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Editor - August 18, 2014

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Hatsune Miku costars with the Japanese popular rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN in their music video. This collaborated song - "ray" - was released under the name of "BUMP OF CHICKEN feat. HATSUNE MIKU".

TokyoStreetView: Japanese Traditional Dolls (4K VIDEO)
Like an elaborate sculpture, it can take up to a year to make such a doll from start to finish. Due to the delicate nature of the materials involved and the time required for the paint to dry, doll masters pay close attention to humidity when working. They sometimes need up to a month to finish a doll’s head.

 

Honda has developed a low-cost, automatic valet parking system which uses parking lot surveillance cameras to help park cars automatically.

In this demonstration, when a car is left in the drop-off area of a parking lot, it receives information about which spaces are available, then drives itself to an empty space and parks. This system can automatically park multiple cars efficiently. Honda sees a lot of potential in a system such as this, especially if it is implemented in the large parking lots of suburban shopping centers.

At the Morita Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Keio University Faculty of Science, researchers are advancing with research and development of unique robots from the perspective of mechanisms, control, skill, and an integration of each of these areas.

TokyoStreetView - December 16, 2014

TokyoStreetView: Asakusa Temple & Sensō-ji  (4K VIDEO)
Located in Asakusa, the heart of Tokyo, Sensō-ji is by far one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist attractions. Founded in 645, Sensō-ji is Tokyo’s oldest temple. The landmark is dedicated to the Bodhisattva, and according to legend, the temple was erected after two fishermen found a Statue of Kannon buried in the nearby Sumida River.
Did Hatsune Miku Just go from Saccharine Cute to Borderline Hot?

There Might Never be a Hatsune Miku Live-Action Portrayal Because the Digital Render is Already too Good
And given the character’s wholly manufactured existence and disparately crowdsourced evolution, that seems appropriate. To get hip to what we’re saying here, go ahead and hit the full-screen, crank up the resolution to 1080p60, and you’ll see: meatspace humans need not apply.

Sanwa Supply released a cabinet that allows you to store a maximum of 10 iPad/tablets for ¥79,800.

There are USB ports in each space so that you can charge them and you can synchronize all of the tablets at the same time with just a single touch of a sync button. It has a lock on the door and also you can use a security wire for double security. It has a built-in fan at the back of the device to pull the warm air outside.

It could be a great tool to manage and keep tablets for business use. Up to 3 cabinets can be stacked to conserve office space.

Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of the Week
1) Directly behind Tokyo Tower there's a beautiful temple that should be your second stop; 2) The JVC LS-300 shoots amazing - we really mean that - amazing 4K video; 3) Game trailers for small-scale mobile games are surprisingly well made; 4) Even on dreary days, Tokyo is a beautiful city; and 5) Beautiful flowers with a Mt. Fuji Background!
ATLAS Robot Unboxing - DARPA Robotics Challenge

Ohhh boy, an unboxing video that’s not just filler, but 500% justifiable.

TokyoStreetView: Imperial Palace Part I (4K VIDEO)
Located on the former site of Edo Castle (1888) near Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace is the official residence of the Japanese royal family. Divided into four distinct areas or sectors, it covers a total area of 3.41 square kilometers. And yes - you can go there!

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Thanko released a super-rugged IP68 waterproof/dustproof iPhone case. With it, you have no worries to play with your iPhone with the case, for example, in the bathtub, and at the beach or snowy mountain.
TokyoStreetView: Tokyo International Forum (4K VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com
Located a few steps from Tokyo Central Station and just in front of Yūrakuchō Station, the Tokyo International Forum is one of the city’s best known architectural marvels. Designed by Rafael Viñoly and completed in 1996, the Tokyo International Forum is in fact two huge complexes separated by a courtyard where pedestrians and businessmen alike can come for a rest.

au by KDDI has fixed a release date of Xperia ZL2 SOL25, Sony's new Android 4.4 smartphone, and it will be released on May 23.

Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of the Week
1) New plastic can be heated and reshaped, 2) Too lazy go out to the gacha gacha machines in meatspace? Do it online!, 3) The cloudy dreary Tokyo rainy season can also be beautiful (in 4K), 4) Draw a fish and watch it swim in an AR aquarium, and 5) SELFIE STICK KILLER DEMO!

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