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Thursday, February 28, 2008

World’s first holographic RFID tag to stop Vuitton knock-offs

RFID and holograms are two of our favorite technologies, so it’s a joy to see them form a double act and get together in one pretty little security device. The result is the world’s first hologram-toting IC tag, which arrives in Japan next month courtesy of Hitachi and the printing experts at Toppan.

Friday, February 22, 2008

E-paper advertising in the wild in Tokyo

Now that it’s all grown up and mature, electronic paper is stating to get out a bit more and enjoy life – its latest sortie sees it appearing on train station ticket gates as a variety of advertising posters.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thinner TVs are helping to save the planet

One welcome side-effect of the new breed of ultra-thin TVs has come to light in a recent report from Hitachi Japan – apparently, they’re better for the environment.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Smart security cam system weeds out trouble by itself

Whatever your opinion of the ever-increasing number of surveillance cameras pointed at us, their proliferation creates a tricky logistical problem for those doing the watching – how do we make sense of the information overload of so much video?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New Hitachi tech promises end to personal data leaks

The recent rash of data security breaches in the UK could be avoided in future if the government and civil service there pay attention to a group of new privacy-protection technologies being developed in Japan.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Finger flicking good — digital car ignition

Next time you leave the house to drive to the corner shop just be sure to bring along the one thing Hitachi reckons you’ll be using instead of a key to start the car - your index finger.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

NEC and Hitachi develop water-cooled HDD

It might seem odd that when the world’s first liquid-cooled hard drive is developed the companies behind it should trumpet it as being quieter, rather than more efficient or faster, but that’s the motivation behind the new device from NEC and Hitachi of Japan.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Hitachi springs world's first Blu-ray camcorders ahead of schedule

Just two weeks after we caught whiff of a rumor that Hitachi would be releasing a Blu-ray camcorder in the fall, the Japanese company has announced that the portable high-definition technology is, in fact, ready now.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New Hitachi search engine can analyze images and videos based on content

Internet searches for more obscure topics can sometimes feel like the old needle-and-haystack conundrum - if what you want is out there at all, finding it can be a stretch, even for Google. Images and video present an even greater challenge - unless they’re tagged or labeled accurately, it’s often a matter of wading through thousands of possible matches.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Hitachi claims first Blu-ray camcorder coming this year

After what seems like years of waiting and fiddling around with AVCHD and the like, it seems the world is finally about to get a real next-gen HD video camera after Hitachi’s late-afternoon Tokyo announcement of the first Blu-ray camcorder.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Japan’s gym gear learns to speak Bluetooth


Those of us happy to lead a quiet, perhaps even sedentary, life could be in for a jolt, as gym-going fitness freaks are about to get an even larger stick with which to beat us…

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