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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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NEC shows off PaPeRo telecommunications robot

NEC shows off PaPeRo telecommunications robot

Sure, cars that look like bugs are cool and all, but what we're really interested in seeing at Ceatec 2012 are robots. With that in mind, NEC did not disappoint, introducing us to its PaPeRo telecommunications robot. This isn't the first telecommunications robot we've laid eyes on, but it stands a pretty good chance at being the cutest (and/or creepiest).

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Toyota Smart INSECT electric vehicle announced

Toyota Smart INSECT electric vehicle announced

Toyota has pulled the veil off its new Smart INSECT, and its safe to say that if you want a distinctive car, this one is for you. Announced at Ceatec in Japan, this new car seems to be aptly named, seeing as how it looks an awful lot like a bug. It's also fully electric - not a hybrid - and can be charged using a home AC100V outlet, which means no more gas for you.

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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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Sharp Demonstrates 64-Inch Prototype LCD Display at CEATEC

Sharp Demonstrates 64-Inch Prototype LCD Display at CEATEC

CEATEC is happening right now in Japan, and will be an ongoing presence in the region for the next few days. It's another electronics trade show where companies all over the world can showcase their latest and greatest, as well as plenty of prototypes of things they'd love to get out into the market. Sharp managed to make the high-definition market shake a bit, as they successfully demonstrated a 64-inch LCD prototype display, featuring a resolution of 4096 x 2160.

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Hitachi CP-A100J creates ultraportable 56-inch touchscreen

Hitachi CP-A100J creates ultraportable 56-inch touchscreen

Short-throw projectors are nothing new, but Hitachi's latest does bring something different to the table: in fact it creates a table-top projected touchscreen surface.  Pairing the company's CP-A100J short-throw projector and the UPIC Plus Wireless Interactive Panel 56-M, the system can recognize and track a digital pen as it moves across the huge 56-inch projection screen.

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Sony HFR Comfort-3D single-lens 240fps camera video demo

Sony HFR Comfort-3D single-lens 240fps camera video demo

Sony toted along their HFR Comfort-3D video camera to CEATEC, and SlashGear Japan stopped by to check out the single-lens 240fps behemoth.  Intended for recording sports events in glorious 3D, the HFR Comfort-3D has a clever half-mirror system that allows it to shoot both separate left/right eye information for those with suitable polarized glasses, as well as a 2D picture for those without.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony VAIO X gets official: live photos & specs

Sony VAIO X gets official: live photos & specs

Sony have officially announced their VAIO X ultraportable, the super-slim 11.1-inch notebook first debuted back in September.  The Sony VAIO X has a 2GHz Intel CPU, 2GB of RAM and Intel GMA500 graphics, together with an optional 128GB SSD and optional integrated Verizon EVDO Rev.A.  SlashGear Japan caught up with it at CEATEC this week for a few hands-on shots.

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