Framos launches OLED smart glasses featuring tiny Sony screen

Industrial imaging and machine vision company Framos has launched new smart glasses featuring Sony’s organic light-emitting diode micro display.

The company says the wearable is a super-small, thin, light-weight and fast solution for virtual reality and augmented reality glasses.

Framos says Oled microdisplays from Sony Semiconductor Solutions are “the state of the art technology” for small video displays.  Continue reading Framos launches OLED smart glasses featuring tiny Sony screen

Sony’s Aibo robot dog is back from wherever it’s been for the past 12 years – but is it the same dog?

Sony’s Aibo robotic pet dog made a lot of headlines when it was first launch more than a decade ago, but for some reason, the company stopped making the toy. 

Now, some 12 years later, Aibo is back. But it looks so different that the question is, is this the same pet from all those years ago or is it an imposter just angling for some pet food and a cosy home?

Sony says Aibo – which it now writes as aibo, with a lower-case a – “can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion”.  Continue reading Sony’s Aibo robot dog is back from wherever it’s been for the past 12 years – but is it the same dog?

Sony returns to robotics market after 12 years away

 

Japanese electronics giant Sony is returning to the robotics market after more than a decade away, according to a report on Nikkei

The company is reportedly planning to bring back together the team which produced Aibo (pictured below), the robotic pet dog for the home, which proved popular many years ago.

Sony was at one time the most talked-about electronics company in the world, the Apple of its day.  Continue reading Sony returns to robotics market after 12 years away

Sony invests in Acutronic Robotics’ hardware robot operating system solutions

Electronics giant Sony has invested an undisclosed sum in a company called Acutronic Robotics, which specialises in the Hardware Robot Operating System, or H-ROS. 

This is according to a report on TechCrunch.com, which says Sony may be looking to use H-ROS as a way to consolidate the disparate robotics landscape to some extent.

The company associated with Acutronic is Erle Robotics, which has built a range of components and machines – such as drones, small cars, and computing boards.

SoftKinetic to showcase DepthSense gesture control solution at Frankfurt motor show

SoftKinetic is to showcase its DepthSense gesture control and in-cabin monitoring solutions at the Frankfurt International Motor Show event, scheduled for mid-September. 

SoftKinetic, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony, says its DepthSense system “paves the way to autonomous driving”.

The provider of 3D vision and gesture recognition technologies says manufacturers need to embrace innovation and compete at the level of hi-tech companies.  Continue reading SoftKinetic to showcase DepthSense gesture control solution at Frankfurt motor show

Reinventing the shopping trolley wheel

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Sony used to be regarded as one of the very best technology companies in the world, but in the past few years the electronics giant has claimed that it’s had to deal with a few setbacks. Its mobile phone business is not as successful as it would like it to be, and the market it was hoping would lift its fortunes – sensors – is also said to be going through a less profitable phase.

It’s difficult to know what mind games these large, multinational corporations like Sony are playing, because even as it gives the impression of having to deal with struggles and challenges, its profits from smartphones are up 133 per cent, according to a report CNBC.com. Up 133 per cent? There’s probably plenty of companies who’d welcome having to struggle with 133 per cent increases in profits. Unless Sony staff are having to take all the money in rather large and heavy coins, one wonders what the struggle is.

However, Sony’s sensor business is reportedly not doing as well, with lower sales and fewer orders. Sony had previously said it would concentrate more on the sensor market, suggesting that it believed the technology was its way out of the current “struggle”.  Continue reading Reinventing the shopping trolley wheel

Sony becomes first UK buyer of YuMi, as ABB launches its first Scara robots

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Sony becomes first UK customer for ABB’s YuMi

Sony has become the first company in the UK to purchase ABB’s YuMi, the collaborative robot which has been making the headlines since its launch last a few months ago.

Sony’s UK Technology Centre manufactures broadcast and professional cameras and camera systems.

The company says YuMi is ideal for use in small parts assembly. Sony UK Technology will use ABB’s dual arm robot solution to pick and place circuit board parts. Continue reading Sony becomes first UK buyer of YuMi, as ABB launches its first Scara robots