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Gadgets of the future gather in Japan

The Ceatec trade show brings together the big names in consumer electronics and puts the nation's weakness for tech on full display.

The Ceatec trade show brings together all the big names in consumer electronics and puts the country's weakness for high tech on full display. CNET's Michael Kanellos was on hand to check out what's on the cutting edge.

Think CES is the ultimate consumer electronics show? Think again. See new tech from Japan before it hits the U.S.
October 9, 2007

Beyond Ceatec

The household gadgets of today and tomorrow await curious techno-tourists in an ultramodern Tokyo enclave.

October 9, 2007

A giant 3D screen for simulating houses, cities

The Cyberdome lets you fly through simulated versions of city plazas or the lobbies of buildings. And would you look at the size of that track ball?
October 9, 2007

Japan's NTT tests TV service: A Net neutrality debate waiting to happen

The company's Next Generation Network promises to marry the versatility of the Internet with the reliability of the wired phone network.
October 8, 2007

From gadgets to anime to junk food, there's plenty to shop for in Tokyo's famed consumer electronics district.
October 5, 2007

Ceatec odds and ends

Citizen's robot army

Well, more like soccer players. Still, the Eco-drive bots move "as long as there is light or until breaking," the watch maker says.
October 8, 2007

A new type of 3D screen from NTT

Are two LCD screens better than one? At the very least, the effect is more natural than in some other no-glasses 3D systems.
October 8, 2007

From Japan comes the virtual copy repair man

Virtual reality is alive and kicking in Japan, where Canon squiggles its way to "mixed reality" and gadgetry aims to reinvent the drum.
October 8, 2007

JVC cranks up refresh rate on LCD TVs

Technically speaking, the television screens will have a refresh rate of 180Hz. What that should mean in layman's terms is a better picture.
October 8, 2007

Only in Japan: A cannon that shoots smells

Subaru's SpotScents device consists of two air jets precisely aimed at a passenger in a car--presuming you want a waft of "Pleasure Time."
October 8, 2007

Day two at Ceatec

The Japanese trade show continues with more consumer electronics, including fuel cells in TVs--and our reporter virtually becomes a woman.
October 3, 2007

LCD TVs getting a lot slimmer soon

Sharp, Hitachi and JVC are showing off LCD TVs with panels that are less than an inch thick.
October 3, 2007

Hot trend in Japan: Gesture recognition

Chalk it up to Wii fever--Japanese companies are showing off products that users operate by making gestures or moving their fingers.
October 3, 2007

Camera sums up your life for marketers

NEC's FieldAnalyst isn't looking for criminals. Instead, the data is intended to help mall owners better understand shoppers.
October 3, 2007

Toshiba's 3D memory, fuel-cell TV and Cell chip

It had to be the most comprehensive booth at the show. Check out what Toshiba had on display.
October 3, 2007

Nissan bets on electric cars, not biofuels

Your second car will run on electricity, says the automaker's Minoru Shinohara. Ethanol and biodiesel just don't have that cost/benefit equation going for them.
October 3, 2007

Enhancing the loudspeaker voice through alcohol

An engineer and a squid walk into a bar...and out comes an insight into how to tackle a problem that had vexed acoustic designs for years.
October 3, 2007

Day one at Ceatec

The colorful Japanese trade show kicks off with a panoply of consumer electronics--and a man dressed as a booth babe.
October 2, 2007

Dolby does digital TV

Sound company is promoting Dolby Contrast and Dolby Vision, two technologies--one real, one on the drawing board--to extend its reach into digital TV and cinema.
October 2, 2007

Microsoft Japan: We can learn from Wii

Although Nintendo successfully attracted a broad demographic with its gaming console, there's no word yet that Microsoft will head in the same direction.
October 2, 2007

Sharp looks for an edge in iPhone stakes

From a company that's often been in the forefront of phone design comes a touch screen for three fingers or more.
October 2, 2007

IVDR devices: Like flash cards, but with hard drives

They're small, they plug in easily, and these doodads pack a heck of a lot of storage that could come in handy for your video needs.
October 2, 2007

A car navigation system that will hypnotize you

One of Pioneer's in-car navigation systems features 3D imaging. It's mesmerizing, which might be it's biggest drawback.
October 2, 2007

Only in Japan: Sony's freakish dancing eggs

Japanese tech giant shows off "Rolly," an egg that responds to music by dancing. Also onstage: OLED TVs that measure just 11 inches in diameter.
October 2, 2007

TV convergence: It's happening in Japan

Watching TV on a PC is common in Japan. A huge number of desktops and notebooks come with TV tuners--and people actually use them.
October 2, 2007

Panasonic: Blu-ray will win the war by New Year's Day

Blu-ray manufacturers are going to cut prices and start a promotional binge for the holiday shopping season.
October 2, 2007