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[13 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
A 12 Foot Tall Mecha with Kinect Controls and Guns!

This 4.9 ton, 12.5 foot (3.8 meter) metal monstrosity is Vaudeville, a project in progress by a small group of mecha enthusiasts called “Suidobashi Heavy Industry”. The single-pilot giant robot is controlled using a smartphone, master-slave control and also a Kinect sensor in the cockpit. Check out this video showing their work in progress.

It is truly amazing that a backyard project such as this could be of such high quality. The best thing about this project is that when it is finished you have a chance to own it. The …

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[8 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Japan Creates a Robotic Guide Dog for the Blind

Now human beings shouldn’t be the only ones worried about robots taking our jobs. Noble guide dogs may have to watch out for these robo-dogs being developed to be assistance dogs for the blind. Robot parts manufacturer NSK has been working on this robot since 2005 and with each model they move closer to their goal. Below is a video showing a side by side comparison of the 2nd prototype vs the 3rd and current prototype.

As you can see the current prototype is a huge improvement over the previous in …

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[19 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
A Better Way to Take Self Portraits

Seriously, there should be a better way of talking self-portrait photos that standing in front of a bathroom mirror. Of course any modern digital camera has a timer setting and more professional models come with remote controls, but is there a way to make it even easier to take a photo of yourself? Shaowei Chu and Jiro Tanaka of the University of Tsukuba have developed a system to allows the user to control a camera by the use of hand gestures.

Much like a Kinect program, the system displays a live …

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[16 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tython for Kinect: Program While You Punch

If you’re a programmer, you no doubt spent a lot of time sitting at the computer, and you may be worried about how this might affect your health. How about getting rid of that keyboard and comfy chair, and start programming the Tython way? What’s Tython? (My guess is it’s Tae Bo + Python = Tython) It’s a “Muscle Programming Language/Framework” which uses Xbox’s Kinect to transform fighting moves in a programming syntax. For example here’s how a simple “Hello World” program is written.
left jab;left jab;left jab;left jab;right straight;right straight;right …

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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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[7 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]
Ultraman Transformation using a Kinect Hack

These Kinect hacks coming out keep blowing my mind. Here is Japanese YouTube user hogehoge335 demonstrating his heroic transformation into Ultra Seven, a version of the popular super hero Utraman. Watch Hogehoge don the Ultra suit, shoot energy beams at real objects and even fly.

It would have been cool if the entire suit was 3D, but this is pure awesome. Agent 340 would be impressed.

Via: Asiajin

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[24 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Tokyo Game Show Montage [Video]

Here’s a montage of footage from TGS 2010. It’s everything you’d expect from the most popular video game convention in Asia. The big names in the gaming industry were out (sans Nintedo as usual), so were the hot booth babes and cosplayers. It was quite the spectacle; check out the scenes.