VAIO, Fujitsu and Toshiba PC Division Merger Stalls

With the PC market being increasingly commoditized, those firms without economies of scale are seeing their PC divisions are more of a liability than an asset. After being spun off from Sony nearly 3 years ago, VAIO entered talks with Fujitsu and Toshiba to merge their PC divisions together. Combined, the 3 would have challenged current Japanese market leader NEC Lenovo. Unfortunately, it appears that the talks have broken down for now.

The main breakdown in the negotiations was due to disagreements on how to merge assets. Japan Industrial Partners, the majority owner of VAIO, wanted to cut as much fat as possible during the merger. Fujitec on the other hand, wanted to keep as many of their current assets as possible and wanted to minimize restructuring. Toshiba seemed to be in no rush to close a deal even as their finances plunged even more into the red.

As the situation continues to deteriorate for the 3 firms, they may soon be back at the table to hammer out a deal. Combined, they would have over 30% of the domestic and just over 3% of the global market. That just might be enough to save them from disappearing. On their own though, they are unlikely to stand a chance of lasting any sustained period of time.

Image Too Blurry to Identify Someone in a Security Footage? Fujitsu Has the Answer

A new image-processing technology has been developed by Fujitsu, who claims that it now can be used to track people even in heavily blurred footage from security cameras. The company states that this tech is the first of its kind that can detect people in low-resolution imagery where faces are indistinguishable.

The technology is said to use computer-vision algorithms in order to analyse the footage and recognize shapes such as head and torso, which remain even if the image is distorted or multiple people in a frame overlap. The algorithm is then compared with footage from different cameras and determines if an individual is the same person by focusing on distinctive colours of a person’s clothing.

Fujitsu said that an indoor test of the system has been performed, having been able to track the paths of 80% of the test subjects. The company also claimed that detecting people’s movement could be useful for retail design, reducing pedestrian congestion in crowded urban areas or improving evacuation routes for emergencies.

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Fujitsu Creates System to Embed Data in RGB Light

Fujitsu Laboratories has created a new technology that allows them to send data through LED light, or any other light source with a variable RGB scale for that matter, while maintaining the same visual light.

The new method can include ID data in the light that can then be picked up by a cellphone and interpreted by an app. This in return can then load and open more information about on object from a centralized server, effectively allowing non-connected objects to be part of the Internet of Things.

“The concept of Internet of Things is important right now, but I don’t believe that everything can be connected to the Internet,” said Akira Nakagawa, director of the Image System Lab at Fujitsu Laboratories. “But this system allows objects to be virtually connected. That was our motivation in developing it.”

Fujitsu demonstrated the modular RGB method during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday where a staffer pointed a smartphone camera at a small mannequin and a traditional Japanese woodblock print, both illuminated with LEDs. The special app on the smartphone then processed the image data and extracted the ID to instantly show the product information about the two objects.

This could come in very handy in museums and galleries for example, but also in retail where you could point to buy with just a few user interactions, or just get more information about any object that has its own lighting setup. It’s a very cost-effective way to provide your customers or visitors with all the information they could desire about an object. It could even be used during live performances of artists, allowing anyone that points their cellphone at the performer to purchase whatever song he’s just performing, or again, just get more information about it. There are almost endless options for this technology.

Fujitsu is testing the technology in various applications to improve its accuracy and aims to commercialize it during its fiscal 2015, which ends March 31, 2016. The LED system will be shown off on Wednesday and Thursday this week at the Fujitsu Forum 2014 in Munich, Germany.

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Fujitsu CELSIUS H730 Mobile Workstation Launched

Fujitsu has announced the launch of the CELSIUS H730, a new model from its FUJITSU Workstation CELSIUS series of enterprise PCs. The new laptop PC comes pre-installed with the latest Windows 8.1 OS. It provides a mobile environment for technical computational work and can handle a wide range of tasks, from typical office work to CAD and CAE applications.

Equipped with the latest high-performance Intel Core i7-4900MQ vPro Processor and cutting-edge NVIDIA Kepler generation Quadro graphics, in addition to a hybrid HDD for high-speed booting and fast processing, the CELSIUS H730 enables an even higher performance work environment. In addition, the computer supports a host of authentication features, such as Fujitsu’s proprietary compact palm vein authentication sensor, thereby delivering enhanced security capabilities.

The CELSIUS H730 is also the first model in the CELSIUS series to have a stylish and slim design, ideally suited for portability both at the office and while on the go as a workstation that combines both superior performance and mobility. Users can take advantage of the PC for a wide range of applications across industries and work scenarios, such as presenting to a customer using high-definition 3D data and bringing the workstation to a meeting room to discuss simulation and analysis results.

Also, the CELSIUS H730 comes standard with a battery utility that can display battery information and calculate battery depletion. By suspending charging when the battery is at 80% capacity, the battery’s lifespan can be extended by approximately 50%. Thanks to NVIDIA Optimus technology, which automatically adjusts graphics settings depending on the application workload, the PC can achieve even greater power savings.

The starting price for the Fujitsu CELSIUS H730 is set at 333,800 JPY ( aprox. £1990 ) and is available as of Mid-December.

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Fujitsu Make Windows 8 Tablet With A Fan That Works Underwater…Well Kind Of

Engadget reports that Fujitsu has made a Windows 8 tablet capable of working under water. The 12.5 inch tablet from Fujitsu is part of their Autumn lineup for Japan and it runs on Intel’s QH77/M chipset with an Intel Core i5 4200U 1.6GHz CPU. When not submerged the CPU requires active cooling and has a fan to do that, when submerged the tablet then pretty much reverts to water cooling as the fan deactivates.

When asked if the fan could power the tablet along underwater like a submarine apparently Fujitsu said it wasn’t strong enough for that, but they did of course try first and it does work underwater! Still if you’re in the market for a tablet with the versatility to handle the depths of the ocean, or just your bath, then this could be one to consider when it comes out officially later on this year.

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KDDI Unveils The Winter Collection Of New Smartphones In Japan

The largest mobile carrier in Japan, KDDI, has announced its new Winter Collection of new Smartphones. Besides the Fujitsu Arrows Z with 10-minute charging capability, there is also the Sharp Aquos SHL23, deemed the most attractive device from the six new devices.

The Aquos SHL23 comes with a 4.8-inch 1080p IGZO display, having a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, with an impressive 460 ppi pixel density. There’s the usual 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC and a large 16 megapixel f/1.9 rear camera with an industry-leading 0.4 second start-up time. The most impressive thing about the handset is that it is waterproof. Yes, waterproof! And this is not it, another amazing thing is that the Japanese have managed to fit a 3000 mAh battery inside, which, combined with the low-power IGZO display technology, Sharp says is making wonders for the battery life, though we couldn’t find the exact endurance numbers.

There’s also the Fujitsu’s Arrows Z which features 10-minute fast charging, enough to last you the full day. This one’s a 5-inch Full HD device powered by the Snapdragon 800 SoC. Kyocera’s Dygno M holds the record for the lightest 5-inch Full HD display equipped Android Smartphone that is also waterproof, at just 135g, a record previously kept by the Sony Xperia Z, which was 146g.

For those who are interested in viewing the whole collection can head on over to KDDI’s official website.

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