ceatec 2012

Futaba 0.22mm flexible OLED watch concept wants your wrist

Futaba 0.22mm flexible OLED watch concept wants your wrist

Ditch your Omega and get with the high-tech watch times, granddad: Futaba is hoping the well-dressed wrist of tomorrow will be sporting its flexible OLED, the company's thinnest yet. Just 0.22mm thick, and easily capable of being bent around your arm - such as in the watch concept Futaba is showing at CEATEC this week - the 3.5-inch display makes current smartwatches look clunky in comparison.

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NEC Medias Tab UL hands-on: The best Android tablet you probably can’t buy

NEC Medias Tab UL hands-on: The best Android tablet you probably can’t buy

NEC isn't much known for its Android devices outside of Japan, but having played with the Media Tab UL N-08D at CEATEC we now think that's something of a shame: it's one of the best tablets we've seen so far. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 LCD display, and clad in a 7.9mm thick, 249g chassis made of metal, plastic, and carbon fiber, it's fast and feels high-quality in the hand.

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Sharp 5-inch 1080p display eyes-on: You want this in your next phone

Sharp 5-inch 1080p display eyes-on: You want this in your next phone

Forget Retina display: Sharp's new 5-inch, 1080p LCD panels have come out to wow at CEATEC, and at 443ppi they already have us looking at our current phones with disappointment and disgust. Announced yesterday, and set to hit mass production imminently, the new smartphone screens also use advanced CG-Silicon technology to cut down on how many layers are involved in the display sandwich.

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KOA Muscle Suit exoskeleton hands-on

KOA Muscle Suit exoskeleton hands-on

"Macho, macho man," the Village People once sang, "I got to be a macho man." Not everybody can afford a popstar's life of personal trainers, however, and so KOA Corporation has stepped in with a compact power-assisted exoskeleton, the KOA Muscle Suit, intended to help regular people lift the sort of weights you'd traditionally need assistance with. We strapped our weak geek bodies in to see if it worked.

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Sharp unveils Cocorobo @ Home virtual management system

Sharp unveils Cocorobo @ Home virtual management system

Anyone remember the Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House? We're thinking that some of the executives at Sharp watched that movie and then decided we needed something like that in real life, as Sharp unveiled a new virtual management system called Cocorobo @ Home at Ceatec 2012 in Japan. The best way to describe Cocorobo @ Home is as a system that allows you to control all of your Sharp appliances from one simple interface.

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Toyota unleashes new COMS golf cart

Toyota unleashes new COMS golf cart

Toyota may have already taken the time at Ceatec to announce its new Smart INSECT electric vehicle, but it wasn't stopping there. The company also revealed a new version of the COMS golf cart, and looking at the images below, it seems to have a lot in common with the Smart INSECT, at least from an aesthetic perspective. One of the main differences that you'll immediately notice is that the COMS doesn't come with doors, which is a pretty good way of distinguishing the two.

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Ceatec 2012: We’re here!

Ceatec 2012: We’re here!

The last few months have been absolutely jam packed with events, and though things are beginning to wind down, there's one particularly major event left for us to tackle: Ceatec 2012. We're on the ground in Japan to take in all of the sights Ceatec will have to offer over the next four days. Ceatec is entering its 13th year with the event that's about to kick off, and it promises to be a big one for the trade show.

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Pioneer reveals compact 3D color hologram printer

Pioneer reveals compact 3D color hologram printer

Business cards are boring, even if you slot NFC inside them, but the swish business fellow around town could change all that with a home-made hologram card. Pioneer Corporation's idea of what construes a "compact" hologram printer might not exactly tally with ours - it's roughly the size of a large briefcase - but considering you're getting the ability to make your own full-color holograms we could probably forgive the discrepancy.

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