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[22 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Jan 22

Ultra Tiny DLSR Cameras

If you’re fan of cute miniaturized things that takes pictures, then rejoice. Japanese retailer JTT recently released the Chobi Cam One. These Ultra tiny DSLR cameras take pictures and video, and can use magnetically attached interchangeable lenses. As expected, the images captured by these little things aren’t of the highest quality, but aren’t they cute?! A Chobi Cam One costs about $120.
Source: JTT via: Akihabara News
Kinect Controlled Robot
Remember when people used to talk about the Kinect, they were talking about video games? Here is yet another …

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[16 Jan 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Knight Rider’s Car is Almost a Reality

Though not quite yet KITT from Knight Rider, RoboCar can drive itself and is probably the smartest car on the planet. The single-seater EV is equipped with a stereo camera, an IMU (inertial measurement unit), speed sensor and a laser range finder which it uses to determine it’s location and steer. RoboCar® MEV was developed for research in the field of EVs and next generation transport.

The RoboCar® comes in 3 models.

Type A which has a drive-by-wire function and can autonomously reduce its speed. $34,728
Type B which has a steer-by-wire …

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[8 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
The Week in Japan Tech Jan 8th

3D Headset Prototype

At CES 2011, Sony showed-off a futuristic prototype for a 3D headset. It has two 720p HD OLED displays, one for each eye. The headset can be calibrated for each users’ unique viewing preference. More at GizMag.
Robo Dinosaur Security

If you don’t like dogs but you still need a pet to watch the house while you’re gone, then you should get one of these robot dinosaurs. The respond to voice commands and can also be controlled via cellphone. The robots also have a camera so you can take pictures …

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[5 Jan 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Robots to Replace Native English Teachers

EngKey (English Jockey) robots started the year in 21 schools in South Korea. This is a part of an ambitious program which hopes to “ be able to replace native English speakers in 3 to 5 years.” The current English education system employs over 30,000 teachers from native English speaking countries such as the US, the UK, Australia and others. The problem according to the South Korean government is that it’s too expensive to hire these teachers and it’s often difficult to find teachers for rural areas. Some may speculate …

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[25 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
This Week in Japanese Tech – Dec 25

Faking Touch Sensation
Waseda University is working on a device that uses visual stimuli to trick the brain into thinking its receiving tactile sensations that don’t actually exist. It works like this.
“To create an illusion, first, the hand is actually given a tactile stimulus. In time with that, a video showing receipt of the tactile stimulus is presented. Then the stimulus to the hand is stopped, the motion is stopped. But on screen, the object giving the stimulus continues to move. So user feels that the tactile stimulus, which should have …

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[18 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
This Week in Japanese Tech – Dec 18

The New Sega Console is Going Down the Toilets Urinals

Sega is a finally back in the console market and they decided go somewhere no console has gone before, the public rest room.  This will be the only game system that you can play with your…. let’s just say it’s great to be a male of the species if you want to play this.  The system uses a pressure sensor placed on a target spot in the urinal. Pressure applied to this sensor is used to interact with games displayed on …

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[17 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Cute Twitter Robot Dances to @replys

Coconatch is a cute little robot that does a dance whenever it detects an @reply on twitter. The robot, connected via USB, is attached to a user’s twitter handle and gives alerts of mentions by lighting up and wobbling from side to side.

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[8 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Control Robots with the iPad – Walky

You let your fingers do the walking with “Walky”, an iPad application used to control a bipedal robot with simple finger movements. Walky is said to take a WYSIWYG (what is see is what you get) approach to robot control. The robot’s legs basically imitate your fingers’ movements on the iPad, making it easy for anyone to pick up the tablet and take a robot for a walk. As opposed to regular controllers that take some time to master.

This iPad version is a follow up to the app for the …

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[1 Dec 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Make: Tokyo 06 Hightlights [Video]

Just a few scenes from last month’s Make: Tokyo Meeting 06. I’m still in awe of the ingenuity of the exhibits, being that a lot of them are from people who are only hobbyists.
Make Magazine is a DIY (Do it yourself) and DIWO (Do it with others) publication that caters to creative people who love experimenting with electronics, computers, robots and craft in their free time. What better place than Japan bring this party? Originally from the US, Make has been in Japan for a while now and is …

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[26 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Cute and Funny Stuff – MAKE: Tokyo Meeting 06

Japan’s creative hobbyists were out in there numbers this month for MAKE Tokyo Meeting number 6. There were works from both the fields of technology and art. The exhibitions were generally impressive, here some of the cute and funny ones.
The remote controlled bunny ears were the cutest thing there. It’s a pair of animated rabbit ears that you wear. You can control the movement of the ears with a remote controller in the form of a ball (also dressed up as a bunny). The ball has a tilt sensor so …

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