The Knock-Down, Drag-Out Fight Over the Next Generation of Batteries

Patent Trolls have been around nearly as long as patent infringement itself. Bottled Lightning by Seth Fletcher takes a look at one scientific-disagreement-turned-nasty fight over the batteries that power our cordless tools and someday, potentially, our cars. » 5/26/11 4:00pm 5/26/11 4:00pm

NTT Shoe Powers Your iPod, Makes You Look Like a Robodork

In its quest to ease the life of millions of Japanese people and make them like cyborgs, telecommunications company NTT has developed a shoe that transforms the kinetic energy generated by your steps. Right now, it can generate three watts, which is enough to keep an iPod playing, but still not enough to power up your… » 10/16/08 10:00am 10/16/08 10:00am

NTT Turning Cellphones Into Smellphones

Phones with little scented tissues in them are just soooo 2007. In two days, NTT Communications will start testing something bigger and weirder. It's a freestanding $195 device, possibly due out March of next year, that holds 16 cartridges of base scents, like an inkjet printer's basic colors, that mix up more… » 4/08/08 10:00am 4/08/08 10:00am

NTT DoCoMo Considering Android Phone

For Google's Android platform to succeed, it could use a helping hand from cellphone-crazed Japan. NTT DoCoMo is Japan's largest wireless provider, and in addition to being a logo on Android's Open Handset Alliance, the company has started discussions to get the Linux-based platform on some percentage of their phones.… » 1/24/08 10:29am 1/24/08 10:29am