New Tech & Services
New Tech & Services

WiMAX Offered by BIGLOBE

MVNO of the WiMAX service will begin the offer of the fixed amount plan of two stages by NEC BIGLOBE Ltd. (The headquarters: Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo and representative director corporate officer president: Hisao Iizuka, as follows BIGLOBE) in high-speed, mobile connection service “Mobility WiMAX of high-speed BIGLOBE” today, and offer the upper bound from the monthly sum cost 378 yen of [yasu] for 4,978 yen. As a result, the user with a great difference between the usage frequency and the communication charge readily becomes possible monthly the use of a high-speed, mobile connection service, too.

Sharp Unveils Mobile 3D displays

Japanese electronics giant Sharp unveiled Friday an LCD touchscreen that shows 3D images without requiring special glasses, as the race to market such products intensifies. Although Sharp has not given specific plans, there is speculation that it will equip video game giant Nintendo’s upcoming DS console due out next spring, which will feature games in 3D. Both companies have commercial ties.

NEC Exhibits LTE Terminal at CTIA

NEC Corporation today announced the demonstration of its LTE concept terminal at CTIA Wireless 2010, March 23-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exhibition features dynamic live-action demonstrations at NTT DOCOMO booth ( #310 ), while its mock-up is displayed at the NEC booth ( #1058 ).

Japan Mobile TV from Full Hi-Def

Renesas has announced [JPN] their latest application processor for terrestrial digital broadcasting. The so-called “SH-Mobile MT1” for next-gen. mobile handsets is the first in the industry to enable watch and record/reproduction of 1Seg TV from Full HD feeds in Japan and begins the sample shipment in April, 2010.

Japan Trials RCS Initiative

The GSMA today reported significant progress with its Rich Communication Suite (RCS) initiative, a service that provides mobile operators with a feature-rich portfolio of interoperable communication services, enabling customers to access a wide range of advanced messaging applications direct from their handset’s contact list.

MediaFlo Good to Go for Japan

The ministry has recognized MediaFLO as one of two official technologies for nationwide mobile multimedia broadcasting services in Japan. This milestone signifies that MediaFLO-enabled mobile TV services may be deployed in Japan once spectrum is made available in 2011. Congrats to the team there as we have followed their course to enter the market here over the last few years, for example this video interview with Ali Zamari at Wireless Japan trade-show in 2007 and the presentation by Kazuhiko Masuda – President – MediaFLO Japan Planning Inc. at MoMo Tokyo later the same year.

Go!TOKYO – The Latest GMAP App

The guys at GMAP have been working very hard over the past few months to develop a new iPhone app., called Go!TOKYO, targeted at people either living or visiting here should find rather useful. Designed with English speakers in mind, it was created to help get folks around the maze of subway platforms and guide you through to puzzling locations, using the companies exisiting database of great maps, most often to be found ‘somewhere’ near a metro stop. For a whole 350jpy (about $4) on iTunes this one is a no-brainer!

Fujitsu Exhibits 3D Motion Sensor Engine

Fujitsu announced that they have developed “3D motion Sen Synge engine” technology that three-dimensionally measured the movement of the body of the person who had it by using the sensor built into a mobile phone. The application program “ETGA swing lesson” as a featured example is able to check the golf swing was developed to demonstrate the potential applications of this service.

“ETGA swing lesson” analyzes the orbit of the swing form from the body movement data, and diagnoses the swing. It only has to install the cellular phone equipped with the acceleration sensor and the giro sensor in the small of the back, and it is possible to compare it with a past best swing of the self besides the evaluation and advice are received. It exhibits at “CEATEC JAPAN 2009” held in Makuhari Messe on October 6th.

Solar Charger for iPhone

iPhone owners will be happy to hear there is potential salvation for extra juice while on the run coming soon via this external solar panel charger. Tagged at about $40 and available as of Sept. 1st it will also connect power-up thirsty Nintendo DS and PSP and Japanese 3G handsets as well.