NTT DoCoMo augmented reality demo
Imagine having a tiny screen in the corner of your eye that constantly brings you information relevant to you and your current location. NTT DoCoMo is prototyping this idea with its AR Walker, which clips onto a pair of glasses.
It includes a gyro sensor that can detect which way the wearer is facing. Should they look left or right, it can identify which shops or restaurants are in that direction. When the wearer looks up it provides weather information, and when looking straight ahead it provides navigation.
Samsung WiMax 2 demonstration
Visitors to Ceatec had a chance to check out a new version of WiMax that streams data at over 300Mbps. Samsung was demonstrating WiMax 2 by sending several high-definition video streams over a trial network to computers.
The tests come ahead of finalisation of the technology, which is due later this year. No operators have yet announced plans to launch WiMax 2 networks, but the demonstration was an impressive glance into the future of mobile data.
TransferJet gets faster
A group of big-name companies displayed the latest developments with TransferJet, a Sony-made wireless data transfer system.
Toshiba was showing an SD Card TransferJet adaptor that should help bring the technology to millions of SD-based digital cameras next year. Sony was showing a new TransferJet chip that provides a faster connection to a PC and so should help the system achieve its speeds of around 375Mbps.
Mitsubishi's modular OLED screen
At last year's Ceatec we got a chance to see a prototype of Mitsubishi's modular OLED screen, and this year it was on show as a commercial product.
The screen is made up of display modules that can be connected together to make a screen of any dimension. It's bright, looks great and is already on sale, but don't plan on having one in your living room. The screen is targeted at public display applications such as departure boards at railway stations and stadium screens.
Murata Girl robot
One of the big hits at Ceatec every year are the robots from Murata.
Developed to showcase the company's sensor technology, the bicycling and unicycling robots have the ability to balance perfectly. This year Murata Girl, the unicycling bot, showed off these skills by cycling along a curved balance beam. It's an impressive feat for a robot and one that drew plenty of onlookers to the regular shows. (See Murata Girl and Murata Boy perform their tricks in this video.)
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