It was approaching 4pm on a Monday afternoon in December last year, and I had just finished an interview with a company in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, just outside Tokyo. It was time to head back into the city, but when I arrived at Nishi-Kawaguchi train station and saw the mass of emergency vehicles lined up outside, I realized that one of those all too common delays, a Jinshin Jiko (人身事故), a “human accident,” had likely occurred. It’s a curious euphemism.
docomo Healthcare, combined company of NTT docomo and Omron, continues to pursue the wearable tech space, releasing the wristband-shaped activity monitor Move Band for about ¥9,500 on January 29.
Move Band was originally planned to be out in December 2013, however, the release was postponed because the Move Band's original clips were found to be too weak.
Yamaha is going to release the stylish headphones HPH-M82 in mid-February. There are 6 colors available: Jewelry Gold, Bordeaux Brown, Urban Navy, Sophis Black, Pure Red and Active White.
It has a square-shaped design and nice vivid color so that you can bring HPH-M82 with you like a fashion accessory.
Driver size: 40mm in diameter
Impedance: 46Ω (1kHz)
Playback frequency: 20Hz~20kHz
Plug: 3.5mm L-shaped stereo mini
Oh Family Mart, you care so much about steamed buns…
Family Mart is going to release cute nikuman versions of Gachapin and Mukku. They were born in the old-school Japanese TV program for children "Hirake! Ponkikki" and are still much loved characters.
NEC is going to start selling 10.1 inch business-oriented tablet LifeTouch L on February 20.
This 7.9mm-thick 590g tablet supports Android 4.1, WXGA LCD display (1280x800), 1.5GHz dual core OMAP 4460 HS, microSD/microSDHC memory card slot, USB, HDMI terminal, 1GB memory, 16GB ROM and Bluetooth. The 8,200mAh battery runs for 15 hours.
Estimated price: ¥56,300
Among VAIO's new spring 2014 models, Sony announced that they are going to release VAIO Fit 11A, which is a Windows 8.1 11.6-inch full HD transformational tablet PC for about ¥130,000 on February 22.
VAIO Fit 11A is the smallest model in the VAIO Fit series. It has the same features as the VAIO Fit 13A/14A/15A released in their 2013 autumn & winter model lineup.
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.
Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japanese-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:
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