CEATEC 2019

Sony brings its 3D imaging tech to microscopes to help save lives

Sony brings its 3D imaging tech to microscopes to help save lives

Sony is perhaps best known for a wide range of electronics including TVs, the PlayStation, and, of course, cameras. All of these, though varied, have one underlying theme: faithfully and correctly reproducing and efficiently transmitting visual data. At CEATEC 2019, Sony wants to demonstrate its pursuit of delivering social value through its technologies in light of the Society 5.0 thrust. It turns out, it indeed already has the technologies need not only to better the human condition but also save lives.

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Sharp 8K TV touts its own ARM processor for high computing performance

Sharp 8K TV touts its own ARM processor for high computing performance

CEATEC 2019 is naturally filled with technological wonders, some of which look too futuristic to be available today. In a sea of such forward-looking prototypes and products that may or may not hit the market, Sharp is bringing a comforting and familiar presence in the form of an 8K TV. Make no mistake, however, as this 8T-C70BW1 8K LCD TV AQUOS does have a special trick inside, an ARM system-on-chip (SoC) that could make it one of the most powerful computer TVs in the market.

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Bandai makes STEM fun with Algoroid, Zeonic programmable robots

Bandai makes STEM fun with Algoroid, Zeonic programmable robots

With a heavy focus on technology these days, kids that get exposed to related subjects at an early age get a distinct advantage over their peers. In the Society 5.0 future that Japan envisions, such subjects may, in fact, become a necessity. Educators, schools, and companies have long been pushing the STEM (now STEAM) category to acclimate kids better to sciences and maths. And what better way to capture kids' attention than by bringing the millennia-old benefits of play to combine toys and technology in the one thing that best mixes them both: robots.

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Microsoft bets on Windows 10 IoT, Intelligent Edge for a Society 5.0 future

Microsoft bets on Windows 10 IoT, Intelligent Edge for a Society 5.0 future

CEATEC 2019 is underway in Japan and more than just the usual tech trade show, the event has an underlying theme that promotes a rather idyllic and ambitious vision of the future. That is what Japan's Society 5.0 is trying to push, a society that harmonizes cyberspace and real space for the enrichment not just of individuals but of the entire society as well. That future relies heavily on technologies like the cloud and AI and, unsurprisingly, Microsoft is making a big push for its Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge to power the future IoT-centric world.

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Society 5.0: Japan’s plan to take civilization to the next level

Society 5.0: Japan’s plan to take civilization to the next level

You've heard of Web 2.0 and perhaps even the Web 3.0 that browser maker Opera loves talking about. But have you ever heard of Society 5.0, much less the previous versions that came before it? No, it's not a hot new piece of software but Japan's trendy label for what historians often refer to as "ages". With Society 5.0, the Japanese government and companies are working together to put developments in technology, especially in AI and automation, at the service of improving human society and evolving civilization as a whole.

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Kyocera unveils world’s first gyro-based portable carbohydrate monitor

Kyocera unveils world’s first gyro-based portable carbohydrate monitor

When talking about the convergence of consumer electronics and health, most will probably think of wearables like fitness trackers and smartwatches. These do often have a variety of sensors used to track vitals like heart rate or, in the case of the Apple Watch 4, ECG. But while these devices do give wearers an idea of their activity and heart health, they lack data on one important factor in fitness. That is why Kyocera has made a new system that can monitor your carbohydrate intake but is also small enough to slip into your pocket.

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ANA Avatar-in lets you “teleport” to places using robots

ANA Avatar-in lets you “teleport” to places using robots

As one of Japan's major airlines, All Nippon Airways or ANA knows just how many people wish they could go places easily. It also knows just how much that travel is beyond the reach of most people, even when it is necessary to reach out to or help a loved one. That is why parent company ANA Holdings is developing a new platform called "avatar-in" that will let you "teleport" your consciousness even when your body can't. And it is starting with a robot arm that can cook or even fish for you in your stead.

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