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Fujitsu demo color ereader prototype; launch in 2010

Fujitsu demo color ereader prototype; launch in 2010

After Fujitsu began their color e-newspaper trials in Japan a year ago we've been waiting for the technology to show up in a consumer device; it now looks like that could be fast approaching.  Fujitsu Japan have been demonstrating a new prototype ereader using a color e-ink panel and with an ultra-slim chassis, that they apparently expect to reach the market sometime this year.

Hardware details for the device are unknown, and Fujitsu themselves don't seem to be saying much about its capabilities.  For their e-newspaper trial the company were looking at wireless delivery of content, and the "Link" indicator on the prototype's front panel suggests it might have its own form of wireless too.

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ICD Gemini prototype gets hands-on: buggy but promising, coming Summer 2010

ICD Gemini prototype gets hands-on: buggy but promising, coming Summer 2010

The ICD Gemini certainly wows when it comes to hardware specifications, but anybody can write a glowing spec-sheet and throw together some renders; happily, ICD aren't all talk and no trousers.  Stuff have grabbed some hands-on time with a Gemini prototype and even have an estimated UK release date to go with it: August 2010, apparently, with carrier support bringing prices to roughly iPad parity.

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Fujitsu bear robot tracks facial expressions, wants to love your grandma

Fujitsu bear robot tracks facial expressions, wants to love your grandma

Robots that are designed to comfort the elderly or entertain children aren't new, but Fujitsu are hoping to take things one step further with their latest bear 'bot.  The currently unnamed robot is designed to recognise facial expressions and movements using a camera embedded in its nose, and together with a network of touch sensors across its head and body can react appropriately.

In fact the Fujitsu bear has 300 different responses of its own, which range from giggling and laughing, waving its paws around, and pretending to fall asleep complete with recorded snores.  "We want it to feel natural" said one Fujitsu researcher, who revealed that the company expects to deploy the responsive robot "in nursing homes so that it can entertain and soothe elderly people."

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Casio “digital art” photo frame prototypes promise passive entertainment

Casio “digital art” photo frame prototypes promise passive entertainment

Casio aren't planning to follow Sony down the path of interactive digital photo frames - as Sony have done with their Dash, adding Chumby widget support - but instead see the devices as a passive form of entertainment.  In an interview with Tech-On!, Casio described their intent as turning the digital picture frame into the "third screen", one which can "sensitively adapt to the users' lives and environments."  They've also put together a prototype to show that passive doesn't have to mean passé.

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LG Windows Phone 7 prototype gets video preview

While Microsoft were using basic, unbranded ASUS devices to demonstrate their early build of Windows Phone 7 at MWC 2010, it’s actually LG who have become the first to show of the first device actually headed to retail. Unnamed, the LG Windows Phone 7 pre-production prototype starred in Engadget’s video podcast, plus you can see an up-close video demo after the cut.

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Microsoft uPad wireless charging system spotted in wild

Microsoft uPad wireless charging system spotted in wild

Microsoft have been developing a dual-sided wireless charging pad for peripherals, that would both offer inductive charging and a compact external display for system updates and alerts.  News of the project first emerged when a Microsoft patent application was spotted, but a real-world prototype - called the Microsoft uPad - dating back to at least March 2009 soon broke cover.

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Sony PMA 2010 Alpha concepts outed

Sony PMA 2010 Alpha concepts outed

Sony have brought along a raft of concept cameras to PMA 2010 this week, including a new hybrid - in the manner of Micro Four Thirds shooters - that has a CyberShot-sized body but interchangeable lenses, an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and full AVCHD video recording.  They're also showing off a mid-range concept replacement for the α700 together with several new lenses including a Super Telephoto Lens (500mm F4 G).

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BYD Snaptop tablet hands-on

BYD Snaptop tablet hands-on

You might recognize BYD's Snaptop prototype from back in November 2009, when we grabbed some hands-on time at a Qualcomm press event.  The difference at MWC 2010 this week was that the Snaptop is now functional, rather than a mockup; you still get a touchscreen, flip-out kick-stand and a wireless Bluetooth keyboard which docks into the back of the tablet for storage and portability, but now the whole thing actually works.

Video demo after the cut

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Microsoft Project Natal prototype caught in wild

Microsoft Project Natal prototype caught in wild

We can't give you a launch date or a price for Microsoft's Project Natal motion-sensing gaming controller, but we can show you a picture of one of the prototypes.  According to the Seattle Times, this Gorillapod-mounted contraption is the prototype Natal hardware that Microsoft gave out to game developers.

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Apple 4th-gen iPhone prototype in front of us all along?

Apple 4th-gen iPhone prototype in front of us all along?

You may be wondering why we're reposting one of the leaked iPad prototype photos that drummed up excitement prior to the Apple tablet's launch.  Well, according to Apple Insider's sources - with "an impeccable track record in matters such as these", no less - the handset we all overlooked in favor of the iPad is, in fact, one of Apple's fourth-generation iPhones.

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BlackBerry Magnum touchscreen/QWERTY prototype gets video demo

BlackBerry Magnum touchscreen/QWERTY prototype gets video demo

Having been caught in the wild earlier this month, the BlackBerry Magnum has shown up again for a quick video play.  Pairing a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen display - long considered the Holy Grail by some RIM-lovers - this particular prototype lacks anything so helpful as an OS, but will still power on.

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Nokia Research develop cellphone radar [Video]

Nokia Research develop cellphone radar [Video]

From projected touchscreens to cellphone radar; it's obviously trendy right now to develop non-traditional interface methods.  Nokia's Research bods have been playing with a new system of electromagnetic waves, which can be used to track movement around a specially adapted N95 even when there's an obstacle in the way.

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