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.
As winners at last week’s Grammy Awards, you were sure to notice the stellar appearance of the Daft Punk robots…
In fact the Daft Punk robots are such favorite that most larger Japanese electronics stores you buy your own helmet, plug in, and join The Collective. (^_-)｡☆
↑ Japanese shopping for robot head mask at a Yamada Denki store.
Learn the rest-of-the-story of these Japanese robot heads ↓ in the COMMENTS section.
I would love to see how this new facial ID system handles all the outliers* such as the 10-to-20% of the Japanese population who wear surgical masks during both the winter flu season and the 4-to-6 month long pollen season.
Facial ID tech to be set at Osaka station
The Yomiuri Shimbun | January 30, 2014
…The station, which serves 820,000 passengers per day, is scheduled to be the stage of an unusually large study on tracking location data using facial-recognition technology…
…Each camera is to photograph people’s faces within a three-square-meter area, and assign each face an ID based on its characteristics.
When a person is recognized by another camera, the time and location will be recorded. Each person’s behavior will then be tracked for one week…more...
Outliers ”Я” Us : I am one of these outliers for facial recognition. Whenever I go to work at the Japanese R&D center of Toshiba and I try to walking in on crutches wearing a hoodie, their automatic entry authorization camera system fails to recognize my face or that I’m a human.
WARNING, WARNING: Quadruped alien identified.
I know, I know…Cool story, bro.(meme)
Previous reports on the 3Yen about Japanese face scanning technologies and countermeasures include:
• Facial recognition for surgical mask wearing Japanese
(3Yen / 2006-01-14)
• Digital makeup, Japanese
(3Yen / 2011-04-18) ↓
• Anti-surveillance chic from Japan
(3Yen / 2013-01-29) ↓
After decades of struggle for break-out hit to match the Walkman, Sony has finally locked down an hardware category…for prisons.
The ‘iPod of Prison’:
What makes this Sony radio an instant classic behind bars?
The Independent | 17 January 2014
…there’s one demographic with whom the Japanese company is still incredibly popular: American prisoners.
This is all thanks to an AM/FM radio built especially for the market. Known in typically utilitarian Sony-speak as the SRF-39FP (the FP stands for ‘Federal Prison’) the radio was first released fifteen years ago but remains a firm favourite to this day…more...
Previous 3Yen reports on Sony’s continued fcuk-ups include:
• SONY’s latest fembot dampdream (3Yen / 2012-03-14)
• Sony’s make-believe business (3Yen / 2011-11-02)
• Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Sh*t
That Doesn’t F***ing Work
(3Yen / 2009-02-10)
DENTAL PECKER™ for interdental brushing of teeth by YAMAZEN corporation of Japan, of course.
Click to play the video of Pecker enjoyment…
Just in time for Halloween (3Yen / 2013-10-25) and straight from the Uncanny Valley (3Yen / 2010-08-05), check out Japan’s newest robo-girl, “Sa-chan“…
Robo-guide bot Sa-chan shown above made her debut at the big robotics and advanced technologies exhibition, “HUMAN SENSing 2013″ going on at Yokohama now. Sa-chan has ten different animated faces/personalities as well as newly-developed recognition technologies for face recognition, avoidance detection, and gesture interpretation according to the always goofy Google Translate of the Expo’s press release.
Watch the video below of Sa-chan the guide-bot in action.