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Eyes on with Sony's 360 degree 3D display

Sony on Thursday unveiled an impressive 3D display that can be viewed from any direction. The screen, development of which was announced earlier this week, is on show until Sunday at the DC Expo in Tokyo.

Written by Martyn Williams23 Oct. 09 07:50

Goodbye steering wheel, here comes drive-by-joystick

Today it's the stuff of video games but Toyota is experimenting with joystick control for a new breed of compact cars and transporters. The world's biggest car maker built the technology into a couple of concept vehicles that were on display Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Written by Martyn Williams21 Oct. 09 21:43

Sony develops 360-degree 3D display

Sony will later this week unveil a prototype 3D display that can be seen through 360 degrees without the need to wear special glasses.

Written by Martyn Williams19 Oct. 09 17:39

Panasonic has big plans for robots

Panasonic is getting serious about robotics and has begun a push to commercialize a series of robots over the next few years.

Written by Martyn Williams16 Oct. 09 22:32

Mobile-phone simulator helps coordinate an outfit

Choosing and buying clothes via a mobile phone is getting easier in Japan with the launch of a new service that allows shoppers to simulate an outfit before they buy.

Written by Martyn Williams12 Oct. 09 09:20

Microsoft loses Sidekick users' personal data

Contacts, calendar entries, photographs and other personal information of Sidekick users has almost certainly been lost for good following a service disruption at Sidekick provider Danger, the Microsoft subsidiary said on Saturday.

Written by Martyn Williams11 Oct. 09 12:47

Japan's Ceatec sees big drop in visitors

The number of visitors to Ceatec, Japan's largest consumer electronics exhibition, fell by roughly a quarter compared to last year, organizers said on Sunday.

Written by Martyn Williams11 Oct. 09 09:40

KDDI pairs a mobile phone with a robot

As mobile phones add more features and more users connect with social media, the cell phone becomes a more important part of people's lives. Japanese carrier KDDI has developed a robot companion that seeks to bridge the gap between a phone and its user and a prototype was shown at this week's Ceatec expo near Tokyo.

Written by Martyn Williams11 Oct. 09 12:37

CEATEC: Toshiba shows first TV based on Cell chip

Hoping to set itself apart from other television makers, Toshiba will soon put on sale in Japan the first television based on the powerful Cell multimedia processor, the same chip that's used in the PlayStation 3. The Cell Regza TV boasts several advanced features including the ability to simultaneously record eight high-definition channels.

Written by Martyn Williams05 Oct. 09 17:56

Sony prototype sends electricity through the air

Despite the numerous technologies that exist for sending data through the air there's one cable that most gadgets can't do without at some time. The power cable remains a necessary but sometimes unsightly part of many modern electronic appliances -- but now even that might be on the way out.

Written by Martyn Williams02 Oct. 09 19:59
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