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Hyper Japan Event Details - July 2014

Date: 2014 July 3rd Thursday [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Japanese culture including anime, manga, food, J-Pop, cosplay and more traditional things will want to head to London on Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014 for Hyper Japan.

The annual J-culture event returns promising to be it's biggest Hyper Japan yet.

It'll have all sorts of fun things to see and do. Including a game and anime park, fringe market, a section of pure kawaii, plus much more!

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

REZtron - Otaku News Event Review - Wednesday 18th September 2013

Date: 2013 September 23rd Monday [16:37] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Events

Written by Voxie and Franki Webb.

What does a gamer look like? Today this is an impossible question to answer. It's 7:45 pm, and as we walk into REZtron, we see a crowd ranging from 20s to 40s, male and female, from a range of backgrounds. It's clear that a gamer as no specific look.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview With Anime Director Kenji Kamiyama

Date: 2013 June 3rd Monday [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

April 2013, it's spring time in London, it should be warm and sunny, but instead it's snowing sideways. We're off to meet renowned anime direction Kenji Kamiyama, writer and director of hit titles like Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East and Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears are now available to buy in the UK

Date: 2012 June 27th Wednesday [15:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Following on from our story on Brainwave Controlled Robotic Cat Ears, they've finally hit retailers in the UK! United Publications is now listing them for a very reasonable £73 a set. This will make an ideal gift for cosplayers, furries or those who just like wearing cat ears.

Source: United Publications

Netflix Streaming Service opens in UK/Ireland

Date: 2012 January 8th Sunday [23:45] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

American streaming service launches in the UK and Ireland with selection of anime films and series available for streaming.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Brainwave Controlled Robotic Cat Ears

Date: 2011 May 6th Friday [18:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

The folks at Boing Boing have pointed out an amazing new item for fans of cat girls. It's Cat Ears Controlled by your brain. The team known as neurowear have developed a special headband with motorised cat ears on.

Called necomimi the device can read your brainwaves, and then interprets them making suitable gestures with the ears. Marketed as a fashion gimmick and a "neuro communication machine", the Otaku News crew can see this taking off in fandom and similar circles. This means cat girl cosplayers are going to get more realistic (if such a thing is possible).

Source: Japan Trends

NFC Mobile phones in Japan

Date: 2011 April 29th Friday [10:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

BBC News have an interesting story about Near Field Communication embedded in mobile phones (Keitai) used in Japan. This allows the user to have a card payment system built into their phone, check into hotels and even access their hotel room using the mobile phone as an entry card. Combined with the QR code users can read details from the environment around them. Augmented Reality also gets a mention too.

This technology is emerging in the English speaking world, but is firmly established in Japan.

Source: BBC News

BBC News on the OS-tans

Date: 2010 December 13th Monday [16:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

BBC News have discovered the cute Japanese take on Operating Systems, the OS-tans.
The cute anthropomorphic characters of operating systems which later spread to characters of popular programs being made too.

Originally a fan made effort article points to how in some places anime style characters have been created as official mascots such as Microsoft's Silverlight having it's own character in Taiwan.

Ruth Keattch of Sweatdrop Studios comments on them in the article and introduces the readers to the basics of the OS-tans.

Fans of the OS-tans might also be interested in Ubunchu The Ubuntu Linux Manga.

Source: BBC News

In Japan a Robot is like a friend

Date: 2010 December 5th Sunday [17:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

It's the 21st Century and everyone wants their own robot companion. Japan is leading the way with this technology as a great video from BBC News shows. The first half of the video shows robotic legs forming in an exo-skeleton which is used to help stroke patients with walking. It even has a lady who is wheel-chair bound walking down stairs using this technology. The second half of the video focuses on a robot companion used to help blind people. It's fascinating stuff.

Source: BBC News

Using eBook Readers for Manga

Date: 2010 October 24th Sunday [14:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

eReaders have started to move from that realm of expensive gadget, to a more affordable and practical solution to lugging books around. The benefit of such a tiny device able to hold thousands of books versus having to actually carry many books around is clear. They're great for printed text, but what about manga? Are eReaders suitable for reading manga on?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Low-tech Japan

Date: 2010 July 13th Tuesday [8:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

BBC News have an interesting article about the often unnoticed low-tech side of Japan. The article highlights some interesting points such as ATMs that close when the bank does and how lots of processes are still paper based.

