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PS4 Pro photo
PS4 Pro

Say hello to the next PlayStation, the PS4 Pro

And its smaller, cheaper buddy
Sep 07
// Josh Tolentino
The image above has pretty much covered all the necessary information, but in case our server's acting wonky or you're a details type of person, here's the skinny: After months of rumors, leaks, broken street dates, and specu...
Sword Art Online VR photo
Sword Art Online VR

Virtual Reality Sword Art Online actually works, it turns out

Well...sort of.
Mar 19
// Josh Tolentino
When IBM announced its intention to Make Anime Real™ by producing a Sword Art Online-based virtual reality experience, I was a tad skeptical. After all, even the most advanced VR tech in the world can just barely convi...
Sword Art Online photo
Sword Art Online

Finally, an actual Sword Art Online Virtual Reality game

As the gods intended
Feb 22
// Josh Tolentino
File this one under "It's happening!", because it really is: Sword Art Online is getting a game adaptation in the medium that it helped make famous: Virtual Reality. IBM have announced a new online VR game project title...
Toyota X Vocaloid photo
Toyota X Vocaloid

Toyota X Vocaloid team up to rock the new Prius

Flashing screen incoming
Feb 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
This video is a whole lot of wut, but hey... it sounds pretty good! If you didn't have your afternoon cup of coffee yet, you can skip it. This video's got enough hype in it to keep you going until tomorrow. I don't feel any ...

Look at this jerk photo
Look at this jerk

Try to ignore the d-bag marketing for this neat translator gizmo

Cool device, uncool dude
Jan 07
// Josh Tolentino
Here's a new one to file under "Why We Can't Have Nice Things": Tone-deaf marketing stunts. Like this one, for a neat little thing called the "ili" Wearable Translator. It's a little white slab about a bit smaller than an Ap...
Summer Lesson photo
Summer Lesson

Summer Lesson becomes a real thing

Along with the rest of PlayStation VR
Sep 20
// Josh Tolentino
I remember back at E3, when Katsuhiro Harada and the Tekken team updated their little VR experiment, Summer Lesson. I remarked that the little tech demo featuring players nodding their heads at young teens represented p...
Summer Lesson photo
Summer Lesson

Summer Lesson is everything right about VR

Thanks, Harada!
Jun 16
// Josh Tolentino
Virtual Reality's a thing, right? The prospect of really putting players "somewhere else" in a more substantial way is just too appealing to dismiss completely. That said, for most of the tech demos out there, that "somewher...
Surveillance robot photo
Surveillance robot

Japan Ministry of Defense's surveillance robot is almost ready to roll out

Transformation feature included
Jan 02
// Salvador G Rodiles
Good news, everyone! It turns out that the Japanese Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute is close to finishing their special surveillance robot. Going by the name of the Throwable Type Reconnaiss...
Shrimp Cannon photo
Shrimp Cannon

Want Shrimp Tempura in 3 seconds? Take this cannon

Mid-air Ebi-Fry
Dec 02
// Josh Tolentino
You never know where useful information will come from. For example, would you expect to learn a secret technique for preparing fried shrimp in an instant from...a wireless carrier? Yeah, neither did I.  NTT Docomo's pr...
Pigeon drones photo
Pigeon drones

Arrange pigeon drone booze parties with Kirin

Three drones to the wind
Nov 05
// Josh Tolentino
Ever wanted to knock back a brew with a bunch of cool drones? Well, too bad, because Kirin's got the opportunity for you, with a new campaign stunt involving a little family of four drones, decorated to look like friendly pi...
Hatsune Miku photo
Hatsune Miku

See Hatsune Miku through Tetsuya Nomura's eyes

Costliest hair in Glorious Nippon
Nov 05
// Josh Tolentino
Are you ready to journey into the Uncanny Valley? You might not have a choice, because Tetsuya Nomura's already there, and he's populating it with his CG creations, the latest being this rendition of Vocaloid diva Hatsune Mi...
Lap Pillow sim photo
Lap Pillow sim

Finally: Japan simulates the lap-pillow in VR

How long 'til a picking-your-ear mode?
Aug 06
// Josh Tolentino
If Japan and tech-savvy otaku continue to apply their peculiar brand of innovation to the latest tech, we may get the 2D-loving world we've always dreamed of sooner rather than later. The latest blow against the tyranny of 3...
PS4 photo

Japan's Frozen PS4 would've looked better in white

Step it up, Nippon!
Jul 13
// Josh Tolentino
Frozen may have pretty much taken over the world, but that won't stop companies trying to cash in on its popularity with tacky, cheap branded merchandise. No, that doesn't make sense, because that's exactly why companies... photo

Dream up a logo for '.moe' domains, win mad bank

And yes, there are .moe domains now
Apr 12
// Josh Tolentino
Are you ready for .moe to take over the internet? No, not "moe", that weird otaku concept. That's already taken over the internet. I'm talking about ".moe", a new domain being operated by Japanese internet provider Inter...
Anime Studio 10 photo
Anime Studio 10

