12/28/2011, Vending machines typically dispense foodstuff, such as drinks and snacks, but what about one that dispenses WiFi? Well, technically it does not actually dispense WiFi, but Tokyo-based Asahi Soft Drinks recently took the wraps off a new vending machine that not only dispenses the company’s products, but also emits a WiFi signal within a 50m radius. There is no catch here and users will not have to purchase a drink […]
12/22/2011, As of late, there has been a lot of talk about NFC technology making their way into our smartphones, but until some sort of standard has been established, it will be hard to encourage adoption by users. So much so that Japan’s top three carriers – NTT DoCoMo, KDDI au, and Softbank Mobile) have agreed to band together and support the global NFC standard.
12/21/2011, If you think that the current slew of car security systems fail to impress you, this new car security system from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo might just do the trick. Some researchers have come up with a special seat that can identify drivers when sitting down. The seat is filled with 360 pressure sensors that can detect the weight distribution and area of contact that a […]
12/20/2011, Basically, vending machines are pretty dumb – they need not have any form of smart features after all, as all they do is receive whatever dough you put in, and in return, will “spit out” the product of your choice after you press a few buttons here and there. Japan, being one of the more technologically advanced countries around, has upped the ante where vending machines are concerned, by rolling […]
12/20/2011, Ouch: it looks like sales of the PlayStation Vita from Sony hasn’t gone as well as expected. While no official numbers have been released, it has been reported that Sony hasn’t managed to sell off its estimated initial shipment of 700,000 units when it hit the stores last weekend in Japan (December 17th). Some stores have mentioned that they only managed to sell about 85% of their WiFi stock and […]
12/19/2011, Sharp has been putting out some pretty interesting Android handsets in their AQUOS series of Android smartphones. Their offerings usually go beyond the standard full touch screen and they usually incorporate feature phone-like designs, such as sliders and clamshell designs with numeric keypads.
12/16/2011, If you’re in the market for a new USB 3.0 flash drive, Toshiba may have something for you in the form of the TransMemory-EX, a new USB 3.0 developed by the Japanese company with read and write speeds of up to 220MB/s and 94MB/s respectively, or so Toshiba claims. They will be backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports, although that would result in slower read and write speeds of 34MB/s […]
12/15/2011, Most speakers purchased for your computer usually arrive in the upright position due to the way their tweeters are placed. They are usually arranged from top to bottom, ranging from highs to lows. So what about those times when you’d wish you had a sound bar instead? Well if you’ve got the cash to spare, Buffalo Kokuyo’s USB-powered speakers should be able to provide a solution to your problem.
12/14/2011, The Optimus LTE was launched in Korea in October, then in Canada last month, and in America a couple of weeks ago (as the Nitro HD), and now it looks like LG is ready to take on another country with the launch of the Optimus LTE in Japan. LG’s and the world’s first HD LTE phone, the Optimus LTE, will be available with NTT Docomo with a special red color, […]
12/13/2011, Some researchers in Japan have managed to develop a six-legged robot, Asterisk, which can use two legs as arms when needed so it can pick things up and carry them. In addition to normal walking motions, the robot will be able to get over elevations and even through narrow places by lowering its body.
12/13/2011, Enterprise users in seek of a tablet in Japan will be pleased to know that Toshiba has announced the WT301/D tablet running on Windows 7, a platform that enterprise users seem to favor over more consumer-friendly platforms such as iOS and Android, although we’re guessing that really depends on who you talk to.
12/13/2011, One of the perks of these new mirrorless cameras is that they tend to feature almost DSLR-like quality images but come packed in a smaller frame, thus making it easier to bring about with you. The other upside is that just like DSLRs, these mirrorless cameras will also allow users to swap lenses according to their needs, and the good news for Nikon 1 (J1 or V1) owners is that […]
12/02/2011, If there was yet another phone from Japan that the rest of us around the world wouldn’t mind getting our hands on would be the NEC Medias PP N-01D. This Android smartphone has been announced for release on NTT DoCoMo’s network for the 9th of December and assuming NEC’s plans to launch their phones internationally is still on track, there’s a good chance we might be seeing this phone launch […]
12/02/2011, We all know the PlayStation Vita won’t be here until February next year, but for the folks living in Japan it arrives this month on December 17th. Well, in preparation for the console’s launch, Sony has already started releasing ads about the PlayStation Vita. As expected, the commercial is in Japanese; and it’s full of Japanese text which I can’t understand at all. Perhaps it’s listing out the features of […]