Tuesday, August 30, 2005
"A child-shaped humanoid robot that can recognize about 10,000 words and work as a house sitter will go on sale in Japan in September.
The "Wakamaru" robot can recognize the faces of up to 10 people and talk to them. When linked to mobile phones, it can also work as a monitor to check situations at home, such as a burglary or someone falling ill, Mitsubishi-Heavy Industries Ltd. said in a statement Monday.
Mitsubishi-Heavy said it would be the first time a robot with communication ability for home use has been sold."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 10:40 AM
Posted by dayoo_kun at 10:33 AM
Friday, August 26, 2005
"LEDs are considered the fourth-generation light source in human history following fire, incandescent lamps and fluorescent lights.
Generally speaking, LEDs consume an eighth of the power of incandescent bulbs and half that of fluorescent lights, so they play a significant role in energy conservation."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 10:35 AM
"While many still don't employ DDR-2, Elpida recently announced that it has completed its first DDR-3 chip. The Japanese memory designer employed a dual-gate transistortechnology on a 90 nm process to reduce leakage and improve transistor performance. The new memory runs at a speed of 1,333MHz, doubling the current high-performance memory standard of 667MHz and besting the Samsung DDR-3 introduction of 1.06GHz."
Read on at Geek.com
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:13 AM
Thursday, August 25, 2005
"The highest average figure I saw was 65 mpg; I'm not claiming that as any kind of record, merely an indication that 'my' Prius was fully up to spec. The mpg figure that most impressed me was the 52 mpg I obtained between Minehead and Barnstable, across sometimes hilly terrain and always winding narrow roads, at the sort of speeds a typical sales rep might employ."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:39 PM
Mitsubishi and Tokyo Electric Power Co. are jointly developing a new generation electric car, dubbed MIEV (Mitsubishi In-wheel motor Electric Vehicle) and is scheduled for production by 2008."
Read on at Stuff (NZ)
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:33 PM
"This phone from Fujitsu spin-off Net2-Com isn't likely to trouble Vodafone et al, but it does show the way ahead. The WiPCom 1000 is a dual-mode handset that can place potentially free calls over the Internet either through a Wi-Fi connection or by using one of those Air H PHS datacards that are so popular now."
Read on at JapanToday.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:29 PM
3 Minutes recharge equals 3 hours playback.
Maximum 50 hours playback possible.
Hand-friendly design, 1GB 「NW-E307」 and 512M 「NW-E305」.
Comes with FM tuner.
Infor and Pictures from ITMedia (Japan)
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:37 PM
"Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (6752.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday it will start selling a high-definition 65-inch plasma television in Japan from November 1 for less than 1 million yen."
Read on at Reuters.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:29 PM
"IBM, Sony, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., (Sony and SCE together referred to as "Sony Group") and Toshiba today announced the release of key documents that describe technical details of the revolutionary Cell Broadband Engine architecture.
The documents are available at ibm.com and http://cell.scei.co.jp. Toshiba will release the documents once it completes its customer support structure."
Read on at TeamXbox.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:23 PM
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
"How Japan's lack of oil helped make it the world leader in solar panels."
"With oil prices heading toward $70 a barrel, the age of the solar panel is dawning at last, and electronics companies from the land of the rising sun are leading the way. Decades of money-losing research and development are finally paying off at Japanese electronics giants like Sharp, Sanyo, Mitsubishi and Kyocera, who together control about 50% of the global market. "The solar units of these companies are already real businesses, and they are only going to become larger parts of their operations," says Yuki Sugi, a Lehman Bros. analyst in Tokyo who covers Sharp and Sanyo.
Sharp, the world's market leader, sold more than $1 billion worth of solar panels last year and expects a 28% increase this year. Sanyo expects a 60% sales increase this year, and at Kyocera, solar panels account for 5% of the company's total sales and 12% of its operating profit. "Solar is a booming business," says Sharp president Katsuhiko Machida, "and it is one of our core targets for growth."
