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Your Lettuce Could Come From An Old Semiconductor Factory

In a factory that once made floppy disks, herbs are growing. Inside an old semiconductor factory, there’s lettuce taking root. Oddly enough, electronics factories make great farms. And Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic are swapping industrial infrastructure for a business that’s as old as civilisation itself.


Sharp Aquos Crystal Hands-On: No Bezel, All Beauty

Japan builds phones differently to the Western world. We typically want better performance, more dazzling displays and faster processors. Japan just makes the thing look awesome. And not many have done it better than Sharp.


Sharp's New Phones Have So Little Bezel It's Ridiculous

Never heard of a Sharp smartphone? It’s not surprising since the company, known best for its televisions, has never brought a handset to the West. But today Sharp announced two new virtually bezel-less smartphones under the “Aquos Crystal” banner and one will be making its way across the Pacific.


Sharp's Free-Form Display Make Bezels Super-Thin, Screens Any Shape

Rectangular screens are so square. That’s presumably why Sharp has announced a new technology called Free-Form Display that could allow screens to come in any space, and reduce bezel size to almost zero.


Sharp 8K Glasses-Free 3D Eyes-On: Future Is Hard

Sharp has been showing off an 85-inch 8K TV for years, and now the company is taking absurdly high-resolution to an ambitious new level with a prototype of an 85-inch 8K TV with Dolby glasses free 3D. That’s a lot of unproven tech in one concept.


Sharp's New Quattron Plus TV Isn't 4K, But It Can Fake It

4K is great, but it’s also expensive. Getting cheaper, but still a pretty penny. Sharp’s new Aquos Quattron Plus is another option: a super high resolution HD TV that’s not quite 4K, but that can play 4K content. It’s a Faux-K TV.


A Doctor's-Office-In-A-Chair Measures All Your Vitals At Once

It’s not designed to replace your family doctor, but this sensor-laden chair concept from Sharp could definitely reduce the number of times you need to stop by the clinic every year. The chair looks like it could actually be capable of time travel, but its capabilities are limited to measuring your blood pressure, pulse, temperature and other vital stats in one fell swoop.


This Fridge's Doors Automatically Lock Shut During An Earthquake

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and that sadly means designing products — or improving products — to better withstand the earthquakes plaguing Japan. So while elsewhere in the world fridge’s with vacuum-sealed drawers catch consumers’ attentions, in Japan it’s a fridge with doors that automatically lock during an earthquake that will appeal to locals.


Samsung Just Gave Sharp $110 Million To Guarantee LCD Supply

Sharp has just announced that it’s getting a $US110 million shot in the arm from Samsung. In turn, that will help guarantee Sammy as many LCD panels as it can use.


Before Cassettes And CDs, Boomboxes Played Vinyl

MP3s, compact discs and even cassette tapes made our music portable, but before they arrived, vinyl records were pretty much the medium of choice. And with a little help from Sharp, people were still able to enjoy those giant (relatively speaking) 12-inch discs wherever they went with this impressive old-school vinyl bombox.


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