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Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week, well, they say dancing around screaming “I TOLD YOU SO!” isn’t very polite, but we will because SCHAFT Robotics' co-founder publicly declared J-startup culture moribund and is building his own investment fund, Nintendo pwned some patent trolls, and maybe, just maybe, SONY LIVES!

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Toshiba - Chromebook - $280 Notebook PC with Chrome OS

AT CES 2014, Toshiba unveiled their new notebook PC Chromebook and they surprised people by its real cheap price setting. It's going to be released in the U.S. for ONLY $280!

Chromebook has a 13.3 inch full HD display, Intel Celeron CPU processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, and 100GB Google Drive storage. It weights 1.5kg and is less than 1 inch thick.

The built-in battery runs for 9 hours. There are 2 USB3.0 ports, an HDMI port and memory card reader.

Panasonic - Portable wireless speaker system designed to give clear TV sound

Panasonic is going to release new portable wireless speaker system SC-MC20 on February 14.

SC-MC20 is designed to make people hear television sounds more clearly. TV sounds are sent from the accompanying sound transmitter to the speaker via Bluetooth so that you can hear your TV clearly when you are having trouble hearing the sounds or you are far from the TV.

Built-in battery is able to run for 10 hours. It's also compatible with an AC adapter.

Price: Open price

Panasonic - Certified Leica Lens, for Lumix G Cameras

Panasonic is going to start selling new interchangeable lens LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm/F1.2 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. H-NS043 (model: H-NS043) for LUMIX G digital single lens mirrorless cameras using Micro Four Thirds-size image sensor on February 13.

It's certified by Leica for its high quality optics and has achieved fast F1.2 aperture called NOCTICRON. It also has optical image stabilization system POWER O.I.S. to prevent both fast and slow camera shakes.

Panasonic - Video camera with a sub-camera able to shoot 2 different images at a time

Panasonic is going to release new digital video camera HC-W850M on February 20.

HC-W850M has a movable sub-camera at the side of the LCD monitor. The sub-camera is capable of rotating 270 degrees so that it allows you to film 2 different images at the same time, for example, "regular distance & close-up image", " front & side", and "subject & cameraman", and display the sub-image in the main image.

Stand-up steak restaurant is now open in Ginza

 

Stand-up-eating restaurants are not unusual here.

Many people here are pressed with work every day and don't want to spend too much time to eat, so stand-up restaurants enable these people to eat a satisfying meal for a very short time. Typical examples are stand-up bars, noodle stands, yakitori (skewered grilled chicken) joints, etc. Recently, more fancy types of stand-up restaurants have opened and people started enjoying full-fledged cuisine such as French and Italian food, casually and reasonably.

Stand-up bar:

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