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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)!


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."

Sigma dp2 Quattro Interview -

Wild form factor for a very traditional albeit high tech tool.

What Japanese Food Tech Makes this Girl go from Suspicious to Smiles? -

Sudden Sushi Train Camera Fame, of Course!
Now, the thing is, is that kids love to be on camera, most probably because:

Thanko released "Mobile Battery Na Video Camera", 3000mAh mobile battery that has a small video camera built-in.

The camera has a 5MP CMOS sensor and is able to shoot full HD movies (1280x720, 30fps) continuously for up to 8 hours. The video you take will be saved in a microSD card (maximum 32GB).

By selecting Motion Sensing Mode, it can shoot for up to 48 hours.

REVIEW: Casio Selfie-Cam (Me, Myself & I)

The Casio EX-TR35 is a peculiar beast...
Were you to look at the specs, you’d see a 12 megapixel 1/23 inch backlit CMOS sensor mated to a 3.8mm (Full frame equivalent of 21mm) lens in a small, but not particularly impressive, plastic body.

Japan Expo Paris - Part 2: Manga & Anime (VIDEO) -

The following is the latest entry in our French correspondent Jeremy Touitou's Japan Expo Paris 15 video series.

Reno J. Tibke - October 01, 2014

Happy 50th, Shinkansen (VIDEO & GALLERY) -

Shin kan sen

It’s time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Japan’s most iconic technological achievements: the world’s first modern high-speed rail system!

Tochigi Drift Rides (DRiFTWiRED GALLERY) -

The Nissan Silvias, the Mazda RX-7s, the Peculiarly Modded Toyotas - These are the Rides of DRiFTWiRED

Japanese Sword Master -

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.

From Panasonic's "Let's note" series, 5 new models of the RZ4 series 10.1-inch notebook PC will be released on October 17. Pricing starts at 160,000 yen.

It's a clamshell note PC. By rotating the screen and folding it, it can be used as a tablet. One of the Main features of the RZ4 series is that it weighs only 745g. It is currently the lightest among all notebooks with a rotatable screen.

Riding, Demoing, and Dismounting Skeletonics -

Getting in/on, Demoing, and Getting out of a Team Skeletonics Exoskeletal Suit
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.

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."