Sharp Corp.'s new transparent liquid crystal display in Osaka on June 30 (Akihiro Nishiyama)
Sharp to market see-through LCDs in 2017
OSAKA--Sharp Corp. plans to mass-produce highly transparent liquid crystal displays that can show color images, the struggling Osaka-based electronics company said.
Cloth printed with a special ink developed at the University of Tokyo can conduct electricity even when the fabric is stretched. (Keisuke Yamazaki)
Scientists create stretchable, printable, wearable conductor for biological sensors
Researchers have developed an electrically conductive ink that can be used in clothing to provide a more comfortable way to measure biological data.
The Kounotori 5 unmanned cargo transport vehicle is shown to the media at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 1. (Chisato Yokota)
JAXA cargo vehicle unveiled ahead of August mission to space station
TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--Japan’s space agency unveiled the Kounotori 5 (HTV5) unmanned transfer vehicle July 1 that is being readied for a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).
Toshiba Corp.’s robotic probe makes its way through a course created to simulate conditions inside the reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant during a demonstration in Yokohama on June 30. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Shape-changing robot built to photo melted fuel at Fukushima reactor
YOKOHAMA--Toshiba Corp. unveiled a shape-shifting robot that could finally reveal the actual condition of melted nuclear fuel at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
Executives from Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. at a news conference in Tokyo on July 1 (Ken Sakakibara/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel-cell vehicles
Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel-cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society."
OHaNAS, a talking robot developed by Tomy Co. and NTT Docomo Inc. will hit store shelves in October. (Toru Okuda)
Tiny robot that uses online info to answer questions will go on sale in fall
Toymaker Tomy Co. will introduce a small robotic device this autumn that can provide helpful answers to spoken questions by using information from the Internet.
The Solar Impulse 2 takes off for Hawaii from Nagoya Airport in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, on June 29. (Satoru Ogawa)
Solar Impulse starts toughest Pacific leg after month-long wait in Aichi
TOYOYAMA, Aichi Prefecture--A solar-powered plane lifted off from Nagoya Airport here on June 29 on its attempt to fly around the world without fuel, after being grounded for a month while waiting for favorable weather.
An artist’s rendition of a probe at the south pole of the moon (Provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Japan hatches plan to land probe on south pole of moon
The science ministry plans to land an unmanned probe at the south pole of the moon in the early 2020s in an attempt to enhance Japan’s standing in the space exploration business.
The P-1 patrol aircraft is shown to media representatives at Atsugi Base on June 25. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
MSDF shows off latest patrol aircraft
The Maritime Self-Defense Force on June 25 unveiled the P-1 fixed-wing patrol aircraft, the latest entry into its air fleet, at Atsugi Base in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Sharp Corp.'s microwave sensor can measure heart and breathing rates without having to be connected to a human or a pet. (Akihiro Nishiyama)
Sharp creates remote monitor of heart, breathing rates of humans, pets
OSAKA--Sharp Corp. has developed a microwave sensor that can measure from a distance the heart and breathing rates of a subject, be it human or animal, the company said June 25.
Honda Motor Co.’s concept car for a fuel-cell vehicle model is unveiled in October 2014. (Provided by Honda Motor Co.)
Honda to sell FCV with 750 km range next spring
Honda Motor Co. plans to market next spring a fuel-cell vehicle that can travel up to 750 kilometers, 100 km farther than Toyota Motor Corp.’s Mirai FCV sedan.
The magic of “solid rain,” a compound based on potassium acrylate, is that it can store 300 times, even 500 times its own weight, in water without causing any harm to the environment, nor triggering toxic chemical reactions regardless of the type of soil substrate. (Provided by Excelsior)
Impact Journalism Day: Solid rain
Water scarcity continues to increase around the world. According to the United Nations, some 700 million people in 43 countries suffer this calamity caused by overexploitation of water resources and the irrigation of agricultural lands to enhance production when rainfall is scarce.
RTS Ideas’ ‘PARS Aerial Rescue Robot--a lifeguard drone’, pictured here at the Caspian sea where it underwent a successful 5-day trial in August 2013. (Saeid Talebi)
Impact Journalism Day: The Lifeguard is a drone
A young Iranian entrepreneur sets out to save lives at sea while changing the perception of drones.
Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son, center, takes the stage with his partners in the Pepper project, Guo Tai-ming, right, the chairman of Taiwan’s Foxconn, and Ma Yun, the chairman of China’s Alibaba Group, at a news conference in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, on June 18. (Tsubasa Setoguchi)
Softbank's human emotion reading robot, Pepper, to go on sale from June 20
Softbank Corp. put what it is touting as the world's first robot with the ability to offer love on display June 18 in preparation for its pending sales launch.
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Toshiba closer to bringing ‘ultimate’ cypher communication system to reality
Toshiba Corp. said June 18 that it will have a quantum cryptography communication system that theoretically cannot be intercepted ready for practical application within five years.
The driving simulator at Nagoya University’s National Innovation Complex features five large high-resolution screens. (Minako Yoshimoto)
Nagoya University opens hub to develop driverless cars
NAGOYA--A research center bringing together academia, industry and government opened on June 12 at Nagoya University with the aim of developing automated driving technologies as one of its first key projects.
A section of clothing using Teijin Ltd.'s anti-mosquito fabric at the outdoor goods store L-Breath in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on June 4 (Tomoyuki Izawa)
Dengue fever scare heats up sales of Teijin's anti-mosquito clothing fabric
Sales of Teijin Ltd.'s anti-mosquito fabric have shot up this year with memories of last summer's outbreak of dengue fever in Japan still fresh in mind.
The seabed research vessel Kaimei is launched June 7 at a shipyard in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. (Keiko Nannichi)
Seabed research vessel will probe bottom of the sea to detect origin of quakes
SHIMONOSEKI, Yamaguchi Prefecture--A deep-sea research vessel that can analyze the ocean floor at a depth of 10,000 meters may be able to pinpoint where earthquakes are more likely to occur.
Kaho Matsuda performs a tea ceremony with the Dokodemo Sado in Sendai's Aoba Ward. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Japanese tea ceremony goes futuristic with 'smart' bamboo whisk
SENDAI--Ever get the feeling that your bamboo tea whisk is watching you?
The "duAro" robot, developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., is demonstrated at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward on June 3. (Shiro Nishihata)
Kawasaki to market compact robot to short-handed plants, offices
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. has developed a near human-size robot that can work side by side with humans at short-handed companies.

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