact camera and H.265 encoder developed by NHK with UHD trial broadcasts slated for 2016
8K Ultra HD compact camera and H.265 encoder developed by NHK with UHD trial broadcasts slated for 20168K Ultra HD compact camera and H.265 encoder developed by NHK with UHD trial broadcasts slated for 20168K Ultra HD compact camera and H.265 encoder developed by NHK with UHD trial broadcasts slated for 20168K Ultra HD compact camera and H.265 encoder developed by NHK with UHD trial broadcasts slated for 20168K Ultra HD compact camera and H.265 encoder developed by NHK with UHD trial broadcasts slated for 2016

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Purchasing behaviour analysis system wants to know what you like

This marketing analysis tool, under development by Fujitsu, uses technology to sense people’s movement. By analyzing how customers behave in response to merchandise, entirely new kinds of marketing information will be obtainable.[...]
Purchasing behaviour analysis system wants to know what you like

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Sony A4-sized digital paper notepad is light, durable and responsive

Sony has developed an A4 sized equivalent 13.3″ digital paper notepad. The display is the first in the world to use E Ink Mobius, a new flexible electronic paper display technology developed by E Ink in collaboration with Sony. T[...]
Sony A4-sized digital paper notepad is light, durable and responsive

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Measure your pulse in real-time with Fujitsu’s facial imaging technology

Fujitsu has developed technology which can measure a person’s pulse in real time by analyzing video of their face. “As blood circulates through the body, the amount of light absorbed by the face varies, depending on how muc[...]
Measure your pulse in real-time with Fujitsu’s facial imaging technology

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Send a scent with your message with the Scentee (ChatPerf) smartphone addon

“For example, suppose you want to send a message to a friend via a social network, maybe because you know your friend is tired. You can use this to send a relaxing scent along with your message. You can also use it to add scent t[...]
Send a scent with your message with the Scentee (ChatPerf) smartphone addon

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3D/4D ultrasound hologram printing service using Pioneer’s compact holographic printer

Pioneer has announced a service that prints the expressions of unborn babies as 3D holograms, using a compact full-color hologram printer developed by the company last year. “When an expecting mother has a check-up, a 3D/4D echog[...]
3D/4D ultrasound hologram printing service using Pioneer’s compact holographic printer

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SOINN artificial brain can now use the internet to learn new things

A group at Tokyo Institute of Technology, led by Dr. Osamu Hasegawa, has succeeded in making further advances with SOINN, their machine learning algorithm, which can now use the internet to learn how to perform new tasks. “Image [...]
SOINN artificial brain can now use the internet to learn new things

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Shibaful lush lawn iPhone case puts Yoyogi Park in your pocket

“Shibaful is the world’s first iPhone case modeled after a grassy park. This case is based on Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, and it’s the first in our World Parks series. For the next versions, we’re considering basing t[...]
Shibaful lush lawn iPhone case puts Yoyogi Park in your pocket

Via Ag Ltd.

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