Source: BBC News

The Anime Machine: An Illustrated Lecture at London's BFI Southbank

Date: 2010 June 23rd Wednesday [15:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Fans of futuristic technology and anime who can get to London will want to head over to the BFI Southbank on Sunday 11th July 2010 for their special lecture on the world saturated with technology. Called The Anime Machine: An Illustrated Lecture by Thomas Lamarre it's set to start at 6pm. You can also get a joint ticket for a screening of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.

Fans of more tradional Japanese cinema will want to consider the BFI Southbank season of Akira Kurosawa and His Influence.

As always we advise booking in advance for such events to avoid disappointment.

Source: BFI Southbank

Therapeutic ringtones for mobile phones

Date: 2010 March 23rd Tuesday [10:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

The Times have an interesting article covering a new fad for Therapeutic ringtones in Japan. With hefty claims such as improving your skin tone with the power of alpha-waves the ring tones have a lot to live up to. The different melodies are designed to ease a range of various day-to-day issues. There's one for hang overs, one for going to sleep, another for staying awake and so on. These are the latest creation from Matsumi Suzuki and the Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory. The ringtone providers are currently excited about their new range of ringtones that promise to relieve hay fever, however no research has been conducted in this area.

Source: The Times

The world's best bike shed

Date: 2009 November 6th Friday [3:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

Japan is often seen as the nation of innovation. The latest invention from Japan, the Bike Tree solves a common problem around the world. The Guardian reports about the world's best bike shed. Illegal parking of bicycles is a problem in Japan. Other countries have problems with bike theft. Steel company JFE Engineering have solved this problem. This invention works on a subscription basis you pay 1800 yen a month (about £12 GBP or $20 USD), your bike gets an electronic tag so the machine can read it. The machine then takes the bike and places it in it's stacking system. It works in a similar way to automated tape backup systems (think of a large robotic arm fetching an item).

This bike shed looks great and we hope it gets picked up around the rest of the world, it would solve the long term problem of bike theft!

Source: The Guardian

Shinto Shrine Blesses Gadgets

Date: 2009 June 29th Monday [4:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

Wired are currently running a feature article about the technology blessings at the Kanda Shrine near Akihabara in Tokyo. For a small fee (800 Yen, which is about 5GBP or 8 USD) you can get good luck charms that look like microchips to protect your favourite gadget, or for 5,000 Yen (about 30 GBP / 50 USD) you can get a private blessing ceremony.

Apparently the Shinto shrine started doing IT blessings when Windows XP went on sale in Japan. The local otaku started to snap up the protection talismans to prevent system crashes, and from then on the requests started flooding in. Apart from gadgets the shrine will even bless blogs and ISP services!

Update: Spike reminds me that we covered this story last year, before it was covered on Wired.

Source: Wired

Homemade Katamari Controller

Date: 2009 May 26th Tuesday [4:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

On browsing the internet we've discovered a hardware hacker at play. Kellbot has built a Katamari Ball Controller for the Playstation 2. There's video footage explaining how it works along with a circuit diagram on her blog.

The Katamari controller is basically a giant trackball. The creator considered using a yoga ball, but found it impractical. We wonder if Namco will create an official trackball add on for the game? There seems to be tons of alternative controllers for consoles now, and a trackball could surely be used in more than one game? Super Monkey Balls would be great too!

Source: Kellbot

Ubunchu The Ubuntu Linux Manga

Date: 2009 April 21st Tuesday [17:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

Wired have discovered Ubunchu, a manga series featuring the Linux Distribution Ubuntu. The manga was originally authored by Hiroshi Seo and has been translated in English and a few other languages too.

Operating Systems have been covered by manga before with the OS-tans, Ubunchu sets out to be more informative. The manga is billed as romantic school comedy and is a great introduction to Ubuntu for new users.

Source: DoctorMO's Blag

HRP-4C the Humanoid Female Robot

Date: 2009 March 16th Monday [16:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

BBC News have some interesting video footage of a life-like walking female robot.

