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KDDI camera based controller for phones

The CEATEC name stands for Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies and is Japan’s largest consumer electronics show. It is regarded by most observers as Japan’s equivalent of the US-based Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Official CEATEC site and mobile application

The show is a platform for Japanese electronics manufacturer to show their latest products and technologies. Besides the show floor, there are numerous presentations and seminars held during the fair. In 2013, CEATEC is held in Tokyo’s Makuhari-Messe convention center from Oct 1 to Oct 1.

Ubergizmo is media partner of CEATEC and Ubergizmo’s co-founder Hubert Nguyen is one of the “CEATEC Innovation Awards” judges in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.


KDDI camera-based controller for phones

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...

Cristal, a Surface-like table prototype

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...

What if your Roomba could see?

10/07/2009, [CEATEC 09] Some developers have extended the smartness of the Roomba vacuum robot by using simple 2D barcodes to give it instructions. There are about two dozen codes, and each mean something specific like “clean this place” or “go over...

Lenovo Ideapad U150 at CEATEC

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...

ALPS human body data transfer getting traction

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...

Murata: Evolved (unicyclist robot)

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...

OLED Chandelier

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...

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....