Yoriko Takahashi

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Yoriko is an enditor and contributor for AkihabaraNews.

 

Sanwa Supply has started selling a wireless ergonomic mouse "400-MA059" for 8,980 yen.

It's a 2.4GHz wireless mouse that is designed to prevent tendonitis and allows you to hold it effortlessly without twisting your wrist. The shape is symmetric so that anyone can use it regardless of which hand your dominant hand is.

Laser type sensor is used for 400-MA059, and you can adjust it from 4 different cursor speed levels (400/800/1,400/2,400).

It's getting steadily hotter in Japan. I will need to start using the air conditioner throughout the nights soon, but because the air comes from the air conditioner is too strong, I know that constantly leaving it on makes my body feel sluggish

Daihatsu's new-style convertible kei-car (light automobile) - COPEN - went on sale today.

The model released today is called COPEN Robe and it's now available for JPY 1,798,200, which roughly equal to USD17,660. Daihatsu is scheduled to launch another new model called COPEN X (cross) in autumn this year. The COPEN X's exterior looks more sporty than COPEN Robe.

Mazda UK today unveiled the fact that they have secured 750 out of 1,000 cars of the 25th anniversary MX-5 Miata for their customers in the UK.

Last month, we reported about the special edition car made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their famous MX-5 Miata (known as Roadster in Japan).

Only 1,000 cars in total will be available all over the world.

Logitec announced the release of CD drive LDV-PMH8U2R Series that allows you to rip songs from your CDs to Android smartphones or tablets directly.

It will be released for 6,980 yen in mid-July.

When copying music to your smartphone, usually you transfer music data from a PC. But, with LDV-PMH8U2R Series, you don't have to go to the trouble of copying the music data from original CDs to your computer in advance.

Yoriko Takahashi - June 19, 2014

Are you too lazy to keep holding your smartphone with your hand?  

Thanko's new Flexible Arm for Smartphone can hold your smartphone for you. You can fasten your smartphone with a big clip attached to the end of the flexible arm and there is another big clip to make the arm fasten to anywhere the clip gets fixed.

The arm allows you to adjust the height and angle of your choice.

Takara Tomy made a die-cast toy police car Toyota 86 (one of the TOMICA series toy cars) into an actual car.

Nissin just released the first product from their new instant noodle series called JACK.

The first JACK instant noodle, just released 2 days ago, is a super-hot instant friend noodle that comes with spicy powder made from 3 stimulating ingredients: habanero pepper, wasabi and hot mustard. Nissin calls the power "JACK powder". The provided sauce to mix with the noodle contains sweet soybean paste and spicy sichuan pepper.

Luxury Trains' Growing Popularity in Japan
JR East
is planning to start the operation of a new luxury train called "Cruise Train" in the spring of 2017.

Recently, they took the wraps off of its interior and exterior designs. They were produced by famous Japanese automobile designer Kiyoyuki Okuyama (known as Ken Okuyama outside of Japan).  

For use with the Casio's custom rubber stamp maker "pomrie", Casio is going to release a new ink product  on July 4.

The new ink will expand your crafts activities. It allows you to stamp on solid materials like metal, glass, pottery and plastic. So, with using pomrie and the new ink, you are able to put your orginal designs on things like a plain meal tin and plastic box to create original items.

Olympus is going to release an exclusive limited edition camera kit called OM-D E-M10 Limited Edition Kit on June 27. The estimated price is 110,000 yen.

E-M10 is an entry-level OM-D series mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera and it was released in February 2014.

Nissan and Polyphony Digital officially unveiled Nissan "Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo". It is a virtual sport car made for "Gran Turismo 6" (a game software) for PlayStation3.

Polyphony Digital is a subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment and develops video games. They are well known as a developer of the Gran Turismo Series.  

FujiFilm will start selling new interchangeable lens for their X-series mirrorless cameras on July 5.

The model name is "FUJINON Lens XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR".

Pioneer announced the release of "U-05", their first USB DAC with a headphone amplifier built-in. It is scheduled to be out for 105,000 yen in late July.

USB DAC is a device to enhance sound quality of audio files on a computer.

U-05 features ESS's 8ch DAC "ES9016" installed on both the right and left sides. The circuit used is a discrete circuit. By driving them in parallel, it reduces noise considerably.

There are lots of hotels which still offer only a wired LAN network here in Japan.

So, especially for those who make frequent business trips in Japan, Planex Communications' wall-plug compact Wi-Fi router "Chibi-Fi 3 MZK-DP150N" could be a very helpful product. It's just released today for 2,680 yen.

To make a Wi-Fi environment with Chibi-Fi 3 MZK-DP150N, simply insert the router's plug into a socket and also insert the LAN adapter into the LAN port.

Toshiba is going to release the new 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 convertible notebook - dynabook P75/28M - in late July.

The estimated price is 170,000 yen.

The display with IPS full HD (1920x1080) touch panel is able to rotate 360 degrees so that you can use dynabook P75/28M in different forms such as a tablet and tent style.

At the 2014 International Tokyo Toy Show held last week, Takara Tomy displayed Licca-chan's new house developed jointly with the major Japanese housing company, Pana Home.

Thanko's new 3600mAh mobile battery has a unique functionality that most of us including myself have never expected for mobile batteries.

It generates the Mosquito sound (around 17kHz high-frequency sound) to keep mosquitos away since they hate the sound.

It could be one of the greatest tools for your outdoor activities in the summer time. For example, at a camp site, you can charge your smartphone without feeling frustrated by mosquito attacks.

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