Archive for September, 2010

Panasonic Hair Washing Robot Gets Showcased on Video

Panasonic Hair Washing Robot Gets Showcased on Video

Late last week, we told you about a couple of automatic machines that were created to make the lives of medical employees and caregivers easier. In the case of the hair washing robot, idea was great: free some time for employees who would normally be washing a patient's hair, by allowing the robot to do all the work for them. The robot was designed to scan and memorize each patient's skull before starting the wash, and then 16 fingers would begin washing. If you were wondering how that might look, then take a look at the videos after the cut.

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Windows Phone 7 Officially Unveiled on October 11th by Microsoft and AT&T, Sources Say

Windows Phone 7 Officially Unveiled on October 11th by Microsoft and AT&T, Sources Say

Today, sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal have claimed that, at an event in New York City, both Microsoft and AT&T will finally pull the curtain off the upcoming Windows Phone 7-based handsets launching on AT&T this year. These sources don't give out too much information, but there's definitely a running theme here: October 11th seems like the day of days for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.

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Nintendo 3DS Priced So High Thanks to Media, Says Nintendo

Nintendo 3DS Priced So High Thanks to Media, Says Nintendo

When Nintendo showed off the 3DS, the handheld gaming console that would let you play 3D games without the need of glasses (and letting you turn it off whenever you want, too), there general consensus was a good one. It seemed, even if Nintendo didn't have an exact time frame for a launch date (at the time, which they've recently fixed), that the company had a winner on their hands. But, immediately following the announcement, and with Nintendo cleverly not including a price tag, the questions began circulating: how much would it cost. Well, it seems Nintendo didn't have a clear idea either, at the time, but thanks to the positive reports from this year's E3, and the subsequent "gushing" from the media regarding the device, Nintendo made up their mind. And it was a pricey decision.

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Verizon’s 4G Network Reaches Download Speeds of 27Mbps, According to Tester

Verizon’s 4G Network Reaches Download Speeds of 27Mbps, According to Tester

Verizon's 4G network, based on LTE technology, is set to get kicked off in the United States by the end of the year. And, each time it gets brought up, it looks like Big Red is right on track to getting their next-generation network up and running right on time. And, as we've seen in the past, testing for the network are still underway. This time around, a member of the private Beta test group has posted some unofficial speed tests, and the results, reaching up to 27.79Mbps download speeds, are pretty impressive.

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TomTom and Sony’s XNV-770BT, XNV-660BT Xplod In-Dash A/V Units Announced

TomTom and Sony’s XNV-770BT, XNV-660BT Xplod In-Dash A/V Units Announced

There was talk, back at this year's IFA, that Sony and TomTom had come to some sort of agreement, which would ultimately see the combination of the fan-favorite TomTom navigational unit, and Sony's Xplod series of in-dash A/V units. And sure enough, it's finally come to fruition. TomTom and Sony have officially announced the upcoming availability of two different units, packing capacitive touchscreens and plenty of other features.

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Sharp LC-52LB3 & LC-46LB3 AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs Unveiled

Sharp LC-52LB3 & LC-46LB3 AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs Unveiled

For TV manufacturers, getting the best quality picture to the consumer is a top priority. For Sharp, they've tried to reach that goal by introducing TVs with the Quattron technology, which successfully adds a fourth color (yellow) to the standard Red, Green, Blue. The result is a sharper image, and better colors on the screen. The same technology is now going into their brand new LC-52-LB3 and LC-46LB3 AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs, which were just announced by the company.

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Ode to the Nano, V to the izzA

Ode to the Nano, V to the izzA

I was once stranded in Amsterdam for more than a week with my iPod nano and only 4 albums of music. I started the week at a Microsoft Mobius event, from which I got to visit Amsterdam coffeeshops with some fairly interesting and important people from Microsoft, Qualcomm and some of my other favorite tech blogs. After that event ended and most of my compatriots went home, I stuck around for a while to try to crash Nokia World, to which I was not actually invited or approved. In between, I had to wander the city and avoid getting into trouble.

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Sprint CEO and execs resign from Clearwire WiMAX board

Sprint CEO and execs resign from Clearwire WiMAX board

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has resigned from the Clearwire board of directors, along with Keith Cowan, Sprint's president of strategy and corporate initiatives and Steven Elfman, their president of network operations, citing "an abundance of caution" over recent developments in antitrust law.  The exact nature of the concerns was not explained, but the decision apparently came after questions raised by Clearwire.

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