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Sony unveiled a new mid-range Xperia smartphone: the M4 Aqua. It's IP65/IP68 waterproof and dustproof so that it is capable of holding up underwater for a long time. Its battery lasts for 2 days!

 

Panasonic has announced the Lumix GM, an ultra compact 16MP Micro Four Thirds camera, which will be released in Japan in late November.

"This camera uses the same sensor and engine as the GX7 which was released last month. The GX' features extremely high image quality and has received various awards around the world. We have packed the high image quality of the GX7 into this camera."

"The compact body is made of magnesium alloy, giving it a very robust feeling."

 

This next generation IGZO MEMS display has been developed by a collaboration between Sharp and Qualcomm subsiduary Pixtronics.

Microscopic MEMS shutters which opens and close are used to control the output of light from the red, green, blue and white LEDs which make up each pixel. By using this system, the display features high levels of brightness and color reproduction in any environment, and significantly lowers power consumption.

Taihei Environmental Science Center has developed a system that automatically performs water quality testing, and can detect bacteria such as E. coli. In the past, this work had to be done manually. The system uses three robots to completely automate all stages of the process, from collecting a predetermined amount of the sample, injecting agar, agitating, coagulating and inverting, to the placement and storage of the culture in incubators. This level of automation not only eliminates human error, substantially improving test accuracy, it also increases processing capacity.

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Akihabaranews - Diginfo - Toto bedside flushable toilet

Toto has developed a Bedside Flushable Toilet, for use by people who are disabled, elderly or infirm.

With the development of this product, it's possible for flushable toilets to be put exactly where they are needed, independent of the layout of the building. Because the toilet is not fixed in place, it can be moved in line with the needs of the user, reducing the workload of caregivers and giving more independence to people who need care.

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Tensegrity structures are created using isolated struts held together with cables. By utilizing the tensile strength of the cables to place a compressive force on the struts, the structures feature high structural integrity and mechanical stability.

This is an AR support system for constructing objects with a tensegrity structure, created by the Hirasawa Lab at Chiba University.

"We liked this shape a lot. But things like this are difficult to design and build. So, we're using AR to support their construction."

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