Nintendo Hints At New Hardware Experiences For The Switch

Nintendo Hints At New Hardware Experiences For The Switch

If you thought that Nintendo was done creating new hardware experiences for the Switch with their Labo kits, think again. This is thanks to a new teaser video released by the company in which new hardware experiences for the console have been hinted at. It is unclear as to what kind of accessories we are looking at, but it looks interesting.

According to the video, it seems to be some kind of circular accessory that is stretchy and expandable. It also seems that you can wrap things around your legs and squeeze it, giving gamers a new way of enjoying their games on the Switch console. It seems like it would be more suited for party-style games, so if you do enjoy these types of games, then this could be worth keeping an eye out for.

Nintendo Switch With Upgraded Hardware Revealed In Fcc Filing

Nintendo Switch With Upgraded Hardware Revealed In FCC Filing

Earlier today, the Nintendo Switch Lite was officially announced as the more affordable and more portable version of the Nintendo Switch. However, if you might recall, there were rumors suggesting that there could also be an upgraded version of the Switch in the works as well, and now it looks like there is a chance those rumors could be coming true.

In a recent FCC filing, it was discovered that Nintendo had filed for a “Request for Class II Permissive Change” letter. What this means is that Nintendo is asking for permission to make changes to an existing device without having to get the whole thing recertified again. Based on the letter, it seems that Nintendo has outlined the changes which includes the chipset used, the RAM, and also the CPU board.

Toyota's Hybrid Strategy: Patents Are Free, The Hardware Will Cost You

Toyota's hybrid strategy: Patents are free, the hardware will cost you

TOYOTA CITY, Japan — The head of Toyota's electric vehicle business told Reuters the automaker has received inquiries from more than 50 companies since announcing last week that it would offer free access to patents for EV motors and power control units. The executive also said Toyota aims to use partnerships to cut by as much as half the outlays for expanded electric and hybrid vehicle components production in the United States, China and Japan.

"Until now we have been a tier 1 automaker, but now we also intend to become a tier 2 supplier of hybrid systems," Toyota Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi said. Supplying rivals would greatly expand the scale of production for hardware such as power control units and electric motors that are used in gasoline-electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids, fully electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles, he added. Toyota last week outlined plans to offer automakers and auto suppliers royalty-free access to nearly 24,000 electrified vehicle technologies patented by the Japanese auto giant. In an interview on Thursday at Toyota's global headquarters in Toyota City, Japan, Terashi provided new details of Toyota's strategy, and its anticipated impact on the company's investment plans. By offering to supply rival automakers with parts used in Toyota's gasoline-sipping hybrid vehicles, the Japanese automaker sees a way to slash capital outlay by roughly half for new plants required to build electric car components for future models, Terashi said. "We believe that this approach will reduce investment costs significantly," he said. Terashi said Toyota projects a surge in demand for electrified vehicles globally as regulators insist new vehicles emit substantially less carbon dioxide, and that working with Toyota would offer others a low-cost path to compliance. Toyota's internal goal is to sell 5.5 million electrified, Toyota-brand vehicles annually by 2030, up from about 1.6 million vehicles now, he said. Already, Terashi said, Toyota believes it could reach the 5.5 million target as early as 2025. The company is working on plans for a new round of capital spending to expand capacity for producing the hardware required. For an interactive chart on global powertrain sales forecasts, click here By offering to supply electric vehicle hardware, and the know-how to integrate it into vehicles, Terashi said Toyota wants to reduce its capital outlay, and create a new source of revenue. "We anticipate that there will probably be very few automakers who use our patents to develop their own hybrids from scratch, so by using our system and our components, and offering our support, we can work together to develop these cars," Terashi said. In the last 20 years, Toyota has managed to dominate the global market for hybrid cars by constantly improving and lowering the cost of the technology it pioneered in the Prius - and keeping this expertise a closely guarded secret. Toyota's new business foray underlines the challenges facing even the largest global automakers as they confront some of the most profound technological changes for automobiles in a century. Toyota is now trying to take advantage of its lead in refining hybrid vehicles, even as it runs behind global rivals such as Volkswagen AG and Tesla Inc in bringing fully electric vehicles to showrooms. Since pioneering the Prius in 1997, Toyota has sold more than 13 million hybrids, which twin a conventional gasoline engine and electric motor, saving fuel by capturing energy during coasting and breaking and using it to power the motor. Roughly 15 percent of Toyota's annual global sales are hybrids, including the Corolla and the RAV4. Last year it sold 1.6 million hybrids globally, more than the 1.3 million all-battery EVs sold by Tesla Inc, Nissan Motor Co and all other automakers combined. To meet the expected surge in hybrid demand, Terashi said he is planning to increase production capacity for hybrid components mainly by adding capacity at existing plants. Toyota has initially courted its partner automakers. It already supplies the plug-in hybrid system for Subaru Corp's Crosstrek SUV crossover model, and last month Toyota announced that it would be a global supplier of hybrid systems to compact car maker Suzuki Motor Co. The success of the Prius has helped to brand Toyota as a maker of affordable, reliable green cars and has been key to the automaker's reputation as a leader in low-emissions vehicle technology. Terashi brushed off the risk that Toyota could lose this edge by offering its hybrid technology to other automakers, arguing that it held a crucial, 20-year head start over its rivals. "Even if an automaker is able to develop and produce a car using our systems and parts which complies with emissions regulations, its overall performance would never be the same as ours," he said.

