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Google - HDMI streaming media player "Chromecast" out in Japan May 28

Google's new HDMI streaming media player "Chromecast" mirrors online content such as TV shows, movies and music from smartphones, tablets, and notebook PCs to a TV screen.

Compatible online content includes Google Play Movies, YouTube, dVideo (provided by NTT docomo), Video Pass (provided by au), movies/TV shows/videos/music/photos/website from Chrome browsers and so on. Android smartphone, tablet, iPhone, iPad, Windows Chrome or Mac Chrome can be used as a remote control.

Panasonic - LCD TV with a handle - "Portable VIERA"

Panasonic is going to release 2 new models from their compact LCD TV series "Portable VIERA" on June 15. Portable VIERA is a TV with a handle which allows you to move it easily from one room to another.

The angle of the display is adjustable: 4 degrees to the front and 16 degrees to the back.

 

19-inch "SV-PT19S1" (1,366×768 dots) - About ¥33,000

Star Wars characters headphones arrive in Japan

A US-based audio company, SMS Audio, made 4 models of Star Wars character design headphones (STREET by 50 series). In early July, they will be available in Japan for about 21,000 yen by Modernity Co., Ltd., the Japanese audio products distributer.

Models:
- Rebel Alliance (Luke Skywalker)
- Storm Trooper
- Galactic Empire (Darth Vader)
- Boba Fett

Nissan - Skyline 200GT-t with turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine

New 13th-generation Nissan Skyline called "Skyline 200GT-t" will be out on June 5.

Skyline 200GT-t features a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is downsized and has better fuel efficiency than previous models. It is able to reach a maximum output of 211 horsepower, and its power and acceleration performance is comparable to that of a non-turbo 2.5-liter engine.

Princeton - 8 countries design portable mini speakers - "Mini Buddy"

Princeton is going to release the Christmas ornament-like portable mini speaker series Mini Buddy, manufactured by British audio accessory brand KitSound, on May 31.

On the surface of each globe-shaped speaker, A world map or the flag designs of 8 countries are painted. There are 9 different designs: World Map, Brazil, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Portugal, and England.

Nikon Instech - Portable 3D scanner

Nikon Instech, Nikon's affiliate company, announced today its release of a new portable 3D scanner "P3D NC-2323S" on June 1. The price will be around 3,800,000 yen.

P3D NC-2323S allows you to measure easily without using a PC. With the LCD touch-panel and simple graphical user interface, even a person who uses it for the first time can obtain 3D data of the object just by aiming it towards the object and pressing the shutter button.

KAGA HIGHTECH - Wireless shutter button for iPhone

KAGA HIGHTECH introduced a wireless shutter button for iPhone/iPad called "TAXAN MéoSnap Pachil". It will be released for 1,980 yen on May 28.

One very big benefit of the product could be to take a group photo without sacrificing somebody to be the photographer.

It can be used with Bluetooth 4.0 and iOS 7.0 or later compliant iPhone or iPad. Once you pair it up with your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth before the initial use, you can use it every time without installing any application or complicated setting.

Honda Aircraft Company unveils lightweight "HondaJet" in Switzerland

Honda Aircraft Company, Honda's subsidiary aircraft business, has just introduced their currently in-development lightweight jet called HondaJet to the public at the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

They also announced that they will begin the full-scale process for commercial production in order to start delivering to end customers within 2015 after being able to obtain the aircraft's type certification by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) of the United States.

Sony - 20W high power small Bluetooth speaker SRS-X3

Sony is going to release compact high-powered Bluetooth speaker SRS-X3 for about 15,000 yen on June 21.

SRS-X3 has a maximum 20W output from its small body (W185xH67xL66mm) with 2 34mm speaker units and an opposed passive radiator.

The exterior is created with a design called "Definitive Outline" to make the beautiful frame lines. The rubber materials used also contribute to making the appearance modern and slick.

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