ceatec 2009

  • Virtual Mirror: augmented reality without glasses

    Virtual Mirror: augmented reality without glasses

    The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute -- the same Fraunhofer that holds many of the patents on MP3 -- have a booth at CEATEC exhibiting some of their research efforts, shopping them around for potential licensees. Their Virtual Mirror display is, I think, a great example of augmented reality done right. It uses a camera, a display, and their special software to dynamically alter the image… Read More

  • Secure your data with encrypted USB drives

    Secure your data with encrypted USB drives

    USB media represents a double-edged sword: on the one hand, data portability is an extremely useful thing; but on the other hand, data portability can be a gigantic liability for your business operations. You can try to train your users not to put sensitive data on USB drives, but chances are that convenience will win out over security, and your data will slip out on USB media anyway. And then… Read More

  • Tagged World Project uses RFID to evaluate "living willingness"

    Tagged World Project uses RFID to evaluate "living willingness"

    One of the more interesting booths at CEATEC is that of the Tagged World Project. It aims to deploy many RFID tags around an elderly person's domicile, and then equip their slippers (or other house clothes) with RFID readers that will read the tags in its proximity. Then a variety of analyses can be performed on the data collected to determine, ostensibly, how healthy and active an older person… Read More

  • TransferJet demo at Sony's CEATEC booth

    TransferJet demo at Sony's CEATEC booth

    John mentioned TransferJet briefly during the Toshiba press conference at IFA in September. It's a wireless data transfer system. It's different from Bluetooth in that there's no pairing required. It's also extremely limited in range -- like, two inches or less -- so there's less need to worry about someone sending pr0n to your mom's TransferJet-enabled television. Sony's got a live demo of… Read More

  • Hitachi TV watches YOU!

    Hitachi TV watches YOU!

    How much energy do you think is wasted every day powering devices that aren't actually being used? I'm not talking about stand-by power consumption, but actually on-and-in-use without a user there. I know a lot of people who turn their TVs on just as "background noise", without ever actually looking at the screen. Hitachi's cooking up a system to place TVs in power consumption mode if it detects… Read More

  • Panasonic unveils Lithium-Ion battery module and home fuel cell cogeneration facility

    Panasonic unveils Lithium-Ion battery module and home fuel cell cogeneration facility

    Panasonic has on display at CEATEC a “1.5 kWh battery module [made] from 18650-type (18 mm in diameter x 65 mm in length) lithium-ion battery cells, which are widely used in laptop computers, to provide energy storage solutions for a wide range of environmentally friendly energy technologies.” String a couple of these suckers together to store the juice collected from the solar panels… Read More

  • Live demo of Toshiba voice translation software

    Live demo of Toshiba voice translation software

    Boy howdy could I use this thing at CEATEC today. Running on a Windows Mobile handheld, Toshiba has a real-time voice translation demonstration. It worked quite well. How much longer until we get the Star Trek universal translators? Video inside! Read More

  • Sony Flexible OLED display on display at CEATEC

    Sony Flexible OLED display on display at CEATEC

    Sony, and just about everyone else, has been fooling around with OLEDs for quite some time, and they're starting to come up with some pretty clever applications of the technology. Flexible OLEDs have been in the news this year, and Sony's getting into that game, too. In this short video we see a 0.2mm thin OLED display being gently bent back and forth, while actively showing content on its… Read More

  • Photo dialing, solar cellphones, and newspapers on TV: only in Japan

    Photo dialing, solar cellphones, and newspapers on TV: only in Japan

    Sharp has on display a number of fun new gadgets at CEATEC. As is all too often the case, these things are for Japanese release only (at least for now). Maybe we'll see them in a couple years. Read on for details on a dial-by-photo phone, newspapers on TV, solar-charging cell phones, and the Sharp Netwalker! Read More

  • CEATEC: ALPS sends data through the human electric field

    CEATEC: ALPS sends data through the human electric field

    ALPS, the folks that mainstreamed the touchpad way back in the day, are continuing to innovate. Now they're playing with electric field transmissions, which allows the human body to act as a communication medium. Video inside! Read More