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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. […]

Jaxa: Hayabusa brought back space dust / The longest round-trip of mankind ends in success

November 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Mobility & Space, On the TechWatch, TechWatch Japan

Jaxa: Hayabusa brought back space dust / The longest round-trip of mankind ends in success

After months of careful analysis the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has claimed a total success of the longest round-trip ever of a man-made spacecraft. Today Jaxa announced, that its asteroid exploration spacecraft “Hayabusa” (Falcon) really brought back dust from the asteroid Itokawa. Quote: “Based on the results of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations […]

World premiere: Drive your truck like your Porsche / Mitsubishi Fuso introduces first truck with a double-clutch

November 12th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Mobility & Space, On the TechWatch, TechWatch Japan

World premiere: Drive your truck like your Porsche / Mitsubishi Fuso introduces first truck with a double-clutch

So far, dual clutch transmissions (DCT) were used in super-sports cars for super-fast and super-smooth manual gear shifting. On Thursday, Mitsubishi Fuso, the Japanese subsidiary of the world’s largest truck manufacturer Daimler the first DCT in a truck, actually in its new Canter, the world’s best selling small truck with five million units sold since […]

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 […]

Nissan: New Mobility Concept

November 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Mobility & Space, TechWatch Japan

Nissan: New Mobility Concept

Nissan presendet on Monday a “New Mobility” Concept Car: A two-seater EV. Judging from the photographs of the device, the company wants to fix four wheels, an electrical engine, two seats and wind and rain protection to a giant rechargeable battery. The TechWatcher thinks, that this is just another step towards the gadgetisation of the […]

The iCar: How The Car Becomes Just Another App

November 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Mobility & Space, On the TechWatch, TechWatch Japan, Uncategorized

The iCar: How The Car Becomes Just Another App

With the launch of the first mass produced eCars the gadgetisation of automobiles shifts to another gear as Nissan demonstrated today. The TechWatcher wrote about this trend already in his column for the German edition of Technology Review (My iPhone, my iPad, my iCar). Now on Monday, Nissan finally introduced its interactive information and communication […]

Mazda: New Engine for Survival

October 20th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Mobility & Space, On the TechWatch, TechWatch Japan

Mazda: New Engine for Survival

As next step as independent car manufacturer Mazda presented today new technologies to reduce the fuel efficiency of its cars by 30 percent by 2015. As first step Mazda will introduce two new internal combustion engines (ICE) under the project name „Skyactiv“, a gasoline engine with the world`s highest compression ratio and a diesel engine […]

KDDI Discovers the Smart Phone Mania

October 18th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Networked Life, On the TechWatch, TechWatch Japan

KDDI Discovers the Smart Phone Mania

Better late than never: Having lost ground to the Japanese giant NTT Docomo and the Apple partner Softbank the Japanese carrier KDDI finally starts a smart phone offensive. Today AU, the mobile phone carrier of KDDI, presented the Sharp IS03. Another three smart models, IS04 Regza phone by Toshiba, the ISo5 by Sharp, and the Sirius […]

Media: Ford wants to reduce stake in Mazda

October 18th, 2010  |  by  |  published in In the Media, Mobility & Space, TechWatch Japan

Media: Ford wants to reduce stake in Mazda

A further reduction of Ford’s stake in Mazda from 11 to 3 percent would not come as a surprise, the TechWatcher writes in the Austrian daily “Der Standard”. After the outbreak of the financial crisis Ford had already started to reduce its stake from 33,4 percent to 13,4. A further capital increase by Mazda diluted […]

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.