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NTT Tech Fair

February 23rd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features

NTT Tech Fair

We are living in interesting times. The internet and all the technologies and ideas that come with it are changing our lives in a rapid pace as a visit of NTT Tech fair in Tokyo shows. I was impressed with the Taion-Heart, a remote handholding device for lovers or parents and kids. The plastic hearts […]

Mobility For The Disabled: Ideas from Japan

December 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, Mobility & Space, TechWatch Japan

Mobility For The Disabled: Ideas from Japan

When it comes to mobility solutions for the disabled and handicapped, Japan’s car manufacturers are leading the world. In no other country,  even heavily handicapped costumers have such a wide choice of models and solutions directly from the car makers than in Japan. One reason is, that Japan is one of the fastest ageing societies. […]

Car Test: The Silent Death or: Electric Toyota: How do the EV, the PHV and the FCV compare?

November 19th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, Gadget Review, Mobility & Space

Car Test: The Silent Death or: Electric Toyota: How do the EV, the PHV and the FCV compare?

On Thursday, Toyota had a small test event of the electrified cars at the showroom Toyota Megaweb in Tokyo on Thursday. The company made three models available for a short test ride: 1. A prototype of the coming iQ-based battery-electric vehicle (EV), that will be launched in the USA, Europa, Japan and maybe even China […]

“LED crystals”: The Beauty of LED Lights

November 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, Robots & Home

"LED crystals": The Beauty of LED Lights

Many LED lights are straight forward, dull replacements of traditional light bulbs. But recently the TechWatcher came across a few lighting innovations, that allow us a glimpse at a new world of lighting concepts and lamp designs. One of the most beautiful lamps the TechWatcher has ever seen are – how should we call them? […]

Flat Panel Display Show 2010: The trend is transparent

November 11th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, CountryWatch, Gadget Review, TechWatch China, TechWatch Japan, TechWatch Korea

Flat Panel Display Show 2010: The trend is transparent

Three new trends will flare up in the flat panel industry in the next three years (in addition to the inevitable rise of 3D displays): transparent displays, flexible displays and color eBook-readers. This is the clear message of the Flat Panel Display Show, the leading trade fair for the global panel industry, that currently takes […]

North Korea: How digital technology helps to get news in and out of North Korea

November 2nd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, Networked Life, TechWatch Korea

North Korea: How digital technology helps to get news in and out of North Korea

This is a screenshot of a news video by KIM Dong-cheol, a North Korean underground journalist with the Japan-based journalists network AsiaPress, shows a young woman in a North Korean village looking desperately for food for their rabbits she sells to wealthy North Korean. She looks like a girl, but says, that she is already […]

Head-Mounted Displays: Much Hype About A Niche

October 27th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features

Head-Mounted Displays: Much Hype About A Niche

Head-mounted displays (HMDs) are much hyped, especially since the Japanese mobile phone carrier NTT Docomo and Olympus presented really cool HMDs for an augmented reality (AR) service at the recent Ceatec. But to be honest, I firmly believe they will stay a niche product for the time being. Ok, the display looks inobtrusively small. But […]

North Korea Embarks on Internet Drive

October 20th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, In the Media, Networked Life, TechWatch Korea

North Korea Embarks on Internet Drive

In North Korea, an internet generation seems to have taken power. With the promotion of the only 27 years old Kim Jong Un to the unofficial position of official heir of the leader Kim Jong-il, the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) has gone online. For the first time we can enjoy the prose of North […]

Mobile Phones: The Age of Modularity

October 18th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, Networked Life, TechWatch Japan

Mobile Phones: The Age of Modularity

The HANDY REVOLUTION has started: the new era of modular mobile phones. Not too long ago, Fujitsu introduced a mobile phone that could be described as the first modular phone available on the Japanese market.

TechWatcher Asia

October 3rd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, Eco & Industry, Gadget Review, In the Media, Martin Köllings Japan-Notizen, Mobility & Space, Networked Life, On the TechWatch, Robots & Home

TechWatcher Asia

Work in Progress: TechWatcher Asia, more than just gadgets. On this site Martin Koelling, East Asia Correspondent with the German financial daily Financial Times Deutschland and self-proclaimed Tech Watcher Asia, will report occasionally on technological trends in Asia, and how they impact your life. Stay tuned.