Yoriko Takahashi

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Yoriko is an enditor and contributor for AkihabaraNews.

 

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 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

Yoriko Takahashi - May 27, 2014

At the moment, there are quite a few fancy health-conscious wearable devices around, such as Samsung's Gear Fit, not only to keep up your health but also to be able to do many other things, for example getting emails or SNS notices.

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

Without worrying about delivery times, you can enjoy shopping online.

Rakuten introduced the delivery locker called "Rakuten Box" to easily receive packages ordered at Rakuten's online shopping mall on your way home from work or school.

Rakuten just started a test installation of Rakuten Box. It's the first trial among Japanese online shopping site operators.

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 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.

Yoriko Takahashi - May 26, 2014

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.

Japan Airlines is going to start offering a special in-flight meal jointly developed with Kumamoto prefecture which is located in the southern island of Kyushu. The name of the in-flight meal is (of course) named after THAT famous bear character mascot, "Air Kumamon".

Honda announced that their old-school two‐wheeled motorbike, Super Cub, has obtained 3D trademark registration with the Japanese Patent Office. This is the first time in Japan that the shape of a vehicle is protected.

Nissan announced that they are going to stop the production of the convertible two-seater model "Fairlady Z Roadster" after the end of September.

The Fairlady Z Roadster was added to the Fairlady Z series in October 2009. It is lighter than the basic model and has great motion performance due to its 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine.

We believe that some people were quite intrigued by the release of Japanese burger chain Lotteria's "Tsukemen" ramen burger that we reported on recently, but many others must have felt sick just by looking at the photos in the article.

Japan Post, Japan's national postal and package delivery, banking and insurance service company, today announced launch of their new shipment service "Click Post" to provide smooth shipment services for products traded at the online auction service Yahoo-oku run by Yahoo! JAPAN.

Ricoh Imaging unveiled their new medium format camera "PENTAX 645Z" last month. Today they announced that they are going to release it on June 27.

The estimated price is 864,000 yen. The price seems reasonable when compared to other products with the same image sensor.

Please click here to read our previous coverage about PENTAX 645Z.

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.

au by KDDI has fixed a release date of Xperia ZL2 SOL25, Sony's new Android 4.4 smartphone, and it will be released on May 23.

Licca-chan supports Team Japan, too!

Takara Tomy is going to release Licca-chan in the Japan National Soccer Team uniform on June 12 in a limited edition, with only 8,000 units available.

This Licca-chan wears the national team's uniform with the number "12", which is considered to be the supporter/fan's jersey number, fashionable white lacy skirt and sneakers.

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.

Mazda announced release of an exclusive limited edition of their Roadster series (known as MX-5 Miata in North America) to celebrate the car's 25th anniversary.

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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