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Sidestepping lockscreen codes and fingerprint scanners– and without any type of new hardware demands– KDDI has unveiled a new palm authentication application that makes the most of the high-resolution camera on its Android smartphones. Scanning in tandem with the flash, we gave it a shot on a HTC J, right here at CEATEC in Japan. After a short setup, which includes positioning your hand to fit between some red markers, the phone was soon calibrated to our hands. Then, after locking the device, attempting to open it will certainly send you to the palm authentication screen, seen above, where (with any luck) just your mitts will certainly be able to obtain access.
The time it takes to examine your hand continues to be a little longer than it would certainly take you to drum in your common four-digit PIN, however in our brief examination, it had the ability to discriminate between two Engadget editors’ hands. Better still, you’ll be able to provide the app a shot yourself tomorrow, when it goes on free of cost trial on Google Play. Until it does, see how it’s all implied to work in our hands-on video after the break.
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Truth be told, I wasn’t very impressed with what electronics makers showed at the CEATEC 2011 tech exhibition – especially because a lot of the new products were “leaked” to the Japanese press before the event started.
However, here are a total of five of the coolest innovations Japanese companies showed at the CEATEC 2011 in video form, delivered from our friends at Diginfo TV (YouTube channel). All the videos were shot directly on location and are in English.
Video 2: Sony’s “DEV-3″ binoculars that shoot videos in full HD and 3D
Video 5: NTT Docomo’s smartphone battery that fully charges in 10 minutes
Just 20 kilometers to the east of Tokyo at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, CEATEC is winding down, following a gadget-filled week where impressive prototypes appeared to outnumber consumer devices. Unlike IFA in Berlin, which is just as much for the public as it is for industry insiders, Japan’s consumer electronics show gives manufacturers a chance to show off their prototypes and components to a smaller, mainly local audience. Many products announced here will never leave the country’s shores, but can inspire future devices that will be marketed to a worldwide audience. Click through our gallery below for a broader look at the show, then jump past the break for a roundup of our CEATEC 2011 coverage. Arigatou gozaimashita!
Gallery: CEATEC 2011 wrap-up
Richard Lai contributed to this report.
We’ve already shown you Panasonic‘s cool hair-washing robot on video, but the company is currently showcasing two more robots at the CEATEC 2011 tech exhibition in Japan: one is the so-called HOSPI-Rimo (an assistance robot that we covered two weeks ago), the other model is aptly named RoboticBed.
The video below shows the HOSPI-Rimo (Remote Intelligence and Mobility/pictured above) in action at CEATEC 2011. To recap, this medical, mobile robot is supposed to make it easier for bedridden patients to get in touch with doctors or family members who are living far away (“virtual visits”):
The so-called RoboticBed, which made its debut in 2009, is actually pretty awesome.
Via Robonable [JP]
Panasonic took the wraps off a new version of it’s super-strange (and awesome) hair-washing robot at the CEATEC 2011 tech exhibition that currently takes place in Japan (the first version is about one year old). The robot handles the entire process of hair washing autonomously: wetting, shampooing, conditioning and drying.
The new version washes your hair with a total of 24 (instead of just 16) fingers. Panasonic also says they improved the scanning system (the robot scans the head’s shape before it does its magic), allowing for a better “experience”. The old model also lacked the conditioning and drying functions.
Via Robonable [JP]
I admit I just walked by microchip maker Rohm‘s booth at this year’s CEATEC 2011, but the Japanese company actually showcased something very interesting: it developed the world’s smallest chip resistor [JP], which, at just 0.3 x 0.15mm, is a whopping 44% smaller than the previous model.
Rohm’s pitch at CEATEC is that 500,000 of the new resistors could be used in an hourglass (instead of sand).
In fact, the company says the devices are too small to be processed with equipment that’s currently available: Japanese business daily The Nikkei is reporting that Rohm is currently looking for partners that could help develop technology to actually mount the resistor on a circuit board.
