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New wheel accessory means your phone can run away from you

Researchers in Japan have developed a new mobile phone accessory which places a set of wheels onto your device, so that it can roll towards you when you get a push notification or run away from you when your alarm is going off. The team, based at the University of Tokyo, includes researchers Takefumi Hiraki,… Read More


Fujitsu teams up with Oracle in Japanese cloud deal

Fujitsu and Oracle have initiated a new strategic alliance to deliver cloud services to customers across Japan, as well as to their subsidiaries worldwide. According to the official release, all Oracle Cloud Application and Platform services, including Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, will be powered from Fujitsu data centres… Read More


New image sensor captures both colour and near-infrared at same time

Researchers have developed a new single imaging sensor which is able to capture and display high-quality colour (RGB) and near-infrared (NIR) images simultaneously. The team of scientists from Tokyo Institute of Technology and Japanese optics specialist Olympus claims that the device is the first of its kind that is capable of acquiring both forms of… Read More


Toyota plans global internal comms network for its cars from 2020

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is partnering with Japanese telecommunications operator KDDI to develop a worldwide communications standard for its cars, to become standard within four years. KDDI released a joint statement with Toyota late last week announcing the joint endeavour to develop a ‘broad-reaching, robust communications platform’ to become standard equipment in nearly all new… Read More


Cute Japanese EV wants to transform mobility in big cities

Japanese automobile startup Rimono has this week presented a new city-going electric car of the same name, to rival other urban microcars and innovative transit projects vying to resolve today’s inner-city mobility problems. The vehicle is a friendly little character created by Kota Nezu, also behind the recent wooden Toyota Setsuna prototype. Rimono [Japanese], which measures… Read More



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