The HRP-4C has 30 motors in it's body which allow to walk and move it's arms. It also has 8 motors in it's face to create various expressions.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

USB Lunch Box Keeps your food nice and hot

Date: 2009 January 19th Monday [18:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

We love USB powered gadgets and so do many Japanese gadget manufacturers. Tokyo Mango have discovered another great bit of gear by Thanko. The USB Hot Lunchbag. It keeps your meal at a constant 60 degrees Celsius until it's lunch time.

Source: Tokyo Mango

Canadian Man Builds Perfect Woman

Date: 2008 December 11th Thursday [14:08] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Freaky Things

A news story from The Sun found via Slashdot (so it HAS to be true) reports on a man from Ontario, Canada who has constructed himself the perfect woman.

Read More... | Source: The Sun

Japanese Cars at the Science Museum in London

Date: 2008 October 19th Sunday [12:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of design, cars, science or just cool Japanese stuff in general will want to pay a visit to the Japan Car exhibition at the Science Museum in London, from 29th November 2008 until 19th April 2009.

The exhibition is set to focus on size, environment and "moving urban cells". It will also display cars along other elements of Japanese culture, including bonsai, art and design.

Read More... | Source: Science Museum

Gadget Shopping in Akihabara

Date: 2008 September 18th Thursday [8:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

BBC News have an interesting Photo Feature about the latest gadgets in Akihabara, known the heartland of otaku in Tokyo. It focuses on some of the more unusual items on sale in the area, it and also features a few gothic lolita girls who are visiting from out of town.

Source: BBC News

Origami Paper Planes to fly in space

Date: 2008 February 7th Thursday [9:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

BBC News are running a story about the University of Tokyo's latest engineering project. They are currently testing a paper aeroplane that they want to launch from the International Space Station to glide back to earth.

The plan is to get a Japanese astronaut to throw 100 plans into space so they will land on earth.

The paper planes are designed by the Japan Origami Airplane Association. The planes actually are made out of paper, but are treated with a special compound to increase heat resistance. Currently the research looks promising, with planes can resist winds speeds up to Mach 7, and also endured temperatures of around 300 degrees Celsius.

The project is being done to inspire new designs for lightweight re-entry vehicles and similar craft to explorer the earth's atmosphere, as well as inspiring school children to taken an interest in science.

Source: BBC News

Virtual Idol Proves to be big in Japan

Date: 2007 December 11th Tuesday [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

The Mainichi Daily News have published an interesting story about some new software that allows users to create their own songs and have them performed by a virtual idol singer. This sounds a bit like a real world example of Sharon Apple to us!

The software Vocaloid 2 Hatsune Miku uses computer-generated vocals mixed with an actual human voice (supplied by voice actress Saki Fujita). It can be configured to perform any song and has proved to be a big hit with people wanting to create their own virtual idol generated songs.

The article states that the software is especially popular with the middle aged, even though it's priced at 16,000 yen (145 USD / 72 GBP) to appeal to the teen market.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Teleshadow the shadow lamp video phone

Date: 2007 August 9th Thursday [18:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

BBC News are currently running an interesting story about video phones that only project the callers shadow onto a special lamp. The concept comes from the traditonal Japanese paper walls known as shoji. The system is known as Teleshadow aims to fill the gap between live video and static images.

Source: BBC News

Japanese MP gets virtual office

Date: 2007 June 11th Monday [8:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

In what sounds like something from Serial Experiments Lain, BBC News are running an article about a Japanese MP who has opened an office in the virtual world of Second Life.

MP Kan Suzuki states that he wants "to discuss new policies with net citizens, deliver lectures and also hold meetings".

Mr Suzuki claims to be the first Japanese politician to establish an office there. Interestingly the MP could be breaking the law by doing so, the Public Office Election Law (which is over 50 years old), restricts election campaign materials to postcards and pamphlets, with officials recently deciding that web pages cannot be created or updated during the official period of campaigning for elections.

The BBC conclude that it's not clear if this will affect Mr Suzuki's plans to use his second life office to help him win re-election. Some have claimed this is just a gimmick. What the article doesn't say is what Mr Suzuki's avatar (on-line character) looks like, the Otaku News crew suspect it's probably a virtual copy of him, but we're secretly hoping it's something a lot cooler. ^_^

Source: BBC News

Media Immersion pods

Date: 2007 May 19th Saturday [20:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

BBC News have an interesting story about Japan's high end cyber cafes, the article calls them Media Immersion pods, and amusingly describes them as "drug dens for internet addicts". We've been aware of these cyber cafes like these since the late nineties, but from the article it seems to imply it's not an office type cubicle, but a luxury booth with a private door you can sit in for more privacy. Each "pod" is supplied with a computer, that you can also use to watch TV, play DVDs and games on, as well as surf the internet. Like all good Japanese internet cafes, Bagus Gran Cyber Cafe (the cafe featured in the article), has a fully stocked manga and DVD library for you to enjoy. Otaku heaven.

