Tech

Using Sony's technology, high-resolution music can be transmitted wirelessly from a device to speakers.

Better-than-CD sound

Sony to license high-res audio tech to jump-start market

TOKYO -- Sony will provide its high-resolution audio technology to other companies in a move likely intended to spur growth of the relatively new market for compatible equipment. The Japanese electronics giant will begin licensing its LDAC techno...

  • Graphene's problem

    'Miracle material' seeks commercial uses

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Superstrong, superlight, superflexible, superconductive and superthin ... the list of superlatives for graphene goes on and on. For makers and sellers, the "miracle material" holds the promise of billions of dollars in revenue ac...

  • Asia's Silicon Valley

    Singapore draws tech startups as government lends a hand

    TOKYO/SINGAPORE -- Singapore is quickly turning into a technology startup hub, attracting talent and investors through efforts by public universities and the government. Block 71, which used to be a building in an old industrial park right outsid...

  • Robotic backup for backs

    Devices make heavy lifting less of a pain

    TOKYO -- Lower back pain is something caregivers, farmers and factory workers know all too well. But engineers in Japan are developing wearable mechanisms that help with heavy lifting, whether it be crates or bedridden patients. The emergence of ...

  • Green economy

    Toshiba to test CO2 recovery for seaweed cultivation

    TOKYO -- Toshiba will begin field tests in the city of Saga to recover carbon dioxide from biogas generated at sewage treatment facilities and use it in cultivating seaweed, the company said Wednesday. Equipment that can recover 200kg of CO2 dail...

  • Japanese high-tech exports

    Safe, reliable 'shinkansen' sparking interest overseas

    TOKYO -- Shinkansen bullet trains are vital transport links in Japan. Some 900,000 people ride shinkansen trains every day. The high-speed railways, which allow passengers to travel comfortably, safely and on time at up to 300kph are the pride of Jap...

  • Flood prediction technology

    Supercomputer reduces disaster risk

    TOKYO -- Japan's massive tsunami roared into the city of Sendai at around 15:53 p.m. on March 11, 2011, leaving devastation in its wake. Seaside houses and farmland were inundated within minutes; more than 15,000 were killed and thousands of others i...

  • Apply in Japan

    Wanted: Robot opportunities

    TOKYO -- Japanese robotics researchers have been a little quiet since Expo 2005 Aichi, a world fair in southwestern Japan that put them in the spotlight. Meanwhile, global robotics technology has rapidly progressed by incorporating information and co...

  • 2040s target

    Japan aims for space solar power

    TOKYO -- Japan thinks outer space might offer a solution to its dire energy issue. It is looking to use the abundance of solar power in space to generate electricity by the 2040s. A number of technical and financial challenges to doing this lie a...

  • More than a pretty facet

    Pink diamonds captivate sensor researchers

    TOKYO -- Jewelry aficionados are not the only ones in love with pink diamonds. Researchers in the field of semiconductors and telecommunications are also fascinated by the gemstone for its potential ability to measure temperatures and detect trace am...

  • Tomorrow's wheels

    The car that a 3-D printer made

    TOKYO -- Metal molds, welding robots and machine presses will no longer be needed to manufacture automobiles, if all goes according to the plans of one U.S. company. A new age in automaking is about to arrive as Local Motors develops a plant with...

  • Science in space

    Japan plans 'out of this world' experiments

    TOKYO -- Japan will take its scientific research to new heights -- literally -- this month when it kicks off a series of experiments in the International Space Station. Overseeing the studies will be Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui, who will shoot ...

  • Homebuilders take note

    JX Energy construction material helps cut A/C bills

    TOKYO -- JX Nippon Oil & Energy has developed a new material for residential construction that can bring down air conditioning costs by reducing fluctuations in room temperature. The material is made with a substance known as normal paraffin that...

  • CEO interview

    Hydrogen is ideal energy, says Toshiba

    TOKYO -- Technology companies are increasingly tapping hydrogen to create new energy infrastructure, one example of the resource being put to use is Toyota Motor's recent release of a hydrogen-fueled vehicle. Hisao Tanaka, president of Japanese e...

  • Regenerative medicine

    Kyoto University plans iPS cell bank

    OSAKA -- A Kyoto University research center will start stockpiling and supplying induced pluripotent stem cells with the help of donors who have cells compatible with large portions of Japan's population. The Center for iPS Cell Research and Appl...

  • Michael Schrage

    China's robot revolution masks need to invest in people

    The world's No. 2 economy faces a big challenge in helping its citizens work with -- or compete against -- better machinery, says Michael Schrage.

  • Resource development

    China ready to take superconductivity low-tech

    TOKYO -- Superconducting technology is gaining the spotlight now that Japan's maglev train has turned in speed records. In China, researchers are looking at using less sophisticated versions of the technology. Researchers there are focusing super...

  • Low barriers to entry

    Drones are taking off in Japan

    TOKYO -- Small drones are enjoying a surge in popularity in Japan thanks to the availability of models that are relatively inexpensive and easy to fly. The devices, which can be found even at electronics retailers, increasingly are being used not...

  • High-speed trains

    Japanese rail company eyes exports to cover maglev costs

    TOKYO -- When Central Japan Railway's magnetically levitated train set a world speed record on Tuesday by zipping along an experimental track at 603kph, the project's chief promoter was in Dallas, Texas. Yoshiyuki Kasai, chairman emeritus of the ...

  • Saving energy

    Nichia laser tech could make TVs 25% more efficient

    TOKYO -- Japanese electronics maker Nichia has developed laser technology that could make LCD televisions 25% more energy efficient than LED-based TVs, sources told The Nikkei on Tuesday. The major maker of light-emitting diodes has created a way...