Panasonic Smart Home Probably Won't Try to Kill You like HAL 9000

Panasonic demoed their Smart Home concept at CEATEC this week. Smart Home seems to be an integrated system that controls the electronics in your house, from lighting to air conditioning to multimedia. Even the television will slide to follow you around, which actually looks sort of creepy and desperate. The mirror… » 10/04/08 5:00pm 10/04/08 5:00pm

Pioneer 3D Floating Vision: Half Wii, Half Surface, All 3D

Pioneer showed off their new Floating Vision technology at CEATEC this year. It's a system of layers: first, an LCD with built-in computer, then an array of 3D lenses, and finally the "space sensor," or virtual screen, where you can wave your fingers around and watch the 3D animations react accordingly. But the… » 10/04/08 3:00pm 10/04/08 3:00pm

Hitachi DLNA Camcorder Concept Streams HD Video to TVs As It's Shot

Hitachi showed off a cool-looking camcorder concept » 10/03/08 9:45am 10/03/08 9:45am at CEATEC this week, which adds a Wi-Fi module for streaming video from its hard drive or what's being shot live over WLAN to your TV. For recorded video it uses DLNA, which means it will work with any number of DLNA-compatible HDTVs or a PS3. For live video, the…

Panasonic EZ Touch Remote Features Dual-Touchpads, Simple But Effective Interface

Remote controls might not be the sexiest of gadgets to overhaul, but Panasonic's done a pretty neat job with this recent revamp. The company demoed a touch-sensitive remote at CEATEC, which features a touchpad on each end of the device and a crowd of buttons in the middle. Instead of using a touchscreen like many of… » 10/02/08 11:45pm 10/02/08 11:45pm

Panasonic Lifewall Is the All-Knowing Gesture-Controlled TV of the Future

If only the ancient Chinese Had Panasonic's LifeWall, they could have fended off nomadic tribes with HDTV instead of bricks and battlements. But since we live in the future, we can shut out the rest of the world with television that not only stretches from floor to ceiling, it follows people around the room.… » 10/02/08 5:00pm 10/02/08 5:00pm

JVC Pseudo 3D Glasses Don't Cause Headaches, Still Look Dorky

Digital tech has reinvigorated the 3D dream since the cardboard glasses and headaches of yesteryear. JVC showed off a nifty prototype TV at CEATEC outside Tokyo that converts high-def 2D video into what it calls "pseudo 3D" in real time. With the eyewear on, it takes a few moments for your brain to adjust, and then… » 10/01/08 11:30pm 10/01/08 11:30pm

KDDI Cellphone Concepts from the Space Age

Japan cellphone carrier KDDI has a knack for turning out handsets that belong in museums. Past hit designs » 10/01/08 9:13am 10/01/08 9:13am like the INFOBAR, talby, neon and MEDIA SKIN made into the permanent collection at the MoMa in New York. The trendy telecom showed off some of its concepts at CEATEC outside Tokyo, showcasing the talents of Hideo…

Nikkai OLED Buttons Are Like Little Scraps of Optimus

For those who don't need a whole keyboard » 10/01/08 5:10am 10/01/08 5:10am full of OLED buttons, Nikkai is showing off standalone units at CEATEC. The buttons are bulkier than anything on an Art Lebedev product, and seem to have three input states: depressed, tilted left and tilted right (or up and down, depending on orientation) which makes makes…

Toshiba 'Super Charge' Laptop Batteries Hit 90% in 10 Minutes, Age Well

Toshiba's Super Charge Ion Batteries (SCiBs) have been floating around » 9/30/08 11:20am 9/30/08 11:20am in various industrial applications for a while now, prompting some serious envy in the consumer space with their ridiculously fast charge time and remarkable lifespan (5000-6000 charge cycles to a normal lithium ion's 500). A year and about one…