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Japanese Robots: On DARPA, SCHAFT, and the Peace Constitution (and bad reporting)

One could reasonably assume Japan’s impressive array of supertech humanoid robots would swarm the inspired-by-Fukushima DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), but Tokyo University spin-off SCHAFT Robotics is it. DARPA’s militariness and[...]
Japanese Robots: On DARPA, SCHAFT, and the Peace Constitution (and bad reporting)

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Putting Your Finger in this Japanese Robot is a Step Toward Actual Virtual Reality

Welcome to Touchable TV! In addition to showcasing their 8K, 7680×4320, Ultra-High-Def (Ridiculous-Def?) TV broadcasting kit last weekend, Japan’s NHK also demoed a haptic feedback device that simulates virtual 3D objects in real time.[...]
Putting Your Finger in this Japanese Robot is a Step Toward Actual Virtual Reality

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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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Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week NHK is showing off touchable TV and ultra-res cameras that just might create video beyond the capabilities of human perception, Japanese scientists have developed a super-duper malaria vaccine (giveth to Africa), and a J-gove[...]
Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

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NHK and Hitachi unveils the world’s first Ultra High Definition shoulder-mount camera

This is the world’s first compact shoulder-mount Ultra High Definition camera. Developed by NHK, it uses a single-chip color imaging sensor to produce 33MP video. By reducing the size and weight of the camera, the portability had[...]
NHK and Hitachi unveils the world’s first Ultra High Definition shoulder-mount camera

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NHK Hybridcast making broadcast TV interactive

Hybridcast is an infrastructure system being developed by NHK, with a view to commercial use in 2013. This system combines broadcasting with the Internet, to enable a variety of TV-centered services. At this year’s NHK Science &a[...]
NHK Hybridcast making broadcast TV interactive

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[Hands-On] Panasonic’s and NHK 145-inch Ultra High Definition plasma display

NHK & Panasonic has announced a 145-inch Ultra High Definition plasma display, with 16 times the resolution of a regular Full HD display. This follows the 85-inch LCD display announced by NHK last year. This prototype was co-develo[...]
[Hands-On] Panasonic’s and NHK 145-inch Ultra High Definition plasma display

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NHK and Panasonic present the first 145” 8K Super Hi-Vision PDP TV

Panasonic and NKH teamed-up in order to release a new world first with this gorgeous 145” 8K PDP (Plasma) TV prototype. Supporting NHK’s Super Hi-Vision technology, this new TV comes with a impressive 7680×4320 or 8K Resolution an[...]
NHK and Panasonic present the first 145” 8K Super Hi-Vision PDP TV

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NHK demonstrate Balloon Camera Shoots Stable Aerial Footage

NHK has developed the Balloon Camera, which makes it easier to shoot from an aerial or bird’s-eye view without the need for a crane. The camera is kept stable by a four axis camera gimbal, which is then attached to a balloon whic[...]
NHK demonstrate Balloon Camera Shoots Stable Aerial Footage
NHK demonstrate Balloon Camera Shoots Stable Aerial Footage

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NHK Integral 3D TV – Creating Autostereoscopic Content from Multi-perspective Videos

NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories are conducting R&D on integral 3D TV, the next broadcast service to follow on super-high definition. They introduced the newest technology to create integral 3D content from multi-[...]
NHK Integral 3D TV – Creating Autostereoscopic Content from Multi-perspective Videos

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NHK introduces Automatic Animated Sign Language Generation System

The NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories are conducting basic research into technology to automatically generate animated sign language in order to expand sign language broadcasts. They introduced an automatic sign langua[...]
NHK introduces Automatic Animated Sign Language Generation System

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NHK intorduces Ultra HD Imaging System Using Single 33Mpix CMOS Sensor

NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories is conducting research on creation of a compact Ultra High Definition camera, and displayed a small 33 megapixel trial imaging device at its Technology Open House 2011. “Our prim[...]
NHK intorduces Ultra HD Imaging System Using Single 33Mpix CMOS Sensor

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Sharp and NHK Successfully Develop with Super Hi-Vision, a World First

NHK and Sharp Corporation have jointly developed an 85-inch LCD compatible with Super Hi-Vision, a next-generation television broadcast format. This is a world first for a direct-view display. NHK began R&D into Super Hi-Vision, wh[...]
Sharp and NHK Successfully Develop  with Super Hi-Vision, a World First
Sharp and NHK Successfully Develop  with Super Hi-Vision, a World FirstSharp and NHK Successfully Develop  with Super Hi-Vision, a World FirstSharp and NHK Successfully Develop  with Super Hi-Vision, a World First

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NHK and NTT successfully Tests international Transmission of Super Hi-Vision Video (8K)

Photo Courtesy of the American Society of Cinematographers. Super Hi-Vision Videos or 8K is the holy grail of all geeks, well at least to the ones who would love to see 7,680×4,320 Movies at home or wherever they can. Being 16 tim[...]
NHK and NTT successfully Tests international Transmission of Super Hi-Vision Video (8K)

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Fujitsu developed codec equipment capable of Super Hi-Vision Video Transmission

Announced today, Fujitsu’s new codec equipment can deliver Super Hi-Vision video transmission using the latest international video compression standard H.264 with a compression rate of 60fps. Super Hi-Vision (SHV) is an ultra-hig[...]
Fujitsu developed codec equipment capable of Super Hi-Vision Video Transmission

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“Project Wisdom”, NHK’s new TV and Online Program for Global Debates

The new program dubbed “Project Wisdom” will start on Japan’s National Broadcasting Organization NHK’s, satellite TV channel NHK BS 1, on April 29, 2010 at 9.00 p.m. Japan time and will last for 100 minutes. The concept of the pr[...]
“Project Wisdom”, NHK’s new TV and Online Program for Global Debates
“Project Wisdom”, NHK’s new TV and Online Program for Global Debates

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Get the Moon in HD for 3800 Yen (23€)

Look at what I received this morning! The NHK HD moon video! For those who’ve been stuck under a rock for the last couple of months, JAXA (Japanese equivalent to the NASA) together with Canon and NHK sent a satellite to the moon [...]
Get the Moon in HD for 3800 Yen (23€)
Get the Moon in HD for 3800 Yen (23€)Get the Moon in HD for 3800 Yen (23€)Get the Moon in HD for 3800 Yen (23€)

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New HD (720p) Moon Video Posted by NHK and JAXA

As you may know, JAXA (the Japanese equivalent of NASA) and NHK ( Japanese National TV) worked together launching an HD video camera (Canon) in order to take shots of the moon. Today NHK released two HD (720p 2Mbps) video clips of what[...]
New HD (720p) Moon Video Posted by NHK and JAXA
New HD (720p) Moon Video Posted by NHK and JAXANew HD (720p) Moon Video Posted by NHK and JAXA

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The HD-DVD is Dead! Officially Official! Reports Japanese TV NHK!

Japanese National TV (NHK) dropped the news to all Japanese here 25 minutes ago. HD-DVD is almost dead and Toshiba is working on dropping the format for good… While the USA was almost the only large country where HD-DVD had a cha[...]
The HD-DVD is Dead!  Officially Official!  Reports Japanese TV NHK!
The HD-DVD is Dead!  Officially Official!  Reports Japanese TV NHK!The HD-DVD is Dead!  Officially Official!  Reports Japanese TV NHK!

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