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Panasonic has developed technology for using an LED as the light source so that smartphones can read optical ID signals containing various kinds of information.
SoftBank Announces Summer 2015 Smartphones and Services
Lots of phone stuff and gadget stuff, sure - but with so many duplicate models across all Japanese carriers, SoftBank President Miyauchi stressed that it’s really time to compete through services, software, and carrier-specific services and options.
Commuter Gamer #2: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
For your playing enjoyment: A strategic, action-adventure and story-driven journey set in a Viking-esque time where the land has been cast into perpetual day by an unknown curse, and/or an elegant and relaxing puzzle game, based around the discovery and manipulation of objects.

Yoriko Takahashi - May 18, 2015

au Rolls Out Summer 2015 Products and Services
In the first half of au's summer push, new products included 7 smartphones, 2 tablets, and a feature phone for summer 2015. The entire second half was all about Real Service. Just like NTT docomo's event the day before, au shortened the amount of time spent talking about gadgets.
Thanko's Bracelet Lightning Cable Does Not Come in Dude Colors
Until the nerds figure out a reasonable way for us to not need cables for charging stuff, a fashionable bracelet that doubles as a Lightning cable is at least a viable alternative. As long as you can live with tertiary pastel colors, dude.
AkihabaraNews participated in NTT docomo's 2015 summer roll-out and witnessed Fujitsu's ARROWS NX F-04G smartphone, the world's first smartphone that has an iris recognition system built-in. But this year, sadly, Ken Watanabe is NOT built-in!
Commuter Gamer: Passing the Time on Tokyo Trains (REVIEW)
Introducing the Commuter Gamer! Four titles tested and rated in real-life Tokyo commuting - this month’s selection of games offers chilled out rides, crazy all-out racing, and some peculiarities in between, all to keep your commute a quick and enjoyable experience!
App-Controlled Disco Jacket for Dogs is an Actual Product
To be honest, we’ve not yet decided if this is awesome or an abomination, but preliminarily, we’ll offer this: if they promise to accommodate not only annoying, yappy mini-canine rats and produce models for big dogs, too, then we’ll hold off on condemnation (as of now, they do at least plan to make a large-dog version). But only if!
APRIL THANKO RODEO PART 3 OF 3: Two Extra Arms to Hold Your Gear
The arm rack can be mounted on any desk or hard surface (bed frames, kitchen/coffee tables, etc.), and the arms are fully articulable in basically all degrees of freedom. The smartphone clamp can accommodate all but the largest smartphones, and the tablet rack can fit almost any-size device in landscape orientation.
APRIL THANKO RODEO PART 1 OF 3: USB Wheel-Powered Gadget Charger for Bikes
Japan’s been using those little mini-dynamo generators to power bike lights for decades, and that doesn’t require a whole lot of power. Charging a smartphone or GPS guide thingy is a different matter, but it seems that Thanko has found the answer.

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