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Monday, April 06, 2009

All your blog are belong to us – software robot to do all that tedious writing

So, NEC – you’re saying you don’t need us anymore? I’m hurt and know it’s no April Fool, so will just have to learn to live with it…

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

NEC language interpreter for phones includes better Wiener Filter
Read the full story R&D | Wireless 11:30 PM JMLH • Permalink

It’s not the first time we’ve seen phones that purport to translate between languages, but NEC’s claims for its new mobile travel interpreter are certainly among the grandest.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

NEC thermal scans at HQ entrance for flu carriers
Read the full story Japan | WTF? 01:36 AM JMLH • Permalink

We know it’s the season for colds and flu to stop the spread of goodwill to all men, but I was more than a little shocked by the lengths one tech company is going to in order to halt the march of the germs.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Biometric technique applies face recognition to movie clips

We’re not quite sure why anyone would need it, but NEC’s latest piece of biometric wizardry is a face-recognition system that can look at video clips and rank people according to how frequently they appear.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

NEC’s smart search checks web and RSS feeds to lighten research load

An unusual new piece of software announced today by NEC Japan is intended for businesses seeking a competitive advantage over rivals, but - if it reaches full potential - could redefine internet searching instead.

Monday, December 03, 2007

NEC spy camera draws its power from fluorescent light tubes

The latest prototype product from NEC Japan has to be one of the most novel uses of alternative energy we’ve ever seen - it’s a wireless security camera that draws its power directly from fluorescent light tubes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Stripes, car seat covers and low specs for Nissan’s laptop

Uber nerdy Nissan fans in Japan are probably in moistest ecstasy right now after NEC announced that it is to sell a special edition laptop there done up to match the local equivalent of the car company’s Micra model.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Duck and weave ATM days over thanks to NEC

We’ve all seen computer screens that are designed to be viewed only from directly in front to prevent snoopers from sneaking a sideways glance, but the price of privacy has always been severe image deterioration. NEC’s newest LCD technology appears to offer a solution.

Friday, October 19, 2007

WiMAX demo hooks up ambulances and hospitals to save lives
Read the full story R&D | Wireless 09:27 AM JMLH • Permalink

Amid the endless lists of numbers and claims of bigger, better faster technologies, it’s always a joy to receive concrete details of how these so-called improvements might one day really make a difference.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Multicore CPU lockdown key to stopping viruses

Multicore CPUs are already ten-a-penny, but who woulda thunk they’d soon be appearing in cellphones, cars and HD TV players and that they could hold the key to eliminating computer viruses?

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.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

NEC fax machine PDFs incoming by email to your cellphone

Long ago, in the mists of time before email, a device called a facsimile machine once roamed the offices of the land before dying a swift death on a cold Thursday afternoon in early 1997. Except in Japan, that is, where domestic and office faxes alike are still evolving into something entirely new.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Nissan and NEC to clean up electric car market with more powerful Li-ion cells


Two of Japan’s largest companies are joining forces to help clean up a little of the pollution that Tokyo is famous for by improving the viability of electric cars.

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