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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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Tobii and NTT DOCOMO announce ibeam eye-tracking tablet

Tobii and NTT DOCOMO announce ibeam eye-tracking tablet

Tablets these days can do a lot of different things, but NTT DOCOMO has a new tablet in the pipeline with a feature that we don't see all that often: eye tracking. The eye tracking technology in NTT DOCOMO's new ibeam concept tablet will be supplied by Tobii, and if you're going to be at CEATEC in Tokyo at the beginning of October, you'll get the chance to see it in action. It's there, at booth #4B66, that NTT DOCOMO will be unveiling the prototype ibeam for the first time.

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Nottv to launch on Smartphones only in Japan

Nottv to launch on Smartphones only in Japan

Japanese fans of mobile TV will be getting a smartphone only broadcast TV station next year that will be called Nottv. The new station is being backed by some of the largest TV stations in the country and one of the largest mobile carriers so it has the muscle to succeed if users like the content. Nottv was announced at Ceatec this week and will use bandwidth left over from when Japan ended analog broadcasts this year.

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Hitachi Showcases IPS Display for Tablets Featuring 302ppi

Hitachi Showcases IPS Display for Tablets Featuring 302ppi

Hitachi used their time at CEATEC this year to showcase a brand new 6.6-inch display, which is primarily meant for tablets. And while seeing another IPS-based display may not be the highlight of the show, Hitachi did manage to surprise quite a few people with the similarities between their new screen, and the Retina Display that Apple unveiled a few months ago, with the launch of the iPhone 4. Hitachi's new display packs in the ppi, and makes a tablet's resolution something to drool over.

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