Product Story

Read Sharp's history of making unique products based on founder Tokuji Hayakawa's dream to "Make products that other companies want to imitate."

1910 - 1959

1912

Tokuji Starts Out on His Own with the Tokubijo Snap Buckle

Invented by Tokuji, the Tokubijo was a belt buckle that could be adjusted in length without the need for fastening holes. He came up with the idea after seeing a movie character with an untidy, loosely fitting belt. He named his belt the Tokubijo and acquired a patent for it. Orders poured in for this belt buckle, inspiring Tokuji to set out on his own in business.

The Tokubijo Snap Buckle

1915

Hayakawa Mechanical Pencil

Tokuji invented a unique thrusting device for a pencil's lead and inserted it into an attractive and sturdy metallic shaft. He called this product the Hayakawa Mechanical Pencil. At first, stationers had a number of criticisms: the metallic outer shaft was cold to the touch in winter, and the design clashed with the kimonos that were still widely worn at the time in Japan. But popularity jumped after a large order came in from a trading firm in Yokohama exporting to the West, and soon stationers in Japan were placing a steady stream of orders for the Hayakawa Mechanical Pencil. Tokuji improved the product by developing ultra-thin lead and he named this newer version the Ever-Ready Sharp Pencil. It became known simply as the Sharp Pencil, and the name lives on in our company name today.

Hayakawa Mechanical Pencil

1925

Japan's First Crystal Radio

Following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, Tokuji restarted business in Osaka, where he saw a future in the field of radio. In April 1925, he and his associates made history as they succeeded in assembling Japan's very first crystal radio.

Japan's First Crystal Radio

1929

Sharp Dyne AC Vacuum-Tube Radio

Radio technology advanced-from a crystal radio that only one person could listen to at a time via headphones to a vacuum-tube radio with a speaker that let everyone listen together. Sharp used the vacuum tube-design to develop a number of models with differing numbers of tubes and diverse styling. With its reliable reception under a variety of conditions, clear audio output, and high sound quality, the Sharp Dyne vacuum-tube radio satisfied a wide range of needs.

Sharp Dyne AC Vacuum-Tube Radio

1953

Japan's First TV Set <TV3-14T>

The age of television in Japan began in 1953 when Sharp became the first Japanese company to mass produce TV sets. But Sharp's research into television goes back to 1931, a time when radios were just beginning to take off in Japan. Thanks to ultra-short wave technology gained from research during and after World War II, Sharp was able to build Japan's first TV set prototype in 1951. At the end of 1952, Sharp put Japan's first TV sets on the market and in 1953 became the first company in Japan to mass produce them. Sharp's first TV set, the TV3-14T, was priced at 175,000 yen-at that time the initial salary for high school graduates was 5,400 yen a month. With the goal of putting a TV set in every household, Sharp took the industry lead in bringing down costs so that this new appliance could be affordable to as many people as possible.

Japan's First TV Set

1960s

1962

Japan's First Mass Produced Microwave Oven <R-10>

Sharp developed the R-10, Japan's first microwave oven in 1961. The following year, Sharp became the first company to mass produce microwave ovens. It was generally believed that it would take some time for the general public to get used to the idea of cooking without a flame. Sharp was confident that someday microwave ovens would be a staple appliance in homes but in the meantime the company worked at creating a customer base by selling commercial-use microwave ovens.

Japan's First Mass Produced Microwave Oven

1963

Solar Modules

Sharp began research into solar power in 1959 and started mass production of standardized solar modules in 1963. At first, it was the Sharp engineers who worked at creating a market for solar modules. In May 1963, Sharp modules took on their first marine application as they were attached to a solar-powered lighted buoy in the Tsurumi Shipping Lane, Yokohama Port.

Solar Modules

1964

All-Transistor-Diode Electronic Desktop Calculator <CS-10A>

The CS-10A was the world's first electronic desktop calculator using all-transistor diodes. It sold for 535,000 yen, about the same price as a 1,300 cc car. Four years earlier, in 1960, upon urging from young engineers at Sharp, the company had embarked on research into areas including computers and semiconductors. With the release in 1964 of the CS-10A, Sharp achieved its long-held goal of downsizing computers into a compact calculator that could be used by anyone, anywhere, and anytime. In December 2005, the electronic desktop calculator first commercialized by Sharp was recognized with a prestigious IEEE Milestone*1 from the IEEE*2, a worldwide electrical and electronics engineering society.

All-Transistor-Diode Electronic Desktop Calculator
*1
The IEEE established the IEEE Milestone program in 1983 to honor significant achievements in the history of electrical and electronics engineering that have contributed to the betterment of society. Currently there are more than 100 Milestones around the world, including Volta's Electrical Battery Invention and the Fleming Valve. In Japan, the Directive Short Wave ("Yagi") Antenna (1995), the Mount Fuji Radar System (2000), the Tokaido Shinkansen ("Bullet Train") (2000), and the Electronic Quartz Wristwatch (2004) have been recognized.
*2
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE (pronounced "Eye-triple-E") is the world's largest non-profit, technical professional association of electrical and electronics engineers. Through its more than 377,000 individual members in approximately 150 countries worldwide, the IEEE plays a leading role in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, electronics, and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace engineering, and biomedical technology, among others.

1966

Ogami Island Lighthouse in Nagasaki, Japan-Powered by Solar Cells

It was in 1959 that Sharp first succeeded in developing a prototype solar cell. In the years that followed, engineers continued their R&D work, improving durability and sunlight-to- electricity conversion efficiency and paving the way to commercialization.Solar cells have a long service life and can run without maintenance for long periods of time-qualities that led to the very first solar cell installation on an unmanned lighthouse on a remote island with no source of electricity.

Ogami Island Lighthouse in Nagasaki

1966

Microwave Oven with Turntable <R-600>

In 1966, Sharp released the R-600, Japan's first microwave oven with a turntable. This revolutionary product eventually became the standard type to lead the industry.

