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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 […]

FPD 2010: Samsung presents flexible Oled display

November 7th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Gadget Review, On the TechWatch

FPD 2010: Samsung presents flexible Oled display

At the Flat Panel Display Show 2010 in Japan (see the full report on TechWatcher) Samsung surprises with a prototype of a bendable amorphous Oled (amoled) display that has four times the resolution of its predecessor. With a resolution of 800 to 480 pixel the 4,5 inch display it is sufficiently equipped to serve as display […]

The start of the 3D smart phone era

November 3rd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Gadget Review, On the TechWatch

The start of the 3D smart phone era

Sharp, Nintendos supplier of the 3D-display for the portable game-console 3Ds, will start selling its own 3D-smart phone in December. The first vendor will be the carrier Softbank, which gained fame and profits as the sole seller of Apple’s iPhone in Japan. If Sharp’s prototype at the Ceatec serves as any guide, the mobile will […]

Cop10: “Historic Achievement”

November 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Eco & Industry, On the TechWatch

Cop10: "Historic Achievement"

It rarely happens that a global environmental conference earns praise from NGO. But the meeting on bio-diversity (Cop10), that ended Saturday morning in Nagoya, was celebrated even by Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International, as “historic achievement”. Obviously the “wonderful mood” and the “can-do” atmosphere of the first days, the TechWatcher reported about, could […]

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 […]

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.