Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan, VR World

This Robot Will Stare at Your Very Soul

This robot will look at you, and will keep staring at you no matter where you go.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics

Japan Cyberpolice, Hitachi Batteries, 4K Christmas: The Headlines in Tokyo for November 14

Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites for November 14, 2014.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan

Behold: The Rice Cooker Of The Future

au KDDI soon gives birth to a creation that would completely make all rice cookers in the world obsolete.

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Global Politics, US, VR World

Singing capacitors, Google exhibits, Cyber Crime Losses: The Headlines in Tokyo For November 12

Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites for November 12, 2014.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan, VR World

Freaky Japanese Toy Froggie Can Now Sing

Lovable Japanese froggie toy Keromin can now talk and speak, with its soon-to-be-upgraded singing functions.

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VR World

NEC Develops Smartphone Based Product Recognition System

NEC develops a new product recognition system, one that would let users instantly determine the authenticity of an item using only a smartphone.

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Global Politics, US, VR World

Eye on Japan: What’s Making Headlines in Tokyo For November 11

Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites and news publications for November 11, 2014.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan, VR World

ISID’s Tourist Smart Card is Your ‘Universal’ Translator

Information Services International Dentsu Ltd. is currently experimenting with a new contactless smart card system to aid tourists in automatically translating terminals, signs, and displays.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan

Feature Phones in Japan Still Quite Big, According to Survey

According to a survey conducted by GfK Japan, at least one out of four people still use feature phones as their primary mobile device today.

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VR World

Japan’s ‘Battleship Island’ Soon to be Viewable in 4K HD

Japan’s famous ‘Battleship Island’ has just been swarmed by an army of 4K HD recording drones, all in the name of historical documentation.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan, VR World

Softbank’s Pepper Robot to Work at Nescafe Shops

Sofbank’s talking and conversing robot will now be Nestle’s front desk employee.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan, VR World

HaptoMime is a Floating ‘Solid’ Touchscreen

Ever wondered how it would feel like to touch objects on the screen as if they’re real? Researchers at the University of Tokyo give us a glimpse of this concept.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan, VR World

Japan’s Channel 4K Expands

Japan’s test 4K HD broadcast channel, Channel 4K, will be boosting its program schedule next month.

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Audio/Video, Entertainment, Space and Science, VR World

OK Go's New Drone Music Video

Segway dancing, thousands of Japanese schoolgirls, and a continuous shot taken by a drone-mounted camera… … It must be the newest music video by OK Go. Alternative Pop band OK Go, masters of the viral music video, just released a new flick for their “I Won’t Let You Down” single. Every time the band seems to have outdone themselves, they push the envelope with something new. Directed by Morihino Harano, the four men glide around the Longwood Station Studios courtyard on Honda Uni-Cub segways, joined by hundreds of synced dancers, for fantastic visuals from all angles. Like OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” & “The Writing’s On the Wall” one-takers, there is a sense that

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan, VR World

NTT Docomo Lays Out Japan’s Future Quake-Proof Telecom Network

NTT Docomo unveils its latest plan to secure its telecommunications infrastructure within Japan’s turbulent waters and shaky grounds.

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Global Politics, Interviews, US

Interview with Quipper: How Games and Education Share the Same DNA

EduTech startup Quipper aims to make education more accessible through technology. With the founder’s previous success in mobile gaming, the company believes gaming and education share the same tech “DNA.”

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Global Politics, US, VR World

Softbank Offers iPad-Guided Cars For Rent in Japan

Starting this week, the village of Asuka in Japan will now have its own fleet of iPad-equipped roving ultra-compact vehicles.

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Global Politics, US, VR World

SoftBank in Talks to Acquire Movie Studio DreamWorks Animation

$4.6B richer after the Alibaba IPO, Japanese tech and telecoms conglomerate SoftBank is reportedly discussing a potential acquisition of movie studio DreamWorks Animation.

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics, Japan, Software Programs

Japan Hospitals to Monitor Patients With Smartphones

Soon, patients in Japanese hospitals may be monitored 24/7 using smartphones. That is according to a new proposal recently announced by Japanese IT giant NEC. The new system, called as the Application Platform for Healthcare, will primarily focus on the concept of using smartphones to monitor hospital patients via wireless video feed. The system will be offered and catered to medical institutions nationwide towards the end of October. Traditionally, nurse call systems are often made of pre-installed communications equipment that is simply set up throughout the medical establishment. If medical attention is required, users are to speak through the comms units, and a nurse on standby

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Apple, Asia Pacific (APAC), Companies, Global Politics, Japan, VR World

Japanese School to Provide iPad Mini to Students

Tablet implementation on schools is certainly not a new concept. However, it is always fascinating to see its implementation, as it shows the tablet’s significant impact on education in developed countries worldwide. Japan is no different, and soon, another school in this country is about to distribute tablets to students in the name of education. Starting September 26, the Asahikawa Fuji Girls High School in Hokkaido prefecture will be distributing iPad mini units to its first and second year senior high school students. This is part of the school’s curriculum shift to include updated electronic mobile devices and computers. Each student will be provided with

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