Microwave Oven with Turntable

1969

Micro Compet-the World's First Calculator to Incorporate LSI Chips

North American Rockwell Corporation, a US company involved in the Apollo spaceflight effort, supplied the state-of-the-art LSI chip that Sharp needed to make an electronic calculator that could be held in the palm of one's hand. Sharp's Micro Compet calculator captured the world's attention with electronic technology born of the Apollo.

Micro Compet

1970s

1973

Three-Door Refrigerator with Separate Vegetable Compartment <SJ-3300X>

To determine how to develop a refrigerator geared to the needs of Japanese households, Sharp conducted 20 surveys of 10,000 housewives nationwide. The result was the development of the SJ-3300X, a three-door refrigerator with a separate compartment especially for vegetables. Having vegetables in their own compartment helped keep them fresh longer.

Three-Door Refrigerator

1973

World's First LCD Calculator <EL-805>

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Sharp's engineers, the company achieved the first practical application of LCDs. The EL-805 COS-type pocket calculator introduced in 1973 was the first product on the market to use LCDs. In December 2005, the EL-805 was one of the calculators recognized with a prestigious IEEE Milestone*1 from the IEEE*2.

LCD Calculator
*1
The IEEE established the IEEE Milestone program in 1983 to honor significant achievements in the history of electrical and electronics engineering that have contributed to the betterment of society. Currently there are more than 100 Milestones around the world, including Volta's Electrical Battery Invention and the Fleming Valve. In Japan, the Directive Short Wave ("Yagi") Antenna (1995), the Mount Fuji Radar System (2000), the Tokaido Shinkansen ("Bullet Train") (2000), and the Electronic Quartz Wristwatch (2004) have been recognized.
*2
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE (pronounced"Eye-triple-E") is the world's largest non-profit, technical professional association of electrical and electronics engineers. Through its more than 377,000 individual members in approximately 150 countries worldwide, the IEEE plays a leading role in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, electronics, and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace engineering, and biomedical technology, among others.

1978

Picture-in-Picture TV Set <CT-1804X>

In 1978, Sharp introduced the CT-1804X, the first TV in the industry allowing viewers to watch two programs at once on the same screen. Consumers enjoyed the new viewing style such as watching their favorite TV show while keeping track of a baseball game on another channel.

Picture-in-Picture TV Set

1979

Front-Loading VCR <VC-6080>

Sharp released several revolutionary VCRs; for example, a front-loading VCR that made it possible to place the VCR deck beneath a TV, and a VCR incorporating multiple functions thanks to the use of a microcomputer. The company also introduced an affordable VCR in the 150,000-yen price range, and Sharp's popular, user-friendly products helped it capture a double-digit share of the market.

Front-Loading VCR

1979

Japanese Word Processor <WD-3000>

Following the successful development in 1977 of the industry first Japanese word processor prototype that received enthusiastic reviews at the Business Show, Sharp commercialized the product in 1979.At the time, the product adopted a stylus input method.

Japanese Word Processor

1979

Sensor Microwave Oven

Today, microwave ovens equipped with cooking sensors to detect doneness are commonplace, but in 1979, such sensors were an unknown cutting-edge technology.Sharp's microwave oven not only incorporated sensor technology to measure the degree of cooking doneness but also had cooking data derived from numerous cooking experiments and advice from first-class chefs embedded in the microcomputer that controlled the heating strength and time.

Sensor Microwave Oven

1980s

1981

Automatic Dual-Side Record Player

It was Sharp who changed the way vinyl records were played. With an optical sensor to monitor the record, a disc holder that allowed the record to be easily set in place, and accumulated microcomputer technology to control all of those operations, Sharp's record player made it possible to automatically enjoy all tracks on both sides of the disc without the cumbersome task of flipping the record over.

Automatic Dual-Side Record Player

1982

PC-TV Set <X1>

Sharp created a buzz with the release of the X1 PC-TV set, the world's first product merging the personal computer and the TV. Not only could users either watch TV or do personal computing-they could display TV and PC images at once on the same screen.

PC-TV Set

1987

Electronic Organizer <PA-7000>

Sharp released the PA-7000 electronic organizer, a personal information tool allowing input of figures and text information. The product had kanji display capability and five major functions-calendar, memo pad, phone book, scheduler, and calculator-and could be expanded by inserting IC cards for specific applications. This hit product was perfectly timed for the dawn of a new information age.

Electronic Organizer

1987

Personal Word Processor with AI Dictionary

While Japanese word processors at the time converted typed alphabetic input into Japanese characters on a phrase-by-phrase basis, Sharp's featured an AI (artificial intelligence) dictionary to automatically convert text by interpreting input from the meaning of words and their context in sentences. This new consecutive-clause conversion was highly efficient and made smooth text input possible.

Personal Word Processor with AI Dictionary

1988

World's First 14-Inch Color TFT LCD

By continuously building on the R&D efforts that had led to the introduction of the LCD pocket calculator in 1973 and by advancing technology developed for a three-inch LCD color TV, Sharp ultimately succeeded in producing a prototype 14-inch color TFT LCD. That development represented a significant milestone for Sharp LCD technology. In 1990, the Eduard Rhein Technology Award, referred to in Europe as the Nobel Prize of the AV world, was bestowed on this display.

14-Inch Color TFT LCD

1989

100-Inch LCD Video Projector

Video sources beyond conventional TV programming came onto the scene, and people began to enjoy a variety of content shown on home theater systems. This 100-inch LCD video projector was the world's first such product for home use that employed a system of LCD panels. It pioneered a new viewing style that let viewers enjoy a big screen matched to the size and layout of the room.

100-Inch LCD Video Projector

1989

Low-Power Cordless Phone with Answering Machine Function

At a time when consumer electronics and communications equipment manufacturers were competing in the growing market for cordless home phones, a Sharp purchaser's survey revealed that consumers wanted a cordless phone with an answering machine function. Sharp turned its attention to developing one and went on to introduce-ahead of the competition-a low-power cordless phone with an answering machine whose functions could be controlled away from the base unit via a distant handset.

Low-Power Cordless Phone with Answering Machine Function

1989

Dual-Swing Door Refrigerator <SJ-38WB/32WB>

Sharp developers took inspiration from a broach pin to develop the SJ-38WB/32WB, a refrigerator that opens from either the right or left. Users loved how the product could be placed in any corner of the kitchen and opened without revealing the contents to guests.

