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TokyoStreetView: Tokyo Yanaka Cemetery (4K VIDEO)
Yanaka is primarily famous for its vast cemetery where people come not only to pay respects to their ancestors and loved ones, but also to stroll about and let the kids enjoy a bit of fun at one of the playgrounds! Yep you read that correctly: Yanaka cemetery hosts a few playgrounds for kids.
Putting little spy cameras in eyeglasses is nothing new, to be sure, but doing it with thick, feminine-ish black hipsters frames with two front-facing, identical 2mm holes on each side that allow the camera’s lens and mic to just sort of blend into the overall design, well that's somewhat novel. We love Thanko so much.
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.
Top 5 Japanese Tech Videos of the Week (and then some)
1) The inexplicable yet fantastically alluring Hikaru Skirt, 2) What goes on the moment a Japanese department store opens the doors, 3) A beautiful Japanese monorail passes 50 feet above, 4) Tokyo Tower in 4K, like you've never seen it before, 5) Self-Healing iPhone cover skins!
Granted, Daikanyama looks like a maze that requires you to be extra curious to find what you are looking for, but that is part of its charm. Whether you are a fan of vintage clothing or the latest brands, you will no doubt find it there. And when you have the chance to visit, we've got restaurant recommendations, too!
REVIEW: The ASUS ZenPhone 5 & ZenWatch Do Tokyo
Tech giant ASUS recently came out with two new devices in Japan, and they're looking to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC and yes - even Apple. The Asus ZenFone 5 is a smartphone running Android, and the elegant ZenWatch brings some style to the future-thinking Android Wear ecosystem.
Spec Computer released new iPhone 6 "skin" that goes all sci-fi and heals itself when it gets a small scratch or nick - now this is a taste of the self-repairing gadgets of the future.
The Keio University Smart Network Research Center, which is led by Professor Naoaki Yamanaka in the Department of Information and Computer Science, is researching smart infrastructure using IT, in particular smart grids and next-generation power control networks.
At the Manufacturing Business Matching Fair, Applied Vision Systems displayed its multi-layer printed circuit board analysis system, which uses X-ray equipment. Currently in development with support from the government, this system uses stereo X-ray imaging to make three-dimensional measurements. This allows separate mapping of each pattern layer within a multi-layer PCB.
Suzuki & Citterio Laboratory designs and synthesizes functional dyes that change color or produce light by reacting with a specific substance. It develops nano-sized functional materials such as particles and polymers, and develops sensing technology that utilizes fluorescent and luminescent molecules, providing imaging inside the body which had been impossible until now.

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