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The Robots of Japan’s Ceatec 2010

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Ceatec, Japan’s largest annual electronics show, has just wrapped up for another year.  One of the most popular exhibitors at Ceatec in recent years is Murata, a sensor company that creates small robots to showcase its latest ultrasonic sensor technology.  This year they brought Murata Girl, a unicycling robot that maneuvers the curves of an s-shaped course, and Murata Boy, who rides a bicycle up an inclined track. 

See Murata’s robots in action in this YouTube video: 

If you want to find out more about Ceatec, read about PCWorld’s Ten Gadget Picks of Ceatec 2010.

It goes without saying that the people of Japan love robots.  At a recent Google Developer Day event, the Android Droid Robot was a popular attraction.

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Google’s Costly Trademark Infringement

Monday, May 04th, 2009

Google and a group of other companies have been sued in U.S. District Court for trademark infringement. The subject of the suit is the use of the word “Android.” Google has used the name for its Linux-based, open source operating system for mobile devices. It turns out that Erich Specht of Illinois received a trademark for the name “Android Data” for his internet company in 2002. When Google tried to trademark the name Android in 2007, their claim was denied due to Specht’s prior application.

In addition to Google, Specht’s suit includes 47 other companies. Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Motorola and Samsung are among the group of defendants. Specht is requesting $2 million dollars from each defendant for each use of the tradmarked term. An out of court settlement is expected.

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