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Friday, December 05, 2008

Digital phone knows when earthquakes are coming

A new fixed-line phone from Sanyo uses an internet connection to receive and announce earthquake warnings.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Roll-up solar panels power disaster rescue kit

The latest piece of disaster recovery equipment to come out of Japan is an ingenious feat of engineering featuring one of the most unusual applications of solar technology that we’ve seen.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Giant robot grabbing hands grab all they can

Japanese robotics specialist Tmsuk has more than just a name to conjure with - it also produces one of the largest robots known to man; the all-conquering Enryu T-53 [PDF].

Friday, June 29, 2007

Japanese homes get earthquake-alert boxes

We’ve already seen a Japanese system that uses mobile phones to give advance warning of the earthquakes that plague the seismically hyperactive archipelago, so it was inevitable that something similar would arrive for domestic use.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Japanese cellphones to warn of earthquakes, bring down email systems?
Read the full story Japan | Wireless 05:57 AM JMLH • Permalink


Anyone who’s ever been through a major earthquake will immediately recognize the value of an early-warning system being planned by Japan’s largest mobile phone operators.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Preparing for earthquakes the high-tech way


Japan is well known for its many peculiar festivals but not so many people are familiar with the regular large-scale drills held here to prepare for earthquakes and other natural disasters. Naturally, these drills now involve cellphone companies and other services reliant on technology.

Find out more in our video report on exactly how it’s done in Nippon after the jump.

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