Panasonic today announced that it has developed a solar lantern that doubles as a charger for people living without electricity. With a built-in rechargeable battery to store solar energy during the day, the lantern provides light at night and can also be used as a power source to charge small mobile devices like mobile phones. The company plans to bring the lantern to the market in autumn this year after conducting marketing research in off-grid areas in Asia and Africa. About 1.32 billion people or approximately 20% of the world’s population are still living without electricity.
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Nikon today announced the introduction of newest Research Stereo Microscope SMZ25/SMZ18, featuring the largest zoom range, extremely high resolution and exceptionally bright Epi-fluorescence. The Nikon Research Stereo Microscope SMZ25/SMZ18 is ideally suited for both bioscience and medical fields as well as industrial fields. The extremely large zoom range and high resolution allow users to image the sample from its entirety down to its microscopic details. The new remote controller with focusing knob enables the researcher to change focus, zoom, and intensity of the diascopic LED light with ease, and can also be used to capture images.The new Nikon stereo microscopes incorporate a newly developed zoom system (Perfect Zoom System).
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As the newest member of the Olympus PEN Lite series, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL6 adds substantial new functionality to make creative photography even more easy and intuitive. By combining the FAST AF system that made Olympus’s flagship model, the OM-D E-M5, the world’s fastest with the Touch AF Shutter function, which allows users to take a picture by touching the Live View screen, users can now enjoy capturing the moment they want, wherever the subject is positioned, with instantaneous autofocus.
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Olympus marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary PEN F with the launch of the new Olympus PEN E-P5, a digital update of a classic film camera designed with breakthrough technology and incredible performance advancements. Designed for photographers looking for superior image quality in a portable body, the PEN E-P5 delivers a stellar shooting experience with 1/8000th of a second shutter speed – a world-first for the Compact System Camera class – built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls and a host of other features.
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TDK announced today the SDG4A series of serial ATA II compatible industrial solid state drives (SSDs) in 2.5 inch form factor with a maxi-mum capacity of 512 GByte. The product employs the newly developed TDK SSD Controller GBDriver RS4 Series. Even without using DRAM cache memory, this makes it possible to meet the requirements for SSDs in industrial applications, with an effective access speed of 180 MByte/sec.
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AMD Radeon RG2133 and upgraded AMD Radeon RAMDisk deliver lightning fast memory performance for PC gaming
AMD today launched the AMD Radeon RG2133 Gamer Series Memory and Radeon RAMDisk 4.1. AMD Radeon RG2133 Gamer Series Memory is the only memory on the market that offers both XMP and AMP memory profiles in one package, enabling ultimate ease in overclocking on both platforms. AMD Radeon RG2133 Gamer Series Memory will ship with a free AMD Radeon RAMDisk 64GB, which features enhanced load-and-save functionality. When paired with an AMD A10 Series APU, AMD Radeon RG2133 Gamer Series Memory will improve frames-per-second (FPS) by up to 22 percent.
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Nokia today unveiled the first of a new family of Asha smartphones with the introduction of the Nokia Asha 501. The handset pushes the boundaries of affordable smartphone design with bold color, a high-quality build and an innovative user interface. The Nokia Asha 501 is the first device to run on the new Asha platform, which is designed to make the experience faster and more responsive. The Asha platform also helps developers to create, publish and make more money from apps made specifically for the new generation of Asha devices.
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High-tech interactive hangers offer a brief video showing a recommended combination of the product picked at store
Normally when a customer shops for, say, a jacket or a shirt, it’s up to the salesclerk to suggest matching items to generate a bigger sale. But now high-tech hangers can do the job. When a jacket is lifted from a rack, an embedded sensor sends a signal to a computer and switches on a brief video showing a recommended combination, or how it looks worn by a female idol. These so-called interactive hangers, developed by digital product firm teamLab , have succeeded in whetting consumer appetite at apparel and other fashion outlets targeting youngsters in a country where consumer sentiment has been depressed for years.
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Mitsubishi Electric announced today the launch of three types of silicon carbide (SiC) power modules for home appliances, industrial equipment and railcar traction systems. The modules, which use schottky-barrier diodes (SBD) made with SiC, are expected to reduce the size, lower the weight and raise the efficiency of inverters in power electronics devices.
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Sony unveils brand new VAIO Fit laptop built with Sony’s innovative digital imaging, sound and display technologies
Sony today introduced the brand new VAIO. Fit laptop built with Sony’s innovative digital imaging, sound and display technologies. For students and business users who are looking for a step up and want more of a premium design but still at an entry-level price point, the new VAIO Fit and Fit E product lines are an excellent portable companion. With a major focus on design, the VAIO Fit 14 and 15 models and the VAIO Fit 14E and Fit 15E models are super thin and light. Crafted in tough, aluminum materials, the VAIO Fit 14 and 15 models feature Sony’s signature sparkling diamond cut VAIO logo.
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