Nintendo Switch Continues To Dominate Hardware Sales In Japan

Nintendo Switch Continues To Dominate Hardware Sales In Japan

The Nintendo Switch console is a success and there's no doubt about it, however you would think that over time the sales of the console would normalize, but that doesn't appear to be the case, at least not in Japan. According to the latest stats, the Nintendo Switch is continuing to dominate the hardware sales in Japan.

Based on stats from last week, the Switch managed to sell 44,033 in that week itself. This is versus the competition like the PS4 which sold 17,457 and the PS4 Pro which only sold 7,868 units. This is followed by Nintendo's 2DS LL, the PS Vita, the 3DS LL, the regular 2DS, and the Xbox One X and Xbox One, both of whom continue to do rather poorly at 77 and 76 units each.

Datamine Reveals Possible Nintendo Switch With Refreshed Hardware

Datamine Reveals Possible Nintendo Switch With Refreshed Hardware

Could Nintendo have an updated version of the Nintendo Switch in the works? That's what seems to be speculated, based on datamining activity done by the folks at Switchbrew (via ResetEra; via MobileSyrup) which uncovered a possible hardware update codenamed "Mariko". This is based on the 5.0.0 firmware update that was released about a week ago.

Based on their findings, they are speculating that the Nintendo Switch's CPU, which is the Tegra 210, could be swapped out for the Tegra 214. Apparently this is because the Tegra 210 is vulnerable to hacking, so swapping it to the Tegra 214 should help prevent that from happening, at least based on current known exploits.

Sony's Ps4 Pro Gets A Very Minor Hardware Update

Sony's PS4 Pro Gets A Very Minor Hardware Update

Heads up gamers, it seems that Sony has recently issued a hardware update to its PS4 Pro console. This was initially discovered by Japanese website 4Gamer (via DualShockers) who found that in Japan, the PS4 Pro's model had been changed from CUH-7000 to CUH-7100, indicating that the models are different.

However the good news is that when they inquired with Sony, the company did confirm that the console had received a minor hardware update in the form of some changes to the internal components, but at the same time Sony also reassured gamers that there will be no changes made to the specs or features of the console.

Nintendos Legendary Hardware Visionary Stepping Down

Nintendo’s Legendary Hardware Visionary Stepping Down

Nintendo came out with an impressive earnings report but it also confirmed something that enthusiastic fans of the company might not like too much. The company today confirmed that its legendary hardware visionary Genyo Takeda is stepping down as Nintendo’s director effective June 2017. Nintendo fans will know that Takeda has played an instrumental role in developing both Nintendo software and hardware.

Genyo Takeda currently holds the title of representative director at Nintendo and also serves as a Technology Fellow alongside Miyamoto. He has long been involved in shaping the direction of Nintendo’s hardware and software.

Nec Unifies Hardware Development Processes And Pdm Systems

NEC unifies hardware development processes and PDM systemsNEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the company-wide unification of development processes for IT and network products by implementing a product data management (PDM) system that consolidates the management of product technology information, such as design drawings, specification documents and bills of material (BOM).