Yoriko Takahashi

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Yoriko is an enditor and contributor for AkihabaraNews.

 

Sony has announced the development of an extremely sophisticated small-size projector module (Pico Projector Module), that can be used to project images from smart devices such as smartphones or tablets.

It uses an image processing system, independently-developed by Sony, that uses laser beam scanning (LBS) to create crisp, high-definition and "focus-free" projection regardless of distance, angle or projection surface.

Buffalo today announced their full-scale entry into the audio market with their newly established brand, DELA. The brand is for products designed for high-res audio equipment.

With its first release, Buffalo is going to release 3 products from DELA including 2 NAS models, which are the world's first NAS intended for exclusive use with high-res equipment, and a LAN cable. The 2 NAS models are made-to-order and will start being shipped at the end of this month.

Yoriko Takahashi - February 21, 2014

No words are needed to explain how cute they are!

It's awesome to see the cuteness of cats become doubled when they are on rice. Neko-Sushi… It is a simple work of photoshopping, however, it will give you a warm feeling every time you look at them.

Neko-Sushi is available in 2 sets of postcards (Set A and Set B). Each set features 10 cards (14cm x 14cm).

Guaranteed to make many smiles! :)

Akihabaranews.com - Sanwa ergonomic mouse 400-MA057

Sanwa Supply today released the wrist and shoulder-friendly ergonomic mouse 400-MA057 series.

Usually, big-size ergonomic mouse models dominate the market, but this new product from Sanwa Supply is slightly smaller than the usual size so that it can fit well for female or children's hands.

It features an optical sensor, right and left click button, and scroll button.

Yoriko Takahashi - February 21, 2014

Akihabaranews.com - Thanko Niko-Ichi-Gasa Umbrella

It looks like 2 umbrellas, but it's just a single strong umbrella!

A huge umbrella, Niko-Ichi-Gasa, that looks like 2 umbrellas got attached was released by Thanko. It's obviously big so that it will be easy to use together with somebody else and you can avoid the situation where either of you gets soaked.

Also, because it features a design that covers the sides, you will be protected from diagonally wind-blown rain.

Opening day of the live-action movie Kiki’s Delivery Service is just around the corner! It will be released on March 1. Ahead of opening day, an event for the movie took place at Hanazono Shrine in Tokyo today.

In the event, Fuka Koshiba, who was cast as Kiki, showed up from the sky over the shrine riding on the broomstick, dressed in full costume!

It made for great viewing and interesting news. She was being hauled 15 meters above the ground with a crane - and was reportedly insured for one hundred million yen (about $1,000,000).

 

Logicool is going to start selling the Wireless Mouse Performance Combo MX 800 on February 28, which is a set of a thin, illuminated keyboard and a mouse. By setting the single accompanying receiver to your PC, you can control both the keyboard and mouse.

If you get these separately, the keyboard is ¥11,980 and the mouse is ¥13,800. However, if you buy them together as a set, it will be only ¥17,800.

SoftBank is going to release the 4.5-inch IGZO display having AQUOS PHONE Xx mini 303SH smartphone, manufactured by Sharp, on February 21.

Solar digital watch, Alpinist, will be released from Seiko's sports watch series called "Seiko Prospects" on March 8. Alpinist was created under the supervision of alpinist, Mr. Gota Miura.

Yoriko Takahashi - February 19, 2014

Sony has just announced that they are going to release the flagship model HDR-AS100V of their digital HD video camera recorder Action Cam series on March 14.

NTT docomo is going to release a new mobile Wi-Fi router with 3-inch LCD touch panel - Wi-Fi STATION L-02F - manufactured by LG Electronics Japan on February 22.

Wi-Fi STATION L-02F supports their ultra-fast LTE service Xi (down 150Mbps, up 50Mbps), and GSM/GPRS as well as 3G network for international roaming.

Since it has a 3600mAh built-in battery, it is capable of running continuously for 13 hours with an LTE connection.
 

Sakura-Miku-Man is back! Now available at Family Mart.

Last March, Family Mart released the cutest An-man (a steamed bun with a redbean jam filling) in collaboration with Hatsune Miku.

Because Sakura (cherry blossom) season is just around the corner, this An-man's Hatsune Miku has pink colored hair, not the usual turquoise hair. Therefore, it's called Sakura-Miku-Man. Her famous pigtails are recreated on Sakura-Miku-Man.

Futon 'Punch Cleaner'
LG Electronics is going to release the new
Futon Punch Cleaner (VH9201DSW) for cleaning duvets and mattresses in late February.

Yoriko Takahashi - February 18, 2014

Elecom is going to release a compact mobile Bluetooth speaker LBT-SPP300AV series supporting aptX codec in early March. It supports NFC, too.

It is a triangular prism shaped device, and it is smaller than a 500ml plastic bottle so that you will feel comfortable carrying it in your bag. 3 colors are ready to be released: Silver, Black and Red.

The LBT-SPP300AV series has 2 40mm full-range speakers and a passive radiator to play high and low pitch well-balanced sound.

Price: Open price
Size: 185mm x 47mm x 50mm

Yoriko Takahashi - February 18, 2014

Akihabaranews.com - Hamee - Ninja Smartphone Stand

Ninja Smartphone Stand
Recently released by Hamee, this series captures 3 major Ninja fighting strategies.

Let's go on a journey to all of Hokkaido, Tohoku, Okinawa and Hawaii within 30 minutes!

SanktGallen, a microbrewery from Atsugi, Kanagawa prefecture, is going to release Sakura-mochi flavored beer -  called "Sakura" - in a limited quantity on February 27.

Sakura-mochi is a seasonal rice cake filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in preserved cherry leaf. Less hops are used for this Sakura beer to maximize the Sakura flavors extracted from cherry blossom petals and leaves.

Price: ¥450 (330ml)

Yoriko Takahashi - February 14, 2014

It seems like Sony is going to unveil their new Xperia Z2 (Sirius) at MWC 2014 (Mobile World Congress) which will start on February 24 in Barcelona, Spain. However just before the kick-off of the show, a Youtube video showing a device that looks like the new Xperia Z2 has been revealed.

According to the video, the device looks like it has Android 4.4 KitKat, 4K movie function, and a plugin called "Time Shift Video".

Some of the leaked specs:

NTT docomo announced that they have developed a USB data card L-03F that is compatible with their LTE service Xi (down 150Mbps, up 50Mbps). They are planning to release it in late May.

It supports quad-band (2GHz/800MHz/1.5GHz/1.7GHz) which gives users a wide, fast, and comfortable data communication experience using the LTE network.

Size: 97x34x12.6mm
Weight: 42g
OS: Windows 8.1/8/7, Mac OS X 10.9.1, Mac OS X 10.8.5, MAC OS X 10.7.5, MAC OS X 10.6.8

 


 

Olympus is going to release an underwater case PT-EP11 intended for exclusive use with their mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera "OM-D E-M1" (released in October 2013) on February 21.

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