Yoriko Takahashi

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Yoriko is an enditor and contributor for AkihabaraNews.


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.

Toshiba is going to release new audio system REGZA Sound System RSS-AZ77 in late August.

REGZA Sound System RSS-AZ77 consists of 3 cylindrical parts: a dual drive woofer (maximum output 40W) and 2 satellite speakers (maximum output 20W+20W), and it produces a powerful and clear TV sound. It's used by placement behind a TV so that it doesn't interfere with your view while you watch TV.

Sigma finally announced the release day of their uniquely-shaped digital camera SIGMA dp2 Quattro. It will be out for 110,000 yen on June 27.

Sigma originally debuted the dp2 Quattro in February 2014, and AkihabaraNews had an opportunity to interview one of Sigma's staff at the camera & photo show CP+ which took place in February as well (Check the link below!).

Panasonic announced that they are going to release the world's first compact digital camera with 4K video recording capability - LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 - on July 17.

It will be sold for around 100,000 yen.

LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 is able to record 4K video (3,840×2,160) at up to 30 fps in the MP4 format. There is also a built-in functionality called "4K PHOTO" to capture 8MP images in the 4K video footage. It can also output 1920×1080 60fps full HD resolution video.

Yoriko Takahashi - June 12, 2014

SoftBank group is showing that it is really serious about the humanoid robot business.

SoftBank's subsidiary company, Asratec Corp. today introduced control software for humanoid robots - called V-Sido OS. They expect that V-Sido OS will be installed in future robots which will be introduced by many companies.

Bandai today announced the release of a super alloy robot "Cho-gokin! Cho-gattai! SF Robot Fujiko F. Fujio Characters".

If you are a real Fujiko F. Fujio fan, you must have got an intense craving for it!

It comes with 6 small robots of the most popular characters created by Fujiko F. Fujio. By putting all the 6 robots together, you can make a 22cm tall robot.

6 characters:

Nissan announced that they are going to implement a joint promotion activity with Tsuburaya Productions that is a Japanese famous special effect studio.

ASUSTeK Computer, a Taiwanese computer peripheral company, is going to release 2 new tablet models from their Android tablet "ASUS MeMO Pad" series soon in Japan.

On June 13, 7-inch model ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176 will be released. After that, 8-inch tablet ASUS MeMO Pad 8 ME181 will be released on June 20.

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176:

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) is going to start selling new product PlayStation TV in European countries and the U.S. this fall.   

PlayStation TV is a non-portable version of the PlayStation Vita handheld game console. It has been already released in Japan and other Asian counties in November 2013 as "PlayStation Vita TV". While "PlayStation Vita TV" is in white, the new PlayStation TV is in black.