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A Japanese contact lends company, From-eyes's color contact lens brand "1-DAY Refrear Color" has released disposable contact lenses that have the popular Rilakkuma bear character design on them.
They come in a 10 lense-pack set and are sold for ¥1,800. You can choose ones without prescription or degrees.
Leica Camera Japan announced the release of a Japan-only special model - Leica M Monochrome Silver Engrave - on December 20. Only 30 cameras will be available.
The price is ¥972,000.
Leica M Monochrome, which was released in August 2014, is the world's first interchangeable lens digital camera that is designed to shoot sharp black and white photos. It features an effective 18MP 35mm low-pass filterless and a 2.5-inch monitor. Photos are recorded in RAW and JPEG file formats.
A cooking tool - Yudetamagokko - that allows you to make a Doramemon-shaped hard boiled egg, will be released on January 30 by Japanese household goods manufacturer Kokubo.
Simply put a peeled hard boiled egg in the tool while it is hot and cool it down for 10 minutes in cold water.
Doraemon's sister, Dorami, will be available on the same day, too.
From Canon's EOS series, new ultra-telephoto lens "EF100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM" will be out for sale on December 19.
The price is ¥300,000.
EF100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM is a high-performance lens for professional photographers and covers focal length of 100 to 400mm. It has excellent optical characteristics using a fluorite lens and super UD lens. Its maximum photographic magnification is 0.31X and shortest photographic distance is 0.98m.
You can possess your own R2-D2 for only ¥34,800!
Life-sized R2-D2 figure doll called "D WALL FIGURE STAR WARS 1/1 R2-D2" will be out for sale in April 2015 by Bandai.
D WALL FIGURE STAR WARS 1/1 R2-D2 is a made-to-order product and Bandai will be accepting orders until March 2.
Jenesis Holdings is going to release 3 new reasonably-priced Windows tablet models after mid-December.
All 3 models are equipped with Windows 8.1 with Bing, an Intel Atom processor, 4-point multi-touch IPS panel (1280x800), 2MP in-camera and out-camera, Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0.
7-inch model (WDP-71)
Yamaha is going to release a simple round Bluetooth speaker system (NX-B150) for ¥23,000 in late December.
It's a set of 2 satellite 4cm full-range speakers and a 13cm woofer. Maximum output of each satellite speaker is 7W×2 (4Ω, 1kHz, 10%THD), and that of the woofer is 15W (8Ω, 1kHz, 10%THD).
The units are designed in the motif of a spotlight.
Four colors (white, light blue, silver and black) will be available.