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Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

Apr 26, 2016

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

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Online shopping giant Rakuten Inc. is venturing into the uncharted territory of drone delivery, enabling golfers to order snacks, beverages and golf equipment while playing a round. Rakuten on Monday announced the nation’s first drone delivery service, a monthlong experiment from May 9 at ...

Apr 19, 2016

Hands-free speech translation app gets trialed at Narita airport

Tests of a speech translation application were set to start at Narita International Airport on Tuesday. The “NariTra” multilingual translation app employs noise-canceling techniques and recognizes a wide range of speech. Offered by the airport at no cost, the app is designed to work ...

Apr 14, 2016

Intuition helps humans beat computers in thorny physics game

Computers may have us beat at chess and checkers, but new research suggests our brains still have an edge when it comes to solving certain tricky problems thanks to a very human trait: intuition. Scientists in Denmark have found that people who played a ...

Japan pins tech hopes on game-changing nanofiber

| Apr 11, 2016

Japan pins tech hopes on game-changing nanofiber

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Carbon fiber may often be dubbed the next-generation material, but it’s another product — cellulose nanofiber — that is increasingly attracting attention among manufacturers. A low-weight, high-strength material, cellulose nanofiber has potential use in a wide range of products, including auto parts, food packaging, ...

Device enables endoscope images to be viewed on iPhones

Apr 7, 2016

Device enables endoscope images to be viewed on iPhones

Optical equipment maker Microscope Network Co. and the University of Tsukuba have developed a system that enables doctors to monitor and save endoscope images on Apple Inc. iPhones. The system, comprising a lens equipped with an endoscope attached to an iPhone camera, allows high-resolution ...