Dual-Swing Door Refrigerator

1990s

1990

Home-Use Facsimile <UX-1>

The UX-1 had features rivaling office facsimiles, like the ability to send and receive B4-sized paper and fast 15-second transmission time, all in a 2.8 kg product that was the world's thinnest at just 39 mm. By redesigning the conventional facsimile to create a new look for the home, the UX-1 was a hit.

Home-Use Facsimile

1991

Wall-Mount LCD TV

Sharp developed and introduced the world's first wall-mount TV, boasting an 8.6-inch color TFT LCD screen that was at that time the industry's largest. Coming in a number of designs to match different home interiors and providing high-quality images, the TV was lauded by the media for ushering in a new age of wall-mount TVs.

Wall-Mount LCD TV

1992

LCD ViewCam <VL-HL1>

Sharp created a sensation with the introduction of the VL-HL1 LCD ViewCam, a video camera that replaced the conventional viewfinder with an LCD that users could watch while taking video. With never-before-seen features that included giving users the ability to enjoy their video on the spot and reverse the monitor in order to film themselves, the LCD ViewCam was a huge success.

LCD ViewCam

1992

Fully Automatic Washing Machine

Sharp developed a washing machine with a water-saving hole-less tub. Eliminating the drain holes in the spin-dry tub not only reduced the use of water and detergent, it also solved the problem of mold growing on the outside of the tub being transferred to the freshly laundered clothing inside. Sharp's washing machine earned a reputation for being a clean, environmentally friendly product.

Fully Automatic Washing Machine

1993

The Smallest and Lightest Portable MD (MiniDisc) Player of Its Day

By employing a concurrent development system whereby R&D and design were undertaken simultaneously, and the transition to production coincided with the completion of development, Sharp was able to quickly launch its new portable MD player. Sharp's development of a compact hologram laser and an OPIC photodetector for use in the optical pickup that reads information from the MD achieved both smaller size and lighter weight and sent shockwaves through the industry.

MDヘッドホンプレーヤー

1993

Zaurus Personal Information Tool <PI-3000>

The PI-3000 (nicknamed the Zaurus) was a new type of personal information tool that combined all the necessary business features into one. Subsequent models continued to evolve by incorporating features likes fax transmission, PC connection, and Internet access, in the process creating a whole new market and becoming one of Sharp's flagship products.

Zaurus Personal Information Tool

1997

Super Mobile LCD Eliminated the Need for a Backlight

While conventional transmissive LCDs used a backlight to make the display visible, the effects of sunlight made them rather difficult to see outdoors. And achieving a full-color display with conventional reflective displays was difficult. Sharp's Super Mobile LCD, however, didn't need a backlight and was perfect for outdoor use. In fact, the brighter the ambient light, the easier it was to see. With about one seventh the power consumption, one third the thickness, and about one half the weight of previous displays, it was the ideal LCD for mobile equipment.

Super Mobile LCD Eliminated the Need for a Backlight

1999

World's First 1-Bit Amplifier

To convert an analog audio signal to digital form, 1-bit amplifier technology performs sampling at high speeds-approximately 2.8 million times per second, a rate 64 times faster than CDs. This sampling rate made it possible to reproduce sound as close to the original sound as possible.Because Sharp's 1-bit amplifier technology offered outstanding energy savings as well as high-quality sound and also made more compact equipment possible, Sharp went on to incorporate it into other AV equipment, such as AQUOS LCD TVs.

1-Bit Amplifier

2000s

2000

Industry's First Camera-Equipped Mobile Phone <J-SH04>

The J-SH04 was the first mobile phone to feature a 110,000-pixel CMOS imager that allowed users to instantly e-mail photos they take. It was sold through Japanese carrier J-Phone.

Industry's First Camera-Equipped Mobile Phone

2000

Air Purifiers Using Plasmacluster Ion Technology <FU-L40X>

Sharp's proprietary Plasmacluster Ion technology gives off natural positive and negative ions using a plasma discharge. This suppresses the effcts of airborne viruses and breaks down and removes airborne mold fungi and other harmful substances. Sharp's FU-L40X was the first product on the market to utilize this technology.

Air Purifiers Using Plasmacluster Ion Technology

2001

AQUOS LCD Color TV <LC-20C1/15C1/13C1>

On January 1, Sharp released the LC-20C1/15C1/13C1 AQUOS LCD color TV, the ideal TV for the household of the 21st century. The first AQUOS boasted the industry's highest brightness of 450 cd/m² and a look created by renowned industrial designer Toshiyuki Kita to add elegance to the home.

AQUOS LCD Color TV

2004

Superheated Steam Oven <AX-HC1>

Sharp's innovative AX-HC1 Superheated Steam Oven used a newly developed superheated steam generator to "roast" foods with water. By spraying food with superheated steam*1 at a temperature of 300℃, the oven delivered approximately eight times more heat content*2 than convection ovens. This cooked food such as meat and fried foods while dramatically reducing excessive fat and salt.This Superheated Steam Oven made possible a whole new level of healthy cooking, allowing low-calorie cooking that reduced fat in fried foods, low-salt cooking that reduced salt in foods such as salted fish, and low-oxygen cooking that limited the loss of nutrients such as vitamin C due to oxidization. The Superheated Steam Oven won over countless consumers looking for a healthy way to cook.

Superheated Steam Oven
*1
A clear, colorless gas obtained by heating ordinary steam at 100℃ under normal pressure to even higher temperatures.
*2
Compared to the heating capacity per cubic meter (m3) of Sharp's RE-MA1 convection/microwave oven when the oven is cooking at 230℃.

2005

65-Inch Digital Full-HD LCD TV <LC-65GE1>

The world's largest when released, Sharp's 65-inch full-HD LCD TV caused a sensation. It employed a full-HD LCD panel that displayed high-definition signal images 'as is'. With technologies such as quick response speed for sports and other fast-moving images, this Sharp LCD TV allowed viewers to be entertained in unprecedented clarity.And Sharp's four-wavelength backlight system, which complements blue, green, and red with 'deep red', enabled more faithful reproduction of the pure red color.

