Microsoft Japan Experiments With 3-Day Weekend, Sees A 40% Boost In Productivity

If you’ve ever wished for a 3-day weekend, know that you’re not alone. However, it seems that over in Japan, Microsoft experimented with such a concept, where employees were only required to come into work four days a week instead of five, giving them an extra day of rest. It turned out to be an excellent idea.


Robots In Japanese Hotel Chain Found To Be Vulnerable To Hacking, Could Spy On Guests

Japan is a country that loves its robots where we’ve seen various industries take advantage of it, where it can be used as a greeter in stores or as a way to help passengers find their way around the airport. We’ve also seen how some hotel chains in the country are using robots to help guests check in.


NEC Flying Car Puts Drone Air Traffic Control To The Test

It was a bit surprising to see a company like NEC prominently featuring a car-size drone on its CEATEC 2019 booth, so we stopped by to check things up.


Olympus ORBEYE Neurosurgery Camera, Powered Sony Camera Sensors

At CEATEC 2019, we spotted the Olympus ORBEYE, a powerful medical camera that is powered by Sony Camera sensors, some of them small enough to fit in our phones.


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Oki Cockpit Concept For Robot Fleet Supervision

Oki Japan was demonstrating this eye-catching cockpit at CEATEC 2019, and it goes a bit against the grain because it is supposed to let humans help robots.


Kyocera Micro-LED Display Is Amazingly Bright

At CEATEC 2019, we had a good look at the Kyocera / Glo next-gen micro-LED display technology in the form of a 1.8-inch display (0.7mm thick) that reaches an amazing 3000 NITs brightness, according to the company.


Bandai Programmable Gundam Robot For STEM Education

Computer programming can be tremendously fun for some people, or boring and impenetrable for others. The important part is to have a chance to be exposed to it so that each person can find out for themselves.


Flying Gondola From Aeronext: Comfortable Drone Transport

Aeronext Inc has announced its Gondola drone concept, along with a miniature model of what could become a series of drones that transport from one to four people.


Navya Self-Driving Bus Deployed In Japanese Streets

During CEATEC 2019, the Navya self-driving bus is moving a small number of people around a predetermined 1.5km route, which is “close to real-world” traffic, according to the organizers.


ANA Demonstrates Cutting-Edge Telepresence Tech

ANA, a major Japanese Airline, is throwing its weight behind telepresence technologies such as avatar-style robots, but also advanced technology that can relay much more than mere visual and audio information. We are CEATEC 2019 in Tokyo, Japan


What Is Japan’s Society 5.0?

As early as 2017, the Japanese government introduced the notion of Society 5.0, a term to designate Japan’s next societal inflection point. In this next step, technological developments would be utilized to improve life and society, while business success remains a driving factor, “quality of life” is the primary objective.


Starbucks Japan Launches A Special Pen That Lets You Pay For Coffee

When it comes to paying for your drinks at Starbucks, there are several ways that you can go about doing it besides using cash or your credit card. There is the Starbucks app and Apple Pay, for example. However, it seems that over in Japan, Starbucks has come up with a new and novel way of paying for your drinks through a specially-created pen.


Airline Company Creates Handy Seat Map To Help Passengers Avoid Screaming Babies

Unless you have the cash to splash on business or first class seats, there’s a very good chance that when you fly, you’ll be in economy. This is where the majority of passengers are and where more often than not, you’ll find parents with babies or toddlers who are screaming their heads off.


Tokyo Clerk Memorized 1300+ Credit Cards To Steal Them

We have observed multiple events where the customer’s credit card info gets leaked (hacked) or simply a victim of any online scam. If you are visiting trusted web services (and know how to identify a bad one), your credit card is probably safe.