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Pioneer Network Vision HUD video demo

Pioneer Network Vision HUD video demo

Pioneer brought along its latest in-car technology to CEATEC 2010 this week, with a demo of their work-in-progress Network Vision HUD (head-up display).  The system - which was being demonstrated to SlashGear Japan with screens showing the moving road ahead, and a partial windshield which you could peer through - projects animations, directions and general guidance glyphs onto the glass, overlaid on top of what's happening in the real world.

Video demo after the cut

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Sharp Demonstrates 64-Inch Prototype LCD Display at CEATEC

Sharp Demonstrates 64-Inch Prototype LCD Display at CEATEC

CEATEC is happening right now in Japan, and will be an ongoing presence in the region for the next few days. It's another electronics trade show where companies all over the world can showcase their latest and greatest, as well as plenty of prototypes of things they'd love to get out into the market. Sharp managed to make the high-definition market shake a bit, as they successfully demonstrated a 64-inch LCD prototype display, featuring a resolution of 4096 x 2160.

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Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter Adds Two Aircraft Wings to the Design

Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter Adds Two Aircraft Wings to the Design

Helicopter manufacturers all over the world are trying to find ways to make the aircraft faster, and yet keep the ability to hover in tact. With designs and concepts out in the world, only a few companies have been able to get working prototypes up into the air. In the United States, United Technologies' unit Sikorsky is hard at work on their own prototype, called the X2, so it's no surprise that the largest civil helicopter manufacturer in the world, Eurocopter, is tossing their hat into the future-copter market. They officially unveiled their X3 prototype on Monday.

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NEC PanelDirector IDs viewers & serves personalized adverts, Minority Report style

NEC PanelDirector IDs viewers & serves personalized adverts, Minority Report style

Minority Report may have tickled us with its floating multitouch displays, but it also warned us of what might happen when adverts start recognizing us.  Unfortunately, it seems NEC didn't heed Tom Cruise, and has developed a new individual-recognizing system for their PanelDirector advertising system.  The prototype can identify the age and gender of the people currently looking at the screens, and serve up contextually-suitable adverts.

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Dell Inspiron Duo twisting net-slate gets new video demos

Dell Inspiron Duo twisting net-slate gets new video demos

After its brief demo on-stage at IDF 2010 earlier this week, Dell's rotating Inspiron Duo netbook/tablet has stepped out for a slightly longer preview.  The company is still keeping most details - and the prototype hardware, for that matter - close to its chest, refusing to discuss battery life or pricing, but at least we now have some close-up video of that slick converting mechanism.

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Core Prototype Robot is All Legs, Can Lift up to 220 Pounds [Video]

Core Prototype Robot is All Legs, Can Lift up to 220 Pounds [Video]

Robots come in all shapes and sizes. And more often than not, prototypes are the main focus for most researchers for quite some time. Even when a robot is, for all intents and purposes just a pair of movable legs, the prototype stage is a necessity for developing it further, so that it can be utilized within any particular market. Researchers at fuRo, which is a division within the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan, have put together a prototype called Core, which is designed to be able to carry, and move, a lot of weight.

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Sony flexible e-paper display previewed

Sony flexible e-paper display previewed

Sony has been demonstrating a large-scale flexible e-paper display, which could potentially pave the way to rollable, twistable ereaders.  Details on the display are scant - the company brought it along to their 2010 Dealer Convention, according to AV Watch - but it's said to use a plastic substrate rather than the usual glass panel.

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