Tim HornyakTokyo Correspondent, IDG News Service

Tim Hornyak reports on IT, telecommunications, science, and technology in Japan for the IDG News Service.

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This bizarre Sony TV speaker adjusts its volume to compensate for ambient noise

Sony is introducing a $166 wireless compact TV speaker that can automatically adjust the volume according to ambient noise levels.

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Sony launches crowdfunding site, features e-paper home control

First Flight is a platform designed to take in-house ideas from the planning stage to initial sales.

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Japan seniors' home deploys cloud-connected air conditioners, motion sensors

Panasonic and Fujitsu are trying to use IoT technology to reduce the burden on caregivers

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Renesas joins IoT development platform rush

Renesas says its chips-and-software package can cut out the need to build baseline functionality

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R2-D2 robot fridge is the droid you're looking for

The remote-controlled R2 unit can chill your drinks and deliver them.

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Sharp's latest 4K TV adds yellow subpixel for 8K resolution

The Aquos 4K Next basically fakes 8K resolution, but will cost over $13,000.

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Vtouch pushes Kinect-powered gesture controls for smart homes

Demoed at CHI 2015, the system uses Kinect-based pointing to control connected appliances.

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Fujitsu develops thin, solar-powered IoT beacon

The beacon can be rolled up and attached to curved surfaces

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Home air quality sensor stores data in the cloud

The $200 sensor can help monitor PM2.5 particles, which have been linked to disease

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Sony's crowdfunded MESH kit brings maker movement spirit to the connected home

Sony values user feedback far more than the trivial sums it raises on crowdfunding sites.

Canon to buy network video camera maker Axis

US$2.8 billion deal gives Canon IP camera know-how including image processing technologies

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Androids will greet guests at Japanese smart hotel

The Henn-na Hotel in southern Japan will have face-recognition programs instead of door keys.R

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Panasonic's triangular robot vacuum is aimed squarely at corners

Rulo's brushes can get deep into tight spots and sense invisible dust

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Unreleased Sony movies appear on filesharing sites after devastating hack

Sony Pictures said it's cooperating with law enforcement to address the incident