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Brain waves

Hitachi's wearable monitor designed for all

TOKYO -- Hitachi High-Technologies has developed a wearable brain activity monitor that is geared for use by the general public as a learning aid or way to boost brain function. The Japanese company hopes to have a commercial version ready in 201...

  • Biotechnology

    Tiny organisms transform industry (and tonight's dessert)

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies large and small are making headway toward turning living organisms into fuels and industrial materials. Investors are taking notice. Genaris, a biotechnology venture in Yokohama, runs a plant in the nearby Keihin indus...

  • Venture capital in Japan's biotech

    Spider thread tempts but industry investment still low

    TOKYO -- Spiber, a Japanese biotech startup based in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, is attracting throngs of corporate executives and investors from around the world. About 1,000 people visit the company annually to see the unique product it make...

  • Space exploration

    India Mars mission makes Time's 2014 innovation list

    NEW DELHI -- India's Mars mission "Mangalyaan," which successfully entered the orbit of the Red Planet nearly two months ago on its first attempt, has been named one of the best inventions of 2014 by Time Magazine. The U.S. weekly's list also include...

  • Turning CO2 into energy

    Toshiba brings tech closer to commercialization

    TOKYO -- Toshiba has developed technology to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into an energy source at the highest efficiency to date, with a goal of commercializing it in 2020. The artificial-photosynthesis technology combines a semiconductor...

  • Automotive technology

    Toyota R&D center working on car battery of the future

    TOKYO -- At its Higashi-Fuji Technical Center at the foot of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture, Toyota Motor has long developed eco-friendly car technologies. Now the Japanese automaker is working on what it calls "the ultimate next-generation batter...

  • Digital retinas

    New hopes for the visually impaired

    TOKYO -- Today's digital world has raised risks of eye disease caused by heavy strains due to constant PC and smartphone use. Currently, about 300,000 people in Japan are estimated to have lost their eyesight. To help restore their vision, even p...

  • Avoiding a crash

    Toyota targets collision-free cars

    NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor is experimenting with driverless car technology at its research centers in the U.S. Its focus is on developing what it calls "self-judging" cars that can avoid traffic accidents. Other major auto and information technology comp...

  • Floating solar panels to cut CO2 at Thai shrimp farms

    TOKYO -- Japanese renewable energy company InterAct will work with Thai solar power giant SPCG to bring floating solar panels to shrimp farms in the Southeast Asian country, a project that could significantly reduce carbon emissions. Tokyo-based ...

  • Samsung's 3-D camera puts real life into virtual reality

    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Samsung Electronics on Wednesday showcased a 360-degree 3-D camera that can re-create a virtual world for anyone wearing a specially designed headset. The device, unveiled at its developers' conference in San Francisco, incorp...

  • Chinese makers seek success in drone market

    TOKYO -- Emerging Chinese drone maker DJI in September drew international attention at Photokina, the world's leading imaging fair, in Germany. DJI displayed more than 30 of its camera-equipped drones, which it claims can shoot images that have t...

  • New technique shines light on life at molecular level

    TOKYO -- Makio Tokunaga of the Tokyo Institute of Technology wants to peer deep into life. Very deep -- below the cellular level -- to see how events at the scale of individual molecules affect genetic activity. To do that, Tokunaga has devised ...

  • New flying rescue robot can open doors to enter buildings

    TOKYO -- A team of Japanese scientists have developed a flying rescue robot with a device that can open doors to enter buildings hit by earthquakes or accidents. The robot was developed by Hideyuki Tsukagoshi, an associate professor at the Tokyo ...

  • The next LED challenge

    TOKYO -- The blue LED was a milestone development, but now the race is on to manufacture the next leap in lighting technology. Producing blue, green and red light-emitting diodes from the same set of materials will mean being able to make integra...

  • Japan's next taste treat: Citrus-flavored red sea bream

    MATSUYAMA, Japan -- Researchers here think they might have hit on a way to get more female and young consumers to eat red sea bream. Just add a citrus scent to it. The particular scent is that of the iyokan, a fruit grown mainly in Ehime Prefectu...

  • Sharp's new LCD panel slashes power consumption

    TOKYO -- Sharp has developed a liquid crystal display panel for wearable computer devices, such as smartwatches, that consumes 0.1% the energy of current panels. The Japanese electronics maker will mass-produce the panel in Japan by next spring a...

  • Google could be your doctor, too

    SILICON VALLEY -- Google already has a way to zoom in and view the world at street level, but now the Internet search giant is developing a way to view health at the molecular level. The U.S. company is researching technologies for so-called nano...

  • Japan's 'muscle men' reshaping robotics

    TOKYO -- Recent advances in the development of artificial muscles by Japanese researchers may soon bring big benefits to such fields as nursing care, medicine, and search and rescue. Artificial muscles are materials and devices that contract an...

  • Komatsu to crank out automated excavators

    TOKYO -- Construction machinery maker Komatsu will introduce automated excavators in Japan, the U.S. and Europe later this year, which could help make up for a shortage of experienced workers in advanced economies. The new excavators will level o...

  • TDK develops wireless charging for electric vehicles

    TOKYO -- Japanese electronic components maker TDK has developed a wireless charging system for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which it hopes will be in use around 2018. The system allows for charging a parked car without using a cable or ...