Wednesday, July 11, 2012

No. 559: Smartphone grows more versatile (July 11, 2012)

An increasing number of home electronics that you can manage using your smartphone are on the market. A new video camera introduced by JVC Kenwood allows for wireless monitoring of children in another room, and you can see them playing on the screen of your smartphone by fixing position of your video camera in the room where they are playing. Sharp’s cleaning robot, Cocorobo, has a built-in camera that allows for wireless LAN connection and enables you to monitor the moves of your cat or dog left in your home using your smartphone.

The non-contact IC technology incorporated in Panasonic’s microwave oven allows you to set recipe and cookery instantly. What you need to do is to select a recipe from Panasonic’s recipe database using your smartphone, and put your smartphone on the sensor of the microwave oven. You can save your original recipes in Panasonic’s database. As a smartphone grows more highly sophisticated, the operation seems to grow more complicated. However, once you are used to the operation, you can feel the growing versatility of a smartphone. According to a survey company, domestic smartphone shipments increased 2.8 times over the level in 2010 to more than 24 million units in 2011. Demand for smartphone is growing for shorter time of housekeeping chores and increased sense of security when going out.   

Sharp's clearing robot, Cocorobo

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