Read On at Time Asia.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 5:58 PM
"The Shinshu University professor, who developed a key nanotech material called carbon nanotube, is convinced that molecular-scale engineering will revolutionize people's lives in the coming decades."
"Nanotechnology is certain to play a crucial role in creating technological innovations in the 21st century," says Endo, who is believed to be a Nobel Prize candidate for his discovery of nanotubes and a method to mass produce them."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 3:42 PM
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
"Worried about leaving your house empty while you go on vacation? Japan has the answer: a house-sitter robot armed with a digital camera, infrared sensors and a videophone...Stores across Japan started taking orders on Thursday for the Roborior — a watermelon-sized eyeball on wheels that glows purple, blue and orange — continuing the country's love affair with gadgets."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:34 AM
"Japan's space agency plans to launch an arrow-shaped airplane at twice the speed of sound high over the Australian outback as early as next month in a crucial test of the country's push to develop a supersonic successor to the retired Concorde."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:32 AM
Monday, August 22, 2005
"Fujitsu developed the MHV2160BT to address growing demands for mobile hard disk drives with the speed and capacity required for high-end audio/video computing.
The Fujitsu MHV2160BT offers the performance and capacity required for high-end audio/video computing in applications such as gaming, video editing, audio recording, DVR and storage, along with a wide array of related applications. It will be available through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and distributors in 4CQ05."
Read on at Softpedia.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:59 PM
Friday, August 19, 2005
"Mitsubishi Electric announced on August 18 that it will release two power conditioner models for a home solar power system on December 20.
The power conditioner the company has developed transforms direct current power to alternation current power more efficient, reducing electric conversion loss by 18% and achieving the industry's highest power conversion rate of 95.5%.
The lead-free power conditioner, used with a lead-free solar cell module, enables the home solar power system to reduce use of lead by 876g per year."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:04 PM
"NEC (TSE: 6701) launched the Valuestar G Type C, a water-cooled desktop PC, on August 18 exclusively at the company's shopping website NEC Direct (http://www.necdirect.jp/).
In a compact and stylish body with the radiator embedded in the water-cooler unit, the Type C measures 121x414x419mm, achieving a 33% reduction in width compared to the predecessor water-cooled models."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:02 PM
"RIKEN announced on August 18 that its Brain Science Institute has shed light on the mechanism of neuron activities in the visual areas of the brain.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the research group has observed the activities of nerve cells in V1, V2, V3 and V4 areas.
The group has confirmed that the nerve cells in those areas can function in response to environmental changes so that the human can distinguish and visualize objects.
Further, the group has indicated that this discovery will play a role in research on human visual sensitivity."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:00 PM
Thursday, August 18, 2005
"Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. said it will launch its latest hand-held game player, the cell-phone sized GameBoy Micro, in Japan on Sept. 13 and the United States on Sept. 19...The GameBoy Micro, to be priced at $109 in Japan and $99.99 in the United States, has a two-inch screen and comes in four colors -- black, silver, blue or purple, the company said Thursday."
Read on at Businessweek.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:28 PM
"Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd unveiled an electric minicar concept model on Thursday that uses high-performance lithium-ion batteries the automaker says will help it compete against others in developing environment-friendly vehicles.
Fuji Heavy President Kyoji Takenaka said with the Subaru R1e model, Fuji Heavy is ready to challenge Toyota Motor Corp and other rivals leading in technologies for hybrid electric-gasoline or fuel-cell vehicles."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:26 PM
"NOEVIR announced on August 18 that it has identified a unique property of cordyceps sinensis saccardo, a plant worm native to Tibet.
In its recent experiments using rats and human white adipocytes, the company confirmed that extracts of the plant worm can promote the production of adiponectin, a kind of protein that helps promote fat-burning activities and inhibit the development of lifestyle-related diseases.
