Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japanese-centric news collected and collated at J@pan Inc 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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Sanwa introduced today in Japan the 400-BTAD003, a new handfree Bluetooth 3.0 speakerphone. Announced at around 3,480 yen the 400-BTAD003 is far from being your average speakerphone since it comes with a nifty NFC touch that will automatically pair your phone/tablet holding it above the 400-BTAD003.
While you can argue that the usage of the NFC chip is here just another useless gadget you will have to admit that pairing a Bluetooth device this way is by far the fastest and most convenient method we could ever think of!
This is an interactive optic fiber cloth. It is made of side-emitting diffusive optic fibers so computer controlled light patterns can be displayed on it, and by attaching light receivers as well as light emitters, optical signals can be input using infrared light.
"Originally, we came across the light-emitting fabric, where light is emitted from the optical fiber surface. Conversely, we thought it could be used to input data by receiving light through the surface. So, we've created this kind of interface."
We guess Pocky is one of the most well-known Japanese snacks outside of Japan. Even overseas, the traditional red box, sold in neighborhood stores, are easily in reach.
Today, November 11th, is a day of celebrating Pocky (and Pretz)! Let's eat and celebrate!
This week it's robots, robots, and more robots. iREX robots have hijacked the JTFF - but true to form, the 60 images in this gallery represent the news that was in fact going down here in Japan today. We'll have more to say about iREX next week, but for now: Photos. Of. Robots! We hope you enjoy (we definitely, totally, absolutely did).