Source: BBC News

Hotto! Raisu the food of the future

Date: 2007 May 7th Monday [15:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

Japan is famed for being the homeland of the invention of instant noodles, but now with the latest development in food technology is rice that gets hot when you add cold water. According the Mainichi Daily News, Hotto! Raisu is the special non-perishable food pack that creates steaming hot rice when cold water is poured over an exothermic agent pack, producing steam that warms the rice making it piping hot in 15 minutes. Currently it's been suggested that the packs could be distributed to areas struck by natural disasters where electricity is often unavailable. However the packs are not cheap, costing 10,000 yen for 30 with pickled ume plum.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Learn Japanese on-line with Urban Japanese

Date: 2006 November 28th Tuesday [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

We've been sent a press release from Japanese video game and toy concept development company Gamewax, who have developed a interesting concept in learning Japanese remotely. They claim to be the UK's first fully interactive recordable on-line Japanese language school, Urban Japanese. Distance learning is nothing new, as universities and other education institutions have been tinkering with the concepts for years now, but this is certainly the first private company in the UK we're aware of that offer Japanese lessons.

Read More... | Source: Urban Japanese

Captain Tsubasa Mangaka makes a cameo in Toyota commercial

Date: 2006 October 16th Monday [17:25] | Posted By: Dallas Marshall
Category: > Technology

46 year old Yoichi Takahashi, creator of the hit manga, Captain Tsubasa will have a cameo in a TV commercial for Toyota Motor in Japan. The artist and story maker becomes the latest celebrity to take part for an ad campaign Toyota launched in April. Other celebrities in the commercial series include American actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Anime and Manga achievers promoting Japanese automobiles is nothing new, just a few years ago Evangelion animation director Hideaki Anno starred in a spot for Nissan.

Source: Anime News Service

ADV Launches Download Site

Date: 2006 September 29th Friday [12:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films has joined the anime downloading craze with the opening of their new digital download store, ADV Universe. Anime fans can now, after signing at the official website, browse and shop for episodes of their favorite ADV releases, including Gilgamesh, Godannar, and Comic Party to watch on their computer through Windows Media Player.

While the price for episode downloading has not been disclosed, signing up for service at ADV Universe is free! And as an added incentive, fans will receive the first episode of Guyver: The Bio-Booster Armor, soon to be released by ADV, for free after signing up. It’s just one more way at how much anime fandom is progressing in this high-tech, digital age.

Source: ADV Films

Miuro The iPod Robot

Date: 2006 September 1st Friday [8:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

For the otaku that has everything Japanese firm ZMP have developed a robot that rolls around playing music. The egg shaped robot is called Miuro which stands for - music innovation based on utility robot technology. Miuro has all sorts of interesting features such as an iPod dock, a remote control and can even use wireless signals from a PC to play music from iTunes or similar software (the article isn't clear which wireless technology is used). The robot uses a Kenwood speaker system. Camera and sensors are available as an optional extra to allow Miuro to map out it's on position and remember routes.

Miuro is available to buy on-line in Japan, with overseas availability expected in the second half of 2007. Retailing at $930 (USD), it isn't exactly at the cheap end of iPod accessories.

Source: Yahoo! News

Japanese School Girls on Discovery Science UK

Date: 2006 July 18th Tuesday [11:48] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > TV

Being the eagle eyed people we here at Otakunews are we've spotted a new show on Discovery Science UK. Japanese school girls is a gadget and technology show fronted by four Japanese school girls. Two episodes air today (Tuesday 18th) at 7pm and 7:30pm on Discovery Science.

Source: Discovery Science

Japan's Toys for the Elderly

Date: 2006 May 2nd Tuesday [18:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

In a rather interesting story, following on from their earlier story about declining birth rates in Japan, BBC News have posted an interesting story about Japan's toys for the elderly. It covers Tomy's new product, a doll for the over sixties designed to be similar to a small child, the doll will welcome the owner back home and even weights the same as a small infant.

