Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Sanyo Voice Recorder

Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. has built a handful of useful features into its latest voice recorder. The ICR-S310RM has a built-in USB connector so you don't need to carry around a cable. It can record in MP3 format and plays MP3 and Windows Media Audio files. Sanyo says it is the largest-capacity flash-memory recorder available. It has 512M bytes of memory, which will hold between 9 hours and 71 hours of recordings, depending on the recording mode."
Continue Reading at Computerworld.
Also See: Google Translated Sanyo Site.

NEC Infrontia RFID tag reader PDA

"NEC Infrontia will be releasing an "industrial PDA" that can withstand a 1.5 meter drop to concrete, features dust/water proofing, and is compatible with good stuff like RFID tags and QR codes."
Continue Reading at TechJapan.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Programmable Turtles from Takara

"Here's another leap in robot technology, but on a micro-scale. Takara has developed "Walkie bits," miniature robotic turtles, which at only 5 centimeters in length and weighing under 15 grams, are certainly among the smallest programmable robots ever mass produced. They can walk, trot, race and play music. Walkie bits, Takara 1,344 yen"
See more at Takara's Walkie Bits Homepage.
[via: Japantoday]

Picture: "Two visitors peer at marine life at New Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, southwest of Tokyo."

Original at Japantoday.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Nissan Performance. Art. Ad

Visit Nissan Site, In Japanese.

Olympus Pendant-Type M: Robe Music Player

"Flash memory and play MP3, Windows Media and Ogg files."
Read more at Computer World.
Also See: Japanese Olympus Site.

Kenwood Japan Music Player

"In addition to MP3 files, it can play Windows Media Audio files including those protected with DRM. It's on sale now in Japan and costs 45,000 (US$406)."
Computer World
Also See: Original Japanese Kenwood Site.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Develops Intelligent Painting Robot

"The robot also automatically calculates the ideal paint discharge amount and painting velocity, using data on types of paint used and film pressure. " Read Whole Article at JCN.

Yamaha Ringtones Website

Yamaha Ringtones Available Here.

Hitachi Maxell's New Slimmer Digital Pen

This new digital pen from Hitachi comes with USB, Bluetooth functions.
Read Google translated version at Hitachi Maxell.

Japan Plans World's Fastest Computer

"TOKYO - Japan has plans to start building a supercomputer next year that can operate 73 times faster than the world's fastest supercomputer, the government said Monday. Japan wants to develop a supercomputer that can operate at 10 petaflops, or 10 quadrillion calculations per second, which is 73 times faster than the Blue Gene, an official of the ministry said on condition of anonymity." Read more at Yahoo.

Canon Unveils New Portable Compact Copier

"Addressing the needs of SOHO and mobile users looking for a portable copying solution, Canon U.S.A., Inc., the nation's market share brand leader in black-and-white and color laser copier/printer solutionsi, today announced the introduction of the new Canon PC160. The unit serves as a personal copier providing high-quality black-and-white copies in a lightweight compact design." Read more at Canon.

"Fujitsu Launches 12.5-Hour Laptop"

"Exceptionally Long Battery Life" Read more at Biosmagazine.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

"Bandai selling tons of Tamagotchi Plus"

"Bandai announced o­n the 21st that they worldwide sales of the portable digital pet game, "Tamagotchi Plus," to break 10 million before the end of July." Read more at TechJapan.

"Soon in Japan, it'll be raining ads"

"Japanese researchers are working on "information rain", taking advertisements to the realm of mock meteorology." Read more at Yahoo.

"Hitachi's 500GB SATA-II Reviewed"

"The specifications for the Hitachi Desktstar 7K500 are impressive. 500 GB of disk space, 16 MB of cache memory, and 3.0 Gbps of transfer speeds are about as good as you are going to get in today's hard drives." Read more at Slashdot.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Yamaha's 100% Electric Scooter - EC-02

See more Pictures at ITmedia. (In Japanese) Translate at Babelfish.

Hitachi Develops Nanoparticle-based Biomolecular Interaction Analyzer

"The new device, which adopts a nanoparticle biosensor with a diameter of 100nm, can measure the binding and dissociation of proteins in realtime. " Read more at JCN.

Friday, July 22, 2005

"White Sony PSP (PSP-1000 KCW) Announced"

"Sony announces in Japan a white Sony PSP."
Read more at I4U.

