Japan

Editor - January 20, 2015

Thanko released a super-rugged IP68 waterproof/dustproof iPhone case. With it, you have no worries to play with your iPhone with the case, for example, in the bathtub, and at the beach or snowy mountain.
Terrie's Take: Competition for Unique Experiences in Japan (TOURISM EDITION)
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:
Today, au announced the release of new Android 4.4 kids smartphone model called "miraie KYL23," which politely warns kids not to send derogatory words in a message. Digital nanny? Censor?

Editor - January 19, 2015

Thanko released a pencil device that can be used in 3 ways: ball-point pen, stylus pen and 800mAh mobile battery. Thanko just might be the king of goofy/awesome Japanese gadgetry!
Fujitsu's new wearable device "FUJITSU Vehicle ICT FEELythm" is made for transport companies such as bus, truck and taxi companies. It sense a driver's sleepiness and warn him with voice or vibration.
au is going to release new 4.5-inch full HD display smartphone with tricolor curvy aluminum body "INFOBAR A03", manufactured by Kyocera, in mid-February. It is very pretty.
TokyoStreetView: Fake Food and Supplies at Kappabashi-Dori (4K VIDEO)
Have you ever wondered where most Japanese restaurants in Tokyo are purchasing those mouth-watering, but fake, sushi and ramen? Well stop wondering, they were probably purchased in one of the many specialized stores in Kappabashi-Dori!
Robots are the New Mexicans and ActiveRobo SAM is Japan's Newest Mexican
Section A is our editor being furiously angry at robotics coverage and the corpsifying institution of journalism in general. Section B is some very interesting robotics news from Japan (telepresence robotic heavy equipment operation!). Section C is the bow on this wild ride robotics feature. Choose your own adventure(s)!
At JIMTOF 2014, Sugino Machine unveiled the “JCC503 Robo”, a CNC precision washer that positions parts with a numerically-controlled robotic arm and utilizes a high pressure washer to remove chips as small as 0.6 mm generated during machining processes.

Editor - January 15, 2015

Sony is releasing the new flagship model of its Hi-Res Walkman ZX series (NW-ZX2) on February 14. It has great capability but the price is high - ¥120,000 (about US$1,000)!

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