Not all Japanese robots are meant to be cute. This wearable one developed by Cyberdyne and powered by Intel monitors the users brain signals and uses that to operate the mechanical legs.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini offered a brief address to CEATEC attendees. The best years of Japanese innovation are ahead of us, he said.
Japanese tech companies hope their work with robots, hardware and software will allow them to recapture that innovative edge.
In the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami earlier this year, many of those Japanese tech companies have focused their efforts on ways to keep devices powered even in the absence of an electrical grid.
Panasonic has developed a line of lithium-ion battery modules for industrial and home power in the event of blackouts.
Panasonic is also working on highly advanced car dashboards that do everything from navigation and playing multimedia to warning of potential dangers on the road ahead.
Mitsubishi, Nissan and a variety of components manufacturers are pushing electric vehicles as the way of the future.
Thin and Light
Other companies are focused on thin-and-light screens that can be scattered throughout the home and interconnected by the cloud. Seen here is a bedside monitor complete with carrying handle.
CEATEC attendees test personal 3D visors from Sony.
Sony is working on reviving the iconic Walkman brand as a line of Android-powered multimedia players. However, there is no definitive U.S. release date for the devices, which are due to hit Japanese store shelves in December.
The new Sony Readers will feature WiFi.
Sony Tablet P
Sonys dual-screen tablet features a pair of 5.5-inch screens connected on a central hinge, and runs Android. Its known as the Tablet P.
The dual-screen tablet can be folded into a more compact shape, and the screens can segregate activity in useful ways: for example, being able to type on a virtual keyboard on the lower screen while the upper displays a full range of information.
The Sony Tablet S features a 9.4-inch screen and also runs Android.
Sony designed the Tablet S with a slim teardrop shape that fits rather easily in the hand.
Toshibas Intel-powered ultralight laptop measures 15.9mm thick, with a 13.3-inch screen. Ultrabooks and other thin notebooks are another trend at CEATEC.