"It seems that EL displays are all the rage in Japan, especially for use in MP3 players. Evergreen (Japan) has announced another MP3 player with built-in EL display..."
Read more at AkibaLive.

"Adtec USB memory with changeable covers"

"Adtec Corporation will release the "AD-UMX" series of USB 2.0 flash memory devices beginning in late July. Supported operating systems are Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP, as well as Mac OS 9.0.4 ~ 9.2, and Mac OS 10.1 and above."
Read more at TechJapan.

"Blue Sega iDog Atmos"

"Sega Toys partners with apparel company Atmos to release a blue Sega iDog."
Read more at I4U.

Sony to Release Web Browser for PSP

"TOKYO -- Sony officials Thursday said the company will release a software upgrade that will let the PlayStation Portable video game system surf the Web without a cumbersome software trick.

The free software patch will be available next week in Japan, said Ken Kutaragi, chief executive of Sony Corp.'s game unit." Read more at the Washington Post.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

"Straight Out of Edo-Period Japan"

"For those who aren’t familiar with a Japanese Inrō, an Inrō is similar to what we would call an old fashioned purse. They were carried by samurai, geisha, etc. to carry small objects and medicine." Read more at Akibalive.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The Ultimate Casio Pro Trek

"I've been waiting for this watch. I'm a big fan of the Casio Pro Trek line, especially since they went solar, and even more so now that they've gone atomic. That's right: an atomic solar Casio Pro Trek..." Read more at Watch Report.

Sanyo Solar Ark

"The Solar Ark is a symbol of our goal of achieving a "clean energy society." As well as being a center for local community activities, it has become a local landmark." Read more at Sanyo.

iDuck 256MB USB Memory

Details at Dynamism.

"Summer 05 Japanese Sony PSP Commercials"

"Sony has just released two new commercials for its Japanese Sony PSP."
See them at Sony PSP World.

"PC Keyboard Connected to PSP"

"A hardware engineer has managed to successfully connect a full-sized PC keyboard to the Sony PSP handheld." Read more at Slashdot.

Remote Controlled Flying Doraemon Toy

The remote controlled "Flying Doraemon" was presented at the "Tokyo Toy Show 2005." It goes on sale for ¥5,754 on July 23rd in Japan. [via Nikkeibp]

Ozzio Musica Cube

"The Ozzio Musica Cube, flash memory audio player, will go on sale on June 23rd in Japan. Two models will be available, a 512MB version and a 1GB version. The pricing for the 512MB version is expected to be ¥14,900 and the 1GB version is expected to be ¥17,900." Read more at Akibalive.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

PS3 to lead over Xbox 360, Revolution

"According to London-based research firm Strategy Analytics, Sony will dominate the next-generation console war with the Playstation 3, followed by Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Revolution." Read more at PunchJump.

Very Thin Mouse from Japan

"Alpha Data Corporation will release the "AD-OFMS" optical mobile mouse with scroll wheel in late July. It is Open Price, but estimated at around 2,500 yen. Supported operating systems are Windows 98, Me, 2000, and XP (translator's note: the original article omitted XP, but the specifications list XP as being supported so we'll go with that...) as well as MacOS 8.6 and above." Read more at TechJapan.

Sony researchers gives Aibo, "curiosity"

"Sony researchers claim to have developed an open-ended learning system for the Aibo, such that the canine robot could be said to exhibit “curiosity.” Endowed with the new software, the Aibos have demonstrated the ability to teach themselves new functions that had not been specifically programmed." Read more at Engadget.

Matsushita Introduces Adaptive Electric Carpet

"Matsushita Electric announces a new electric carpet that adjusts temperature according to the movement of people." Read more at I4U.

"Panasonic VS3 review: Millions of colors"

"The brilliant huge display is not the only characteristic the new Panasonic VS3 is going to attract customers' attention with. It also offers a remarkable design, a clamshell auto-open construction, a megapixel camera and a solid functional construction..." Continue reading at Gsmarena. [Via Engadget]

Monday, July 18, 2005

Everquest 2 - Sony Station Exchange

Sony Online Entertainment has opened an early version of its Station Exchange website, the company's sanctioned online trading dock for items and equipment won through SOE online games - initially EverQuest II. This is the first major move into the cash-based auction buying and selling market by an MMO company, since other rival titles such as Blizzard's World Of WarCraft allow in-game item trading between players, but not any kind of cash payment system. Read more at Gamasutra.

