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Hitachi Creates Projected Capacitive Touchscreen That Supports Fingers, Pens, and Insulating Materials

Hitachi Creates Projected Capacitive Touchscreen That Supports Fingers, Pens, and Insulating Materials

Hitachi has grown to be one of those companies that's focusing a lot on technology of the future lately, and we don't have a problem with that at all. Especially when they're making movies like Minority Report come to life. This time around, though, they've managed to create the same kind of touch panel that devices like the iPad and iPhone use, but with a bit of a twist.

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Hitachi Brings Minority Report to Life

Hitachi Brings Minority Report to Life

Motion controlled computers aren't as fresh or new as they were a year ago, but that doesn't mean that when we see cool technology being demonstrated, we still don't get a bit weak in the knees. This time around, we get a brief glimpse into the future, thanks to Hitachi and their new motion-controlled interface. There are a few moments in the demo that doesn't seem to translate well between user and system, but in the end it looks like a great way for us to navigate our User Interfaces in the future.

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Hitachi LifeStudio HDDs auto-gobble your media, offer dockable USB sync stick

Hitachi LifeStudio HDDs auto-gobble your media, offer dockable USB sync stick

Hitachi has outed its latest external hard-drive range, the Hitachi LifeStudio family, and seeing as how you need to sex-up storage if you're going to differentiate yourself these days, the new HDDs get automatic content management and nifty little dockable USB memory sticks.  Plug in a LifeStudio drive and it can automatically pull out the photos, video, music and documents and organize them on its own storage - it can also do the same with Facebook, Flickr and Picasa web galleries - then present them on a "3D wall" UI for easier browsing.

As for the detachable USB key, on the LifeStudio Plus drives there's a dockable 4GB memory stick that users can set up with specific files from the main unit that they want to be able to take out and about with them.  The USB key always has the latest versions, and when you return it automatically syncs back any changes you've made.

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Hitachi EMIEW 2 Gets Upgraded Voice Recognition and Driving Performance [Video]

Hitachi EMIEW 2 Gets Upgraded Voice Recognition and Driving Performance [Video]

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.

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Hitachi Travelstar Z7K320 7mm-thick 320GB HDD slips out

Hitachi Travelstar Z7K320 7mm-thick 320GB HDD slips out

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.

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Hitachi develops method of doubling battery life

Hitachi develops method of doubling battery life

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.

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Nintendo 3DS could use Hitachi microlens 3D display?

Nintendo 3DS could use Hitachi microlens 3D display?

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.

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