Alongside the lifelike robot, shoppers can try their hand at futuristic screen technology that responds to touch in mid-air.
If we didn’t know any better, we’d say Japan is seeing red. Red and gold for Iron Man, that is. Following the footsteps of this amazing Iron Man Samurai rendition, this giant Hulkbuster figure release, and this awesome protective armor case for your iPhone 5, some electronic brands are even consciously or unconsciously taking design cues from Stark Enterprises.
At least, that would appear to be the case if you believe the claims of one Twitter user, who says his newly purchased rice cooker shares an uncanny similarity to the Marvel superhero. But could he just be imaging the resemblance?
The Mitsukoshi department store brought on Toshiba’s Chihara Aico as a temporary receptionist last month to test out her in-development voice recognition software. While she isn’t as advanced as some of her other employed robot peers, Toshiba is taking Aico on the road to promote her capabilities to businesses.
What with desktops, laptops, all-in-ones and tablets, we now have an enormous amount of choice when it comes to buying a new computer. While many of us enjoy the raw power that giant desktops have to offer, others prefer the simplicity and convenience of tablets with their slim designs and fingerprint-absorbing touchscreens.
With the Kira L93, Japanese electronics giant Toshiba is clearly hoping to cover all of its bases and please even the most indecisive computer buyer. With a 13.3-inch touchscreen that can be rotated 360 degrees, stand, detachable keyboard and stylus, the latest entry in the Dynabook series can be used up to seven different ways, making it one of the most versatile machines on the market.
Picture the scene- a businessman walks on to the set of reality TV show Dragon’s Den (which, would you believe, originated in Japan as Manē no Tora?). He sets a briefcase down on a black leather stool, adjusts his necktie and, staring the affluent entrepreneurs straight in the eye, confidently proclaims:
“Dragons, I am here today to present to you a marvel of modern technology. The pinnacle of human engineering. Never before has humankind witnessed such a feat of industry. I am about to present to you… a notebook computer thinner than a single one yen coin!”
The dragons look at one-another in awed silence. All five of them lean forward in their seats.
“Thinner than a coin?? That’s incredible!” splutters one of the millionaires, his hungry eyes flashing.
Some folks are bemoaning whether we live in 1970 or 2012, regarding Toshiba Canada’s ads for its Excite tablets. Set in a clearly ‘oriental’-looking room, “Lucy” and her cleavage acclaim the advantages of the tablet, helped along by other close-up body shots and not-so-subtle jokes. Read More