Imation (Japan) .85 inch HDD 2GB USB Drive

"Imation (Japan) will start selling its Micro Hard Drive 2GB, with an incredibly small built-in 0.85 inch hard drive, during the later part of August. The price is currently listed as open price, and no indication yet as to what it might retail in stores once it hits the shelves. The portable USB hard drive is compatible with Microsoft Windows ME/2000/XP and Mac OS 9.0 and above." Read more at Akibalive.

Sun Denshi’s Waterproof MP3 Player

"The waterproof MP3 player is has 32MB of built-in flash memory. The player supports the USB 2.0 interface. Two sample songs are built-in to the player." Read more at Akibalive.

All-in-one Optoma-type DLP Projector and DVD Player with Speakers

"Hometheater (Japan) will release its new Optoma-type DVD player with DLP projector, dubbed the Movie Time DV10, on August 20. At ¥188,000 it might be a little pricey, but it certainly looks like something out of this world." Read more at Akibalive.

The Sanyo Xacti C5

"The Sanyo Xacti C5 is both a 5mp digital still camera--and a digital camcorder that records directly to an SD card. It is a remarkable 23mm (0.9 inches) thick and weighs only 145g (0.32 pounds)." Read more at Dynamism.

Sony Vaio U-series (U71/ U50)

"The surreal 1.2 pound Sony Vaio U-series (U71/ U50) is the ultimate next-generation, super-portable PC. Indeed, Sony designed the Vaio U71/U50 with constant mobility in mind." Read more at Dynamism.

Fujitsu Develops World's First Film Substrate-based Bendable Color Electronic Paper featuring Image Memory Function

Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2005 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., Fujitsu Frontech Limited, and Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702)(ADR: FJTSY) today announced their joint development of the world's first film substrate-based bendable color electronic paper with an image memory function. The new electronic paper features vivid color images that are unaffected even when the screen is bent, and features an image memory function that enables continuous display of the same image without the need for electricity. read more at JCN

The Sharp Zaurus SL-C3100/3000

"The Sharp Zaurus SL-C3100/3000 (and SL-C1000) is the fifth generation of the groundbreaking SL-C line of LINUX-based PDAs. The SL-C3100 and SL-C3000 are the only PDAs on the market with an internal HDD. The 4gb drive offers unparalleled storage (for a PDA) and opens up myriad new options--including using the Zaurus as a portable media player." Read more at Dynamism.

The Panasonic D-snap SV-SD100V

"The Panasonic D-snap SV-SD100V is onerously named but elegantly designed. This square MP3 player has a mirrored, OLED display and plays music from an SD card. It also features an FM radio and FM/voice recorder." Read more at Dynamism.

USB Sushi Drives

Read more at Dynamism.

Three Leg Portable Speaker

"Focal Point Computer (Japan) will start selling its three leg portable speaker, the Boomtune Mini, during the later part of June. The price will be ¥3,980." Read more at Akibalive.

Portable MP3 Audio Player for your Car

"Evergreen (Japan) began selling its EG-CM100, an MP3 player that plugs into the cigarette lighter socket of your car, on July 8th. The EG-CM100 has a built-in FM transmitter so you can listen to your MP3 files over the speakers in your car. The player is expected to sell for ¥5,980." Read more at Akibalive.

Fujitsu Palm Vein Technology

"You can account on Fujitsu Palm Vein Authentication Technology to protect your bank account. This biometric technology recognize you with your unique vein pattern which registered beforehand, and it will clean out problems of thieves and good at guessing PINs." Read more at Fujitsu.

Sony Ericsson Mobile: Portable Handsfree HPS-20

"A sporty-looking handsfree, the HPS-20 is the perfect accessory for people on the go. It rests on rather than in your ear. Three colored interchangeable covers allow you to personalize your handsfree solution. Features an answer/end button. Compatible with the models listed below." Read more at Sony Ericsson.

Sony Ericsson Z520a: Coming Soon.

"Share your experiences. Z520a is all about sharing. It has an easy-to-use VGA camera for still images and video recording to capture fun moments and Bluetooth™ and MMS to share them. A speakerphone gives your original artist music tones the sound they deserve. Z520a is all about expressing yourself. Do it."
Details at Sony Ericsson.

Lord of the Rings PSP confirmed

Electronic Arts' fantasy series takes a tactical path to handheld... Read more at Gamesradar.

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