Smartphones, for example, use up to 400 chip resistors, which means the smaller resistors get, the thinner and lighter handsets could theoretically become in the future.
Rohm is currently planning to start mass-producing the resistors in fall 2012.
The CEATEC 2011 exhibition started today in Chiba (just outside of Tokyo), and what I saw was either disappointing (like gear that’s already available in stores) or already widely covered, as most Japanese companies pre-announced almost all novelties (for example, Docomo’s awesome smartphone jackets).
One exception was Mitsubishi’s so-called “Diamond Vision OLED”, a semi-spherical display boasting a diameter of 2.7m. It’s very similar to their huge OLED globe that’s currently on display in Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
This new model consists of a total of 696 OLED panels, each sized at 32 x 32mm. Sized at 96 x 96mm, the OLEDs forming the aforementioned globe are considerably larger, but the panels share the same pixel pitch (3mm).
Mitsubishi said that the Diamond Vision OLED has a brightness of 1,200cd/m2 and consumes 11.2kW of power. The company plans to commercialize the display for digital signage systems.
Earlier this week, CrunchGear was at CEATEC 2010, Asiaâ€™s biggest technology and electronics exhibition, which takes place yearly in Chiba (one hour away from Tokyo). All major Japanese electronics makers showcased their newest products (plus numerous prototypes) at the event, and we condensed 12 highlights from CEATEC into a long list after the jump.
Click through for videos and more information on each device you’re interested in.
|Mitsubishi Diamond Vision OLED Display
â€¢ Modular OLED Display
|Hitachi LCD Projector
â€¢ Smallest and shortest-focus projector
|Toshiba Naked-Eye 3D TVs
â€¢ World’s first glasses-less 3D TVs
Fujitsu Windows 7 Tablets
â€¢ 2 protoypes
|Sharp Android Phone IS03
â€¢ 3.5-inch LCD with iPhone 4 resolution
|Fujitsu Social Bear Robots
â€¢ Robots shaped like teddy bears
|Toshiba Folio 100 Android Tablet
â€¢ 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen
|Fujitsu Dual Touchscreen Phone
â€¢ Prototype phone
|Olympus AR Walker
â€¢ Augmented reality headsets
|Panasonic Lumix Phone
â€¢ Cell phone with Lumix camera
|TDK Bendable And Transparent OLED Displays
â€¢ 2 passive matrix mini OLED panels
Sharp Galapagos Android Tablets
â€¢ 5.5-inch and a 10.8-inch versions
Thinness in a portable device is an attribute worth coveting. Thinness of yet another layer in your home entertainment center hoagie, however, is a little bit less attractive — at least it is when it comes with a big compromise. Such is the case with Sharp’s thinnest Blu-ray recorder, just 35mm thick yet capable of writing to BD-R discs or the newer, pricier, 100GB BDXL discs. So far so good, but rather sadly to make that magic happen in a package so svelte the company has had to ditch the internal HDD that’s common in these devices, the idea being you’ll just write to BDXL’s instead. Even with a stack of re-writeables at your disposal that’s going to be a lot less convenient and a lot more expensive than having a good ‘ol pile of platters spinning inside. Of course, with no price or release date given, it’s possible that this reduction of internal hardware also comes with a reduction in cost, but as we all know it’s pretty rare that a skinnier device costs less than its bigger boned brethren.
Projectors might be great for movies and essential for presentations, but they are rarely sexy. A notable exception currently showcased at CEATEC 2010 is the ultra-short throw LCD projector (the follow-up model to the CP-A200) showcased at Hitachi’s booth or rather the combination of the device and a whiteboard with touch control.
Measuring just just 45x303x85mm and weighing less than 4kg, the projector itself is the smallest, lightest and shortest-focus projector out there. It produces 80-inch images from a distance of just 56cm.
The whiteboard type display is 78 inches large. In the videos below, you can see a Hitachi employee showing how the system (projector plus screen) works. He tries hard to boost the wow-factor (which, for me at least, worked well).
Here is a video I shot at Hitachi’s CEATEC booth:
Here’s another one: