Following corn, wheat, and rice, potato represents one of human’s most important crops. But despite its popularity it has its downsides which are the presence of toxic substance known as steroidal glycoalkaloids, mainly solanine and chachonine, which in some cases make the plants inedible. The researchers have discovered the cholesterol however in small amount is used to synthesis the glycoalkaloid toxins. Up to know there were many attempts to reduce such toxin substances but it has resulted in an increase in other substances that are equally dangerous. Read more
Sony has announced the development of “SmartEyeglass” transparent lens eyewear which can connect to compatible smartphone for imposing text, symbols and images as such on to user’s field of view. The “SmartEyeglass” comes with various sensing technologies including CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, Gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor as well as microphone. Read more
SMK has recently developed a high speed data connector ideal for car navigation systems, car audio, and odometer as such as well as on-board cameras. The product is expected to fill the need of both European and North American vehicle market, where the vehicles will be equipped with high speed data connectors. Read more
Quantum encryption is a new technology in data encryption offering a level security to information in transmission network impossible to achieve previously. The technology is based on exploiting the quantum nature of single photons of light to detect eavesdropping and guaranteeing security, a cryptographic technology known as quantum key distribution. Based on this technology Toshiba has developed a world’s highest speed quantum encryption system. Read more
Typically the wireless charging module is made of a transmitting module and a receiving module, each of which has a control unit and an antenna. Up to now the miniaturization of electronic appliances has been confined to conventional antennas that are made of magnet wire coils with poor flexibility. To overcome this challenge Sumitomo Electric has developed a ultra-small wireless charging module where the magnet wire coils have been replaced by flexible printed circuits (FPCs) based on company’s knowhow in 3D wiring technology, first in the industry resulting in reduction in size of antennas will improving their flexibility. The new product is expected to be used in wearable devices, health-care devices as well as industrial equipment. The commercial production is scheduled on October 2014.
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SONY has recently announced the development of SORPLAS™ a flame retardant recycled plastic material featuring high durability and heat resistance. The product contains 99% recycled plastic comprising of polycarbonate plastic recycled from materials such as optical discs from discarded DVDs and optical sheets used in LCD televisions. SORPLAS has been incorporated into wide variety of SONY products. The company is planning to offer this material to various organizations outside the SONY group.
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NTN has developed “WIND LAB” industry’s largest testing machine for wind turbine extra-large bearings for helping to improve technical development of main shaft bearings of offshore wind turbines. WIND LAB applies load to bearings in vertical and horizontal directions using six hydraulic cylinders to produce the conditions as if the wind turbines are used in, for conducting detailed technical analysis and specification testing of bearings. Testing can be performed under ordinary conditions, as well as load condition under extreme situations. The machine is compatible with different type of bearings such as spherical roller bearings or tapered roller bearings. The “WIND LAB” incorporates the condition monitoring system for wind turbines (CMS) known as “Wind Doctor” for monitoring bearing conditions during the testing.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industry has developed a 2 megawatt (MW) 16 cylinder high speed gas engine recording world’s highest power generation efficiency ratings in a high speed gas engine. The new engine has been developed based on two-stage turbocharging (where turbochargers are arranged in series in the low- and high-pressure stages where an intercooler is placed between them) and Miller cycle (where the profile of the valve cam is engineered in a way that the timing of the valve closing shifts so that the expansion ratio becomes greater than the compression ratio, a configuration which is aimed to improve thermal efficiency) technology. The new engine power generation efficiency exceeds 44%.
Here is a nifty little gadget by Toshiba designed for people weary of their day to day physical health and well-being. Toshiba’s WERAM1100 is a wearable wristband fitness tracker capable of estimating physical activities such as amount of step taken; distance travelled as well as amount of calories burned. The new device is also capable of measuring sleep states and patterns and hour of sleep per day. It comes with a software application helping it to sync-up the information to a smartphone via Bluetooth allowing its user to view gathered data as graphs. Furthermore, users can upload photos and calories counts of meals, to monitor diet along with physical activity and sleep. WERAM1100 has been designed based on Toshiba’s signal processing technology helping it with minimum power consumption. The new WERAM1100 comes in four vibrant colors black, light gray, smoky pink and blue green. IT comes with easy operation allowing users to program and log individual, everyday life activities. It comes with built-in vibrator which can be set to go off when pace counts, distance and other targets have been reached. It also comes with an alarm. Toshiba will launch cloud services for wearable products which would provide big data analytic via company’s state-of-art engine. The product comes with IPX5/IPX7 water/dust protection.
Second edition of InsideAR in Tokyo with cooperation of CYBERNET on July 8th was an informative gathering of industries and academia offering its participants with a glimpse of current and future applications on Augmented Reality technology. Packed with live demonstrations and creative workshops, the event delivered in what it promised, to show to its audience and world as a whole the stepping stone in Always ON, Always Augmented concept. Read more