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Keloid Short Film - AkihabaraNews.com

With robots and mechs Japanese designers would love, and hints of a good story, Keloid is a cruel tease of a trailer. British newscasters, robots speaking Russian, all made by a Spanish effects studio; look, can someone, somewhere just go ahead and give these guys movie money already?

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Japanese Girl Wins Air Guitar World Championship - AkihabaraNews.com
This year’s winner, nicknamed “Seven Seas,” is a little-known former member of a Japanese air guitar idol group, but she was apparently more than just a pretender. That is to say, most of the cute young girls recruited and/or cajoled into Japanese idol groups are probably more interested in being generically famous than they are in their singing, dancing, or specific (often contrived) talent. This Nanami, however, she seems to really, really wanna rock.
Tokyo Police Use Ninja Skills to End 8-Hour Standoff
We can’t definitively report that the Tokyo Police employ actual ninjas per se - but, this did happen in the capital of Ninja Land, and it does shows two undeniably badass Tokyo cops rappelling from the roof and bursting into a 14th-floor high-rise apartment.
REVIEW: Casio G-SHOCK GPW1000 GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid
If you’re reachable by terrestrial radio waves or GPS signals from space, this watch will always be accurate within about 15 nanoseconds or less. And sure, you can pop out the electronic crown with a twist and pull and set the time manually, or just like, you know, pretty much never do that again. Come meet the beautiful hulk!

Not Augment Reality (AR), Just Head-Mounted Displays
Epson
is going to release Android 4.0 glasses-shaped device MOVERIO BT-200 for about ¥70,000 on April 24.

Robots are the New Mexicans and ActiveRobo SAM is Japan's Newest Mexican
Section A is our editor being furiously angry at robotics coverage and the corpsifying institution of journalism in general. Section B is some very interesting robotics news from Japan (telepresence robotic heavy equipment operation!). Section C is the bow on this wild ride robotics feature. Choose your own adventure(s)!

 

The Igarashi Lab. at the University of Tokyo is developing a new type of physics engine which can faithfully recreate in 3D the stylizations common to 2D anime.

"Physics engines are used in 3D animation, to generate the motions of hair and clothes. They can do physically correct computing, but the problem is, that's all they can do. The engine we've created makes it possible for artists to adjust such physics computations, in other words, to deform things."

Sony 4K Projector - AkihabaraNews.com
This is Sony's vision of the interactive, intuitive, omni-utilitarian projection screen-covered living space of the future they hope to sell us, and although most of the concepts they showed were just that, we're kinda ready to start throwing cash in their direction now.

Yamaha has just announced that they will introduce their first LMW (Leaning Multi Wheel) bike - TRICITY - in Thailand next month. They are aiming to sell 10,000 bikes within a year in the country.

The bikes will have a 125cc engine.

That crazy Video Head Guy, seen in cinemas across Japan, will be sold as a hardcore figure doll!

If you have been to a movie cinema in Japan in the past several years, after the previews, before the movie starts, perhaps you have seen a pantomiming guy with a video camera head - the bad guy who is secretly taking a video of the movie in the movie theater!

I personally feel spooky every time I see his dancing in the theater. Am I the only person who feels that way?

 

The neurocam is the world's first wearable camera system that automatically records what interests you.

It consists of a headset with a brain-wave sensor and connects to an iPhone. The system estimates whether you're interested in something from the brain-waves captured by the sensor, and uses the iPhone's camera to record the scenes that appear to interest you.

Just buy wearing the neurocam, the scenes you have shown an interest in are recorded automatically, and are added to an album which you can look through later.

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