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STUNNING products at Japan electronics show!

Last updated on: November 15, 2011 16:55 IST

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Aseem Chhabra


If many Hollywood filmmakers, and some in Europe and even Bollywood, are turning to 3D films, it was only a matter of time before television manufacturers were going to adapt to the technology.

As expected Japanese electronics giants have been at the forefront of the technology and it is believed that 3D televisions may reach even the Indian market in the near future.

3D televisions were a major attraction at last month's CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) show -- Japan's premiere consumer electronics event, held each year at Makuhari Messe, a convention centre outside Tokyo.

The Japanese electronics industry was badly hit after the March 2011 earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that struck the eastern coast of the island nation -- some 230 miles northeast of Tokyo. But if this year's CEATEC is any indication, the electronics industry is back with a bang.

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Image: The super-sharp Regza 3D glasses-less television from Toshiba.
Photographs: Chidi Nobi
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The leader in 3D television this year was Toshiba with its slick range of REGZA line -- high-definition sets where the pictures can be seen without glasses. It is a terrific option for people who a troubled with darkened images they see in movie theatres using the plastic 3D viewing glasses.

The imagery on the REGZA televisions is clear, bright, unlike anything people view in theatres.

As the holiday season approaches other television manufacturers are also gearing up with new and sleek products.

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Image: Nissan is developing a smarthome where solar energy powers the homeowner's car and the vehicle then energizes the living space. The entire operation is controlled by an iPad like tablet.
Photographs: Chidi Nobi
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During the week long expo there was always a long line to view Sharp's 85 inch Super Hi-Vision LCD television. This is the world's biggest sized television and the image so crisp and clear that one can almost touch and feel what is showing on the television screen.

The television boasts of 3.3 million pixels giving a breathtaking feeling of reality.

And Sharp has also developed the lightest portable televisions that one can carry like a brief case. Now one does not have to be stuck in a living room or another fixed location watching television.

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Image: Sharp's 85 inch Super Hi-Vision LCD television.
Photographs: Chidi Nobi
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The portable television can be with you anywhere in the house, catching images through a Wi-Fi connection. The televisions come with 20", 30", 40" and 60" screens. The smallest only weighs 2.5 kg.

Sony had a huge presence at CEATEK with a massive show room that was also a big size movie theater. Among the products the electronics giant introduced were its own version of iPad -- the touch screen Tablet S and the more remarkable folding the Tablet P.

And for video game lovers Sony has come up with a 3D viewing option. The company has developed a 24 inch, 3D fully HD monitor that can be attached on a PlayStation or even an Xbox console. The only catch -- players have to put on 3D glasses.

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Image: Toshiba also introduced another cool must have gadget for every wired consumer -- Dynabook, the thinnest and lightest laptop in the world.
Photographs: Chidi Nobi
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As with the 3D television, Toshiba also introduced another cool must have gadget for every wired consumer -- Dynabook, the thinnest and lightest laptop in the world.

Weighing just around 3.4 kg, the laptop comes with a nine hour battery, an Intel processor and solid high-definition images. It should be available in Japan this fall at an approximate retail price of $2,000.

As smartphones become a way of life for mobile phones users across the world NTT Docomo -- Japan's largest wireless network company is producing newer apps that would improve their customers' quality of lives.

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Image: Sony's touchscreen Tablet S.
Photographs: Chidi Nobi
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The apps displayed at CEATEC ranged from a menu translator -- that translates menus from one language to another; a menu calories count reader; an app that could check if the consumer had bad breath; and another that would indicate if the person was truly hungry, based on the level of a chemical called acetone in her or his breath.

Other apps would indicate the level of gamma rays present in a person's home -- something many Japanese are concerned about following the nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Japan; and another that accurately measures a person's muscle and body fat levels.

All of these may soon be available to Japanese Docomo customers. The success of these apps will soon bring them to other parts of the world.

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Image: The super-sharp Regza 3D glasses-less television from Toshiba.
Photographs: Chidi Nobi
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Japan is perhaps the only Asian country that has the serious goals of becoming a green nation and its top electronics companies are doing enough to support the government's plans.

At this year's CEATEK Panasonic presented the concept of a smarthome -- fully energized by solar power.

An exciting aspect of this smarthome -- a home owner can remotely change the inside air temperature as she or he is headed back from work. Panasonic imagines smart residential communities made of these smarthomes.

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Image: Humanoid robot Seisaku-kun pedals a bicycle during a demonstration at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) in Makuhari, northeast of Tokyo.
Photographs: Toshiyuki Aizawa/Reuters
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And Nissan is developing a smarthome where solar energy powers the homeowner's car and the vehicle then energizes the living space. The entire operation is controlled by an iPad like tablet.

Unlike in the United States where there are infrastructure constraints and a strong oil lobby, Japan is quickly moving in the direction of electrical cars that can be recharged at different locations throughout the country, including at most Nissan dealers.

Most cars can be charged to run 100 miles. The cost of running the electric car -- the Leaf is miniscule.


Image: An attendant shows Toshiba's new HD DVD notebook PCs at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies.
Photographs: Toshiyuki Aizawa/Reuters
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