65-Inch Digital Full-HD LCD TV

2006

AQUOS Phone <905SH>

Sharp's 905SH AQUOS Phone from carrier Vodafone was compatible with One-Seg mobile terrestrial digital broadcasts. The phone featured Sharp's Cycloid*-style 90-degree rotating screen, an industry first for watching television in widescreen horizontal view. Another industry first was the ability to talk on the phone and do e-mail while watching television. With the April 2006 start of One-Seg mobile broadcasts ushering in an era of on-the-go TV and image viewing, the 905SH became an instant hit by putting the beautiful reception of Sharp's renowned AQUOS LCD TV technology into people's hands wherever they went.

AQUOS Phone
*
Cycloid is a registered trademark of Sharp Corporation.

2008

108-Inch LCD Monitor <LB-1085>

Sharp released the LB-1085 commercial-use 108-inch LCD monitor, the world's largest at the time*. Each monitor's ASV (Advanced Super View) panel was made from one eighth-generation glass substrate (measuring 2,160 x 2,460 mm) at Sharp's state-of-the-art Kameyama Plant No. 2. The huge screen measuring approximately 3.2 m2 meant that information could be conveyed to large numbers of people in large spaces.

108-Inch LCD Monitor
*
As of June 13, 2008, for commercially available direct-view LCD monitors.

2008

AQUOS LCD TV with Built-In Blu-ray Disc Recorder <LC-52DX1>

Sharp introduced the world's first TV with a built-in Blu-ray Disc recorder*. The LC-52X1 series expanded people's home entertainment horizons as they now had the ability to watch TV, play Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, and record TV programs in high definition onto a Blu-ray Disc. Having all these functions in one unit eliminated complicated cable connections and simplified operations for TV viewing, recording, and playback operation onto on remote controller.

AQUOS DXシリーズ
*
As of October 15, 2008 for digital HD LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray Disc recorders.

2009

LED Lamp <DL-L60AV>

Sharp released the DL-L60AV LED lamp featuring a remote controller for changing the color of the light, an industry first*. Users could select their preferred shade of white according to the weather, season of the year, or time of day; for example, warm white during the winter or at dinnertime when a relaxing atmosphere is desired, or a crisp cooler daylight white during the summer or in the morning for a refreshing wake-up. And combining this with the dimmer function, users could adjust lighting to the color and brightness they desired with one remote controller.

LED Lamp
As of June 11, 2009 for LED lamps having nearly the same physical size and shape as a standard incandescent lamp used for general illumination.

2010

2010

Multi-Screen Display System

Sharp announced a multi-screen display system with the world's thinnest system frame width of 6.5 mm*, making the seams between adjacent monitors inconspicuous and expanding the potential for digital signage. The LCD monitor for this display system featured an LED backlight that reduced areas of uneven brightness in multi-screen configurations.

Multi-Screen Display System
*
For the 60-inch PN-V601 LCD monitor; world's thinnest frame width for LCDs 46 inches and larger as of June 7, 2010.

2010

AQUOS Quattron 3D TV <LC-60LV3><LC-52LV3><LC-46LV3><LC-40LV3>

Sharp introduced the LV Series AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs, which use four-primary-color*1 3D LCDs, a world first*2. Developed based on Sharp's proprietary UV2A technology*3, this technology adds Y (yellow) to the three RGB (red, green, blue) primary colors.AQUOS Quattron gives vivid reproduction of colors such as brilliant yellow, brassy gold, and emerald green, colors difficult to achieve faithfully with conventional three-primary-color technology. In addition, increased light utilization efficiency provides a level of brightness approximately 1.8 times greater*4 than three-primary-color LCD panels, enabling users to enjoy breath-taking images. Further, proprietary Sharp technology gives life-like images with dramatically reduced crosstalk.

AQUOS Quattron 3D TV
*1
Four-primary color is a proprietary Sharp technology for reproducing colors on a display; it differs from the conventional three-primary-color concept of light and color.
*2
As of April 12, 2010; for commercially available LCDs for 3D TV.
*3
Acronym for Ultraviolet induced multi-domain Vertical Alignment. Photo-alignment technology that can precisely control the alignment of liquid crystal molecules using a manufacturing method based on UV light exposure.
*4
Screen brightness when displaying 3D images compared to Sharp's previous technology (three-primary-color Advanced Super View LCD without FRED technology).

2010

GALAPAGOS Media Tablet

To give users a new experience based on a network service and terminal devices optimized for that service, Sharp inaugurated a cloud media service business called GALAPAGOS. After debuting its e-bookstore service and two models of its dedicated media tablet, Sharp went on to develop GALAPAGOS even further, extending the application fields beyond e-books to evolve with the changing needs of customers.

GALAPAGOS Media Tablet

2010

LED Ceiling Lights

Shortly after releasing a line of LED lamps, Sharp introduced the industry's first* LCD ceiling lights, designed to serve as the new main lighting in homes. Along with a thin design made possible by Sharp's proprietary light diffusion technology, these lights featured dimming and color adjustment functions, which combined to offer 110 different levels of color and brightness, and energy-saving eco functions.

LLED Ceiling Lights
*
As of August 19, 2010, for LED ceiling lights with a luminous flux of at least 2,000 lumens, compatible with JIS-standard ceiling rosettes (ceiling wiring sockets); based on Sharp research.

2011

2011

Freestyle AQUOS

Sharp released the Freestyle AQUOS, a TV that users can easily set up in their preferred location at home. Wireless transmission means no antenna complications and the ability to enjoy TV and Internet in every room.

Freestyle AQUOSAQUOS

2011

Interactive Whiteboard <PN-L702B> <PN-L602B>

Sharp released the PN-L702B/602B interactive whiteboard with touchscreen display capable of showing still or moving images, as well as PC screens, in amazingly high resolution. The bundled application software gives easy touch operation, allowing users to write notes directly onscreen with a stylus or finger, zoom in or out, and flip through pages. By hooking the interactive whiteboard up to a Sharp multi function printer, users can print out the whiteboard's screen contents, scan documents to show on the big screen, and even write notes over top of onscreen data. Sharp's interactive whiteboard is a business communication tool that can boost work efficiency in so many ways.

