Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week, on one hand it’s Fujitsu bowing out of the London Stock Exchange, and on the other pun-intended hand, it’s Fujitsu releasing the first touchless palm-reading laptop - for authentication, not to predict your future, and the Japanese royalty are Let’s Enjoying in India to promote J-tech and warm feelings.
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Welcome to Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
It’s already Friday west of the international dateline – here in Japan, it’s totally the future. The weekly JTFF is our somewhat Technosnarky coverage of 2-5 particularly important, specifically Japan-related tech stories. Get yourself hip to the micro & macro that went down while North America was sleeping – check in with Akihabara News every Friday morning and BOOM! Ahead of the game, you win.
:: JTFF – November 29, 2013 ::
• Fujitsu, Losing Money, Looks to Lose Less by Leaving London
Sure, they might not be hemorrhaging the billions that your Sonys and Panasonics and Sharps are, but Fujitsu is very much at home among the ranks of struggling Japanese tech giants. Pulling out of the London Stock Exchange is being reported as a cost-saving and streamlining effort, and okay fine - but as the aforementioned big three have been learning, simply cutting corners and buying tighter pants ain’t gonna do it. In the tech economy of the now, you’ve also gotta innovate and do stuff that the Samsungs and Apples aren’t or can’t. Until you do that, dear Fujitsu, you will have to share in eating the crappy market performance sandwich with your three J-buddies up there.
[FUJITSU WITHDRAWING FROM LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE - TECHWORLD]
• Fujitsu’s Contactless Palm-Reading Laptop
Wow, Fujitsu, that didn’t take very long - you totally heard the JTFF making good-natured fun of you just now, right? Well, in addition to being a respectable machine otherwise, this laptop has some pretty cool authentication technology. Basically you hover your hand over the sensor, it does a kind of x-ray, but not an x-ray, and maps your unique blood vessel pattern situation (that one would have already set to oneself), and boom - you’re in! Or, if you’re one of the bad guys, boom - you’re not in! This tech isn’t brand new, but this is the first time for a laptop workstation, and it is Fujitsu proprietary. Now, we do wish could just blow sunshine and romance Fujitsu all day long, but no - there is a dark side to the story: the Celsius H730 will cost over $3300. DAMN, FUJITSU! Sure, the Celsius H730 is geared toward your security sensitive government or business types, but come on, now - we need volume, people!.
[FUJITSU’S NEW CONTACTLESS PALM-READING LAPTOP - TECH WEEK EUROPE]
[FUJITSU CELSIUS H730 PRESS RELEASE]
• Japanese Emperor and Empress Arrive in India Tomorrow
Yeah, almost everyone agrees that this is politically timed, but the tech angle is also clear: Japan’s got a lot of tech, India’s got a lot of customers - soon they’ll have more than China can offer. It’s interesting, strategically cunning for Japan to make this alliance. As we mentioned on the JTFF last month, Japan and the U.K. have been cuddling up, the U.K. and India are tight, add in all the strategic alliances built-in from Japan’s relationship with the United States - you could probably even lump Korea in there - and what you begin to see is a big family of foreign powers coalescing around the edges of China. Like the Mongols did back in the day. Considering all that, the whole air zone thingy, while nuts, doesn’t seem quite as nuts now, does it?
[JAPANESE ROYAL FAMILY IN INDIA - TIMES OF INDIA]
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.