Consequently, NOEVIR has concluded that the extracts have potential to prevent and improve lifestyle-related diseases. The company plans to apply these findings to the development of dietary supplement products. "
Read on at JCNnetwork.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:22 PM
"This pretty much ends the discussions about the pricing of the Sony PS3 versus Xbox 360. At $299.99, it's only $100 more than a Sony PSP! This baby will fly off the shelves like hotcakes. The next round of game console battle is going to be very interesting. This pricing is not surprising at all, given the competitive nature of the console business."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:14 PM
They hit shops in a couple of flash memory flavours - 512MB and 1GB - with both versions connecting to your PC or Mac via a pop-up USB jack for lemon-squeezy track transfers. Plus, they're not doing a shuffle and sacrificing a screen, each featuring a tiny LED for displaying all your tune info. And as for audio formats, they support the usual suspects with Atrac3plus and MP3 playback."
Read on at Virgin.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:10 PM
"Toshiba Corporation announced that it has developed a new high-end processor core, MeP-h1, the first configurable microprocessor to achieve a 1GHz clock speed. The MeP-h1 is based on Toshiba's "Media embedded Processor" (MeP) architecture for digital consumer and other high performance SoCs. It gives designers the flexibility to customize processors at the design stage, including the ability to change processor configurations and add custom instructions to satisfy application requirements."
Read on at Physorg.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:06 PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Fujitsu Palm Vein Authentication Technology for Condominium Entrance Access Security; First Residential Use of Palm Vein Biometric Security
"Tokyo, Japan, Aug 18, 2005 - (JCN Newswire) - Meiwa Estate Company Limited (TSE: 8869), Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), and Mitsuiwa Corporation today announced that Fujitsu's contactless palm vein authentication technology will be implemented for front entrance security using an auto-lock system, at Meiwa Estate's Clio Shonan-Chigasaki condominium scheduled to be newly constructed by March 2006 in the southwest region of metropolitan Tokyo. This represents the first residential use in metropolitan Tokyo of Fujitsu's palm vein authentication technology for condominium entry security. Fujitsu and Mitsuiwa Corporation will jointly support installation of equipment for management of building entry security, including Fujitsu's contactless palm vein authentication device."
Read on at JCNNetwork.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 10:04 PM
"Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd said Wednesday it plans to commercialize the Wakamaru humanoid robot, possibly within this year, as the company has now formed an alliance on the business with seven firms."
Read on at JapanToday.
Picture from ITmedia (Japan).
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:47 PM
"Lest you think RFID is the only technology being used in Japan to track kids, Fujitsu is testing a system that can store detailed data in QR Codes, eliminating the need for kids to wear or carry a digital device."
Read on at Engadget.
"Sony HDTVs have an impressive contrast ratio of 5000:1 (my LCD monitor is 500:1). They come in 50-inch and 60-inch and will retail for $4000 and $5000 respectively."
Read on at Ubergizmo.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:19 PM
"Sony has announced a line of dual layer DVD burners, the internal DRU-810A and the external DRX-810UL, both supposedly able to support the fastest 8X DVD+R Double Layer recording speed, and capable of burning up to 8.5GB of data in around fifteen minutes."
Read on at The Inquirer.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:04 PM
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
"Tokyo (JCN) - Showa Shell Sekyu has announced production of next-generation CIS (copper, nidium, selenium) solar batteries on a commercial basis in 2007.
Photovoltaic power generation that utilizes inexhaustible solar energy is expected to play a crucial role in curbing global warming.
Showa Shell has worked on solar batteries since 1978 with the aim of making them a new business and developed technologies to improve conversion efficiency and produce solar batteries in commercial volume.
Leveraging such technologies, the company will construct the world's first CIS solar battery plant for commercial production, beginning in December 2005.
To be located in Miyazaki Prefecture, the plant will have a capacity to produce 20MW of batteries per year. Commercial production is expected to start in the beginning of 2008."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:46 PM
"The MK4007GAL does 40GB on a single platter, which means thinner portable audio players with fewer read/write heads (and thus fewer points of failure). Their new Gigabeat F41 will apparently use the new perpdrive, and they’ve plans to release an 80GB version, the MK8007GAH, later this year."
