Yoriko Takahashi

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Yoriko is an enditor and contributor for AkihabaraNews.

 

On June 9, one of the world's largest animated film festivals, The Annecy International Animation Film Festival (AIAFF) started in Annecy, France. And we had great news from there today.

Studio Ghibli's 78-year old Director Isao Takahata received an honorary award to celebrate his career and contribution to animation at the festival. The audience welcomed him to the stage with loud applause.

He is the first Japanese person to receive this award.

Green House is going to release an LED lantern in mid-June that generates electricity by water and salt.

It doesn't need any batteries or electric charge. Just by pouring salt water into the lantern, ion seeps out of the built-in magnesium metallic bar and generates electric power.

Ocean water can be used so that it could be the perfect tool for emergencies and outdoor activity.

He is not Doraemon. He is TORANOMON!

As one of the Tokyo's current large-scale urban redevelopment projects, another new skyscraper complex is going to open in 2 days in central Tokyo.

The building is called Toranomon Hills and they unveiled its mascot character "Toranomon" collaborated with the animation company Fujiko Pro. Yes, we love mascots!

Canon is currently showing an intriguing optical illusion video on a special website called "PIXUS×GUNDAM PROJECT". The video is a collaborated project with the Gundam series and it is made to promote Canon's ink-jet printer PIXUS.

Sinfonia Technology is planning to release a solar panel cleaning robot "Resola" in autumn 2014.

Resola is like a solar panel version of the iRobot Roomba, and understands its surrounding environment with a sensor and determines its own cleaning path. It cleans up a solar panel with a wiper, brush and pouring water the same way that Roomba vacuums a room.

Mutoh Engineering is currently holding a printing service event where you can make your own 3D figure dolls at Tokyo Solamachi, a shopping mall at Tokyo Skytree.

This is a collaborated event with Digitizer, a French scanner manufacture. It's open from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M every day until June 11.

Spec Computer has just released a Swiss army knife-shaped Lightning cable for ¥1,728.

It's as versatile as an actual Swiss army knife. 4 different kind of built-in terminals (Lighting terminal, microUSB terminal, 30-pin dock terminal, and USB terminal) allow you to charge up an iPhone, smartphone or PSVita-2000 from a PC's USB port.

Thermoplastic elastomer used as a material for the product, which is a material intermediate between gum elastic and plastic, protects the cable parts from getting damaged.

In 2015, you could become best friends with an amiable and attentive humanoid robot, like the relationship of Nobita and Doraemon (minus the Yojigen-poket)!

Actually the noodle maker was already released in Taiwan and China, and Japan is the third country to sell it. However, Philips prepared something special only for Japan.

Takara Tomy announced the release of a toy smartphone for kids - My Touch Smart "Line Friends".  With it, kids can pretend like sending and receiving messages and stamps on the popular communication application LINE.  It will be out for sale on August 7.

As if it is a real smartphone, it has a LED display, camera function, music reply ability, and more than 30 kinds of playable applications.

Sony is going to release a XAVC recording format compliant XDCAM video camera for professional use - PXW-X160 - on August 21. The estimated price is around ¥480,000.

Make your ears absolutely clean!

Coden co., ltd. has just released the ultimate earpick tool "Sugoi Mimikaki", which means "great earpiece" in Japanese.

With the Sugoi Mimikaki connected to the USB terminal of a PC, you can clean up your ear while looking at the 15X zoomed real-time image of inside of your ear on the PC monitor.

During the upcoming summer vacation season for schools, Canon will hold Canon Kids Park 2014 and provide multiple events for kids to learn something related to cameras in an enjoyable way.

Huawei Japan, Chinese telecommunications equipment and services company, announced they will start selling their SIM-free devices after late June in Japan.

The first product will be the Android 4.3 smartphone "Ascend G6" and will be sold through multiple electronics retail stores such as Bic Camera, Edion, and Nojima. Ascend G6 was unveiled in the Mobile World Congress 2014 that took place last February.

Yoriko Takahashi - May 30, 2014

Ride a bicycle and gain additional benefits!

Thanko's new Portable Wind Turbine Generator will make you feel lucky every time you ride a bicycle or motor bike.

Once you ride a bicycle or motorbike that has the portable wind turbine generator attached to the handle, it starts generating enough electricity for 2 size AA rechargeable batteries.

Mouse Computer announced that they are going to release Microsoft x Kagerou Project collaborated 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet for 59,800 yen in late July.

Unusual combination but so cool!

Has anyone imagined that Mario from Super Mario Bros. would be driving around in one of the most luxurious cars? Well, currently he is driving a Mercedes in the TV commercial for the new Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Century - Illuminated umbrella to light up your feet at night
"bright night" is fashionable, functional and durable umbrella. The main feature is that it has 2 krypton lamps attached inside and you can turn them on to light up your feet in the dark. It's good to use for a security reason because when its lights on, the umbrella can be spotted by people who are 30 meters away.

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