TDK Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording Boosts HDD Capacity (HAMR)

At CEATEC Japan, TDK was demonstrating HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording), a technology designed to dramatically increase the data density of mechanical hard drives. Hard drives are typically limited by how much bits of information they can safely store per square inch of each platter surface (HDDs can feature many platters or disks). Since the information is saved as a magnetic polarity, attempting to pack too much information in a tight […]


Mitsubishi Car Display System Sports Free Form Screen

[CEATEC 2013] In-vehicle technology has certainly progressed by a fair amount these days, where we are starting to see Heads Up Display units being integrated in various ways depending on the manufacturer, not to mention a futuristic looking driving cockpit that is further augmented by the use of a smartphone. One thing is for sure, the kind of interactivity which we have with our devices are a whole lot more […]


NTT docomo Showcases Dragon Quest Metal Slime Smartphone

[CEATEC 2013] There are just some things in Japan that are huge locally, and the rest of the world has yet to catch on. I am quite sure that some folks in the English speaking world have picked up Japanese for the sake of playing titles such as Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest, or even Mother on the Game Boy in the past. Well, this time around, we managed to […]


Mazda Shakin’ Racer App Gives Your Arm A Workout

[CEATEC 2013] All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and the folks over at Mazda have definitely realized that. Sure, they are pretty serious with their Mazda Connect system as well as Heads Up Cockpit, but there also needs to be a balance of play as well, and this comes in the form of the Shakin’ Racer smartphone app. There really isn’t that much to it other […]


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CEATEC 2013 Innovation Awards Winners’ List

[CEATEC 2013] We are halfway through CEATEC 2013, and have just seen the conclusion of the CEATEC Innovation Awards that were picked out by a panel of journalists who thought that the winners deserved their respective gongs. Ubergizmo’s co-founder, Hubert Nguyen, is part of the journalist panel. Without much further ado, these are the 2013 winners.


NEC NeoFace Face Recognition Technology

[CEATEC 2013] NEC claims that their face recognition technology on display at the CEATEC 2013 showfloor happens to be the one with the highest precision rate in the world, although we have also seen Omron’s offering that does seem to work pretty well, guessing your age at the same time (the ladies might not like that so much, actually). Well, NEC’s face recognition technology is known as the NeoFace, where […]


Sharp Smart/Sweet Home

[CEATEC 2013] It goes without saying that companies definitely want to make sure that when you purchase a particular home appliance from them, they would also hope for you to take a glance at the other consumer electronics that are on offer from them, wishing that you stick to their very own eco-system. This makes plenty of sense, so engineers for each company would do their possible best to create […]


ALPS Bidirectional DC/DC Converter

[CEATEC 2013] Don’t you just love the wonders of miniaturization? Not only does it make life a whole lot easier and more convenient for the masses, it is also one way to maximize our living space around us. Normally, a bidirectional DC/DC converter would not get too much of a glance from the passing consumer electronics enthusiast, but ALPS might have just turned the tables with their latest idea on […]


Mitsubishi 100Gbps Optical Network Interconnect

[CEATEC 2013] I do admit, nobody in this day and age would miss those good old days when you had to actually own a landline in order to connect to the Internet via an Internet Service Provider. Remember the username and password that were required before dialing it? Your ears subsequently met with a shrill shriek of the modem, and if you had a 56k modem then, it was the […]


Clarion EcoAccel App Helps You Driver Green(er)

[CEATEC 2013] How green can cars get? We have started to see a slight shift among buyers of cars who have jumped aboard the hybrid bandwagon, with Toyota’s Prius leading the way. Of course, the move to fully electric cars have yet to catch the imagination of the masses because of charging stations, the relatively limited range of an electric car compared to one that runs on gas, and of […]


TDK Anti-shake Actuator

[CEATEC 2013] Do you remember the sound effects in Quake 3, whenever someone hits two sweet rails in a succession? That would end up with the arena announcer saying, “Impressive!”, which is also another signal to the rest of the world that you have a mean mouse hand with the railgun. In order to be proficient with the railgun, you would definitely need a steady hand, and steady hands do […]


Fujitsu FingerLink Merges Virtual With Physical Interaction

[CEATEC 2013] I am quite sure that many of us are familiar with the fictional Tony Stark’s genius, and his artificial intelligence system at home, J.A.R.V.I.S., along with the kind of fancy computing hardware that can be manipulated using his hands alone via gestures, tend to be the kind of wet dream that geeks can only think of. Fujitsu might be working on a device that has the future in […]


Fujitsu Sleepiness Detection Sensor

[CEATEC 2013] Some folks absolutely love driving, whether it is in the morning or at night, as it offers a rather therapeutic feeling. The thing is, driving is no longer fun whenever you get stuck in a traffic jam, as it would certainly cause your blood pressure to boil (and hopefully, your car’s radiator will not experience the same thing). Other people, however, do not like driving at all, and […]


Huawei HW-01D Feature Phone Comes With An Alarm

[CEATEC 2013] You can never quite tell just when an accident or disaster is going to happen, and I am referring to the ones on a personal scale, such as your kid disappearing in the midst of a large crowd simply because you took your eyes off him or her for a split second. The world is no longer the safe place that we know of more than half a […]