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Yoriko Takahashi - November 28, 2014

Thanko - Shoulder bag with pop-up tablet holder -
If you have the guts to ignore what people around think about you, Thanko's shoulder bag with a pop-up tablet holder inside would be a useful tool to use a tablet, especially on a busy train or with an umbrella in your hand.
BIG-ASS GALLERY #2 - 2014 Tokyo International Toy Show

That's Right, Yet Another Big-Ass Gallery of Really Great Photos. Of Toys 

Reno J. Tibke - August 30, 2014

Japanese Robots: Pepper Gallery!


Why Does Japan Get Dyson's New 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum First? -
The steadily plodding iterations of iRobot’s Roomba and its legion of copycats are old hat, and the collective We aren’t really impressed anymore. While the 360 Eye performs the same task, it stands out, and just kinda has that new robot smell. The talking points/broad strokes/things to know are:
Hello!MiP is a two-wheeled robot controlled with human hand gestures. You can control Hello!MiP just by using hand gestures without touching it - called Control Mode. There are other modes through which you can enjoy the robot as well, such as Dance Mode.
Sony has changed up the form factor a bit, JVC and Ricoh have gone for full-on assault drop Space Marine armour (for the glory of the imperium of man!), and Panasonic went with the duo of innovative mounting option and first-to-the-market 4k for theirs. In the end though, they all did basically the same thing: capturing the action. The one Japanese electronics behemoth that was noticeably absent from the fray was CASIO… until now.

Editor - November 21, 2014

Tamiya is going to release a Kumamon radio-controlled tractor called R/C Tractor Kumamon Version. It will be sold as a construction kit and finished goods.
Slo-Mo & Fast-Mo Tokyo -

Panasonic's Lumix GH4 has Variable Frame Rate!
As any photographer knows, high-end cameras with VFR built-in allow for the rate of frames... to be like, you know, varied. And thats a good thing because non-variable frame rates aren't as cool. Good enough, yeah?

TokyoStreetView - December 22, 2014

TokyoStreetView: Omotesando Avenue (4K VIDEO)
Known by many as the Japan’s Champs-Élysées, Omotesando Avenue was in fact originally created in the Taisho Era (1912 – 1926) as the formal pathway to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken’s temple, also known as the Meiji Shrine. Today, things are quite different!
Strang J-Commercials -

Christmas is a Time for Watching Very Strange Japanese Adverts
It's the end of December, and not only is there not a whole lot of tech news going on, not a whole lot of people are interested in reading and/or watching it.

Just Saying
Yes, it matters that they're Korean!
...because, of course, is "Japan & Asia Tech • Cool and Cultural News." So, we saw this cool robot news, could hear in the accent that these researchers are actually from Korea, and boom: justification! (in fact, according to their MIT profiles, they both studied at Yonsei University in Seoul)

ATLAS is Coming for ASIMO -

Honda bills ASIMO as the world's most advanced humanoid robot, and taken as a whole, it’s probably accurate to say. But an American robot is catching up, and unless Honda’s got some new tricks (ASIMO X?), ATLAS is going to shove ASIMO aside and take his cookies.