Sony’s AIBO Robo-Dog Could Be Trained to Operate Hitachi’s Smart Appliances for You

Most smart appliances can be remotely operated using an app, but for voice control, you usually need to add an intermediary like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. Sony thinks Aibo could fill that role too, in the company’s latest attempt to convince consumers to spend $2,900 (£2,261) on its robotic dog. Read More >>

China Has Commissioned the World’s Fastest Elevators

This week, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest elevator in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China's skyscraper boom is affecting the global economy—including the fact that it bought a whopping 60 per cent of all elevators sold in 2013. Read More >>

This Piece of Glass Can Store Data Forever

Data, like all things, eventually dies. Your music, your movies, your documents, your files, your computer. You don't expect it to live forever but... what if it did? Hitachi claims that they've developed a new quartz glass plate that can store data forever. Read More >>

Be Your Own Handy Man With Hitachi’s Brushless Hammer Drill

There's a shelf in my apartment that I've been meaning to hang for months. The only problem? My drill is busted. It was the cheapest one the hardware store around the street from me, and it crapped out on me pretty fast. But Hitachi's 18-volt Brushless Hammer Drill will get the job done. Read More >>

Hitachi’s 4TB Hard Drive Arrives, Four Years After Announcement

You have to like a company that follows through. Four years ago Hitachi said we'd have 4TB hard drives by 2011. And it's just about scraped that deadline (in the US) with its Deskstar 5K4000. Read More >>