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Ricoh demonstrate Omnidirectional camera at CP+. Takes 360° photo, sends it to you smartphone

This omnidirectional camera, currently under development by Ricoh, takes a full 360° panoramic image in one shot. “It has two fish-eye lenses, each of which covers 180 degrees. The camera combines the two pictures, and sends them[...]
Ricoh  demonstrate Omnidirectional camera at CP+. Takes 360° photo, sends it to you smartphone

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[Hands-On] 10.1″ Xperia Tablet Z – the world’s slimmest tablet

“This is the Xperia Tablet Z SO-03E. It’s the world’s slimmest tablet, and Japan’s lightest, too. Until now, tablets have been heavy and thick, so they end up getting left at home. But this one’s light and[...]
[Hands-On] 10.1″ Xperia Tablet Z – the world’s slimmest tablet

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[Hands-On] MEDIAS W dual-screen Android smartphone

Docomo has unveiled a dual-screen smartphone, the Medias W. It features two 4.3″ displays, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, an 8.1MP camera and runs Android 4.1. It will be released in April 2013. “This is the MEDIAS W. Ordinarily, [...]
[Hands-On] MEDIAS W dual-screen Android smartphone

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Panasonic demos Five 3D Cameras Capture Panorama at Digital Contents Expo 2012

“DIVE into World Heritage 3D,”exhibited by Panasonic at Digital Content EXPO 2012, is a system for creating panoramic images by shooting with five 3D cameras, then showing the images using five high-definition plasma displa[...]
Panasonic demos Five 3D Cameras Capture Panorama at Digital Contents Expo 2012

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Power Loader power amplification exoskeleton robot

This power amplification robot, called Power Loader, is currently under development by Activelink, a Panasonic subsidiary venture. The aim is to achieve a robot that can freely utilize power beyond human strength, in emergencies or on [...]
Power Loader power amplification exoskeleton robot

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Water saving shower head fills water droplets with air

TOTO is releasing an interchangeable shower head which features their Air-In Shower technology and uses 35% less water than a conventional shower head. “Ordinary water-saving showers use less water by having smaller holes, but we[...]
Water saving shower head fills water droplets with air

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See and feel virtual water with this immersive crossmodal perception system from Solidray

Solidray, which is involved in virtual reality production, has released an immersive crossmodal system incorporating visual and tactile feedback, enabling the user to see and feel flowing water in a virtual space. “When you put o[...]
See and feel virtual water with this immersive crossmodal perception system from Solidray

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Substitutional Reality System Makes Reality and Fiction Indistinguishable

The Riken Brain Science Institute is developing a substitutional reality (SR) system that makes reality and fiction indistinguishable. The subject wears a head-mounted display (HMD), inside of which he views footage projected inside th[...]
Substitutional Reality System Makes Reality and Fiction Indistinguishable

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Transience – Dynamic color changing calligraphy harmonizes tradition with technology

Transience is an artwork by the Wakita Lab at Keio University. It is intended to represent a harmony between calligraphy and computers, by dynamically altering the color of calligraphy on paper. “At first sight, it’s hard t[...]
Transience – Dynamic color changing calligraphy harmonizes tradition with technology

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Draw precise freehand circles and copy paste drawings with the dePENd table

This table helps you to draw precise freehand circles and lines. It is under development by a group in the Yasuaki Kakehi Lab at Keio University. By using a computer to control the XY position of a magnet under the surface of the table[...]
Draw precise freehand circles and copy paste drawings with the dePENd table

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Sharp Cocorobo robot vacuum cleaner updated – smaller model and updated app functions

Sharp have updated their Cocorobo line of intelligent robot vacuum cleaners, with a new smaller model, as well as a Cocorobo Navi function, which allows the robot to be controlled when the user is outside the home. Cocorobo Navi can be[...]
Sharp Cocorobo robot vacuum cleaner updated – smaller model and updated app functions

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iPhone App Makes Map Navigation Easier to Visualize

Crossfader has developed Version 1.4 of AR-MAPS, an iPhone app that supports augmented reality (AR) on maps. AR is one of visualization solutions. This map application represents the ground on the bottom half of the screen, showing a m[...]
iPhone App Makes Map Navigation Easier to Visualize

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Fujifilm ultra-wide 99x telephoto zoom lens for broadcast

In December, Fujifilm will release a 99x zoom lens that also achieves a wide-angle focal length of 8.4 mm, the top specification for a broadcast telephoto lens. For this lens, Fujifilm has upgraded its optical shake compensation, to fu[...]
Fujifilm ultra-wide 99x telephoto zoom lens for broadcast

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Brain Computer Interface used to control the movement and actions of an android robot

Researchers at the CRNS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory, are working on ways to control robots via thought alone. “Basically we would like to create devices which would allow people to feel embodied, in the body of a humanoid robo[...]
Brain Computer Interface used to control the movement and actions of an android robot

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Japan Display develops paper-like low-power color LCD which can display video

Japan Display has developed a paper-like low-power color reflective LCD, which can display video. “Ordinary liquid crystal displays have a backlight, and produce the picture by using a liquid crystal shutter. But this panel doesn[...]
Japan Display develops paper-like low-power color LCD which can display video

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Japan Display showcases the latest in mobile display technology

Japan Display has presented three prototype displays, titled “Innovation Vehicles”, which combining the latest mobile display technologies from Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi. “Japan Display was established in April, by t[...]
Japan Display showcases the latest in mobile display technology

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Pinch interface connects the displays of multiple devices simultaneously

Pinch is an interface which connects the displays from multiple touch devices together. It is currently under development by a research group at the Tokyo University of Technology. When the user places a thumb and index finger on two a[...]
Pinch interface connects the displays of multiple devices simultaneously

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Paper Computing technology the first step to paper-based Google Docs

At the University of Tokyo, the Naemura Group is developing paper computing technology, which can automatically erase, copy and print hand-drawn sketches on paper. As well as using a camera and computer, this system uses a laser and UV[...]
Paper Computing technology the first step to paper-based Google Docs

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World’s first all rubber speaker made from artificial muscles is thin, soft and bassy

Tokai Rubber Industries has developed the world’s first all-rubber speaker. This speaker utilizes Smart Rubber, which conducts electricity and can freely expand or contract, to generate sound. Previously, the company developed fl[...]
World’s first all rubber speaker made from artificial muscles is thin, soft and bassy

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Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech turns wheels into legs and climbs over steps

At the Chiba Institute of Technology, a group led by Shuro Nakajima has developed a robot wheelchair that can climb over steps. This robot can make a variety of movements, using its four-wheel drive and five axes. Normally, it rolls al[...]
Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech turns wheels into legs and climbs over steps

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[Hands-On] AR app from docomo translates menus and signs in real time

On October 11, NTT Docomo will start the Utsushite Honyaku service, which instantly translates foreign-language restaurant menus when you point a smartphone’s camera at them. Utsushite Honyaku is a commercial version of a service[...]
[Hands-On] AR app from docomo translates menus and signs in real time

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[Hands-On] Docomo Hands-Free Videophone for futuristic glasses-type HMD devices

NTT Docomo has developed the Hands-Free Videophone, which enables video calls without having to hold the camera. This is part of docomo’s research on creating future glasses-type devices. The Hands-Free Videophone captures the us[...]
[Hands-On]  Docomo Hands-Free Videophone for futuristic glasses-type HMD devices

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