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Outstanding Technology demonstrates Visible Light Communication devices ready for commercialization

Outstanding Technology has developed two commercial products using visible light communication technology, using LED lights to transmit data. These are a location service for smartphones, called the Commulight System, and a visible lig[...]
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Omron MEMS thermal area sensor checks for human presence and hot food

Intended for use as a human presence sensor in low power consumer devices, it can also be used for other applications such as with the camera of a smartphone. “Here is an application called the ‘Too hot to eat sensor’[...]
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GT-Layout app word from Fujilim wraps text in images for greater readability on smartphones

GT-Layout, developed by Fujifilm, rearranges the layout of text in photos making it easier to read on mobile devices. Usually, if you are trying to read from a photo of a page of a book or a flyer, you need to zoom in and scroll back a[...]
GT-Layout app word from Fujilim wraps text in images for greater readability on smartphones

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NICT and Fujitsu Develop Indoor Guidance Technology for the Blind Using Ultra Wide Band Positioning, Smartphones

NICT and Fujitsu are working together to develop a real-time indoor guidance system for the blind. As GPS cannot be used to get positional data indoors, the system uses a smartphone and ultra wide band (UWB) transmission technology to [...]
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Mahoro lab android automates dangerous lab work

Mahoro, co-developed by AIST and Yaskawa, is a general-purpose android for automating lab work that previously had to be done manually. The robot can do tasks, such as dispensing and culturing, faster and more precisely than people. So[...]
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Casio’s PicapiCamera iPhone app is the world’s first to use visible light communication technology

PicapiCamera, developed by Casio, is the world’s first iPhone app which uses visible light communication technology. To send and receive data via the app, the message to be sent is encoded using red, green and blue flashing light[...]
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Kokusai Kogyo developped AR app that visualizes water height in the event of a tsunami

Kokusai Kogyo is developing a disaster prevention AR application the can visualize the depth of water in the event of a tsunami or flooding. With this prototype, the water level five meters ahead is superimposed on the view from the ca[...]
Kokusai Kogyo developped AR app that visualizes water height in the event of a tsunami

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[Update] Mixed Reality system from Canon fuses real and virtual worlds, on sale in July 2012

In late July 2012, Canon will release a Mixed Reality system, immersing users in an interactive environment containing a combination of physical and virtual objects. Canon has developed a special-purpose head-mount display and software[...]
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Instantaneous Deodorizer by Kanto Gakuin University, Useful for Diaper Changing

In an industrial-academic project with a chemical engineering research group at Kanto Gakuin University, Ando has developed Nurscal, a system for removing the odor that arises when changing diapers. “This system uses activated ch[...]
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NICT presents the Daedalus a New Cyber-attack alert system

NICT has developed Daedalus, a cyber-attack alert system. Daedalus renders attacks on networks visible in real time. The sphere in the center represents the Internet, and the circles moving around it represent networks under observatio[...]
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i-SODOG from Tomy is a robot pet dog controlled via smartphone, can communicate with its friends

Tomy has announced an interactive robot dog, called i-SODOG, that works with a smartphone. This is a follow-up to the i-SOBOT, a bipedal robot released in 2007. i-SODOG is intended for customers of all ages. “Of course, this robo[...]
i-SODOG from Tomy is a robot pet dog controlled via smartphone, can communicate with its friends

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Nissan LEAF Battery Used to Power Homes

Nichicon is planning to begin sales of the Vehicle to Home System “EV Power Station” in July. This system enables the user to draw power from a large-capacity battery in an electric vehicle and use it in the home after bein[...]
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Kinoshita demonstrates an Air Cast capable to Stabilizes Injured Area with Single Straw

The Multiprotector from Kinoshita Kogyo is a simple cast that can stabilize an injured area with the use of a single straw. This cast is used when an injury from sports or the workplace requires the injured area to be stabilized. The c[...]
Kinoshita demonstrates an Air Cast capable to Stabilizes Injured Area with Single Straw

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ZMP demos RoboCar HV driverless R&D test vehicle can be driven with an iPad

The Robocar HV being developed by ZMP is a test vehicle for research and development that acquires vehicle sensor data via the vehicle’s controller area network (CAN) to enable vehicle control through an independent controller. T[...]
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DCW demonstrates Mouse House Kit prototype that can be taken appart and reassembled

DCW’s Zero Pod is a mobile house kit that can be taken apart and reassembled elsewhere. “We call this product the ‘Mobile House Kit’ — the name says it all. It’s easy to transport, and can be taken a[...]
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Keio University : Brain wave meter visualizes levels of desire, concentration, sleepiness and stress

A research group at Keio University, led by Associate Professor Yasue Mitsukura, has developed a simple brain-wave meter. This can identify, in real time, whether a person is showing interest, concentration, desire, stress, or sleepine[...]
Keio University : Brain wave meter visualizes levels of desire, concentration, sleepiness and stress

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NEC GAZIRU : World-class image recognition service for smartphones

NEC has developed an image recognition service for smartphones, called GAZIRU, and as of June will begin offering this service to commercial customers. By comparing images captured by the smartphone with saved image data, it displays t[...]
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[Hands-On] Sharp’s new IGZO crystal structure for high density LCD and OLED displays

Sharp and Semiconductor Energy Laboratory have discovered a new IGZO crystal structure, called CAAC, and announced a new semiconductor technology that utilizes it. By contrast to current IGZO, this technology enables TFTs to be made ev[...]
[Hands-On] Sharp’s new IGZO crystal structure for high density LCD and OLED displays

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Experience virtual worlds with the Docomo 3D Live Communication System

NTT Docomo are currently developing a 3D Live Communication System and have presented it as a possible next step beyond regular video calls. During the conversation, words take the form of images in the virtual space shared by the user[...]
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Docomo demonstrates transparent double-sided touchscreen display Android smartphone prototype

NTT docomo have developed a prototype smartphone that works through touch on the front and back, using touchpanels on both sides of a see-through display. This smartphone is being co-developed by DoCoMo and Fujitsu. By using it from th[...]
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Olympus 2.4mm diameter industrial videoscope is world’s thinnest

The iPLEX TX, being developed by Olympus, is the world’s slimmest industrial videoscope. It uses a compact CMOS sensor to achieve a high image quality despite being extremely slender. “Until now, there have been fiberscopes[...]
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Saginomiya Seisakusho Driving simulation vehicle testing system reproduces movement on a real vehicle

Saginomiya is developing a vehicle testing system that combines an actual vehicle with computer simulation. “Broadly speaking, we’re using two types of test system. On the right is a driving simulator, which is for sensory [...]
Saginomiya Seisakusho Driving simulation vehicle testing system reproduces movement on a real vehicle

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