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[11 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Windows that Transform into Mirrors [Video]

Imagine if all the windows in your house could become mirrors with just the press of a button. You wouldn’t need blinds, also the temperature of you home during summer could be significantly reduced. This could work for your car windows too; saving you the use of your AC on those days when you have to park in the boiling sun.
AIST is currently developing the technology to do this. These “switchable mirrors” can alternate with between a transparent state and a reflective state. This is achieved only with the …

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[9 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Elfoid Portable Telepresence Robot

Here is an interesting concept; a mobile phone one that is actually a genuine android. The Elfoid is a robotic cellphone that acts as an avatar for the user on the other end of the line. This creepy looking phone aims to use a camera and a motion-tracking system to mimic the head movement and facial expression of the user.

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[27 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Feb 27

World’s 1st Full-blown ‘AR Glasses’
Augmented reality (AR) head mounted displays (HMD) are nothing new. But what’s different about these AR glasses form Vuzix Corp is that they don’t block your view of the real world, the only enhance it. When you put on the glasses they are transparent, then with the HMD operational computer generated images are super imposed onto the user’s field of view. Images are generated via small projectors that cast light that reaches the naked eye by light guiding lenses and holographic film. The glasses uses a …

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[21 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Feb 19

Tokyo’s “Robot & Human Concert”
Toyota recently showcased their i-REAL personal mobility vehicle and brought along their musically gifted Partner Robots to set the mood. A violin playing robot and trumpet playing robot performed with human musicians as the i-REAL was being demonstrated. Check out (wo)man and machine playing the violin in harmony.

Here’s the i-REAL in motion.

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Turn Plastic Bags to Fuel at Home

Those of us who haven’t been eco-friendly enough to carry our own bags to the supermarket, have wasted countless numbers of plastic …

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[14 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Feb 12

Robot Baby Head

Meet Affetto (Italian for affection), he’s a robot designed to look like a human infant of about 1 to 2 years old. Affetto is currently only a head, but researchers have put a lot of effort into his realistic facial expressions. His skin is made of soft rubber and beneath are a motors and wires attached to different points on the face. These are used the simulate different facial expressions, for example his eyebrows a can move up and down, his upper lip can protrude, his eyes move …

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[10 Feb 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Why “Over-The-Top” Adoption will be Slow in Japan

The term “over-the-top” has recently become industry lingo that essentially means getting your favorite content delivered to your television through an Internet connected device rather than through a cable line or satellite dish. In most cases, this doesn’t mean free television per se, but the content available is on demand and very often a la carte. Shows and movies can be watched at any time and may be sold per movie, per episode or per season.
Last January, ad consulting firm Hill Holliday conducted a study in which five …

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[6 Feb 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Feb 5

Make Music by Touching Your Friends
Ningen Gakki (Human Musical Instrument) is a new toy from Takara Tomy that turns the body into a musical instrument.  A sound is produced when one person holding the Ningen Gakki taps another, up to four people can join in the fun. The toy makes a variety of sounds depending on the combination of it’s 4 diodes being touched.

Bluetooth-capable Digital Pen
The AirPenPocket can wirelessly transmit and store characters and imagines drawn on paper. This means you can take notes and draw pictures while out and …

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[30 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Jan 29

Sony Dominated the Media
The most hype this week went to Sony with the release of a follow up to their PSP. The Internet was alive with rumors of about what features the PSP2 would have, and thanks to Sony’s presentation at Play Station Meeting 2011, we now know what to expect from “the next generation portable”, NGP.

That’s not all from Sony this week. Mock-up pictures of the “Play Station Phone” started showing up on blogs as early as August last year. Engadget finally got their hands on one. Here’s their …

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[22 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Jan 22

Ultra Tiny DLSR Cameras

If you’re fan of cute miniaturized things that takes pictures, then rejoice. Japanese retailer JTT recently released the Chobi Cam One. These Ultra tiny DSLR cameras take pictures and video, and can use magnetically attached interchangeable lenses. As expected, the images captured by these little things aren’t of the highest quality, but aren’t they cute?! A Chobi Cam One costs about $120.
Source: JTT via: Akihabara News
Kinect Controlled Robot
Remember when people used to talk about the Kinect, they were talking about video games? Here is yet another …

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[16 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
This Week in Japan Tech Jan 15

Super Cooled Supercomputer

One problem with supercomputers is that they produce massive amounts of heat. The energy required for cooling these systems is about 30 to 50 percent of their total energy consumption. The Tokyo Institute of technology plans to leave the cooling to nature by using ice, snow and underground water from colder regions such as Hokkaido. If this 5 year project is successful it could mean large amounts of energy would be saved.
via Far East Gizmos Photo: Michael Yamashita
Hot Booze Creates a Superconductor
Who said alcohol was good for nothing?
A …

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