Oigawa Railway runs real Thomas & Friends train - First time in Asia

Oigawa Railway, a railway company in Shizuoka prefecture in Japan, will run a real Thomas steam locomotive from the internationally-famous British animated TV series Thomas & Friends.

They will provide the real Thomas SL service for a limited time mainly on weekends from July 12 to October 12. This will be the first time in Asia that a Thomas train will run!

Teragaki-Labo - Music Plate - You can hear quality sound from a plate!

Teragaki-Labo unveiled a speaker device that produces sound from a stylish, curved plate. The speaker is called Music Plate.

The price will be about ¥250,000. They will start accepting advanced orders on August 1 and delivering to buyers around early September.

Music Plate generates sound by vibrating a built-in voice coil located at the bottom of the device and transmitting the vibration to the front plate.

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week we marvel at how Japan has now purchased a billion tons of Australia, and we lament the fact that increasing levels of developmental disability have taken all the fun out of playfully insulting and berating Japanese anti-nuclear activists. It’s just so...sad now. 

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Would you like some grape, ginger and sweet sake flavored soy milk?

Kikkoman announced that they will start selling 3 new types of flavored soy milk: grape, ginger and Amazake (sweet alcoholic drink made from fermented rice) on August 18.

Honestly, when another AkihabaraNews editor told me there are new icky flavored soy milk products that will go on sale, I immediately thought what's so wrong about these flavors. They sound good!

Are these weird for you?

Targeting a Robotic Brain Capable of Thoughtful Communication

The Hagiwara Lab in the Department of Information and Computer Science of Keio University's Faculty of Science and Technology is trying to realize a robotic brain that can carry on a conversation, or in other words, a robotic brain that can understand images and words and can carry on thoughtful communication with humans.

Thanko - Swimming Goggles Full HD Camera

Thanko released Swimming Goggles with Full HD Camera that allows you to shoot videos and photos of scenery as you see it underwater.

Swimming Goggles with Full HD Camera is able to take a 5MP full HD video (1080p) and HD video (720p) covering a 135-degree wide-angle view, and photos (QXGA 2048×1536). It's completely waterproof (IP68) and enables you to dive to depths of up to 3 meters.

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