Sharp to supply 'free-form' LCDs to Nintendo

Dec 16, 2014

Sharp to supply 'free-form' LCDs to Nintendo

Sharp Corp. is close to providing video game maker Nintendo Co. with its advanced liquid crystal displays that can be shaped freely according to user demand, sources said Tuesday. Unlike conventional LCDs, the Free-Form Display, which Sharp unveiled this year, has a bezel that ...

Oct 15, 2014

Institute develops automated Burmese-English translation device

A research institute affiliated with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Wednesday it has developed an automated device that can translate Burmese into English and vice versa. The prototype has a travel-related lexicon but in future it may offer news translation and ...

CEATEC kicks off with 4K TVs, wearable devices at the forefront

Oct 7, 2014

CEATEC kicks off with 4K TVs, wearable devices at the forefront

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan’s biggest consumer electronics and IT trade show kicked off Tuesday in Chiba Prefecture with major firms showing upcoming products and giving an insight into their current research and development. Technologies on display ranged from 4K televisions and fuel-cell and hydrogen technology to wearable ...

Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology

Sep 2, 2014

Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology

Unveiling technology that generates touchable 3-D imagery, developers said Monday objects that only exist in the virtual world could be manipulated as if they were real. Officials of Miraisens, a high-tech firm based outside Tokyo, said the technology, which can be used to improve ...

Jun 17, 2014

A requiem for technocracy

by Robert P. Crease

Now that science's postwar charisma has faded, politicians are debating the safety of genetically modified foods, the hazards of extracting shale oil and gas, and the impact of global warming without regard for scientific evidence — as if the issues were morality plays.

Jun 13, 2014

Google Glass headsets find their way into the doctor's surgery

by Christina Farr

Google’s futuristic eyeglasses are finding their way into hospitals and clinics throughout the United States. To meet the growing demand for Google Glass from physicians, Drchrono, a Mountain View, California-based electronic medical record company has developed a new application for the device it claims ...

Jun 5, 2014

Forget self-driving cars, make me a cyborg

by Noah Smith

A finance professor and sci-fi fan thinks that the next big technology is "cyborg technology" but that the press is ignoring it. It will include a number of health care technologies involving the integration of living tissue with engineered machinery.

Firms seek to tap into Israeli startups

Mar 4, 2014

Firms seek to tap into Israeli startups

by Ayako Mie

More Japanese companies are looking at the Israeli startup market in search of innovative technologies and investments to beef up their businesses, although they lag far behind the buyout sprees of global tech giants such as Google Inc. and Apple Inc. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. ...