Top 5 J-Tech Videos of the Week

Top 5 J-Tech Videos of the Week

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The Hagiwara Lab in the Department of Information and Computer Science of Keio University's Faculty of Science and Technology is trying to realize a robotic brain that can carry on a conversation, or in other words, a robotic brain that can understand images and words and can carry on thoughtful communication with humans.

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".

Honda UK's 1000cc Lawnmower is Way Faster than Your Car
What can you do with a small yet really powerful engine, a new riding lawnmower, a healthy marketing budget, and a professional race driver with some free time? You can cut the grass really, really quickly. Oh, and severely injure or kill yourself if you’re not careful.
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ATLAS Robot Unboxing - DARPA Robotics Challenge

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

Yamaha has just announced that they will introduce their first LMW (Leaning Multi Wheel) bike - TRICITY - in Thailand next month. They are aiming to sell 10,000 bikes within a year in the country.

The bikes will have a 125cc engine.

Selfie Stick Killer: Clip-On Wide-Angle Fisheye Lens for Smartphones
The simple clip doubles your average smartphone’s field of view from 70 degrees to 140, pretty much eliminates the need for increasingly frowned-upon and/or outright banned selfie sticks, dials in some great macro shots, and does it all for well under $20.

Smash Tokyo!
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has been developing a GODZILLA game for PS3 and they will release it to the market in winter (late) 2014.

The GODZILLA game is made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first GODZILLA movie as well as the release of a new Hollywood version of GODZILLA which will be out on July 25 in Japan.

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.

Panasonic is going to release an electric steam mask for the face called Booster Mask EH-XM10 on November 28 from the Panasonic Beauty Premium series.

The price will be 40,000 yen.

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.

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