Interactive Whiteboard

2012

2012

Sakura-Colored LED Light

Sharp developed a sakura (cherry blossom)-colored LED light. Test results* have shown that pale-pink light is effective in providing a sense of healing and in contributing to sound sleep. Along with cool-white light and warm-white light, found on Sharp’s conventional LED ceiling lights, these lights provide two types of cherry-blossom-pink light—yaezakura (a richer pink) and somei-yoshino (a lighter pink). After bathing in pale-pink light for approximately one hour before going to bed, users can get a sense of healing and are likely to fall asleep easily and wake up feeling refreshed.

Sakura-Colored LED Light
*
The use of these pale-pink LED lights is not intended to guarantee prevention or alleviation of mental stress, or improvement in quality of sleep. Actual results will vary depending on the person and on the usage environment.

2012

RX-V100 Robotic Cleaning Appliance

Sharp embarked on the development of robotic home appliances that bring comfort and peace of mind to daily life through advanced functions. The first such appliance was the RX-V100, a room-cleaning robot equipped with a high-concentration Plasmacluster Ion generator. Artificial intelligence allows the RX-V100 to react to things such as its battery level and the room’s cleanliness, and voice-recognition technology* allows it to communicate with its owner. The RX-V100 moves around freely in a room and cleans it up for you.

RX-V100 Robotic Cleaning Appliance
*
This product employs a voice-recognition engine from Ray Tron Co., Ltd.

2012

Rice Cooker

Sharp released a unique rice cooker minimizing inconsistencies in rice rinsing and rice cooking this year. This rice cooker cooks healthy, delicious rice. An industry-first* stirrer unit designed under a biomimetic concept creates an ideal flow of water that stirs rice effectively while preventing the rice from scattering and colliding against the cooker's inner bowl. The result is full, fluffy, delicious rice.

Rice Cooker
*
As of October 1, 2012, for home-use induction-heating rice cookers for the Japanese market.

2012

Docomo NEXT Series AQUOS Phone Zeta SH-02E IGZO Smartphone

The SH-02E is the first smartphone in the industry*1 to be equipped with the next-generation IGZO display, which boasts extraordinarily high resolution and improved energy efficiency. Thanks to IGZO's outstanding energy efficiency, this smartphone's battery can last approximately 4.8 times longer than that of previous models*2 (for continuous display of still images). You can use the smartphone for two days*3 without worrying about the battery running out.

Smartphone
*1
As of November 26, 2012, for smartphones available on the Japanese market; based on Sharp research.
*2
Compared to Sharp SH-01D.
*3
Measured by Sharp based on assumed conditions of usage (e.g., sending/receiving e-mails, using apps). May vary greatly depending on factors such as how apps are used and the network environment.

2013

2013

ICC PURIOS

The ICC Purios employs ICC (Integrated Cognitive Creation)*1, a “visual creation” technology from I3 (I-cubed) Research Center Inc.*2, and a 4K panel with 8.29 million pixels (3,840 x 2,160), four times*3 that of full HD. This LCD TV also has panel control technology for fine-tuning of brightness.
These features combine to give scenery images a realistic perspective and objects a 3D feel, making viewers almost feel like they are part of the on-screen world. They also result in meticulous reproduction of images with a consistent brightness exceeding that of standards for commercial master monitors used at TV stations and in other professional settings.
The ICC Purios was the world’s first TV certified for the THX 4K Display standard*4 stipulated by THX Ltd.*4. It’s a premium model for consumers who demand an authentic home theater experience and images second to none.

ICC PURIOS
*1
Technology for making HD images even more life-like and detailed.
*2
Based in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo; President: Tetsujiro Kondo
*3
Compared to full HD (1,920 x 1,080). ICC Purios model: 3,840 x 2,160.
*4
World’s first conformance (December 13, 2012) to THX 4K Display certification. THX is a registered trademark of THX Ltd.

2013

UD1 Series AQUOS 4K TV

This AQUOS brand 4K-compatible LCD TV employs the 4K Moth Eye®*1 panel and the AQUOS 4K-Master Engine Pro, a new image processing circuit.
Employing the 4K Moth Eye panel gives incredibly detailed images with 8.29 million pixels, four times*2 the resolution of full HD. It also achieves evenly distributed and consistently high brightness and displays images with gradation faithful to the input signal.
The panel also reduces on-screen reflection from outside and room light to give rich, deep blacks and highly viewable images that are vivid right down to the smallest details.
With the AQUOS 4K-Master Engine Pro for upscaling full-HD images to 4K resolution, viewers get terrestrial digital broadcasts and Blu-ray Disc images in super-detailed, life-like 4K resolution.

UD1 Series AQUOS 4K TV
*1
Moth Eye technology represents an application of a phenomenon occurring in nature. Based on research into the structure of moth eyes, which do not reflect moonlight, moth-eye-like nanostructures are formed on film to prevent it from reflecting ambient light. Moth Eye is a trademark and registered trademark of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. The 4K Moth Eye panel is an ultra-high-definition Moth Eye panel compatible with 4K.
*2
Compared to full HD (1,920 x 1,080). ICC Purios model: 3,840 x 2,160.

2013

Microbe Sensor

Sharp developed a microbe sensor that can automatically measure the amount of airborne microbes, such as bacteria and mold spores, in as little as 10 minutes*1.
The sensor takes in air from the measuring area and extracts the microbes that need to be detected. Using Sharp’s proprietary version of the fluorescent detection method*2, it automatically measures the amount of microbes in as little as 10 minutes. The microbe sensor can be linked to a computer to conduct continuous measuring, making it possible to monitor changes in microbe counts over time*3.

Microbe Sensor
*1
Measurement time will vary depending on factors such as the amount of microbes and the measurement environment.
*2
Microbes give off fluorescent light when subjected to a certain wavelength of light, making it possible to measure the amount of microbes.
*3
The monitored data is compiled by a PC or other device that the sensor is connected to.

