Highlights from CEATEC 2008

Sights and sounds from Japan's cutting-edge IT and electronics comprehensive exhibition

Walk along the halls of the Ceatec electronics show here in Japan and you're likely to see all manner of gadgets and gizmos, but few sights might startle you more than Ichiro Kasai. Kasai, a manager at Konica Minolta's frontier business incubation department, is wearing a futuristic headset that looks like something you might find in a science-fiction movie. It's actually the latest prototype of his wearable communicator that can send and receive video and audio over a Wi-Fi network. The device is an update to a prototype model that's been shown at Ceatec under glass for the past couple of years. The panel that sits in front of Kasai's right eye is a see-through display. It projects a video image being transmitted to the device to a window in his field of vision. Just above this is a camera that sends video images of whatever he is looking at. A mic and earphone add two-way audio communications.

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