“Edel Sand” aka the Mysterious Sandbox (え～でる すなば ふしぎな すなあそび)
In this prototype video game by Japan’s SEGA, the user goofs around in a real sandbox and a video projector overlays “enhanced” images of the game onto sand…just watch the video…
Checkout the official website at: edel-sand.sega.jp (in Japanese)
An important thing to notice is that when its available, electric charging is free at parking lots in Kanto/the Greater Tokyo Area. It just to much hassle to meter the electricity delivered and add that tiny cost to already substantial parking fees in Tokyo.
With judicious planning—there’s an app for that—a person with a plug-compatible electric car could avoid ever having to buy “fuel.”
For example, my local IKEA and my ward office offer free charging stations in their parking lots as do most of the larger expressway rest stops. Refer to the charging station information at: ev.gogo.gs
When I buy a new car, it would be stupid not buy a full EV/Electric Vehicle since I could charge up an EV with my carport’s rooftop solar cells—ZERO “fuel” costs, W0ot!
Late last May, two members of the megapopular idol group “AKB48″ had to be hospitalized after they were attacked by a crazed fan wielding with a saw during the group’s meet ’n' greet. Since then there has been much angst about how to safely hold akushukai / “handshaking” events.
Many ideas have been suggested (3Yen / 2014-05-26 ), but the following was the most “Japanese” solution.
Translation: This new video conference system that can shake hands was created by a research group of the University of Osaka. The system allows you to remotely shake hands with a distant person by tele-connecting them using a robot pseudo-hand during an online conversation.
← As a folllow-up to last week’s report of Smartphone/keitai Zombies of Tokyo (3Yen / 2014-07-06) , check out the following BBC news report on Tokyo’s growing problem with people ‘dumbwalking’ with cellphones.
Japan enters the era of smartphones and ‘dumbwalking’
BBC | July 14, 2014
…More than half of all Japanese now own a smartphone and the proportion is rising fast.
But with that rise has grown another phenomenon – the smartphone walk.
It’s that glacial pace people only adopt when they’re staring at a phone screen – their head down, arms outstretched, looking like zombies trying to find human prey…
…entering the ‘dumbwalking’ era: Will it change Japanese phone etiquette, notably the best in the world?
←Blowing-the-whistle on the dumbwalking boar is July’s poster from the Tokyo Metro’s “WATCHING YOU” campaign for better train manners. See this full-sized poster and all the Tokyo Metro’s manners posters at the official website.
Subliminal advertising, the fun idea that advertisers secretly embed images of breasts, skulls (R)→
and other stimulating stuff in ads, has be kicking around since the 1950s (Wiki).
Suntory is gone “bliminal” in their advertising seduction.
Rather than merely trying to sneak provocative images into the photos of their ice cubes, Suntory is using a computer-guided milling robot to create ice mermaids in your whisky as explained the video below and on their official website “3D on the Rocks” (http://3drocks.jp/).
Suntory Gallery / 3D on the Rocks, Mermaid
And remember what sayeth the Buddha, Bill Murray:
“For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.©“
Other fun Suntory time© reports on the 3Yen include:
• Japan’s ‘BOSS DRIVE-by SHOT” (3Yen / 2012-10-01)
• Japanese scientists frantically search for million-year-old
whiskey! (3Yen / 2006-01-30)
• Suntory Brain Drink (3Yen / 2005-11-12)
Because Japanese Rain Goggles ↑ (3Yen / 2010-11-24) weren’t kinky enough and the glassholes of Google “glass” weren’t obnoxious enough…
Glasses-type inf0rmati0n device
Ky0d0News | April 21, 2014
A model wears the “inf0r0d,” a glasses-type inf0rmati0n evice unveiled by Japanese software maker Westun1t1s Co. in Osaka.
In other news, Lurch of the Addams Family (Wiki) has a Japanese daughter who works as a model.
news.so-net.ne.jp (Ky0d0) | 2014apr21 | (Bing Translator)
World’s lightest luxury glasses type terminal
Osaka software maker, Westunitis Company, plans to release in July its inforod
—the “world’s lightest” wearable computer eyeglasses that weighs only 48 grams. The inforod works as a computer micro-terminal with a tiny built-in screen that can guide users in the proper usage of equipment and help with detailed procedures. It could reduce the risk of incorrectly performing complex industrial work and to help with healthcare procedures. Part of the frames of the eyeglasses functions like in the PC mouse, which you can touch to make a selection. The price is expected to be 135,000 yen or about $1,316 USD.
Japan’s newest electric car with tail fins, so it’s gotta be great! (Ri‑i‑i‑ght.) ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶?
Embiggen original (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
—AFP/Getty Images | 31 Mar 2014
Besides having dubious/nonfunctional tail fins, I have to wonder why the SIM Drive electric vehicle has such a large radiator grille (shown right) since electric cars don’t need traditional radiators.
Refer to: jalopnik.com Why do all these electric-cars have grilles?
As much I am doubtful of this prototype, the latest iteration of the electric vehicle shown above does look more promising than the: New driving force for Japan ↓ (3Yen / 2012-03-02).
Original drawing → 3D printed objet d’art
Here’s a fun and strange use for 3D printers I found on the Japanese news site Excite Bit (March 11, 2014—goofy Google Translate)…
“3-D printer service creates figurines from kid’s drawings”
Excite Bit (in Japanese)
…this service creates 3D figurines of kids’ drawings that they call “Rakukuri (3D Graffiti Creatures)” …3D Remind, Ltd. of Osaka’s 3D printer business takes regular 2D drawings, doodles, scribbles, etc. sent to them and generates 3D data for printing using their proprietary “Rakukuri” software as shown below.
← Squat toilets (L) are the bane of my existence here in Japan. My cellphone or wallet is aways falling out and plopping into my own plop, arrrg.
Today, however, I have learned of a remoted-controlled “Robo Squatmobile” (below) that will serve me rather than my poop’s evil intentions. ↓
Remote Controlled Toilet to help you move items http://t.co/GwOi1SDXS7 pic.twitter.com/zpc8FavXN1 — Yuki Rinkya (@rinkya) March 6, 2014
Previous posts of plop about the poop on Japanese squat toilets include:
• BURNING BIDETS! Toto’s ‘Tornado Wash’ toilet (3Yen / 2007-04-19)
• Hi-tech toilet anxiety . . . in Japan (3Yen / 2011-12-21)
• I Sit ‘n’ Pee — It’s Japanese! ↓ (3Yen / 2010-05-22)
In their new collaboration, Japanese air conditioner manufacturer, Daikin Industries and ‘Smart Car’ of Mercedes-Benz unveiled their “Smarpy™” electric vehicle.
According to goofy Google Translate of Mercedes-Benz-connection.com (2014-Feb-28):
At the “Knowledge Plaza” of the Grand Front complex of Daikin Industries in Osaka held a “Smart Fes! (Smart festival)” to unveiling the “Smart fortwo electric drive” the Smarpy™, which is a collaboration “Pichon-kun” mascot of Daikin Industries and Mercedes Japan.