2014

2014

Healsio Ocha-Presso Tea Machine

Sharp released the Healsio Ocha-Presso tea machine, which makes green tea without altering*1 the nutrient*2 content of tea leaves such as catechin*3 and fiber. It represents a whole new way to make and enjoy green tea.
The product’s small ceramic tea mortar mills the tea leaves into a fine powder, doing it slowly in order to reduce friction heat and thus avoiding the destruction of the nutrients in the leaves. While in conventional tea brewing the leaves end up as leftover tea grounds, the leaves themselves are ground into a fine powder with Sharp’s Ocha-Presso. The result is green tea that not only has approximately 1.9 times*4 the amount of catechin but is also high in nutrients such as fiber and chlorophyll*5, something rarely found in tea-pot-made green tea. The milled tea leaves are stirred with a rotary blade—like as with a bamboo whisk—inside the machine, then mixed evenly with hot water to give the flavor of authentic, hand-made green tea.

Healsio Ocha-Presso Tea Machine
*1
When milling tea leaves for one to three people at one time.
*2
Nutrients in green tea include vitamins A, C, and E, catechin, fiber, chlorophyll, theanine, and caffeine.
*3
Catechin is an effective antioxidant and can also lower blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
*4
Tests conducted by Japan Food Research Laboratories; test results published on February 21, 2014; test results publication number 14012819008-01; amount of catechin was measured by Sharp.
*5
Chlorophyll is a nutrient with effects that include deodorizing.

2014

UD20 Series AQUOS 4K TV

Sharp released the UD20 series of 4K-compatible LCD TVs, which give consumers powerful, life-like images and allow viewing in original resolution of 4K trial broadcasts*1, an industry first*2, and 4K Internet streaming videos.
To watch 4K trial broadcasts (4K 60p), a TV needs to comply with the HDMI 2.0 standard (4K 60p) for digital image transmission, be compatible with the HDCP 2.2 copy protection standard, and have a tuner capable of receiving 4K trial broadcasts. In addition to satisfying both these standards, the UD20 can be combined with the AQUOS 4K recorder (released simultaneously), the first 4K recorder in the industry*2 capable of receiving 4K trial broadcasts and thus allowing home users enjoyment of these broadcasts. As well, the UD20 series is the industry’s first*2 TV to come with an HEVC decoder*3 compatible with Hikari TV 4K video on demand, a service presented since October 27, 2014 by NTT Plala Inc., enabling users to enjoy 4K broadcasts with just this TV.
Sharp’s 4K low-reflection panel reduces on-screen reflection of ambient light and provides rich, deep blacks, while Sharp’s Rich Color Technology expands the color gamut by 12% compared to a previous models*4, thus providing high-resolution, highly detailed 4K images in brilliant colors.
As for sound quality, the UD20 series comes with a newly developed sound bar, which is detached and independent of the display. With the left and right rounded dual mid-range speakers and tweeters placed facing frontwards, users get high output and balanced sound. At the rear of the display is a DuoBass low-vibration subwoofer, which increases the realistic audio experience of the 2.1-channel, three-way, eight-speaker system.

UD20 Series AQUOS 4K TV
*1
4K trial broadcasts were begun in June 2014 by the NexTV-F (Next Generation Television & Broadcasting Promotion Forum) on a dedicated, no-fee channel on 124/128° CS digital broadcasting in Japan. It is not a SKY PerfecTV Premium Service channel. To watch these broadcasts, users require a UD20 series TV, AQUOS 4K recorder (TU-UD1000), a SKY PerfecTV IC card, a SKY PerfecTV Premium Service-compatible antenna, and a viewing subscription (free of charge).
*2
As of May 20, 2014; for a 4K recorder or 4K-compatible TV.
*3
A decoder compatible with the HEVC (high-efficiency video decoding) compression standard for 4K video-on-demand transmissions from Hikari TV.
*4
Compared to Sharp UD1 series 4K-compatible LCD TVs (released in 2013); Sharp data.

2014

TU-UD1000 AQUOS 4K Recorder

Sharp’s TU-UD1000 AQUOS 4K recorder can receive, record, and play back 4K trial broadcasts*1 (4K 60p) in their original resolution, an industry first*2.
In June 2014 in Japan, the NexTV-F (Next Generation Television & Broadcasting Promotion Forum) began broadcasting 4K trial broadcasts on 124/128° CS digital broadcasting, but to watch these broadcasts users require a compatible HEVC decoder*3 and a tuner for SKY PerfecTV’s Premium Service.
The TU-UD1000 has an HEVC decoder and a tuner for SKY PerfecTV’s Premium Service, allowing users to receive 4K trial broadcasts in their original resolution. By combining this product with a 4K-compatible AQUOS TV*4, users can enjoy high-resolution 4K entertainment.
The TU-UD1000 has a 1TB hard disk for storage of approximately 53 hours*5 of 4K broadcasts in DR mode. It is also compatible with the HDMI 2.0 standard (4K 60p) for digital image transmission and the HDCP 2.2 copy protection standard, which means that users can play back the 4K trial broadcast images (in 4K 60p) in their original 4K resolution.

TU-UD1000 AQUOS 4K Recorder
*1
4K trial broadcasts were begun in June 2014 by the NexTV-F (Next Generation Television & Broadcasting Promotion Forum) on a dedicated, no-fee channel on 124/128° CS digital broadcasting in Japan. It is not a SKY PerfecTV Premium Service channel. To watch these broadcasts, users require, in addition to the TU-UD1000 AQUOS 4K recorder, a 4K-compatible TV (HDCP 2.2 compatible) or a Sharp AQUOS Quattron Pro (XL10 series), a SKY PerfecTV IC card (comes with the TU-UD1000), a SKY PerfecTV Premium Service-compatible antenna, and a viewing subscription (free of charge).
*2
As of May 20, 2014; for a 4K recorder.
*3
A decoder compatible with the HEVC (high-efficiency video decoding) compression standard for 4K trial broadcasts.
*4
If using the AQUOS LC-70UD1 or LC-60UD1 TVs, the TV’s software needs to be updated.
*5
Number of hours of 4K trial broadcasts at 40 Mbps. Note that the actual number of hours that can be recorded will be greater or less than this number depending on the quality of the images recorded and other factors.

