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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.

Takara Tomy's new entertainment robot "Robi jr." will debut at Japan Robot Week 2014 that will take place from October 15th through October 17th.

Takara Tomy already announced the release of Robi jr. from their entertainment robot Omnibot series, and it is scheduled to be out on December 11th.

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.

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.

TokyoStreetView - November 16, 2014

TokyoStreetView: Todoroki Valley (4K VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com
An environment unique to Tokyo, Todoroki Valley is a simple walking trail adjacent to the Yazawa River and surrounded by a very dense forest that totally shields it from Kan-Pachi Dori, one of Tokyo’s busiest roads. While the Todoroki Valley’s 1.2 km walking trail is pure bliss, it’s only at the end of the voyage that you can discover yet another hidden wonder: the Todoroki Fudo Temple. Here you can enjoy some delicious mochi (Japanese rice sweets) and ramune (Lemonade), and you have the option to let the gods hear your prayers and wash away your sins.

Seavac has been researching the conventional coating technologies using TiN, Ti-Al, and CrN, and developed ZERO-I, a new coating that combines the advantages of all three.

"The hardness is about 3,500 HV. This coating is heat-resistant to over 1,000 degrees. Conventional Ti-Al coatings were heat-resistant to nearly 900 degrees, but this coating has even better heat resistance, and hardness as well."

VIDEO ESSAY: 2014 Tokyo International Toy Show
The 2014 Tokyo International Toy Show, held in the middle of this month at the Big Sight tradeshow and conference center in Tokyo Bay, is one of the world's largest and most diverse and most insane recurring monuments to the somewhat-at-odds institutions of consumerism, education, and creativity.

SwitchScience has released the construction kit for a humanoid robot called RAPIRO.

RAPIRO consists of 30 plastic parts, 12 servo motors (2 per leg, 3 per arm, 1 for the waist, and 1 for the neck). Full color LEDs are used for the eyes.

You can assemble the kit using only a screwdriver.

BIG-ASS GALLERY #3 - 2014 Tokyo International Toy Show

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

Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Represents on Letterman (and righteously shames pop music) - AkihabaraNews.com

American and Japanese Pop Music are Horrible and Empty.

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