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KDDI fuel cell makes battery recharging a snap

10/08/2009, KDDI has recently shown off a new fuel cell battery that can be refilled with methanol, where it will run for up to 320 hours before requiring another refill. This prototype fuel cell is a type of hybrid device which will be coupled to a lithium ion...

KDDI Polaris robot handset concept

10/08/2009, KDDI took the opportunity to parade their Polaris robot handset concept at CEATEC, where it apparently closes up as a ball when not in use, only to blossom whenever you want to remove it from its cradle. It seems to come with a full touchscreen display...

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...

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...

AU Ply concept phone materializes

09/09/2009, What used to be a conceptual handset has materialized into something real – the Ply cellphone from AU of Japan. It is pretty much an ordinary handset in the Land of the Rising Sun when it comes to functions, but check out the form factor of this...

720 DVDs downloaded in a second

07/28/2009, KDDI R&D Laboratories have collaborated with Japan’s National Institute of Information & Communications Technology (NICT), where their partnership resulted in the most advanced fiber optic cable in the world. Just how advanced, you ask?...

MicroSD cards with WiFi by KDDI

07/23/2009, At Wireless Japan, KDDI* has demonstrated MicroSD cards with a WiFi functionality. Even if there’s no lack of WIFI support, we think that the sheer feast of integration is worth a post. It’s not so much that cramming a WIFI chip in a MicroSD...

Hitachi Mobile Hi-Vision Cam Woo

05/22/2009, With a name like Hitachi Mobile Hi-Vision Cam Woo, we can’t help but be interested with what this can offer you. It does record video in 720p resolution (although it isn’t the first), and also packs in a 5-megapixel sensor, HDMI interface and...