We love when robots of yester-year get upgraded to today's standards. Especially when you think about the competition out there, upgrades are the only way to go. When it comes to the Hitachi EMIEW 2, it's been quite awhile since we've heard anything about the little guy. Thankfully, Hitachi didn't forget about it, and they've managed to plug the red 'bot with some much-needed upgrades, bringing the object of the future into the 21st century.
Hitachi have unveiled their latest 2.5-inch hard-drive [Japanese pdf link], and it's the slimmest to-date. The Hitachi Travelstar Z7K320 is a mere 7mm thick and packs up to 320GB of storage on a 7,200rpm platter; there's also a Z5K320 version with a 5,400rpm platter. The drives could be used in super-slim notebooks, offering greater capacity at relatively lower prices than SSD memory.
Batteries are key to just about every one of the most beloved gadgets we all carry. We have batteries inside our phones, iPads, MP3 players, laptops, and a myriad of other gadgets. Rechargeable batteries are also prolific in electric and hybrid cars so any new process that promises twice the life for a rechargeable battery is a major victory. We typically think about run time when it comes to rechargeable batteries, but how long the batteries last is important as well.
Just how does Nintendo plan on offering glasses-free 3D on the upcoming Nintendo 3DS handheld? Since the company already sources its DSi LCD panels from Hitachi, one good guess is that they'll use that firm's so-called interactive autostereoscopic display technology. Already seen in the KDDI Hitachi WOOO phone last year, the system uses a microlens array of tiny convex lenses lined up in columns across the underlying LCD panel. Because the gamer's eyes look at the display from slightly different angles, different pixels can show slightly different content suited to each eye, creating a parallax effect.
The economy is starting to come back a little in many parts of the world, which means that electronics companies are flooding the market with new gear in hopes of grabbing a bit of the loot consumers have back in their wallets. Hitachi Japan has announced 11 new TVs with both plasma and LCD models.
Hitachi has unveiled a new line of external storage solutions with 2TB capacity. One of the new solutions has a 4TB storage capacity. All of the new external storage models use the Hitachi Deskstar 2TB 7K2000 2TB HDD. Hitachi is also offering the drive in an internal hard drive kit for desktop computers.
Antitrust investigations and allegations of price fixing are nothing new from Hitachi and Toshiba. Both firms were embroiled in the LCD price fixing scandal that resulted in some Japanese executives getting prison terms and the companies received massive fines. The US DOJ has now issued new subpoenas to Hitachi, Toshiba, and Sony in a new anti-trust investigation that centers on the optical drive units of each company.
After admitting that they could have lost every scrap of Sidekick users' online data, T-Mobile USA are now following up on their promise of "additional measures" to make it up to affected customers. The carrier is now more hopeful of restoring lost data than it was at the weekend - when it described the likelihood of recovery as "extremely low" - but any user facing a loss will automatically get a $100 T-Mobile gift card.
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.
I love my DVR and out of all the tech innovations of the last decade, the DVR is right at the top of my most important list. I can’t imagine going back to a VCR or other system for recording shows. Hitachi has announced a couple new HDDs that will make DVRs even better.