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Fujitsu demo color ereader prototype; launch in 2010

Fujitsu demo color ereader prototype; launch in 2010

After Fujitsu began their color e-newspaper trials in Japan a year ago we've been waiting for the technology to show up in a consumer device; it now looks like that could be fast approaching.  Fujitsu Japan have been demonstrating a new prototype ereader using a color e-ink panel and with an ultra-slim chassis, that they apparently expect to reach the market sometime this year.

Hardware details for the device are unknown, and Fujitsu themselves don't seem to be saying much about its capabilities.  For their e-newspaper trial the company were looking at wireless delivery of content, and the "Link" indicator on the prototype's front panel suggests it might have its own form of wireless too.

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Fujitsu MH330 caught in wild, fondled on video

Fujitsu MH330 caught in wild, fondled on video

Fujitsu's MH330 has only just been made official, but while we're waiting for the sub-1-inch netbook to be launched in North America and Europe, it's already on shelves in not only Singapore but Taiwan.  NetbookNews grabbed some hands-on time, and first impressions are very positive: the soft-touch rubberized keyboard gets singled out for praise, as does the fact that Fujitsu have made the whole thing spill-resistant, and there's plenty of component access courtesy of various panels on the underside.

Video demo after the cut

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Fujitsu bear robot tracks facial expressions, wants to love your grandma

Fujitsu bear robot tracks facial expressions, wants to love your grandma

Robots that are designed to comfort the elderly or entertain children aren't new, but Fujitsu are hoping to take things one step further with their latest bear 'bot.  The currently unnamed robot is designed to recognise facial expressions and movements using a camera embedded in its nose, and together with a network of touch sensors across its head and body can react appropriately.

In fact the Fujitsu bear has 300 different responses of its own, which range from giggling and laughing, waving its paws around, and pretending to fall asleep complete with recorded snores.  "We want it to feel natural" said one Fujitsu researcher, who revealed that the company expects to deploy the responsive robot "in nursing homes so that it can entertain and soothe elderly people."

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Fujitsu UH900 manual prompts convertible tablet version confusion

Fujitsu UH900 manual prompts convertible tablet version confusion

While the Fujitsu UH900 did enough to reasonably impress us back at CES 2010, one of the more confusing design decisions the company made was to junk the convertible form-factor that had been used on previous Fujitsu UMPCs.  Going by a snippet from the user-guide, however, that might not always have been the case; a Pocketables reader spotted what looks like partial instructions for how to safely rotate a touchscreen without damaging it or the keyboard.

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