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Sony Corp. says it has developed a new kind of “augmented reality” technology that shows additional information when it captures images through cameras on such devices as smartphones.

The additional data, which will appear on the device’s screen, includes “virtual objects,” which are “images and text that cannot be identified by visual perception alone,” Sony said Thursday.

The technology, called “Smart AR,” employs a “markerless approach,” making it possible for it to be used without special markers such as barcodes.

Sony will carry out experiments with the aim of making the technology applicable to games and advertisements.

Honda makes Brazil cuts

Sao Paulo AP

Honda is laying off 400 workers at a car factory in Brazil because of a lack of parts from Japan following the March 11 disaster.

A Honda spokesman in Sao Paulo said Thursday that the plant will also reduce its output from 600 vehicles a day to 300 starting June 6.

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