Shimabun IoT Helmet Monitors Workers Safety

When you need a hard hat at work, it means that you’re already exposed to a dangerous environment. If something were to happen, the question is how fast can help come because, at that point, every minute counts.


ALPS Haptic Reactor Quadra Will Probably Power Your Next-Gen Gaming Controller

Few people know this, but 80% of game controllers use at least one ALPS component, like their directional joystick controller. The Haptic Reactor is a force-feedback vibration device that just got upgraded and demonstrated at CEATEC 2018.


Meltin MMI Avatar Robot Creator Gets Additional Funding

During CEATEC 2018, the company behind this amazing Avatar robot, Meltin MMI, has announced that an additional $18M in a Series-B funding round.


ALPS Shows Next Generation Car Input And Control At CEATEC

When it comes to car interfaces and interiors, demos from companies such as ALPS often offer a peek into the near future, because the company is a huge component supplier to the automotive industry.


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Stepping On LEGOs: Soon A Thing Of The Past With This Robot That Tidies Up Rooms

We all know how fast a room can go from tidy to messy, especially if children toys are involved. What if there was a robot smart enough to sort things up, so you never step on a LEGO or come back to a messy room again?


Lion Corp Creates An App That Can Evaluate Bad Breath

#CEATEC2018 – How do you tell if you have bad breath? Most of the time people around us tend to be too polite to say anything, and given that we’re probably used to our own smells, it’s hard for us to tell either. However Japan’s Lion Corp thinks that they might have the solution in the form of an app.


Lawson Shows Off A Robot That Can Make Dumplings

#CEATEC2018 – Restaurants that use robots to prepare food aren’t new, and it seems that over in Japan, convenience store chain Lawson plans to use them as well. Unveiled at CEATEC 2018, the company showed off a robot that had the ability to prepare dumplings according to the customer’s preferences.


Komatsu Unveils Self-Driving Construction Vehicles

#CEATEC2018 – The construction site can be a dangerous place due to all the heavy materials being used, and where slipping up on safety can result in disastrous consequences. We’re sure that eventually there will be a day when we can construct buildings 100% safely, but in the meantime Japanese company Komatsu might have a way to help.


Sharp’s 8K TV To Begin Shipping To Customers Next Month

#CEATEC2018 – 4K is poised to become the standard resolution for the foreseeable future, and to a certain extent it is halfway there as we’re seeing more displays offer 4K resolution, and more devices that can capture 4K video. However in the future we could be looking at displays with even higher resolution, such as 8K, and it seems that Sharp is already ready to deliver.


Mitsubishi Eyes Virtual Reality As A Vehicle For Trading Stocks

#CEATEC2018 – When you watch TV shows or movies about stock trading, they usually show a room where there are tons of screens. This is because there is so much information to keep track of that multiple screens are necessary if traders hope to stay on top of the game. Of course such a setup wouldn’t really be realistic for home traders.


NEC To Use Biometrics To Streamline Security At The Tokyo 2020 Olympics

#CEATEC2018 – One of the ways to verify someone’s identify and a way that is commonly used today is to ask for an ID card. The problem with such a system is that people might forget to bring their IDs, or IDs can be easily faked, and not to mention the time it takes for someone to take their ID out of their bags, wallets, or purses can slow down […]


Panasonic Center In Tokyo: From Concept To Deployment

While attending CEATEC 2017 in Tokyo, I stopped by the Panasonic Center (Tokyo) where the company has 15k square meters (~162k square feet) of demo space and offices. I had been there some years ago and wanted to check the latest demos and concepts that Panasonic is working on. There is a lot going on there, but five items have caught my attention, here they are:


Casio Mofrel 2.5D Printer Emulates Leather Texture and Color

Casio, typically known for its watches or cameras has come up with a new printer and printing technology named Mofrel which outputs 2.5 dimensions (2.5D) color prints that can mimic all kinds of surfaces from leather, to tatami mats to bricks. Now, the technology is already helping industrial designers prototype concepts faster, but in the future, it could very well be used to directly manufacture specific products.


This Robotic Cat Pillow Wags Its Tail When You Stroke it

Unfortunately some apartments have rules in which you cannot keep a pet. This means that if you’re someone who grew up with a pet or still own a pet in your current house, you might have some issues with moving in. However at CEATEC 2017, Japanese company Yukai Engineering recently unveiled a hi-tech modern solution for your problem.