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:
With the growth in demand for a large screen TV including 4K TV, the demand for home theater systems has been increasing. Sony is keeping pace and are going to release 4 new models of their home theater system on May 31. They all support NFC.
- Soundbar type (HT-CT370)
This week Japan's found a way to help the UAE farm in the desert, Prime Minister Abe took new American Ambassaor Caroline Kennedy on a superfast maglev marketing ride, and the mad scientists at NEDO have developed a 3D printer for artificial bone!
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In Japan, there are lots of restaurants offering an all-you-can-eat or all-you-can-drink service, which means you can eat as much Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ), sushi, alcoholic drinks or sweets as you want (menu differs depending on the restaurant) for a certain amount of time. However, we have never heard of an All-you-can-eat Convenience Store…
Honda's stylish new 745cc motorcycle NM4-01 (announced here a few weeks back), has been given a price: ¥999,000 (~$9,999); and it will go on sale April 21.
It was first shown to the public at the Osaka Motorcycle Show that took place in March.
COWON Japan is going to release new portable audio player iAUDIO E3 on April 18. It's only 3.9mm-thick (at its slimmest part) and weighs 20g.
An 8GB model will be sold for ¥8,900, and a 16GB model for ¥10,900.
Playable files are MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG and WAV. iAUDIO E3 has a recording function too. It has JetEffect BBE+ which produces powerful sound.
Panasonic announced that their new 4K Ultra-HD VIERA TV - AX800 series - will be released in mid-May. 5 models will be available:
Standard Design Model:
- TH-58AX800F (58 inch)
- TH-50AX800F (50 inch)
Slant Design Model:
- TH-65AX800 (65 inch)
- TH-58AX800 (58 inch)
- TH-50AX800 (50 inch)
Panasonic is going to release 2,500mAh mobile battery "QE-AL101" on May 30. It can fully charge up a smartphone.
The company says that this is the first mobile battery that can charge something as many as 2000 times.
There are 2 USB ports built-in. White and black models will be available.
- Size: 24x75x64mm
- Weight: 125g