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The Igarashi Lab. at the University of Tokyo is developing a new type of physics engine which can faithfully recreate in 3D the stylizations common to 2D anime.

"Physics engines are used in 3D animation, to generate the motions of hair and clothes. They can do physically correct computing, but the problem is, that's all they can do. The engine we've created makes it possible for artists to adjust such physics computations, in other words, to deform things."

Massive lightning strikes moving train in Tokyo

 

During the summer in Japan, we can sometimes expect a torrential downpour in late afternoon. It's really scary because all of a sudden the color of the sky turns yellow and deafening rumbles of thunder start.   

Today we had a sudden temporary heavy downpour as usual and that reminded us of this currently popular youtube video. Probably many of you have already seen it as it was uploaded about 10 days ago. Massive lightning hit a moving Odakyu train in Tokyo. A part of the train was burnt, but fortunately no one on the train was hurt.

REVIEW: Casio EX-100 High-End Compact Camera [TOP 14 of '14]
On paper, the Casio EX-100 seems the greatest imaging device in the history of our species. It can do things that sound mind blowing for a camera this small and almost too good to be true for a consumer imaging device of any kind. This camera has a list of features so long that, even in the 3 weeks I had to play with it, I couldn’t truly explore every single one of them.
Sony's 147" Ultra-Short-Throw 4K Projector (and why they need to make it) [TOP 15 of 2015]
[#15 of 2015's Top 15 Articles] We have seen the LSPX-W1S in action, proper up-close and personal-like, and it was a bit beyond impressive. It's much more than frivolous luxury, however - Sony's insanity is methodical!

It's an awful feeling to keep leather shoes on all day in the summertime. Thanko could be your savior with their new product: the USB Soukai Shoes Cooler.

The USB Soukai Shoes Cooler is designed to eliminate stuffiness inside your shoes. Soukai means refreshment in Japanese.

At MWC 2014 (Mobile World Congress 2014), in Barcelona, Spain on February 24, Sony finally OFFICIALLY unveiled their new smartphone Xperia Z2. Many of you might remember that the leaked specs of Xperia Z2 created an internet buzz about 2 weeks ago.

Commuter Gamer: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
Introducing the Commuter Gamer! Four titles tested and rated in real-life Tokyo commuting - this month’s selection of games offers chilled out rides, crazy all-out racing, and some peculiarities in between, all to keep your commute a quick and enjoyable experience!
CASIO Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 Exclusive Hands-On (VIDEO; GALLERY)
Before releasing a smartwatch, CASIO wanted to wait until they could offer a product with clear, well-defined utility, and resistance to the elements coupled with a difficult to bruise design makes it clear that survivability is the Smart Outdoor Watch’s killer feature. Exclusive hands-on herein!
Commuter Gamer #3: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
For your playing enjoyment: Evolving graphics, Frogger-like obstacle avoidance, philosophical conundrums, fighting motorcycle gangs, building new worlds, and tossing a can of whoop-ass on some post-apocalyptic bears - PLAY!

Nayalan Moodley - December 31, 2014

REVIEW: Panasonic Lumix GH4 [TOP 14 of '14]
Panasonic has (arguably once again) done what no other camera manufacturer seems keen to do, and they've delivered an easy to use, madly capable true hybrid photography camera that can go toe to toe with specialist systems in both stills and video. Read on for the why!

Taihei Environmental Science Center has developed a system that automatically performs water quality testing, and can detect bacteria such as E. coli. In the past, this work had to be done manually. The system uses three robots to completely automate all stages of the process, from collecting a predetermined amount of the sample, injecting agar, agitating, coagulating and inverting, to the placement and storage of the culture in incubators. This level of automation not only eliminates human error, substantially improving test accuracy, it also increases processing capacity.

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