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This is an interactive optic fiber cloth. It is made of side-emitting diffusive optic fibers so computer controlled light patterns can be displayed on it, and by attaching light receivers as well as light emitters, optical signals can be input using infrared light.

"Originally, we came across the light-emitting fabric, where light is emitted from the optical fiber surface. Conversely, we thought it could be used to input data by receiving light through the surface. So, we've created this kind of interface."

Editor - January 14, 2015

Tokyo Skyline Pentax Time Lapse (VIDEO)
YouTuber moeru maruyama's work is quite different from most of darwinfish105’s in that, while it is time lapsed, it’s not tilt-shifted, and the music is much more minimal - but it’s just as beautiful and awe-inspiring.
Japanese Sword Master - AkihabaraNews.com

If You’re Too Busy Destroying Everything, You Don’t Need Defense

...Is the rather surprising sentiment conveyed by Japanese sword master Hiroharu Wada, profiled in this video from Vice Japan.

Riding, Demoing, and Dismounting Skeletonics - AkihabaraNews.com

Getting in/on, Demoing, and Getting out of a Team Skeletonics Exoskeletal Suit
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in a pretty small room)

Over the weekend we visited a conceptual capital, a Mecca of sorts, of super-powered, executive-level Japanese geekdom: Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013.

Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of the Week
1) Kumamon's RC adventure continues, 2) A beautiful oasis in the middle of Tokyo, 3) Real working maglev shinkansen...toy, 4) Big-ass video to go with big-ass gallery from the Tokyo International Toy Show, 5) Crossy Road, one of six titles from the latest Commuter Gamer!

TokyoStreetView - May 25, 2015

TokyoStreetView: Shiodome (4K VIDEO)
Until 1914, Shiodome was known as the Shimbashi railway terminal, but since 1984 it has slowly transformed into one of Tokyo’s most modern areas, where luxury hotels and business buildings rule the roost. There's even a clock designed by Studio Ghibli and heavily inspired by the movie Hauru no Ugoku Shiro (ハウルの動く城), or Howl’s Moving Castle.
Top 5 Japanese Tech Videos of the Week - AkihabaraNews.com
Here's What We've been Watching for the Past week: [1.] 4K Handycam Test; [2.] Fake Japanese Food, Real Supplies; [3.] Robot Doesn't Want Your Job, Robot Wants Your Chair; [4.] Tokyo Time Lapse Nighttime Skyline; and [5.] Useless, Heart-Shaped Mobile Phone!

In 2015, you could become best friends with an amiable and attentive humanoid robot, like the relationship of Nobita and Doraemon (minus the Yojigen-poket)!

Hakko Electronics developed the V9 series with a so-called VPN router function built into a programmable display device as a virtual dedicated line, and launched the “Web Machine Interface” service to pursue the cause of equipment and machinery abnormalities from a remote location.
At the Manufacturing Business Matching Fair, Applied Vision Systems displayed its multi-layer printed circuit board analysis system, which uses X-ray equipment. Currently in development with support from the government, this system uses stereo X-ray imaging to make three-dimensional measurements. This allows separate mapping of each pattern layer within a multi-layer PCB.

Oriental Motor has developed the αSTEP AZ Series of closed-loop stepping motor & Driver packages, which contain its patented mechanical absolute sensor, the ABZO Sensor.

"The ABZO Sensor in the motor is able to record the current position of the motor in the sensor itself. So, it enables high-precision positioning and homing without a home sensor or a limit sensor."

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Kit: World's Best Robotics Education Tool? [REISSUE]
They once had little to do with actual robotics, but two product iterations and 15 years later, about to release their 3rd-generation kit [sic], Lego is at the top of educational, DIY, and plain old fun robot building. MINDSTORMS EV3 is coming, and the robo-geekosphere is buzzing...and whirring.
Mirrored TOKYO Will Melt Your Brain (FLASHBACKERY)
The contiguous urbanization, beginning at Tokyo Bay, crawls westward and disappears beneath the sky, farther than we can see - not only by distance, but also due to the basic curvature of the earth. It’s just that vast. Okay, now double that. Twist and turn. Reflect. Go upside down and merge it all together in a videographic collage...

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