Read on at Engadget.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:21 PM
"Firms providing the latest in biometric security, using systems that can identify an individual's face, hand or fingerprint, are enjoying a boom in Japan amid an increase in forgery and cybercrime.
The technology includes ways to combat credit card fraud and Internet offences such as identity theft by avoiding the need for PIN numbers, as well as doors that dispense with conventional locks and instead rely on face recognition.
Some analysts say technology vendors including Fujitsu-Frontech Ltd. have great potential in the biometrics security market which, although expected to grow sharply, is still in its infancy."
Read on at Reuters.
Monday, August 15, 2005
"We first saw this phone as a mockup over a year ago, when it was billed as a Fujitsu-developed unit that'd be coming out in the autumn. It now looks like it'll be coming out this autumn (September, to be precise) as Kaga Electronics' WiPCom1000."
Read on at dottocomu.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 9:29 PM
"With energy costs soaring on an almost daily basis, car manufacturer Toyota has released news that the production model of a hybrid Toyota Prius can achieve 110 miles per gallon. That is not the crowning glory, however..."
Read on at Ubergizmo.
"A flexible, electronic skin could provide robots, car seats and even carpets the ability to sense pressure and heat. Japanese researchers say the new "skin" would not only sense both heat and pressure, but would be flexible, cheap and easy to make."
"Thus, it will be possible in the near future to make an electronic skin that has functions that human skin lacks by integrating various sensors not only for pressure and temperature, but also for light, humidity, strain, or ultrasonic."
Read on at ABC (AU).
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:19 PM
"Sanyo Electric and International Business Machines (IBM), said the prototype fuel cell system can provide eight hours of battery life using replaceable methanol fuel cartridges."
Read on at Fuel Cell Today.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:08 PM
"It is reported from Japan that Honda, General Motors and BMW have agreed to jointly develop technologies for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Under the banner of an LH (Liquid Hydrogen) Consortium, the partners will also be concerned with developing hydrogen-powered engines."
Read on at Newcarnet (UK).
Posted by dayoo_kun at 8:05 PM
Sunday, August 14, 2005
"The Audio Technica EC7 headphones truly do offer extraordinary sound quality and fantastic style. They are inner-ear headphones that are still comfortable...Available in Silver or Gun Metal, includes 1m cord and carrying pouch."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 10:49 PM
"TRON Project Leader Ken Sakamura, in cooperation with Toyota Home K.K., has designed and developed a new intelligent home based on TRON and other leading edge technologies. Called "Toyota Dream House PAPI," this new intelligent home is designed to reflect the ubiquitous computing technologies that will be available for intelligent home construction in the year 2010."
Read on at Ken Sakamura's HP.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 7:43 PM
"OSAKA, Japan (AFP) - After conquering Earth, instant noodles have now headed into space with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who brought a new zero-gravity version aboard the US shuttle Discovery.
Nissin Food, whose invention of instant noodles sparked a 65 billion pack-a-year global industry, developed a special ball-shaped version of the usually dangling noodle that space-travellers can eat easily with a fork.
Space Ram, unveiled by the firm hours after Noguchi and his six fellow astronauts blasted off Wednesday, comes in four different flavors -- soy sauce, miso, curry and pork broth."
Posted by dayoo_kun at 3:12 PM
"Tokyo Electric Power Company is preparing to start this project in 2006. 130 tons of discarded fiber cable are generated annually by Tokyo Electric Power Company. By recycling, approximately 3400 drums are produced from them, and it is able to reduce 50% of the amount of industrial wastes to be buried."
Read on at JCN.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 11:41 AM
"This month, NTT DoCoMo plans to release a phone that can slow down a speaker’s voice by up to 0.7x — it’s yet another phone targeted at the elderly who can presumably benefit from processing the slower dialogue."
Read more at Engadget.
Posted by dayoo_kun at 10:46 AM
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