April's coolest gadgets from Tokyo

IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

Sony Corp. will launch a new digital still camera, the DSC-T11, in Japan on April 29. If the name didn't give the game away then one look at the camera immediately reveals that its a development from the DSC-T1, which was launched last year. The new camera looks a little more stylish and the sliding front panel is gone. Like its predecessor it has a 5.1 megapixel CCD (charge coupled device) image sensor, 3X optical zoom, 2.5-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor and support for PictBridge. It's slighter longer but also a little thinner than the T1 and measures 102.5 millimeters by 60 millimeters by 17.3 millimeters and weighs 161 grams. It will cost around ¥58,000 (US$535).
Web: http://www.sony.jp/products/di-world/cyber-shot/ (Japanese)

Toshiba V401T TV Cellphone

After becoming the first cellular telephone operator in Japan to offer a handset with built-in TV tuner in December last year, Vodafone Japan KK will soon add a second TV model to its line-up. Like the V601N from NEC Corp., the new V401T from Toshiba Corp. features an analog TV tuner but adds a video recording function to the mix. The handset has a limit of 12 minutes of video recording and also has the ability to capture still images from TV broadcasts. You can switch between horizontal or vertical display of images and it will notify the user of incoming e-mail or calls while in TV mode. Like the NEC, handset it falls down when it comes to battery life in TV mode -- it's about an hour. Other features include a 2.2-inch QVGA resolution (320 pixels by 240 pixels) display, 320,000 pixel digital still camera and an FM radio tuner. It goes on sale in late April at a price yet to be announced.
Web: http://www.vodafone.jp/english/

Matsushita TH-LB10NT Projector

The performance that usually accompanies the arrival of a new speaker at a conference or meeting -- unplug a notebook, plug-in a new notebook, mess with settings to try to get a picture, reboot the notebook, finally get a picture -- might be about to change. A new projector from Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., better known as Panasonic, uses a IEEE802.11b wireless LAN to connect to up to four computers at the same time. This makes changing between computers as simple as pressing a button, and the projector can also tile images from the four machines so all can be viewed at once. The TH-LB10NT has a brightness of 2,000 lumens, a contrast ratio of 500:1 and will cost around ¥400,000 (US$3,700).
Web: http://panasonic.biz/projector (Japanese)

Sanyo Electric Banryu Robot

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