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  • Hitachi Holds SOCIAL INNOVATION FORUM 2015

    The Hitachi Group held its Hitachi SOCIAL INNOVATION FORUM 2015 from October 29 - 30, 2015. We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the many participants for attending. 

    This forum introduced customers and partners to the Hitachi Group’s desire to use its Social Innovation Business to resolve a variety of global challenges and to create a bright and prosperous future.  Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business combines its expertise in developing highly sophisticated information technology with its experience in building more advanced social infrastructure, resulting in the creation of new, innovative systems and solutions that benefit society. 

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  • You Have Never Seen a Smartwatch Like Dot

    You Have Never Seen a Smartwatch Like Dot

    A South Korean start-up has invented a Braille smartwatch that can be read by touch. Named Dot, it tells the wearer the time via a set of pins that rise and fall. The visually impaired can receive and read text messages in real time, learn Braille and read e-books on Dot. Using haptic technology, 24 active pins on its surface, spread across four cells, allow the watch to display four Braille characters at a time. Priced below $300, users can access information in real-time by linking to any of their Bluetooth-enabled devices.

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    Read it on gizmag February 10th 2016
  • New Speech Recognition/Translation Software Works Great, Even in Noisy Environments

    New Speech Recognition/Translation Software Works Great, Even in Noisy Environments

    Hitachi has developed speech recognition technology for smart devices that works well, even in noisy surroundings. By removing background noise, except the speaker’s voice, the technology allows for speech recognition even when the noise level is 70dB*. This is very helpful when using the speech recognition technology in typical urban environments, like airports or shopping malls. In addition, it can automatically detect speech intervals, which means users don’t have to keep pressing a button when they speak. This technology will contribute to the use of multilingual speech translation services at places such as public transportation information centers and retail service counters.

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    By Hitachi January 13th 2016
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    • Hitachi’s Nearly Permanent Data Storage Can Last 300 Million Years

      Hitachi’s Nearly Permanent Data Storage Can Last 300 Million Years

      Although digitalizing public documents and images has come a long way in recent years, current data storage media would last up to around 100 years and would likely not survive a fire or other disasters. For handing down highly valuable, cultural and historical data to posterity, Hitachi is working on a nearly permanent digital archive, one that is resistant to extreme temperatures, radiation, humidity, fire and water. This cutting-edge data storage is made of fused silica and can last as long as 300 million years. It can also withstand temperatures of 1,000 degrees Celsius. While other methods were examined, none of them were as effective as fused silica.

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      By Hitachi January 27th 2016
    • This Giant Vacuum Cleaner Sucks Smog Right Out of the Sky

      This Giant Vacuum Cleaner Sucks Smog Right Out of the Sky

      In what can be described as a giant smog vacuum cleaner, this device is able to suck dirt right out of the air. Currently set up in a Rotterdam park, the tower stands seven meters tall and can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour. It runs on a mere 1,400 watts, which is the same as a water boiler. And if that is not innovative enough, the plan is for the device to turn the dirt it collects into high-end jewelry.

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    • A High-Tech View From Above Helps Find Water Below

      A High-Tech View From Above Helps Find Water Below

      In order to find water located underground, a specially equipped helicopter is being put into service. Using electromagnetic technology, GeoScience B.C. is using a helicopter to map out the groundwater aquifers near Fort St. John, in northern British Columbia, Canada. Attached to the helicopter is a SkyTEM system, which transmits an electromagnetic field into the ground and measures the response. Various rocks and soil types respond differently to the signal, providing valuable information. These flights will eventually cover 8,000 square kilometers of land.

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    • Hitachi’s Massive Excavators are Called Upon for Tough Work

      Hitachi’s Massive Excavators are Called Upon for Tough Work

      The prosperous nation of Qatar is heading towards significant economic growth. In order to meet its future requirements, it is building a new and advanced port, one that will be vital to the country’s economic infrastructure. Doha’s New Port will host three container terminals with a capacity of 6 million containers. But first, a massive 30 million cubic meters of granular materials has to be removed to make way for the build. Due to the extreme heat, the taxing work environment, and the unique site, Hitachi’s intuitive excavators, the EX1900 – 6, was ordered to handle the hard work required.

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      By Hitachi December 22nd 2015
    • Social Innovation Whitepapers

      Social Innovation Whitepapers

      Hitachi has partnered with business research organization Frost & Sullivan to produce a series of whitepapers identifying the global opportunities for Social Innovation. These whitepapers examine the areas and industries most in need of Social Innovation, the business opportunities surrounding them and what needs to be done to truly achieve Social Innovation.

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      By Hitachi December 17th 2015
    • This Bus Goes from Zero to Charged in 10 Seconds Flat

      This Bus Goes from Zero to Charged in 10 Seconds Flat

      It sounds incredible, but this electric bus in China charges in only 10 seconds. Using supercapacitor technology, the bus can run for about five kilometers on one charge. This may not sound like a lot, but all the bus has to do is remain still for 10 seconds and it can be recharged. This is particularly useful at bus stops, where people get off and on the vehicle. Not only does the bus charge quickly, but when it brakes or negotiates slopes, it recycles more than 80% of potential energy for storage and later usage.

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