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Holding Up the Tokyo Monorail (4K VIDEO)
If it weren't for the wear and obvious age of the cars and elevated tracks, you'd be forgiven for judging the Tokyo Monorail as futuristic and technologically marvelous. And even if the big, big city is old hat, it's hard not to be moved by that ride - but what's holding up the 51-year-old inverted anachronism?

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Thanko - Shoulder bag with pop-up tablet holder - AkihabaraNews.com
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.

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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.

[ALERT: MORE DORKY THAN DORKY - ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK] At JIMTOF 2014, Kitagawa Iron Works exhibited the DLL chuck, a new chuck that eliminates the need for setup by further enhancing the conventional jaw based parallel draw-down type chuck that secures a workpiece to chuck surface.

 

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."

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)!

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.
BIG-ASS GALLERY #4 - 2014 Tokyo International Toy Show (HALF-ASSED EDITION)

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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.

Dyson's 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum Arrives Late, and That is Totally Fine
This is really a high-end home appliance - as a product, more akin to a washing machine or refrigerator than a smartphone - and in this realm, a brand new line being six months late is better than on-time but undercooked. We see here some real competition for the company than currently owns the Japanese market.

Editor - February 02, 2015

Top 5 Japanese Tech Videos of the Week - AkihabaraNews.com
Here's What We've been Watching for the Past week: (1) Cars and Women; (2) 147" 4K Projector; (3) Casio's Chordana App; (4) TokyoStreetView's Beautiful 4K Park; (5) Seriously Do We Really Need That Many Kinds of Squid-Based Snacky Snacks?
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Reminder: Thanko's Got Your Back
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