• Japanese Robot Geek Dances Rumba With A Roomba (Video)

    We have shown you quite a few obscure Kinect videos in the last few months, but this one is a bit special: it shows a robot geek from the Nara Institute Of Science And Technology (NAIST) in Japan dancing rumba with a Roomba, with the Xbox device capturing his movements. Read More

  • Chair + Skateboard = Isukebo

    What do you get when you cross a chair with a skateboard? The Isukebo [JP] of course, as manufactured by Japan-based RollingFoot. It’s essentially more of a chair with wheels that you can navigate like riding on a skateboard, foot brake included. Read More

  • Hello Kitty Mini TV And Navigation System

    It’s about time for another Hello Kitty-branded gadget to get covered on CrunchGear. This time it’s a mini TV and navigation system that feature the cartoon cat, and both devices were announced [JP] by Seiwa Japan. The design is pretty much identical, but these are actually two separate devices. Both screens are 7 inches in size, feature 800×480 resolution and come with LED… Read More

  • Sony And Toshiba To Merge OLED And LCD Businesses

    The consolidation process in Japan’s electronics industry continues: Toshiba and Sony are in talks to combine their OLED and small LCD businesses, various Japanese news sources are reporting. The plan is to find synergies in the production for small LCD panels for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in order to catch up with Sharp, which currently holds the biggest share in… Read More

  • HRP-4C: Watch That Japanese Humanoid Singing A New Song (Video)

    Remember HRP-4C? I saw her once in real life with my own eyes, and I am still not sure what to think of one of the most realistic humanoids out there. Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology developed the fembot two years ago, and she keeps getting better and better – at singing and dancing. Read More

  • Europe And Japan Collaborate To Develop World’s Most Efficient Photovoltaic Cell

    Seeing solar energy progress is a good thing, but it still has one problem: at this point, it’s still inefficient when compared with other sources of energy. And now Japan and Europe have announced [PDF] that they will work together to develop the world’s most efficient photovoltaic cell over the next four years. Read More

  • Fujitsu's Biometric System Takes 2 Seconds To ID One User From A Million

    Fujitsu is strong in personal authentication technology, we know that. And yesterday, the company unveiled a new product in this field, the first biometric system that integrates palm vein and fingerprint authentication. Big F says this combination enables faster recognition: the new system supposedly searches through registered data for one million users and identifies a specific person… Read More

  • Geo Cosmos: Mitsubishi Electric Shows 6-Meter OLED Globe

    If you have a chance to go to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo this month, do it: Mitsubishi Electric has just installed a 6-meter OLED globe, the world’s first of this size, in one of the halls in the museum. Visitors will be able to see the so-called Geo Cosmos with their own eyes from June 11. Read More

  • Gemelos 3D Base: Full HD 3D Camera System Used For Surgery Training (Video)

    Training surgeons in hospitals is difficult and expensive, but what if you could use some 3D tech in order to simulate treating patients in a realistic way? That’s what Japan-based Totsu Sangyo thought when it used their Gemelos 3D Base [JP], a 3D camera that captures pictures in full HD resolution, during a surgery at the University of Tsukuba. Read More

  • Video: NHK's Super Hi-Vision Camera With 33-Megapixel Sensor

    The Super Hi-Vision TV Japanese national TV broadcaster NHK and Sharp recently showed isn’t the only impressive piece of technology NHK is working on. Take their Super Hi-Vision camera, for example, which boasts a 33-megapixel image sensor. Read More

  • Thanko Sells HD Video Camera Sunglasses

    Do you want to wear sunglasses while being able to shoot videos in a discreet way at the same time? Tokyo-based crazy gadget maker Thanko seems to think there are people who need their HD Video Camera Sunglasses [JP]. The device’s 5MP CMOS camera lets you take AVIs in 1,280×720 resolution at 30fps – handsfree. Read More

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