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[29 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
ASIMO’s Story – Honda’s Anniversary Video

“I want you to make Astro Boy—you know, the comic book robot.”
“What?” said Hirose, not believing his ears. Honda was going to make a robot?
ASIMO is the beloved crowned prince of humanoid robots. It’s been 10 years since he first made his debut to the world, gaining a fanboys and girls internationally and inspiring a new generation of robot makers. Honda is making a big deal of this event with a week long celebration from October 30th to November 3rd at the Honda Plaza.
Honda’s website just released the “ASIMO 10th …

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[25 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Two Movies, One TV, No Problem! – Laval Virtual

Laval Virtual is a French event showcasing innovations in virtual and augmented reality. At Tokyo’s DC Expo 2010 they presented two exhibits.
Scritter developed by Japan’s Kanagawa Institute of Technology, is a setup that allows users to to view two different movies on the same screen at the same time without split-screen. So it’s possible for parents to watch the news and the kids to play video games on the same TV. You can watch Stallone rearrange someone’s face while your girlfriend watches the latest romantic comedy in your arms.
This is …

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[20 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
AirStrike – “The Iron Man Experience”

“The Touchless Iron Man Experience”  was title of LM3 Labs display at Digital Content Expo 2010. They showcased their product “AirStrike”. A virtual mouse that interprets the user’s hand gestures in mid-air and enables interaction with on screen graphics. Kinda like the holographic UI that Tony Stark uses in the Iron Man movies (hence the title). Here’s how it works.

AirStrike is a already being used by big names like Chanel, Cartier and Marlboro; for their interactive catalogs. 3LM hopes for more widespread use internationally and in a wide variety …

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[18 Oct 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Robots Sing Ponyo DC Expo 2010

Yamaha presented a collaboration between PaPeRo and Vocaloid. But this probably means nothing to you if you don’t know who those are.
PaPeRo -Stands for “Partner-type-Personal-Robot”. A research robot from NEC. This bot was created with the aim of it being a personal partner for us humans. It features; speech sensors, facial recognition software, touch sensors and more. And it’s cute as hell.
Vocaloid – A voice synthesizer by Yamaha. Speech and singing can be synthesized from typed text. This software is known for producing the first successful “virtual idol”. …

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[15 Oct 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
AR Walker – Augmented Reality Tour Guide

DOCOMO’s AR Walker, with this you’d never be lost again. The AR walker aims to be you own personal augmented reality tour guide.

Imagine you were lost in a huge city in foreign country and you suck at reading maps. All you would have to do is attach a small device to your glasses. The mounted device has a screen that gives you directions to, and information about your target location. If you’re going the wrong way an arrow would appear to point you in the right direction. When …

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[13 Oct 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Futuristic Displays: You can text and see where you’re going.

TDK presented two futuristic OLED displays that they have in the works.
The first a see-through display demoed on cellphones. The user is able to see the on screen information but someone on the opposite side only sees transparent glass. This could be applied to glasses enriching the experience of augmented reality programs. (check out the scouter)

The other was a thin and flexible film display. This was displayed in really cool wrist bands, playing video graphics. Sony has already presented a similar product but TDK plans to start production of these …

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[11 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]
Robot Teddy Bears

Fujitsu’s “Social Robot Bear Cubs” made a showing at CEATEC 2010 in all their cuteness. The furry little ones where created to help take care of the elderly.
The teddies are equipped with a nose camera which allows the them to detect faces and respond to movements e.g. If you wave at a Teddy he’ll wave back. Also 13 touch sensors around the body making them able to respond to physical stimuli. They have a set of 300 different different movements in response to user interaction.

The bears can be programmed …

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[30 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Motion Capture Systems at TGS 2010

Japanese company Zero C Seven showcased two motion capture systems at TGS10. The MVN from The Netherlands and Organic Motion from the states.
MVN is a camera-less motion tracking system that gives developers the ability to take motion capture out of the studio and into the field. The actor wears a tracking suit with 17 sensors which transmit data to be applied to a computer model that mimics the actor’s movements. Because of the portable nature of MVN, motion capture can be done in virtually any environment. This gives game …

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[24 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Tokyo Game Show Montage [Video]

Here’s a montage of footage from TGS 2010. It’s everything you’d expect from the most popular video game convention in Asia. The big names in the gaming industry were out (sans Nintedo as usual), so were the hot booth babes and cosplayers. It was quite the spectacle; check out the scenes.

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[31 Aug 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
iPad Cash Register

FLAVIUS is a  low cost point of sales cash register centered around the iPad. It was recently featured at the Interfood Japan Izakaya Expo.
The iPad (and iPod) is used both as an ordering device and a cash register. It was also has an attendance and revenue management system which is in-sync with online data.
FLAVIUS was not the iPad’s only showing at the Interfood expo. A system which allowed customers to order from the comfort of their seats using the apple product was also featured. Japan is taking full advantage of …

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