Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fujitsu develops world's fastest processor

TOKYO — Fujitsu Ltd said Wednesday that it has successfully developed the world’s fastest supercomputer processing unit with more than twice the speed of the current leader.

A new central processing unit, or CPU, prototype successfully computed at 128 billion times per second—beating the current record, held by Intel Corp, by 2.5 times, company spokesman Masao Sakamoto said.

The company shrunk the size of each central circuit, thus doubling the number of circuits per chip, he said. The prototype is also energy-efficient and was able to cut power consumption to one-third of the conventional Fujitsu model.

Fujitsu aims to put the new CPU, with a code name “Venus,” into practical application in supercomputers “within several years,” Sakamoto said.

Computer makers, including IBM Corp, Cray Inc and Intel, have been competing to develop a faster CPU.

JapanToday.

Fujitsu develops world's fastest CPU for 1st time in 10 yrs
Fujitsu develops world's fastest CPU for 1st time in 10 yrs
May. 13 TOKYO, Japan
Photo shows a board filled with the world's fastest central processing units, which have been developed by Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. The new CPU, called Venus, runs 2.5 times faster than that of rival Intel Corp., which has taken the lead in speed, according to company officials. (Kyodo)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Why veins could replace fingerprints and retinas as most secure form of ID

Forget fingerprinting. Companies in Europe have begun to roll out an advanced biometric system from Japan that identifies people from the unique patterns of veins inside their fingers.

Finger vein authentication, introduced widely by Japanese banks in the last two years, is claimed to be the fastest and most secure biometric method. Developed by Hitachi, it verifies a person's identity based on the lattice work of minute blood vessels under the skin.

TimesOnline


Monday, November 10, 2008

Honda shows wearable device that helps you walk


TOKYO —

Imagine a bicycle seat connected by mechanical frames to a pair of shoes for an idea of how the new wearable assisted-walking gadget from Honda works.

The experimental device, unveiled Friday, is designed to support bodyweight, reduce stress on the knees and help people get up steps and stay in crouching positions.

Honda envisions the device being used by workers at auto or other factories. It showed a video of Honda employees wearing the device and bending to peer underneath vehicles on an assembly line.

Engineer Jun Ashihara also said the machine is useful for people standing in long lines and for people who run around to make deliveries.

“This should be as easy to use as a bicycle,” Ashihara said at Honda’s Tokyo headquarters. “It reduces stress, and you should feel less tired.”

Read on at Japan Today.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Japanese researchers make brain tissues from stem cells

The cerebral cortex created with embryonic stem cells is pictured under a fluorescent microscope at 40 times magnification, in this photograph provided by Riken.

Japanese researchers have succeeded in creating a cerebral cortex, the part of the brain involved in thinking and motion, from embryonic stem cells, providing hope for future treatment of brain-related diseases.

The process using embryonic stem cells, which can change into various other types of cells, was successfully carried out by Yoshiki Sasai and Mototsugu Eiraku, of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe.

The cortex remained undeveloped, equivalent to that of a fetus, but it's the first time that researchers have ever created brain tissue involving different cell types, rather than single brain cells.

Researchers hope that the process will shed light on the how illnesses like Alzheimer's disease work and how they can be cured, as well as leading to treatments to lessen the aftereffects of strokes.


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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Tomy unveils world's tiniest, thumb-sized walking robot

Tomy unveils world's tiniest, thumb-sized walking robot
Toymaker Tomy Co unveiled Saturday the world’s tiniest, thumb-sized walking robot that will debut in Japan next spring. The two-legged toy, dubbed ‘‘Robo-Q,’’ is only 3.4 centimeters high, but its artificial intelligence can detect obstacles and navigate through a maze using built in infrared sensors. Using a controller, it can also play games like soccer.

Robo-Q is being displayed at a three-day exhibition in Yokohama through Monday, where more than 100 different types of robots are being showcased by a total of 43 companies, universities and organizations, including Honda Motor Co and Fujitsu Ltd. ‘‘It just looks like a clump, but it’s impressive that so many functions are built into that thing,’’ Kazuhiko Oda, 55, from Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, said after watching an exhibition of Robo-Q at the Robo Japan 2008. Robo-Q comes in four colors and will be sold in Japan from around February for 3,500 yen excluding tax. The robot is expected to be sold in other Asian countries soon afterwards and in the United States and Europe at an unspecified date, Tomy officials said.

JapanToday.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Electronic display instantly identifies customer's sex, age range

TOKYO —

NEC Corp says it has developed a new plasma display that can instantly identify people’s sex or age range and target them with advertisements to suit them. The 50-inch (127-cm) display is being demonstrated at an annual festival in Tokyo run by Fuji Television network. The event, which runs through Aug 31, drew more than four million visitors last summer.

