9.06.2017

Message robot for children

Now in Japan, various communication robots for children are released, but most of them are stuffed toy types.


However this is really like a robot. Hamee will release a mascot type message robot with exterior of polyvinyl chloride "Hamic Bear" this autumn. This is a home robot that can exchange voice messages directly among children who do not have smartphones. This can be used independently under the Wi - Fi environment, and parents make friends request and accept from the mobile application(Management is the role of parents). Its head is a switch, you can activate various functions by push this, and the speaker is built in the gap of the collar. In addition, it has a human sensor and AI, Hamee plans to provide information sending function and communication function using them. The price and release date of this is yet to be determined. But they accept email address registration in its site.



9.01.2017

Keyboard that can play singing voice

YAMAHA has released various keyboards so far, but this is the most interesting among them. They will release the new keytar VKB-100 this December.


They say that this is the ”Vocaloid Keyboard”, it is an electronic musical instrument that can play voices of virtual singers such as Hatsune Miku. It has 5 song lyrics information, and when the players play them, vocaloid sings on the same scale. Players play the melody with the keyboard, and operate the buttons to apply vibrato or reverb, and adjust the volume.


While the virtual singers are singing, only one sound can be output from the keyboard, so the players can not play the chorus part or play a chord at the same time.The virtual singer that can play with this is only the Yamaha original VY 1, but the players can add other four singers including Hatsune Miku.


In addition, players can switch singers, and register new lyrics information by connect with the mobile application via Bluetooth. The price is an open price and has not been officially announced yet.

8.19.2017

Mini-mouse perfect for presentation

Do you want to use the mouse anywhere and anytime? So this is perfect for you.


Gadget maker SANWA SUPPLY released a ring type mini-mouse that can be worn on a finger. This is a wireless mouse that can be worn on your finger and operated with your thumb. The communication distance is about 10 meters in radius. You can be free from the desk, so you can use it in a presentation, and while lie on a sofa or bed.


It has five standard buttons like left click, right click and so on, if you want to expand this function, you can assign various functions to each button by installing the driver attached to it. It adopted micro USB port, you can connect the USB cable attached to it and charge from the PC. It works for about 10 hours with one charge, and It has an LED display function that enables you to see the charging status at a glance. The size is 28mm × 36.7mm × 34.7mm and weigh is only about 12g. The price is 7,992yen(Including tax).

via http://sanwa.jp/pr/MA-RING-WW

8.11.2017

Crowdfunding? no, "friends" funding

If you are not good at preparing texts, images, and videos though you want to start a crowdfunding project, this is the perfect app for you.


One of Japan's major crowdfunding platform CAMPFIRE released "polca", a mobile application that allows small-scale funding from friends. General crowdfunding raises funds from the unspecified number of people, but polca targets your friends who are connected on social networking. For example, you want to holding own exhibition somewhere. You open the polca app and enter the title of the funding project, one image, the amount of the goal, a reward for people who supported. With only these work you can start a funding project. Polca does not check or advise each project, and when you start the project, a unique URL is allocated immediately after that. You can let the friends know about the project by publishing the URL with social networking. Polca not dare to publish information of the users' projects on the website and the application. Because if they do it, it will be the same as ordinary crowdfunding. Users' projects are shared only on social networking. Currently available payment methods are credit card only, minimum amount of support is 300yen, up to 100,000yen can be procured per project. Application downloads are free(iOS/Android), and they have a release campaign now, so the usage fee is free also! However unfortunately, they have not done any services for the global market yet.

8.10.2017

You can make a radio program of the mobile apps era

Are you interested in becoming Youtuber? However, it may be a bit embarrassing to publish your own real face on the Internet. So, how about making radio programs? We already have the podcast as information transmission only of voices. But "Radiotalk" released by Excite is a mobile application.


It is like the "Instagram of voice". This is an mobile application that anyone can easily create their own radio program and release various talks. Users can create one program per one account and can release talks with no limit from their program. Each talks can record up to 12 minutes per one. Because of they are "recorded" rather than live streaming, users can rerecord talks until they are satisfied. They do not have to use their real name, and can use favorite "radio-name". Of course, they can listen to other users' programs as listeners. It supports background playback, you can open web browsers while listening to the talks or use other applications. Downloading is free, now only Android version has been released, but iOS version will be released soon also.

8.09.2017

Virtual singer in the VR camera

RICOH's THETA series is one of the very popular VR cameras in Japan. On the other hand, Hatsune Miku is the singing voice synthesizer application and character that celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. In commemoration of this, they sell collaboration model of THETA "RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU".


The base of this is RICOH THETA SC released in October 2016, but exterior colors and shutter sounds are changed. The color of the body is the same blue green as Hatsune Miku's hair, and her official illustration will be printed. In addition, users can add 3DCG model data of Hatsune Miku to 360 degree photos taken by them using its image editing application.

Of course, accessories and packages also become special specifications. This is a sale for a limited time, they only accept orders from 12:00 September 1 to 12:00 October 31. Shipment time is around the end of September to mid December. The price is 36,654yen(in tax). The tax-free price is 33,939 yen, and this is also related to Hatsune Miku. Because we pronounce 3 as "Mi" and 9 as "Ku" in one of type of reading Japanese figures.

7.07.2017

You can transform yourself into elf

You will like this earphone if you are a fan of High Fantasy.


