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The Wonderful World of Thanko
Regular readers know that our lust for (almost all) things Thanko runs deep. The Akiba-based company pumps out a steady stream of products slathered with a glaze of frivolous practicality that’s just so, so Japanese it hurts...hurts so good!
Three Japanese companies - Chuetsu Pulp & Paper, Lion Idemitsu Composites, and Sanko Shokai - jointly invented a new polypropylene resin composite material derived from bamboo.
In detail, it's a composite material with nanocrystalline cellulose made from bamboo, and it's ideal for use in weight-saving components for things like cars. Nanocrystalline cellulose is a fiber with a weight only one-fifth that of steel but is 5 times stronger, and it has almost no thermic stretch.
Yamaha announced the release of PC software "VOCALOID4 Library CYBER DIVA" that creates a natural English-speaker singing voice.
It will be sold for about ¥10,800 in early February.
Yamaha hired a native English speaker from the U.S. and spent 2 years to seek out the most comfortable natural American English accent and clear and strong vocalization compatible with all sorts of songs.
KenkoTokina is going to release 2 new tilt lenses from their Lensbaby series. They make flowing artistic blurs when they are tilted.
Lensbaby Composer Pro Edge 80
It features an Edge 80 Optic lens with 80 mm focal length, and it is compatible with the Canon EF and Nikon F mount.
SanDisk is going to release a USB drive for iPhone and iPad, called "iXpand Flash Drive".
The iXpand Flash Drive is equipped with a USB connector and Lightning connector. Using an iXpand sync application, when inserted in iPhone/iPad, iXpand Flash Drive, it synchronizes the saved photos and movies.
It supports MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV and AVI movie files, and you can also play an externally-saved movie on iPhone/iPad.
Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-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: