04/29/2010, Solar technology and spaceships are always cool subjects to talk about, and now the folks over in Japan are planning to launch a spacecraft powered by solar sails into deep space. The vessel has been dubbed Ikaros (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun). The creators of this vessel dub it a “space yacht” since it has 46-foot sails that are thinner than any human hair. Aside from its […]
04/28/2010, The Vaio brand from Sony has often been one that is high end where notebooks are concerned, and it looks set to be expanded further with Sony Japan dropping hits of a new ultra mobile Vaio. Currently, there is no other information concerning the ultra mobile device, but could it be another netbook to follow in the footsteps of the Vaio P? Only time will tell, so why not keep […]
04/28/2010, While flat screen displays are more common nowadays, we don’t mind some of those giant curved displays too, and the folks over at the Kansai airport in Japan are showing off a 4 x 3 meter curved plasma display, touted by the airport operator as the world’s largest curved digital display. The display is used to display Japanese tourist sites and culture at the international flight departure area.
04/27/2010, This has been such a long time coming that it’s not even funny anymore. Word is going around that major retailers such as Target, GameStop and Future Shop have stated that the black version of the Nintendo Wii will be going on sale on May 9th in the US, with the Canadian release set for May 23rd. The console itself is identical to the current white version, but the bundle […]
04/27/2010, USB chargers don’t always have to look like ugly black boxes, as can be proven by these heart-shaped USB chargers. Available in bright red, light pink and a darker pink, these chargers will be able to recharge devices that require a USB port for power. It’ll set you back $31, which might be a tad expensive, but it could make a pretty gift.
04/26/2010, Yokowo of Japan have come up with a prototype device which can light an LED lamp with a wireless power feeding system thanks to magnetic field resonance. The power transmission efficiency is pretty impressive as well, touching at least 85% as long as the transmission distance remains between 5mm to 10mm. The LED lamp itself is powered by 10mW of juice, and Yokowo hopes to commercialize this device within the […]
04/26/2010, The Japanese are at the forefront of cutting edge technology most of the time, and we do have word that they are working on a new project that involves mind control of consumer home products including air conditioners, where sensors will be able to tell from the body temperature in a room and make the appropriate adjustments to the temperature. Guess if you start to feel as though you were […]
04/26/2010, It seems that at least six Japanese companies, which include NTT DoCoMo, Renesas Electronics, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mobile and Sharp, have teamed up to come up with a new mobile application platform which will target Symbian and Linux mobile operating systems. The reason behind the collaboration isn’t entirely clear at the moment, but if you think about it, these companies can save a lot of time and effort if they […]
04/26/2010, Ah, Floppy disks, if you’re quite young, you may not even have used them before, and now it seems that the next generation will probably never come into contact with this ancient medium. According to reports, Sony has announced its decision to end sales of its 3.5-inch floppy disks in Japan from March next year, coupled with the fact that Sony holds about 70 percent of the floppy disk market, […]
04/24/2010, Pentax is no stranger to offering multicolored DSLR cameras, but they’re generally available outside of the US. Now Pentax will be offering several new colors for its K-x DSLR camera. The camera, which is currently available in black or red, will be joined by bright colors such as green, blue, orange and purple. Regardless of the color of the camera you choose, they will all set you back $650, and […]
04/23/2010, While there’s hardly any doubt that Apple’s iPhone is incredibly successful, whether it would be able to crack the tricky Japanese market is another issue. But according to recent stats, those worries were probably unfounded, as Apple has more or less dominated the Japanese smartphone market, holding a healthy 72.2 percent of said market, while its closest rival, HTC, has just 11.1 percent. It’s worth noting that folks in Japan […]
04/22/2010, You might remember the Acer Aspire One 752 that we mentioned last month, and now it seems that the folks over in Japan will be getting it too, albeit with slightly different specs. This notebook will be going on sale in Japan from April 23rd, and will be priced at 59,800 Yen ($641). The main difference is that the Aspire One 752 will be sporting a dual-core 1.2GHz Intel Celeron […]
04/21/2010, Pioneer has unveiled the DV-420V and DV-220V over in Japan. These players offer a HDMI port, MP3, DivX, WMA playback support. If you’re comfortable with the 10,800 Yen ($115) asking price for the DV-420V, you might want to go for that as it supports WMV and MPEG-4 AAC files.
04/21/2010, You might recall the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 that was on show at CES a while back. If you were wowed by this notebook and live in Japan, you’re in luck, as the notebook is scheduled to be available in Japan this weekend. Specifications of the IdeaPad Y560 are juicy, sporting specs such as: