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Hitachi taps mania for robotic vacuum cleaners

Oct 18, 2016

Hitachi taps mania for robotic vacuum cleaners

Hitachi Appliances Inc., a unit of Hitachi Ltd., will launch a robotic vacuum cleaner that it says can clean hard-to-reach areas. At only 25 centimeters wide, the product named minimaru is smaller than rival models and can reach where others cannot, such as spaces ...

Oct 16, 2016

Sharp claims new ion technology 'promotes' hair growth

Sharp Corp. says that its Plasmacluster ion technology, designed to disinfect and deodorize air, is also effective in promoting hair growth — a claim that comes as the electronics firm looks to market new beauty products using the technology. The company said Thursday external ...

Samsung's latest invention: a fireproof box for Note 7 returns

Oct 13, 2016

Samsung's latest invention: a fireproof box for Note 7 returns

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is sending fireproof boxes and protective gloves to customers returning potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 phones, sparking a firestorm of humor on social media about the new twist in the recall scandal. The company has permanently halted production of its ...

Samsung brand mystique at risk after death of Note 7 smartphone

| Oct 12, 2016

Samsung brand mystique at risk after death of Note 7 smartphone

Samsung Electronics Co. is corporate royalty in South Korea. It’s also a company recognized for its marketing smarts and engineering savvy worldwide, so much so that consulting firm Interbrand ranked it as the world’s seventh-most valuable in its 2016 survey, ahead of Amazon and ...

Shiseido app adds makeup to faces on video conferences

Oct 11, 2016

Shiseido app adds makeup to faces on video conferences

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In a potential boost for the government’s drive to get more people telecommuting, cosmetics company Shiseido Co. has developed an app that makes users look as if they are wearing makeup. It amounts to an instant makeover for the unfortunate worker called to appear ...

SoftBank's robot Pepper gets to work in Taiwan

Oct 6, 2016

SoftBank's robot Pepper gets to work in Taiwan

Pepper, SoftBank Corp.’s humanoid robot, greeted customers at a Taiwan bank and a life insurer on Thursday, one of the first countries outside Japan to use the shiny machine in a front-line role with clients. The robot was handed an employee ID card at ...

Table tennis robot scores volley of applause at CEATEC

Oct 6, 2016

Table tennis robot scores volley of applause at CEATEC

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Steps toward developing an artificial intelligence were a central theme at the nation’s biggest annual IT and electronics show, and the crowds found no disappointment in Omron Corp.’s table-tennis-playing robot. Forpheus is appearing at CEATEC for the third year running. Now it doesn’t just ...