The article states that due to the falling birthrate Japans population could decrease by as much as 28 million people by 2050. As a result Tomy is keen on developing toys not just for children.

'"We go for teenagers, we go for people in their twenties and thirties, we go for housewives, families and for older people too. It's a strange culture but we are very lucky," Mr Tomiyama says'

The article goes to mention Nintendo's success with it's Brain Training Game. It ends with a the suggestion that games for adults are nothing new in Japan highlighting pachinko as an example, although it doesn't mention that games for adults are played in other countries too, such as pool, snooker, darts, lawn bowls etc..., it just seems odd that they highlight the Japanese adults love of games when almost every country in the world has games enjoyed by grown-ups. ^_^

Source: BBC News

VIZ and Cartoon Network Go Broadband

Date: 2006 April 27th Thursday [11:01] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ and Cartoon Network to launch new broadband site, Toonami Jetstream, to feature recent television hits and new shows not yet available.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Mobile Manga on the Rise

Date: 2006 April 14th Friday [10:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Mainichi Daily News is currently running an interesting article on the rise of Mobile Manga - manga displayed on users mobile phones.

The subscription service is seen by many as good value for money and more convenient than paper based manga. Comic Site, a service set up by telephone company NTT, has had over 10 million downloads since starting in August 2004. Mobile manga also adds effects not found on it's paper equivalent, with pages that can make the readers phone vibrate when they are a reading a shooting scene. The future looks promising for mobile manga in Japan, and it seems from the article it is DRM free, as it mentions that school girls share their favourite manga files.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Robot Super Model to the Rescue

Date: 2006 April 9th Sunday [11:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

The Mainichi Daily News has an interesting story on Robo Garage who have previously made a child and an adult robot which appear to be male, have produced a "Female Type" bipedal robot.

Weighing just 800 grams and 35 centimetres tall the tiny Female Type (or FT), has a feminine shape and can strut along like a super model! Bipedal robots have always presented a challenge, since it's tricky to get a robot to walk and balance on two legs. A low centre of gravity helps, which would have made the robot look fat, so to counter this a lightweight motor was used, along with two sensors to detected if the robot starts to lean.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Multilingual Online TV Broadcasting to Start

Date: 2006 February 28th Tuesday [16:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

According to Crisscross, Japan Information Network Inc will start Japan's first multilingual online television broadcasting this Friday. It aims to help foreigners learn more about Japan! ^_^

With their Roppongi based studio they will cover Japanese politics, economy, society and culture in Japanese, English and Chinese for several hours a day. JIN intend to expand in the near future with a 24 hour broadcasting system with 12 languages.

Source: Crisscross

PC Case For Real Otaku

Date: 2006 February 13th Monday [14:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Even here at Otaku News, every now and then we find something that just screams hardcore otaku. It's normally something odd that only an otaku would want, but not just a everyday otaku, someone who wants to scream out to the world that they are a more extreme breed of otaku. Shuttle PC cases are cool, but can you image one with an anime paint job on the case? The example here is based on the hentai game Gift (although you wouldn't guess it's hentai from looking at the case), retailer Fast Online have a few other models too.

Shuttle have a good reputation for producing barebone systems with a smaller form factor, and have excellent build quality. Looking at the photos the artwork looks really nice and we're actually tempted to buy one since they're 39,800 JPY (which works out at $340 USD or £195 GBP), but then again, we're not into hentai.

Source: Fast Online

Stay Cool With Doraemon

Date: 2006 February 13th Monday [12:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Those enterprising folks at the 0123 have released a Doraemon portable fridge! Now you can get everyone's favourite atomic kitten to chill your orange juice, well at least that's what the advert seems to be about. It can also keep things warm. The only downside is this is a promotional item only available to people who use the 0123's services between a set period of time for a minimum amount of money. We hope this gets a mainstream release in Japan. ^_^ Check out the site for full spec and some cheesy adverts of the chiller in use!