A camera on top of the display recognizes on-the-spot the age and sex of viewers who are standing in front of it.

If the device finds viewers are predominantly female in their 20s, it will show cute miscellaneous items sold by Fuji Television for young women or an NEC cell phone designed for the demographic.

“Conventional advertisements may show cell phones for young women to men over 60,” said Hiroshi Takahashi at NEC’s solution business promotion division.

“Changing advertising products in accordance with the viewer would bring advertising closer to the purchaser,” he said.

The system is presented as entertainment at the Fuji event, with visitors knowing they are being watched, Takahashi said.

But the system is seen as having growth potential as companies struggle to win the attention of customers who are increasingly bombarded by advertisements throughout the day.

Those who are interested in what is being advertised can hold their cell phones over a special device, which feeds them a URL link, coupons and other information on the products.

Advertisers can tell whether the promotion has been effective by checking whether viewers visited their stores or made purchases.

JapanToday.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Matsushita Electric develops new lighting device

OSAKA —Matsushita Electric Works Ltd said Tuesday it has developed the world’s first device that can emit light efficiently without harmful mercury and a gas-discharging process used for conventional fluorescent lamps. Theoretically, the new light would be 50% brighter than a conventional fluorescent lamp while consuming the same amount of electricity, the company said.

Read other half of article at JapanToday.


Pioneer Develops World's First 16-Layer Optical Disc; Big Step Toward Future Large-Capacity Archive System


Tokyo, July 7, 2008 - (JCN Newswire) - Pioneer Corporation has succeeded in developing a 16-layer read-only optical disc with a capacity of 400 gigabytes for the first time in the world*. Its per-layer capacity is 25 gigabytes, which is the same as that of a Blu-ray Disc (BD). This multilayer technology will also be applicable to multilayer recordable discs. This development has bolstered Pioneer's confidence in the feasibility of a large-capacity optical disc, which is expected to become necessary in the near future.

Read on at JCN.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Nissan charged up on electric vehicles as the company's zero-emissions strategy (EV's YAY!)

TOKYO —Nissan is rapidly forging deals with cities and governments on electric vehicles as soaring gas prices and worries about global warming make the green technology surprisingly appealing, a senior executive said Wednesday.


While other car manufacturers are concentrating on fuel cells and hybrids, Tokyo-based Nissan Motor Co is going all out on electric vehicles, promising to mass-market the emissions-free cars globally in 2012, with the first models arriving in Japan and the U.S. in 2010.

“We are feeling more strongly than ever that we must speed up our development of electric vehicles,” said Nissan Senior Vice President Minoru Shinohara.

Continue reading at JapanToday.

Honda's All-New 2009 Acura TL to Debut This Fall



Torrance, Ca., July 11, 2008 (JCN) - Honda's all-new, completely redesigned 2009 Acura TL employs dramatic new styling along with a luxurious interior that includes more driver relevant technology than ever.

Featuring the most powerful Acura engine ever, the 2009 TL will be available in two distinctive versions including the first ever application of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (TM) on TL. Available in the fall of 2008, the new TL will deliver a driving experience that achieves new highs within the performance luxury sedan category.

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 270 dealers within the United States. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan, the turbocharged RDX luxury crossover SUV and the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.

JCN.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Showa Shell to build big solar power panel plant

TOKYO —Showa Shell Sekiyu KK is planning to set up one of the world’s biggest factories for manufacturing solar power generation panels in 2011 at a cost of about 100 billion yen, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

The combined power generation capacity of solar panels produced in a year at the factory would be as large as 1,000 megawatts, which matches that of a nuclear reactor, they said.

JapanToday.

A prototype video camera able to take 360 degree vertical videos from Olympus



"The Future Creation Laboratory of Olympus Corp announced that it developed a lens capable of shooting omnidirectional images and prototyped a CCD camera incorporating the lens."

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Panasonic's Projectors Show Images on Curved Surfaces

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd developed two types of business-oriented projectors that can output images on curved surfaces and demonstrated them at Infocomm08, an audio-visual exhibition that took place in Las Vegas from June 18 to 20, 2008.

Continue reading at TechOn!

Sony Ericsson Wins Greenest Electronics Company Award



Gizmodo reports...

"Congratulations, Sony Ericsson, for winning what was ultimately a barely challenging competition to become the greenest electronics company around. Our favorite Swedish-Japanese conglomerate rose to the top of Greenpeace's Greener Electronics Guide by exceeding Energy Star requirements, making all its models PVC-free and banning the most harmful chemicals from phones launched since January 2008. Unfortunately, it was valedictorian in a class whose scores have plummeted all around."

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