This week it’s all about a European pharmaceutical packaging company opening a huge new facility in Japan. Thereafter, it's not about much of anything. Sometimes, yes, sometimes, the future is just ferociously mundane. You could go back and read last week's JTFF, because we really had our righteously indignant (and totally correct and justified) snark on.
Toyota unveiled the first official photo of the new Lexus NX Crossover, which is scheduled to debut on April 20 at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. Toyota's announcement of Lexus NX shows that Lexus will make a full-scale entry into the fast-growing compact crossover market.
The Beijing Auto Show will open to the public from April 23 to April 29.
I think that most AkihabaraNews readers are probably not into decorating their nails, however, you might find Lumi Deco Nail to be quite interesting.
Lumi Deco Nail is a set of nail stickers that easily and temporarily make your nails look like they have manicures with pretty designs. Yet, it's different than regular nail stickers. It has LED built-in and emits light when it detects an NFC wave coming from Android devices, mobile wallet functions, digital cash IC cards like PASMO and Suica, etc.
Thanko released a finger authentication mini camera for those who are very sensitive about protecting the privacy of their photos and videos.
The body is smaller than palm-size (91.2x34x12.8mm, 37g), but the camera is able to shoot photos and videos in reasonably good quality (Photo: 1600x1200, 2MP - up to 40,000 pictures; Video: 640x480, 30fps - up to 300 minutes) or work as a voice recorder for a maximum of 960 minutes. It's also usable as an 8GB built-in flash memory, and a 32GB microSD card can be used when you need additional capacity.
Tokyo Street Shots
Spring 2014 Special
• Collection 3 - SET #2 •
Since April 2013, Yokohama City's Uniper has been selling Bravo, a simplified lifting device that can lift solar panels and other materials up to building roofs without the use of a ladder-shaped rail in work locations that are too narrow for tow trucks or cranes to fit.
If you have landed or departed from Tokyo International Airport (A.K.A., Haneda Airport), you might have taken Tokyo Monorail. Tokyo Monorail started operation 50 years ago, in 1964. It was the year of the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, and since then, it has been one of the main accesses to get to Tokyo International Airport.
Canon's new compact digital camera PowerShot N100 is going to be released on April 17 for about ¥34,800.
One of the features of the PowerShot N100 is its sub-camera with 25mm wide-angle lens called Story Camera. The camera takes the photographer's face as well as the subject when the shutter button is pressed.
Sony is going to release a compact, slick all-in-one audio system on April 19. There will be 2 models available: "CMT-X7CD" with Wi-Fi for about ¥33,000 and "CMT-X5CD" without Wi-Fi for about ¥23,000.
You can listen to music with the audio system by connecting with multiple devices such as WALKMAN, iPhone/iPad/iPod, smartphone, PC, USB memory, etc. directly or via Bluetooth network. It supports NFC, apt-X/AAC codec, and FM/AM tuner. Although it has a slim body, it also has a CD player built-in!
PENTAX Q7 Premium Kit will be released on April 18, and only 1,000 sets will be available in the world.
PENTAX Q7 Premium Kit comes with the palm-sized DSLR Camera "Pentax Q7" released on July 5, 2013 (Please check out the details about Pentax Q7 here), 4 kinds of zoom lenses, related accessories such as lens hoods and a camera bag.