Japanese toilet giant Toto flipping open lid on new museum

Aug 27, 2015

Japanese toilet giant Toto flipping open lid on new museum

Japan’s leading toilet giant opens a new museum this week dedicated to a century of lavatories, from its first water-flushing model to the most cutting edge version with odor-neutralizers and variable water jets. The museum operated by Toto — best known for its bidet-equipped Washlet ...

Virtual reality offering 360-degree view inside war-ravaged Syria

Aug 12, 2015

Virtual reality offering 360-degree view inside war-ravaged Syria

The latest frontier in virtual reality could be closer to reality than fantasy. While video game creators and filmmakers have recreated the likes of Middle-earth and Jurassic World in VR, activist news organization Ryot is teleporting viewers to real-life conflict zones and disaster areas ...

Jul 8, 2015

Japan hopes to see biofuel flights running by 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese government held the first session of a public-private panel on bio-jet fuel Tuesday, aiming to realize biofuel-powered commercial flights in Japan by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The panel comprising representatives from government agencies, including the Ministry of Economy, Trade ...

Handwriting isn't on the wall for fax machines

Jun 30, 2015

Handwriting isn't on the wall for fax machines

It may have slipped from its golden age into its golden years, but two decades into the Internet era the fax machine is still, perhaps surprisingly, holding its place in many offices. While it has been reduced to a small player in the rapidly ...

Drone-makers say demand will take off in Japan

May 20, 2015

Drone-makers say demand will take off in Japan

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Despite a spate of headlines showing drone users to be reckless attention-seekers or outright dangerous, the industry believes the sky is the limit for demand for unmanned copters. Representatives attending Japan’s first major industry exhibition Wednesday said they expect the market for unmanned multirotor ...

Mar 25, 2015

Apple to build R&D facility in Yokohama

U.S. computer maker Apple Inc. plans to build a technology development facility at a former Panasonic Corp. plant site in Yokohama, Mayor Fumiko Hayashi said Wednesday. “Apple’s presence could trigger a virtuous cycle where new values and industries will be created,” she said at ...

Mar 24, 2015

Panasonic to open patents to speed development of 'Internet of Things'

Panasonic Corp. will make about 50 of its patents available for royalty-free use in the development of the “Internet of Things” — what the tech industry calls the network of interconnected devices — its North American subsidiary announced Monday. The Japanese electronics company said ...