2014

Cloud Storage Battery System

The JH-WB1401 and JH-WB1402*1 cloud battery storage systems combine with Sharp’s cloud HEMS*2 to realize efficient energy management by adapting to changes in the usage environment.
With this new energy solution from Sharp, the system predicts how much power will be generated based on the next day’s weather forecast and analyzes the user’s daily power usage situation, in the process automatically controlling battery charging and power supply in the most optimal way and reducing electricity bills.
The cloud storage battery comes in two types: one for installation indoors for cold regions*3, and another for outdoor installation. It is also much more compact than Sharp’s previous storage battery*4. And while Sharp’s previous product required two power conditioners—one for the solar power generation system and one for the storage battery system—the JH-WB1401 and JH-WB1402 require only one power conditioner, allowing for efficient charging.

Cloud Storage Battery System
*1
These are the model names of the storage batteries only. To constitute a storage battery system, the JH-42EM2P power conditioner and JH-RWL6V multi-energy monitor are also required.
*2
The JH-RTP4 and JH-RTP5 cloud HEMS (home energy management systems). The JH-RTP4 went on sale (in Japan) on July 4, 2014 at a suggested retail price (excluding tax) of 74,000 yen and the JH-RTP5 went on sale (in Japan) on July 4, 2014 at a suggested retail price (excluding tax) of 75,000 yen. Also required for the system are a broadband router, a broadband Internet connection, and membership in the Sharp iClub.
*3
Operating temperature range: 0℃–40℃. The JH-WB1401 is for cold regions.
*4
Compared to Sharp’s JH-WB1201.

2014

Emopa-Equipped Smartphones

Sharp released smartphones equipped with Emopa, a newly developed function that, for example, gives the user audio and text messages, and changes the screen, depending on the time, place, and user's personal needs. The smartphones have been released in models for three major Japanese mobile phone carriers*. The word "Emopa" stands for "emotional partner." The technology incorporated into Sharp's newly released smartphones is based on the Cocoro Engine artificial intelligence used in Sharp's health and environment appliances. Adapting to a range of situations, Emopa knows what the user needs to hear as it gives suggestions regarding what to do next, in the process offering both friendship and comfort. For example, when the user is about to leave home, Emopa's voice will say "Don't forget your umbrella" if the weather forecast calls for rain. Such well-timed messages give the phone a heart and soul and make possible a whole new world of communications between people and their smartphones.

Emopa-Equipped Smartphones
(From left) AQUOS Zeta SH-01G for NTT Docomo, AQUOS Crystal X for SoftBank, and AQUOS Serie Mini SHV31 for KDDI
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AQUOS Zeta SH-01G for NTT Docomo, AQUOS Crystal X for SoftBank, and AQUOS Serie Mini SHV31 for KDDI. The KDDI model will be released before the end of 2015.

2014

Infrared Color Night-Vision Security Camera

Sharp developed and released for commercial use the LZ0P420A infrared color night-vision camera, the first product of its kind in the industry*1 that allows video capture in zero-lux settings.
This product employs a CCD*2 jointly developed by Sharp and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). By irradiating objects with near-infrared rays, smooth color video can be captured even in settings of zero lux—in other words, pitch-dark settings.

Infrared Color Night-Vision Security Camera
*1
As of November 4, 2014; for infrared color night-vision cameras using a single-sensor (one-chip CCD) system supporting HD 720 (1280 x 720 pixels) and 30-fps video capture. Based on Sharp research.
*2
This camera's night-vision image sensor (CCD) is based on color night-vision technology developed by AIST (announced by AIST on February 8, 2011 and December 3, 2012). The image sensor (CCD) was developed jointly by Sharp Corporation and AIST (announced by AIST on May 14, 2014).

2014

Ceiling-Installed Plasmacluster Ion Generator

Sharp released the IG-GTA20 ceiling-installed*1 Plasmacluster Ion generator, which includes an LED light and deodorizes and eliminates*2 odor-causing bacteria adhering to the floor and other places in the bathroom.
The Plasmacluster Ion generator draws its power by attaching into a standard-sized E26 cap shape light socket. This means that deodorizing and eliminating odor-causing bacteria from the bathroom, one of the most worrisome rooms in the house for unpleasant odors, is as easy as screwing in a light bulb. It also means it fits inconspicuously into bathrooms that have no extra wall outlets or extra space for installing Plasmacluster Ion generators.
A motion sensor turns on and off the generator's LED light when someone enters and leaves the bathroom. When the bathroom is empty, the light is turned off and Plasmacluster Ions are generated in maximum mode. And when someone enters the bathroom, the light goes on again and the generator automatically returns to standard mode with a lighter airflow. So there's no need to worry about forgetting to turn off the bathroom light, and users get round-the-clock deodorizing for an electricity cost of approximately 1.8 yen*3 per day.

Ceiling-Installed Plasmacluster Ion Generator
*1
For screwing into E26 cap shape light socket on ceiling.
*2
Elimination of bacteria: Effect after seven days in a test space of approximately 3.4 m³; not a proven result in actual usage space.
*3
For two hours of standard mode operation (LED light on) and 22 hours of maximum mode operation (LED light off) per day. Calculation is a rough estimate based on a unit cost of 27 yen/kWh (including tax) under the latest electricity rates in Japan. There will be additional electricity costs for the bathroom ventilation fan if it operates in unison with the light switch.

2015

2015

Cornet Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner for Bedding

Sharp released the EC-HX100 Cornet cyclonic vacuum cleaner for bedding, the first vacuum cleaner in the industry*1 to employ a heat cyclone that takes advantage of mites'*2 weakness against heat by blowing warm air onto bedding to loosen mites' grip from the fibers of bedding and then powerfully sucking them up.
The Cornet removes*3*4 mites and related allergens (mite feces and mite carcasses) from bedding by using a powerful beating brush, along with heat generated by the motor that is blown as warm air onto the bedding to loosen the mites' grip from the fibers so that they can be sucked up by the powerful vacuum force. The warm air comes from the vacuum cleaner's internal motor to save on electricity consumption. There is also a function to prevent the air temperature from getting too high and damaging the bedding.
More than 99% of the mites sucked up are killed*5 by the high-speed swirling air movement of the centrifugal separation cyclone motor. Cleaning of the dust cup and filter is easy: just remove them and wash them with water. In addition, the warm air and Plasmacluster Ions deodorize*6 pillows and other bedding, while the warm air also fluffs up the bedding to a comfortable softness.

