04/02/2010, Do you remember the 3D goodness on the PS3 that we checked out at CEATEC 2009? We previously mentioned that the 3D firmware update for the PS3 would be arriving in the summer, and now it seems that we’ve got more confirmation on it, as the latest episode of Qore, Sony’s downloadable PSN promotional series, has confirmed that the 3D firmware will be released this summer. Aside from that, there’s […]
10/11/2009, CEATEC, which is the biggest consumer electronics show in Japan, is always a good place to see concepts and trends from some of the biggest electronics brands. Despite the recession, there were a bunch of interesting to look at, and if you missed last week’s coverage, here’s your chance to catch-up on the best stuff from CEATEC 09. 3D Stereo TV and projectors Everyone that makes displays was showing some […]
10/08/2009, [CEATEC 2009] We visited the Panasonic Center in Tokyo where the company has a huge showroom. The most interesting demo was the “life wall”, a wall-sized screen that is Panasonic’s vision of how visual our life can get in the future. The wall is interactive and can display any type of data. As you move around, the content follows you. As you get closer or farther from the wall, movies […]
10/07/2009, [CEATEC 2009] Kohjinsha has unveiled their latest PA Series MID at CEATEC, and we like the extremely svelte measurements of 161mm x 111mm x 10mm (26mm when extended), tipping the scales at a relatively lightweight 400 grams. You won’t be able to use this to get your work deadlines done when you’re under pressure, but it ought to provide enough juice to handle just about all of your portable entertainment […]
10/07/2009, [CEATEC 2009] UQ, the sole Wimax carrier in Japan was showing this personal Wi-Fi hotspot device. It connects to the internet via WiMax, and serves as a wireless router for your personal devices. It’s like a MiFi, if you are familiar with that one. When WiMax is not available (in the subway and other “difficult” places), users can connect freely via Wi-Fi, thanks to the partnership between UQ and paid […]
10/07/2009, [CEATEC 209] The Ceatec show arguably had way too many “3D” (stereo) TVs this year. Not only they all have similar functionalities, they also require glasses, which is annoying and not family-friendly. This 3D stereo kiosk does not require special glasses and displays the best stereo 3D that I have seen so far. It can do that, thanks to a pair of cameras that track your eyes, it can adapt […]
10/07/2009, [CEATEC 209] I stumbled on these strange looking speakers while walking in the Hall 4 of the show floor. They look like some kind of water pack, but you are looking at wearable speakers here. Apparently, the manufacturer is aiming at customers who would rather use speakers than headphones, may be bicyclists, for example. Anyway, I tired them on and I was surprised by the sound quality. It sounds good. […]
10/07/2009, [CEATEC 2009] Korean company Soundgraph is demonstrating how it can control up to 6 small USB displays connected to a single PC. The idea is to turn these displays into dedicated touch devices like a media player, a calendar, photo frame and so on. One master application runs on the computer itself and that is where the smartness happens. It’s pretty cool and I’ll have to find out if it […]
10/07/2009, [CEATEC 09] KDDI was showing this bizarre “joystick” for mobile phones based on a plastic tube that is stuck on the back of a cellphone by a magnet. The idea is to attach this white tube so that the phone’s camera can look into it. At the end of the joystick, there’s a color pattern (one red and one blue square) that the camera can track by “seeing” any motion […]
10/07/2009, [CEATEC 09] CRISTAL, which means Control of Remotely Interface Systems using Touch-based Action in Living spaces, is a touch user interface concept based on a live video feed. It works by using a webcam placed in the ceiling that continuously captures a view (from above) of the room. Users can define zones that will be controlled, like lamps or a TV in this demo. Lamps are simple objects that can […]
10/07/2009, Lenovo’s Ideapad U150 was seen at CEATEC 2009, which is pretty much a mysterious 11.6” notebook since not much information about it has surfaced online till now. We do know it comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, aided by 2GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive and an Intel GMA X4500 graphics card crammed into a chassis measuring 13.5mm thin while tipping the scales at 1.35kg.
10/07/2009, [CEATEC 2009] ALPS has created a system that uses the human body electric conductivity to transmit fair amounts of data (streaming music…). It was demonstrated last year, but now major carriers like DoCoMo are investing in it. Basically, if you and I were both equipped with a compatible handset, we could exchange our business cards or other information simply by shaking hands. It could work for Kiosks and subway tickets […]
10/07/2009, [CEATEC 2009] Murata, the unicyclist robot that uses sensors to stay balanced has been upgraded at this year’s Ceatec in Tokyo. Thanks to new sensors, it can now ride three times as fast (15cm/sec), and handles itself much better in turn (tight turns!). The Murata robot can also detect obstacles and is incredibly accurate. As a demo, they made it ride a narrow (2cm) slant without falling. The robot is […]
10/06/2009, [CEATEC 2009] As OLED becomes cheaper to produce, it will be used not only for displays, but also for lighting. The main advantage of OLED is that designers are given much more freeedom when compared to traditional or fluorescent bulbs. This chandelier was exposed in the “Green IT” section, although I’m not sure how low the power consumption is.