Source: The 0123

Anime Network at Top of Podcast Charts

Date: 2006 January 30th Monday [10:36] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime Network show "Digital Dojo" cracks the Top 20 on the podcast charts in North America.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Otaku News Launch PSP Edition

Date: 2006 January 17th Tuesday [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've been listening to what our readers want, and we know that many anime fans are also keen PSP owners. Which is why we've made a PSP version of Otaku News, designed especially for Sony's box of tricks. It has less content than the full versions of this site, but is designed for quick loading times and navigation, which is ideal when you're out and about with wireless access. To access it all you have to do is visit http://www.otakunews.com/psp/ (go on, bookmark it on your PSP you know you want to). The main article content and DVD reviews are identical to the other editions of Otaku News.

Source: Otaku News - PSP Edition

Japanese Xbox 360 Sales Slow

Date: 2005 December 10th Saturday [18:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

BBC News are running a story on the launch of the Xbox 360 in Japan. Apparently it hasn't been a huge sell out success like in the USA and Europe. Japanese consumers are waiting to see if the new console will take off, with only a limited selection of games compared to other countries and the limited sales of the original Xbox means that many are still waiting for the launch of the new PlayStation 3.

Source: BBC News

USB Sake Bottle

Date: 2005 November 5th Saturday [6:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Following on from our Sushi USB Pens, as discovered by Spike, the USB food range is to be expanded with a USB Sake Bottle! SolidAlliance seems to be keen to release a whole Japanese dinner set of USB Pens, with sushi and shrimp varieties!

Source: SolidAlliance

Tokyo Motor Show 2005

Date: 2005 November 3rd Thursday [19:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

UK TV Station Channel 4 have just posted some excellent coverage of the Tokyo Motor Show. The Weird and Wonderful section is worth looking at for futuristic concept cars, the Mitsuoka Orochi Nude just sounds interesting because of it's name! Amusment can also be found with the Mini coverage, with it's slogan "Go British", we're not exactly sure what it means! Sadly there seems to be no sign of cars that change into robots.

Source: Channel 4

Anime on The iPod

Date: 2005 October 21st Friday [18:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The new Apple iPod can play video files and Central Park Media have announced that they are the first anime company to provide content for it. This is an adventurous move, since CPM have also started to release content on the PSP to download too. It's always good to see that anime companies are willing to experiment with new platforms to show anime.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

Ceatec Future Gadgets

Date: 2005 October 7th Friday [17:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

BBC News are currently running a great story about some of the cool new technology being shown at the Tokyo consumer electronics show Ceatec. Highlights include a device that turns your finger into a mobile phone speaker! You literally put your finger in your ear it works!

The work Pioneer is doing 3D image system called Floating Interface also look promising with a demonstration of a Virtual receptionist called Haruka, for more details on this, check out the photo section of the article.

Source: BBC News

Europe Needs Bigger Robots Push

Date: 2005 October 7th Friday [8:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

BBC News are running a story titled Europe Needs Bigger Robots Push, at first we were hoping the EU needs some Gundams or other giant mecha, but infact it's an interesting story about how advanced Japanese robot research is compared to Europe.

Apparently the EU is going to give a boost to selected companies to aid in their development of robots.

Source: BBC News

Virtual Pet Craze Still Strong In Japan

Date: 2005 October 6th Thursday [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

Japan Today are running a story about the popularity of virtual pets in Japan. It covers the latest incarnation of the Tamagotchi, the Tamagotchi Plus, which has infrared communication system, which allows a Tamagotchi to talk to others. It briefly mentions Nintendogs which is set to be the smash hit Christmas, along with the Blog Pet which learns language from the blogger and continues to update it when the blogger forgets! We're wondering if AI learning systems can learn angst too! ^_-

Source: Japan Today

Sony to Become Number 1 in Providing ‘Manga’ on Cell Phones

Date: 2005 August 22nd Monday [12:22] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. has announced that it will triple the number of comics books it formats for viewing on cell phones making it the Number 1 provider of ‘Manga’ in Japan said a company official.

According to Sony spokeperson Hidekazu Tanaka, "Manga are a Japanese institution, but viewing comics on mobile phones is an entirely different experience altogether, He added that Sony signed a contract with 10 popular Manga artists including Shigeru Mizuki, creator of Gegege no Kitaro -- a 1970s classic featuring a young ghoul boy who fights monsters.
"We want to rein in middle-aged mobile phone users, as well as teenagers," he said.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

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