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October 2008's 8 coolest gadgets revealed

Ceatec: robots, video cards and games consoles

October 2008 saw Japan's biggest electronics show: Ceatec. More than 196,000 visitors to Ceatec got a chance to see the best of the Japanese electronics industry, including some exciting prototypes of devices that are still a long way from hitting the market.

Murata Seiko-chan robot

Murata has improved on its Murata Boy bicycling robot by coming up with a model that can unicycle. Inside the robot's body are two gyroscopes. One helps keep the robot from falling sideways and the second does the same job with forwards and backwards movement.

An ultrasonic sensor helps the robot maintain a distance from objects in its path and a Bluetooth module handles communications. It's also fitted with a camera that sends live video.

Like Murata Boy, Seiko was developed by the company as a platform to show off the company's components and isn't destined to become a product.


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