Fujitsu Laboratories has announced a new color e-paper display that has what Fujitsu claims to be the world's highest color image quality. Fujitsu was able to develop the color e-paper display by redesigning the panel structure and image rewrite methods used in previous versions of color e-paper from the company.
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.
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.
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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."
It's been a month since Fujitsu outed their LifeBook T900 convertible tablet, and it looks like there's another, smaller model on the way. Fresh to the FCC is the Fujitsu LifeBook T730, currently lacking anything bar a sample label and a diagram of its underside. That means we have to make a few guesstimates about what the potential specs might be.
Fujitsu's latest tablet PC has quietly launched, and the Windows 7 convertible LifeBook T900 has plenty to recommend it. Packing a choice of Intel processors including the Core i7-620M and Core i5-540M/520M, the T900 has a 13.3-inch 1280 x 800 display that can either use a regular active digitizer or a dual-digitizer that both recognizes pen input and multitouch finger gestures.
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.
Fujitsu's LifeBook UH900 is one of those impossibly-small, eye catching devices that you can't help but want to take a look at, and so we gave in to our baser urges at CES 2010 and grabbed some hands-on time. Anyone looking for a heavy duty keyboard should keep on walking, but we were reasonably impressed by how Fujitsu have balanced scale with tactile feel; you'd be happy pecking out an email or two, and it's more than sufficient for URLs and Tweets.
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Of all the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 details still to come clear, its performance and the responsiveness of its multitouch display were top of the list. UMPC Fever have delivered on both counts, putting the UH900 through its paces in CrystalMark 2004 together with sharing a video of the 5.6-inch touchscreen in action.