Cornet Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner for Bedding
*1
For household electric vacuum cleaners sold in Japan. Equipped with a system to blow air warmed utilizing heat from the interior of the unit out from the bottom of the unit and to apply suction using cyclonic action. As of May 21, 2015. Based on Sharp research.
*2
House dust mites
*3
Test institute: Viable Co., Ltd.; Test method: House dust mites were spread over bedding and sucked up with the Cornet; Test result: More than 99% removed. Note that not all mites were removed from bedding.
*4
Test institute: Biostir Inc.; Test method: Impurities mixed with allergens containing mite feces and mite carcasses were spread over bedding and sucked up with the Cornet; Test result: More than 99% removed. Note that not all allergens were removed from bedding.
*5
Test institute: Viable Co., Ltd.; Test method: Live house dust mites were spread over bedding and sucked up with the Cornet, and the percentage of dead mites in the dust cup was measured; Test result: More than 99% dead.
*6
Test institute: Sharp Corporation: Test method: The Cornet was moved slowly (at a speed of 10 cm/sec) back and forth once over bedding infused with an odor component (nonenal) contained in the body odor of old persons and in other body odors. The deodorizing effectiveness was evaluated by a six-level odor intensity indication method; Test result: Odors reduced to an unnoticeable level. Note that deodorizing effectiveness will vary according to the type and strength of the odors, the material onto which odors are affixed, and the speed at which the vacuum cleaner is moved over the bedding.

2015

AQUOS 4K Next 4K LCD TV

Sharp released the AQUOS 4K Next 4K LCD TV, with a 4K LCD panel employing Sharp's proprietary 4-color*1 technology for combining red, green, blue, and yellow sub-pixels to enable 8K-equivalent resolution*2, as well as the world's first*3 8K upscaling circuit for rendering 8K images.
The AQUOS 4K Next delivers beauty down to the most minute details thanks to the 8K upscaling circuit embedded into the X8-Master Engine Pro. This works in unison with Sharp's Rich Color technology, consisting of an LED backlight system employing a new fluorescent material and a color restoration circuit, to achieve approximately 1.4 times the color reproduction range of previous Sharp TVs*4. The AQUOS 4K Next includes Megacontrast dynamic range expansion technology, which boosts the ability to express light and dark shades by simultaneously controlling the LCD openings and the brightness of each area of the backlight using a proprietary algorithm that detects and restores the brilliance of the light source and the shine reflecting off the light source of the image. Through Sharp's proprietary low-reflective N-Black Panel, and other high-image-quality technologies that enable superb detail, a rich color gamut, and high contrast, the AQUOS 4K Next literally puts television viewers inside the onscreen action.

AQUOS 4K Next 4K LCD TV
*1
Sharp's 4-color concept was designed for use with displays; it differs from the conventional three-primary-color concept of light and color.
*2
Evaluation of the resolution of a brightness signal manipulated by Sharp using a 7,680 (H) x 4,320 (V) resolution chart. Not compatible with external device input of 8K resolution (video) or receiving of 8K broadcast.
*3
As of May 21, 2015; for commercially available 4K LCD TVs with an 8K upscaling circuit.
*4
Compared to Sharp's LC-40H20 HDTV (released in February 2015).

2015

Tuly Robot

The Tuly Robot, developed jointly by Sharp and Huis Ten Bosch Co., Ltd., has been installed in rooms at the Henn-na Hotel* ("Strange Hotel"), a smart hotel at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. The hotel opened on July 17, 2015.
Tuly is the mascot of Huis Ten Bosch, and a lamp-sized Tuly Robot sits on a bedside table in each of the hotel's rooms, acting as a personal concierge to make guests' stay as comfortable as possible.
Sharp also provided the Henn-na Hotel with porter robots that guide guests to their rooms and carry luggage.

Tuly Robot
*
Henn-na Hotel address:
6-5 Huis Ten Bosch-cho, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
(Opened to the public on July 17, 2015.)

2015

Digital Cordless Facsimiles and Phones with Functions for Helping Prevent Bank Transfer Swindling

Sharp released two models of digital cordless facsimiles, the UX-AF90CL and UX-AF90CW, and two models of digital cordless phones, the JD-AT80CL and JD-AT80CW, which have functions for helping prevent bank transfer swindling (in which callers trick people into depositing money into a bank account).
There are seven functions useful in preventing bank transfer swindling over the phone. These include functions that warn users about incoming calls before they answer. With one function, for incoming calls from numbers not registered in the main phone unit's database, the phone automatically switches to a voice message asking the caller to give his or her name. The user will also be notified of incoming calls from unregistered numbers with a flashing red LED lamp*1.
An automatic call recording function*2 records an entire phone conversation after giving a warning message that it is about to do so. These facsimiles and phones are also easy to use, thanks to features like a large LED screen and a button for increasing receiver volume so callers are easy to hear.
Sharp also released two models of digital cordless facsimiles, the UX-AF91CL and UX-AF91CW, which have the industry's first*3 function for filtering incoming calls by automatically discriminating calls and blocking ones that are suspicious.

Digital Cordless Facsimiles and Phones with Functions for Helping Prevent Bank Transfer Swindling
*1
Users must sign up for caller ID (fee-based service) to use this function.
*2
When signing up for caller ID service, the user can choose to play the warning message with this function only for incoming calls from numbers not registered in the phone's database. Registered numbers refer to the following: numbers registered in the main phone unit (not the cordless handset), in the one-touch dial database (only on the JD-AT80), in the Peace-of-Mind Consultation database, and in the Peace-of-Mind database.
*3
For cordless phones and personal facsimiles in Japan. As of August 25, 2015. Based on Sharp research.

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