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3M MPro120 pico projector

10/06/2009, [CEATEC 2009] The 3M Pico projector is not only cute, but it can also display a 640 x 480 image ranging in size from 8” to 50”, depending on the distance to the screen. It’s not very much, but it can scale an incoming video signal down,...

Acrylic TV furniture: too much?

10/06/2009, [CEATEC 2009] You’ve all seen acrylic PC cases. Sometimes they look cool, but would you have acrylic AV furniture instead? I find the LED lighting to be disturbing when watching a movie in the dark. What about all the mess that I usually try to hide...

Sony shows off OLED all-display laptop concept

10/06/2009, [CEATEC 2009] Sony is showing a few cool OLED prototypes: a reader, a bracelet and a laptop. The most eye-catching one is the all-display laptop that ditches the physical keyoard in favor of a virtual one. It looks amazingly light, but you can bet that no...

KDDI 1Gbps IR short-range data transfer (updated)

10/06/2009, [CEATEC 2009] Sharing data among gadgets has been on KDDI’s plate for a while. While last year’s demo comprised of a prototype handset, this time around KDDI is using real handsets, even if that one is still a little thick (most cellphones are...

Yamaha VocaLoid Humanoid Robot

10/06/2009, [CEATEC 2009] This Vocaloid Robot was presented at the Sekai Camera booth. I saw it yesterday, but I wanted to get a closer look before I share it with you all. Its creators have worked on making the skin, facial expressions and the lip to synchronize in...

Nissan EPORO robot learns driving from fish

10/06/2009, [CEATEC 2009] Over the past couple of years, Nissan has used cute robots as a mean to communicate their R&D efforts and it’s hard not to pay attenton. This year,a group of EPORO robots (six) were shown rolling around in a tight group, without...

Toshiba handsets getting greener

10/06/2009, Not surprisingly, “green” is big deal in Japan as well and Toshiba was eager to show how eco-friendly their handsets are. Besides being more eco-sensitive, another consequence of the green boom is that companies are very low-power oriented....

Cell Regza Next 4K2K HDTV inspected

10/06/2009, [CEATEC 2009] Yesterday, I checked out a gigantic 4k2K ($ x the 1080p resolution), but Toshiba wants to see that in our homes, so they presented a prototype at Ceatec. So, how does it fare? Well, on a 50″ display, it looked a little sharper, but it...

DoCoMo Wooden Phone hands-on

10/05/2009, [CEATEC 2009] We had our hands on the Wooden phone concept (there are two) from DoCoMo that we published about recently. We’ve been told that the shell is made from compressed wood that is so tightly compressed that it is not porous. It should...

Sony Stereo 3D Camera and Projector

10/05/2009, [CEATEC 2009] Sony was demonstrating its most advanced stereo 3D tech in the form of a (huge) camera and the accompanying dual-image projector (above photo). The camera can shoot stereo 3D footage using a single lens (huh?) and separates the left and...

Sony Stereo 3D on PlayStation 3, Hands-On

10/05/2009, CEATEC 2009] Sony was showing stereo 3d on the PS3. I looked at a demo KillZone 2 (the intro) and it was quite interesting to watch. It looks like something that that would be done in the driver on a PC (that’s how it works on many games) but PS3...

Toshiba Cell Regza

10/05/2009, [CEATEC 2009] Toshiba has been touting CELL-powered (the same processor inside the Sony PS3) TVs for a while, and this time around, it’s not about the video capabilities anymore, the emphasis was put on internet connectivity, applications and...

DoCoMo eye-motion based phone control

10/05/2009, [CEATEC 2009] DoCoMo researchers are working on a new way to control your cellphone, by using the motion of your eyeballs. Sensors are placed in the earphones and they detect small electrical variations when the eyeballs are moving. Right now, they have...

Kohjinsha Dual-Screen Laptop

10/05/2009, [CEATEC 2009] Kohjinsha was presenting its 10.1″ dual-screen netbook. The photo doesn’t do justice to its size, but as you can guess, 10.1″ is much smaller than the mammoth that Lenovo came up with last year. That said, the computer is...