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Canon to Launch Augmented-Reality Platform Based on Head-Mounted Displays

Canon said Monday it will launch a new augmented-reality platform that uses head-mounted displays to realistically project virtual images onto real backgrounds.

Sharp to Launch New Android-based User Interface to Differentiate Its Phones

Japan's Sharp said Monday it will release a new user interface for its smartphones in an attempt to differentiate them from the Android masses.

Samsung Display Production Briefly Halted Due to Power Outage

Samsung is restoring production at a flat-panel display factory that briefly lost power Thursday evening, but is still unsure of what effects the outage will...

Japan's Tomy to Launch Little Robot Dogs, Boxers With Motion Controls

Japanese game and toy maker Tomy is showing a host of innovative controls for its new products on display at the International Tokyo Toy Show.

Panasonic to Launch Smartphones in Japan That Sync With Rice Cookers, TVs

Panasonic will launch smartphones that sync with its household appliances, including its ovens and rice cookers, from this summer.

Japan's Fuji Xerox Sends Staff to Tsunami-Hit Area to Digitize Damaged Documents

Japanese copy machine maker Fuji Xerox on Tuesday sent a group of employees to a city hit hard by last year's killer tsunami, to help digitize documents damaged...

Sony to Launch Cell Analysis Device Based on Its Blu-ray Laser Technology

Sony said Monday it will launch a new medical device that uses its Blu-ray optics technology to analyze and sort different types of cells.

NTT DoCoMo Turns Tower Records Japan Into Subisidiary

NTT DoCoMo said Monday it will increase its share in Tower Records Japan, turning the music vendor into a subsidiary in a push to expand its line of mobile...

Hand-warmer Mouse? iPhone Proximity Alarm? Pen Phone? Why Not?

It started with the "iWarm," a computer mouse with a rechargeable, removable hand warmer attached, and inspired other accessories.

Can't Find the Gadgets You Want? Here Are the Parts to Build Your Own

At the massive Computex exhibition in Taipei this week, hundreds of vendors hawk shiny new tablets, phones and computers.

Charge Your Phone, With Your Other Phone

A Taiwanese company is demonstrating two-way touch charging this week at the Computex exhibition, using a new chip that allows two people to share one phone's...

ViewSonic to Challenge Wacom in Drawable LCD Screens, Readying 32-inch Pen-on-display

For the growing community of artists and designers that draw directly on touch-sensitive screens, workspace is a major factor, and monitor maker ViewSonic is...

Emergency Mobile Phone Runs on Single AA Battery, Stows for 15 Years

The phone doesn't have a charging port, or any ports at all. It doesn't even have a screen.

Sony Announces Host of Features Linking Vita, PlayStation 3

Sony on Tuesday announced a host of new services that link up its handheld PlayStation Vita with its PlayStation 3 game console.

ARM Server Built by Taiwanese Manufacturer MiTAC Revealed

ARM on Tuesday showed a server using its processors built by Taiwanese manufacturer MiTAC, which will join U.S. makers Dell and Hewlett-Packard in producing...