Hitachi has unveiled its Ropits single passenger robot car, which looks like a Fisher Price Cozy Coupe for adults and does the driving all on its own. The name and style prompt one to think of a science fiction contraption, but it's the vehicle's autonomic functionality that truly brings the idea of “futuristic” to the forefront.
Welcome to the Autumn show with Hitachi for their full 3D Smart TV and next-generation HDTV lineup. This time they're coming in hard with a selection of televisions that are strongly considering blowing your socks off, all with a pointed suggestion that you buy a ROKU to go along with them (ROKU-ready streaming options they say.) This collection has both an ULTRAVISION UltraThin LED Series and a Value Series to speak of - going all out!
Travelling by air is something of a hassle these days. Airports are filled with metal detectors, x-ray scanners, and TSA agents who won't hesitate to put you through a pat down if they think you've got something hiding under those clothes of yours. Hitachi is adding one more step to the airport security process with a new prototype gate that sniffs for bombs, but here's the kicker: it won't delay you longer than a second or two.
What if you wanted to see who was standing outside your front door and happened to have a library of faces that spanned 36 million or more? How about if you had a camera whose backup computer was able to search through those faces in a matter of micro-seconds? A camera just such as this has been created by Hitachi Kokusai Electric and does claim to be able to look at footage of a person, be it either still or video, and match it up from its own library of 36 million faces in one second.
While most consumers have been lamenting the high price of hard drives after the floods in Thailand last year, lack of competition is always a cause for concern in the market. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission have taken steps to ensure that doesn’t happen with Western Digital’s recent acquisition of Hitachi.
Both Hitachi Plant Technologies and LG Electronics have expressed their love for the environment and have teamed up to bring a brand new water treatment company to the forefront, this company starting up operations on the first of February, 2012. This new company will be named LH-Hitachi Water Solutions Co., Ltd., and will play what they hope is a significant role in the rapidly growing industry of water treatment. What we're hoping is that this will also bring more attention to the face that, believe it or not, not everyone in the world has access to safe and clean water, this being one of the biggest reasons why disease still runs rampant throughout the earth.
Hitachi and many of the other LCD TV firms in the tech world are having a hard time making the money the segment once turned. The problem is that the purchase of TVs is sagging, and the industry is still recovering in the wake of the price fixing fines that totaled hundreds of millions of dollars. Hitachi has announced today that it will be moving its LCD TV production outside of Japan.
LCD makers Samsung, Sharp and five other manufacturers have agreed to pay $553 million to settle a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing the companies of price fixing. The lawsuit alleged that the companies conspired to inflate prices for LCD displays used in TVs, notebook computers, and computer monitors between 1996 and 2006.
The fine folks at Hitachi have revealed a couple of new models in their hard drive line this week, one of which is the 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 Hard Drive retail kit with CoolSpin Technology, the other being the Touro Desk external drive, both of these units available in the first quarter of 2012 at the earliest. In that your hard drive still remains the place where your do everything from watch movies to edit movies to save your everloving homework assignments, the cloud hasn't quite completely taken over the industry for the bulk of us regular citizens. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies brings to you today two drives at right around $400 USD and a massive 4TB of space for fun.