Gadget shop Thanko released the earphone that anyone can easily transform himself/herself into elf. You can transform yourself into elf for only 1,980 yen(in tax) and of course can listen to music. It made of flesh-colored materials(unfortunately the skin tone is only one kind), you attach the elf ear-shape clips, and if have got long hair to hide the cord, it becomes very natural. This will be good for cos play or selfie. In addition, this has control buttons and mini-microphone also, so you can use this for the talk with the smartphone. The size of elf ear-shape clips is 70mm *100mm *12mm, the length of cord is 1,300mm, and the weight is 37g. The type of the plug is 3.5mm 4-pole stereo mini plug and available in any kind of smartphones.


via http://www.thanko.jp/shopdetail/000000002828

7.01.2017

Ice-lolly becomes a DJ machine

This summer in Japan is fierce heat as usual, and if we do not eat ice‐lolly we will melt due of this heat.


This "DJ machine" may make hot days fun. Toy maker Takara Tomy Arts collaborated with electronic musical instruments maker Korg and released a gadget to turn Ice-lolly into a DJ machine. Usage is easy. Just set Ice-lolly and lick this with tongue while touching the "electric conduction spot" behind the grip. Then, this energizes and various sounds are played. Built-in sounds are more than 20 types including simple sound effects and EBM / House musics produced by korg, and every time users lick Ice-lolly they are randomly played. However, Ice-lolly coated with chocolate etc. is not supported. The size is about W 90mm × H 110mm × D 50mm, work with two AAA alkaline dry batteries and the price is 1,490yen(in tax). There are the "age-age(hyped-up) version" and the "cool version", and the sounds recorded in each are different.


via http://www.takaratomy-arts.co.jp/specials/icedj/

6.27.2017

Hanger with deodorization function

Smells of sigarettes, smells of meals... It is troublesome that clothes smell awful. However, it will be very convenient if it is settled only by hanging clothes to the hangers.


Panasonic announced that they released hanger that has deodorization function on September 1. This has decontamination anti-virus ion "nanoe X"(it is the original name that Panasonic devised), when users switch this on, a fan turns, and nanoe X is released by air supply terminals. Nanoe X has power of decomposition deodorizing and can even inactivate pollen. You will want to use this in spring if you are troubled by hay fever.


In addition, a clothes cover is included in this set, and the users can get the higher effect by using this and a hanger together. Operation modes are two kinds of "nomal-mode(5 hours) and long-mode(7 hours), but electric utility expense is less than 1 yen both. This works with a mobile battery, even if it's in the closet which don't have outlet, the users can use this. The size is 400mm*88mm*281mm, and the weight is 520g. Color variation is only black. An AC adapter, a cable of 2.5m and clothes cover are included in this set.

via http://panasonic.jp/hanger/

6.20.2017

Desk fan which indicates a message

Hot summer has came. You may feel like placing a small electric fan on the desk in an office. If it has another different function? Surely offices may become fun.


Gadget shop Shanhai-Donya released Desk fan having LED gimmick. A glance, this is simple desk fan corresponding to the USB bus power, but this has LEDs between fans, and can display LED messages there while turning fans. Users can set 9 kinds of messages from software, one message is usable to 13 characters, and available colors are red, green, blue, yellow, pink, sky blue, and white. Of course you can hide messages by a switch change when you want to use this as a common desk fan, and regulate the angle of this 360 degrees. The size is 170mm*85mm*160mm, and weight is 373g. Color variation is only black. The price is 2,499 yen(in tax).




via https://www.donya.jp/item/74699.html

6.14.2017

Cool electronic paper watch "FES Watch U"


Sony public released display watch "FES Watch U" which adopted the flexible electronic paper of the active matrix method on a dial and a belt on June 12. You can change designs of the watch just to push the button.


Furthermore, you can use photos which you took with the smartphone camera and the designs of professional creators by using free smartphone application "FES Closet". Because the designs released by this application increase from now on, you can choose various designs. The designs which you can save are max 24 kinds. The battery is lithium ion battery, and it works about two weeks by charge time of 2.5 hours. Of course it is waterproofing. The color variations are three kinds. The premium black is 64,800yen, and silver and white are 49,680yen(All are tax-included).

6.13.2017

Crazy English learning apps for Japanese

Needless to say, Japanese people are not good at English and want to overcome it. Various English learning mobile application have been released until now to satisfy their needs, but this "Crazy English Quiz" is slightly strange and therefore it is popular with many Japanese.


This is simple learning application of the quiz form. The various example sentences of conversation forms are shown in application, and users choose appropriate sentences in conversations from choices. It is totally like the examination of the junior high school or the high school. However, each example sentences are crazy and strange. For example, "Is this a pen?" "Isn't that pretty obvious?" Why is her answer so biting?



A main character of these example sentences is a boy called Takashi, He does various eccentric acts, and is treated bitingly by other characters. There is even such an example sentence. "Everyone else was gonna meet noon, but my call time was 5am".


Users review it "The impact of the example sentences are too strong, so I can't get any study done at all!", it sure is. However, it is a chance to get close to English. The each iOS and Android downloading is free(iOS/Android).

These are my favorite example sentences.









6.11.2017

Fantastic Japanese VR short animation "The Philosopher's Apple"


"The Philosopher's Apple" is the fantasy VR short animation work which Japanese VR artist ka0ru made. After this was released in this January, This was shown in 11th Fulldome Festival held in Germany and Tokushima VR film festival held in Tokushima-shi. This is really fantastic and beautiful work.

 Besides, it is shown free! You can enjoy this with a smartphone or a tablet even if you do not have mobile VR goggles.



 This is fantasy with an episode of the law of universal gravitation of Newton as a motif. can philosopher get a beautiful apple?

This is a view of the world such as the picture books, but is certainly VR content. Even texts are full 3DCG.


 The story progress automatically, but the neighboring scenery is made carefully, and it is also fun to see it.


 The texts are described Japanese and English.











Now, This is released in Youtube, Littlstar(support PlayStation VR, Gear VR, HTC Vive, Andoid, iOS) , and Google Play(Android Apps). All are free.