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[6 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
A Cyborg Vision of Humanity – Keitai Girl

It’s hard to imagine life without a mobile phone, isn’t it? We and our cellphones have become inseparable. Your music player, video player, mini -computer, GPS, the list goes on. However the most important thing about cellphones is the that fact they keeps us connected and this is inspiration behind Noriko Yamaguchi’s “Keitai Girl” (Cellphone Girl). This piece is embodiment of modern human’s perpetual connection to cyberspace.

Created way back in 2003, the Keitai Girl was the artist herself in a skin-tight suit covered with silver cellphone keypads (Back …

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[1 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Video: Transparent touchscreen Smartphone – Docomo

Finally got some video of DoCoMo’s transparent touchscreen smartphone prototype at Wireless Japan 2012. As mentioned before it’s not suitable for bright areas, though the visibility is surprisingly not bad at close range. The touchscreen response was great and I can see how having two surfaces would make it easier give more complex commands, e.g. while playing a game. Looking forward to seeing this technology on the market. When they tackle to visibility factor and give us a bigger display, transparent touchscreen could be the next big thing.

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[24 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Subway advertising using FeliCa NFC chips

Japanese advertising agency Shunkosha have come on with a clever way to get more eye-balls for their ads in Tokyo subways. They’ve started embedding FeliCa NFC chips in straps on the train. Commuters are encouraged to hold their wallet cellphones up to the straps so that the phone browsers will be taken to an embedded URL. These straps can be seen on the Marunouchi and Ginza subway lines. Travel agency H.I.S was the first company to start using this medium.

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[3 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
Nissan Creates a Self Healing iPhone Case

Now your cellphone case can magically heal itself from scratches. Nissan has announced that they will be applying their Scratch Shield technology to iPhone cases. This self-healing technology has been used on paint jobs of Nissan and Infinity cars for the past four years. Now you can have it in the palm of you hands.

It works by using a polyrotaxane-based paint layer over a ABS plastic shell. The gel like substance can heal small scratches in as little as an hour while larger more serious scratches may take up a …

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[14 Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]
Bad Breath, Hunger, and Alcohol Level Detector Apps for Android [Video]

Japanese cellphone operators DoCoMo had a strong showing at this year’s CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies 2011). The company exhibited a number of Android based mobile devices centered around monitoring health and diet. Among the devices on display were a food photograph analyzer, a hunger/fat burning detector,a breath checker and a breathalyzer.

The hunger analyzer consisted of a smartphone mounted on a cradle attached to an acetone detector. Acetone is a compound that is released by the body when we metabolize fat, so we produce more acetone when we’re hungry. …

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[9 Oct 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Analyze Calorie Info from Pictures of Food.

On a diet? How would you like to know how many calories you will be taking in from a meal in a restaurant by just taking a picture of it. DOCOMO is working on a application which analyzes pictures of food to give a rough estimate of how many calories are contained within. At the demo we saw a smartphone running an Android app used to take pictures of meals (actually pretty convincing plastic food). The photos were then uploaded to a server where the user is presented with 10 …

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[6 Jul 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Ingenious Virtual Shopping in Korean Subways [Video]

UK grocery retailer Tesco has found a way to one-up the competition in the Korean market, they’ve gone virtual. The company has come up with an innovative way of shopping online. Costumers can browse displays in a subway station and buy products by using smartphones to scan QR codes beneath pictures of the goods they want. The groceries are then delivered to the buyers shortly after they’ve returned home. This system has been a huge success as it is a great way to do something useful while waiting for the …

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[6 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
See-Through Cellphone Screens Now in Mass Production

TDK has started mass production of transparent organic electroluminescent (EL) displays; the UEL476. These are see-through screens that can display colored images. The UEL476 screen is 2.4-inches (320 x 240) and is was made specially for mobile devices such as cellphones. Though see-through, your privacy is protected, as the on the opposite side of the screen, displayed images cannot be seen.
We saw a mono-color prototype of these screens at CEATEC last year (video below). Good to see them out this year as TDK promised. Looking forward to what manufacturers will do …

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[26 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Wanna Study Japanese? Now You Don’t Need to.

Wanna learn Japanese? Why spent countless hours with your face in text books or embarrassing yourself with your horrible pronunciation? Wouldn’t it be cool to have a device that let’s you understand any language on the planet? We’re one step closer, now the the technology exists for you to have a telephone conversation with someone speaking a completely different language.
Docomo is developing an automatic translation service which provides two translation of both speakers’ language in real-time. Not only does it provide an audio translation but it also displays what was …

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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.