This All-Seeing AC Unit Can Spot Room Obstacles and Blow Around Them

It seems like those of us on the American side of the Pacific ocean are missing out on some fantastic innovations in air conditioning. In Japan, Hitachi is introducing a new wall-mounted unit packed with cameras and sensors that's able to redirect its chilly blasts towards people, parts of a room that are too warm,… » 9/18/14 10:56am 9/18/14 10:56am

China Just Commissioned the World's Fastest Elevators

Today, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest elevator in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China's skyscraper boom is affecting the global… » 4/21/14 4:41pm 4/21/14 4:41pm

Big Bertha Is Digging Seattle's Massive Underground Freeway

The 2001 earthquake that brought down a length of State Route 99 running through downtown Seattle was a measly 6.8 on the Richter scale. But rather than rebuild the Alaska Viaduct, as the double-decker section was known, city officials instead decided to take the freeway underground in their very own Big Dig. To do… » 7/05/13 4:30pm 7/05/13 4:30pm

What If Your Boarding Gate Doubled As a Bomb Detector?

Just when you thought you were free of airport security checkpoints once you reached your gate, Hitachi wants to make that the last line of defence for explosives detection. Working with the Nippon Signal Company and the University of Yamanashi it's developed a high-speed gate detector that gives one last sniff for… » 10/03/12 4:00pm 10/03/12 4:00pm