Tech

DRAM prices still falling, but NAND prices may hit bottom in 2016

TOKYO -- While prices of DRAM memory chips continue to drop as the market shrinks, NAND flash memory chips could bottom out before year-end.Both types of chips store programs and data in personal computers, servers, smartphones and other digital gadg...

  • In Silicon Valley, Toyota studies hands-free -- and safer -- driving

    SILICON VALLEY -- Japan's Toyota Motor in January opened a research institute a five-minute drive from Stanford University. The center, which has $1 billion to spend during the next five years, is focusing on artificial intelligence and autonomous dr...

  • AI's mission goes beyond winning board games

    TOKYO -- Artificial intelligence has been making great progress in recent years, drawing attention not only from experts but also from the media and businesses around the world. Global tech giants and other companies are eyeing AI's huge potentia...

  • Scientists split over artificial photosynthesis development methods

    TOKYO -- As oil and other fossil fuel reserves are expected to dry up in the future, scientists around the world are eyeing artificial photosynthesis as a new potential source of clean energy. Artificial photosynthesis uses sunlight to generate c...

  • Infectious disease experts seek pan-Asian cooperation

    TOKYO -- Nikkei and Nikkei Business Publications on Friday held the third Nikkei Asian Conference on Communicable Disease in Tokyo. The two-day conference is meant to discuss and propose how Asian countries together tackle infectious diseases that ar...

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    Cooperation crucial to Internet of Things, Bosch's Struth says

    FRANKFURT -- As industries around the globe turn their attention to the Internet of Things (IoT) -- a network of items connected through the Internet -- cooperation among countries and companies is becoming much more important, according to Werner St...

  • Theme park's 'robot kingdom' seeks to upend Japan's service industry

    TOKYO -- Dutch-themed amusement park Huis Ten Bosch has unveiled plans to open a "robot kingdom" featuring over 200 automatons on the premises in July, part of a long-term strategy to revolutionize Japan's anemic service sector. "Robots will arri...

  • Robotic suit, iPS therapy to be tried in spinal cord rehab

    TOKYO -- Keio University is joining hands with Cyberdyne to develop treatments for spinal cord injuries that combine induced pluripotent stem cell therapy with the startup's wearable cybersuit. The project will proceed in two stages starting this...

  • Satellites to keep Japanese connected when disaster strikes

    TOKYO -- Japan plans to build a satellite-based communications network that would fill in when a natural disaster knocks out regular systems. Several GPS satellites would transmit text data between survivors, municipalities and other parties. The...

  • Engineering a coup with Jamaica's bobsledding team

    TOKYO -- Ota Ward of Tokyo is known for its high concentration of small manufacturers who punch far above their weight in terms of craftsmanship and global reach. A group of factories there is reinforcing that image by teaming up to make an unlikely ...

  • Chernobyl's future still up in the air

    CHERNOBYL -- Thirty years after the catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the Ukrainian government and the international community are still struggling to close the chapter on the disaster. The meltdown and subsequent explosion at the No. 4...

  • Nissan gets ready to hit the highway with self-driving minivan

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor will release in August a minivan that can largely drive itself on highways, even in heavy traffic, aiming to showcase its technological edge through mass-market vehicles. The self-driving Serena mainstay minivan will be pri...

  • Sharp to unleash walking, talking robot-smartphone

    OSAKA -- Sharp will sell a miniature robot that doubles as a smartphone starting May 26 in Japan, the electronics maker said Thursday. The new product, named RoBoHoN, taps artificial intelligence and Internet of Things technology to memorize info...

  • Hitachi readying robotic rival to SoftBank's Pepper

    TOKYO -- The android moves at a top speed of 6kph. In just a few years, it will provide customer service in airports, hospitals, train stations and other facilities, speaking four languages so that it can even serve the masses of foreign tourists str...

  • Sharp develops bendable OLED panel

    OSAKA -- Sharp has created a flexible OLED panel that could be used in smartphone screens and a host of other applications. The new panel can be freely bent not just during smartphone manufacturing but also by users. Sharp developed a prototype a...

  • Japan developing weatherproof aircraft tech

    TOKYO -- Japan's aerospace agency is spearheading development of technology to shield airplanes from severe weather and volcanic activity, aiming to cut down on flight changes and make air travel safer. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or ...

  • NEC to open AI lab with public research institute

    TOKYO -- Technology giant NEC is joining forces with a government research institute here on a large-scale artificial intelligence research project, it was announced Tuesday. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (A...

  • Startup eyes way to cleanse the heavens of space junk

    TOKYO -- A Singapore-based aerospace venture is working toward a 2020 debut for a service to remove old microsatellites from orbit, anticipating a growing need amid increasingly crowded skies. Astroscale plans to launch a prototype spacecraft in ...

  • 'Pepper's father' ready for new robotic challenge

    TOKYO -- Kaname Hayashi, who led the team that developed SoftBank Group's Pepper humanoid robot, is again in the spotlight as he recently set up a venture firm to create a revolutionary new robot. Hayashi established GROOVE X in Tokyo in November...

  • A North Korean missile strike? Japan should prepare

    TOKYO -- Estimates are divided as to where North Korea is with its missile re-entry technology, which is vital if a nuclear warhead is to successfully detonate. As time passes, however, North Korea is likely to close in on its goal. Despite this,...