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A quick look at the latest in waterproof cellphones, dancing iPhones, solar-powered gear and robots from around the world
There's been a lot of interesting high-tech stuff introduced in the past couple weeks at trade shows around the world. For example, we've seen everything from the dancing iPhone flower of "Flower Rock," to waterproof, dustproof and shockproof smartphones, to solar-powered bicycle wheels. Take a gander.
A prototype robot that can detect and disarm Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) moves remotely during a test run at Makerere University's College of Engineering, Design Art and Telecommunication in Kampala, Uganda, this month. The robot is remotely controlled by a computer and can navigate a flat surface of up to a 20-meter radius.
Takara Tomy's prototype "Flower Rock," which connects to an Apple iPhone and dances to ring tones and music, is displayed at the International Toy Show in Tokyo.
People look at a solar-powered electric vehicle during the "Intersolar" Europe trade fair in Munich on June 13. The solar car can reach speeds of around 74 mph, and weighs 705 pounds.
Fish swim past Seals Gene, left, and Seals TS3 -- waterproof, dustproof and shockproof smartphones on display in an aquarium at the company's exhibition booth during the CommunicAsia information and communications technology trade show in Singapore this month.
A boy walks on Media Stairs, an urban decorative feature consisting of 19 steps with video images and computer graphics projected on them, at a business district in Tokyo.
A model dances with a humanoid robot "NAO" during a news conference in Bangkok this month.
Nation-E President Daniel Jammer poses during a launch of the company's new battery system in Herzliya near Tel Aviv. Israeli firm Nation-E unveiled a new battery system that stores, manages and distributes energy, potentially cutting consumers' electricity costs and allowing solar and wind power to be used more effectively.
Google Engineering Director Luc Vincent demonstrates how Google captures images in hard-to-reach places with Street View Trekker at the Google offices. Google is deploying a fleet of small, camera-equipped airplanes above several cities, the Internet search company's latest step in its ambitious and sometimes controversial plan to create a digital map of the world. Google plans to release the first three-dimensional maps for several cities by the end of the year, the company says.
Sega Toy's interactive robotic toy "Wappy Dog" is displayed at the International Toy Show in Tokyo. The robotic dog can be controlled and play games with its owner through the Apple iPhone.
People look at the world's first energy-powered wheels for bicycles during the "Intersolar" Europe trade fair in Munich this month. The front wheel, called "Roola," is developed by proEco, powers at 250 watts and travels up to 40 miles.
An image is seen through 3D glasses at global visual technology company Christie's 4K 3D technology projection screen at the 3D and Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo.
Sand is seen on top of a Panasonic CF-19 ToughBook rugged laptop convertible tablet PC at the company's exhibition booth during the CommunicAsia information and communications technology trade show in Singapore.
A robotic leg is pictured at the Adidas innovation laboratory in Herzogenaurach, Germany, in May. U.S. market leader Nike and German rival Adidas are locked in their own Olympic battle to boost athletes' performance and squeeze maximum value out of the London Olympic Games.
A smartphone and mobile phone carrier company demonstrates in-car smartphone device technology at Wireless Japan 2012, a smartphone and mobile phone technology exhibition.
A booth assistant looks at Japanese toymaker Bandai's "Smart Pet" robotic dog toy, which has an Apple iPhone mounted as the dog's face, at the International Toy Show in Tokyo. The robotic dog is controlled through the "Smart Pets" application and offers an interactive experience by petting and touching the iPhone screen.
Lifelike toy fish named "Robo Fish" swim inside an aquarium at a booth of Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy A.R.T.S at the International Toy show in Tokyo.
Japanese miniature train model maker Eishindo's T-gauge, which the company claims is the world's smallest commercially available model railroading scale, is displayed at International Tokyo Toy Show.
Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy's personal karaoke machine "Hi-kara" is demonstrated.
Takara Tomy's i-SOBOT performs an air guitar (top) and a hula dance.
A staff member of Sega Toys looks up at the ceiling during a demonstration of the company's new fireworks pattern projector called "Uchiagehanabi."