Anime Studio 10 boasts new options and tools

Now I just need 5,000 hours of free time
Mar 04
// Karen Mead
It's safe to say that creating original animation is the holy grail for a lot of anime fans, myself included. If you'd like to take that goal beyond the realm of idle daydreams, Smith Micro's Anime Studio program is something you should seriously look into. I've messed around a bit with Anime Studio 9.5, but now that 10 is out, it's a good time to take a quick look at what the program offers.
Travel Osaka photo
Travel Osaka

Osaka leads the way to free WiFi in Japan

Yay, technology!
Feb 03
// Kristina Pino
It's been a long, and I mean long, time coming, but one city in lovely Japan has finally, finally gotten with the program and decided to offer free WiFi. And surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, depending on how you look at it), ...
Sound Levitation photo
Sound Levitation

Watch Japan make stuff float using the magic of sound

What is this dark sorcery?!
Jan 04
// Josh Tolentino
Well, "magic" is hardly the right word for it, since there's some pretty solid science behind these Japanese scientists' ability to make things float in thin air, but at first glance it's pretty hard not to get all giddy abo...
DARPA Robot photo

Japanese robot wins DARPA challenge, is anime reference

These guys must like PatLabor
Dec 26
// Josh Tolentino
Robots are great. A lot of folks would agree with me, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the institution doing all manner of top-secret, top-awesome projects for the government. Another thing th...
AquaTop Surface photo
AquaTop Surface

Japanese scientists finally find a use for Kinect

As well as a use for a bathtub!
Dec 08
// Josh Tolentino
Ever sit in a hot bath and think "I could be playing a videogame right now if it weren't for all this water!"? No? I didn't think so, but Japanese scientists are happy to give you the option to do just that thing, and using ...
Moon Laser! photo
Moon Laser!

Fund it! Japan proposes building laser beam on the moon

The next step to real-life Gundam-world!
Dec 05
// Josh Tolentino
What is it with Japan and its tendency to name cool stuff after things that terrify westerners? First they found a company called Cyberdyne to make a robot exoskeleton called "HAL", and now one Japanese scientist is proposin...
Oculus Rift H-game photo
Oculus Rift H-game

Japan develops an Oculus Rift H-game

Now that's a 'handy' machine
Nov 12
// Josh Tolentino
It...has...begun.  Well, to be fair, Japan (and other nations, surely) have been searching for that Holy Grail of sexy-times, the virtual reality erotic sim, for about as long as computers have been around, but this new ...
PS Vita sale photo
PS Vita sale

PSA: PlayStation Vita hardware on sale at Radio Shack

All the portable gaming you can eat!
Nov 11
// Josh Tolentino
Hey, North Americans, I hear you're getting a PlayStation 4 soon! You know what would be a good companion machine for that monster? A PlayStation Vita! At least, Sony and Radio Shack seem to think so. Sony's done its part by ...
PS4 unboxing photo
PS4 unboxing

Sony unboxes the PlayStation 4, announces Asia date

Greatness awaits, indeed!
Nov 11
// Josh Tolentino
If you ever thought "unboxing" videos of people opening up packages of cool things weren't "epic" enough, Sony has the video you've always wanted. They're really taking that whole "Greatness Awaits" tagline to heart, what wi...
Automatic shiny pokmon photo
Automatic shiny pokmon

Pokefan creates an automatic shiny Pokemon finder

Puts my hunting to shame.
Nov 07
// Chris Walden
Those of us who haven't been so fortunate to catch shiny Pokémon during normal playtime may have been glad that the encounter ratio seems to have been tweaked. Horde battles increase the number of times you can roll t...
technology photo

The most boring game of rock-paper-scissors ever

I call hacks!
Nov 06
// Eric Koziol
As an English teacher in Japan, rock-paper-scissors, or janken as I have grown to call it, has become part of my everyday life. I have gotten pretty good at it. Young kids tend to skew rock. Some of the kids who have thought ...
Xbox One Kinect photo
Xbox One Kinect

Xbox One might now be better for Japanese living rooms

So says a leaked manual scan
Oct 27
// Josh Tolentino
Hey, remember Kinect for Xbox 360? Microsoft's big camera and motion-control gimmick was interesting - moreso than the PlayStation Move at any rate - but sadly it stopped short of being a genuine revolution. There are a numbe...
Vocaloid photo

Oculus Rift app lets you "shake hands" with Miku

Sort of cool, I guess...
Oct 09
// Tim Sheehy
This is one of those things that's either really creepy, awesome, or both. I've seen Oculus Rift used to develop some interesting programs, but this is a first. An enthusiast by the name of @GOROman developed the Miku Miku A...
Tech photo

Japan developing AR glasses for real-time translation

Butterfly in the sky...
Oct 04
// Tim Sheehy
I already giggle a little every time I see people walking around with Google Glass,  but imagine seeing every foreigner walking around with a visor like the one pictured here. Well, that's the future NTT Docomo is workin...
LINE: Fairy Tail stickers photo
LINE: Fairy Tail stickers

Go buy some Fairy Tail stickers on LINE

Get 'em, they're hot
Oct 03
// Kristina Pino
If you're one of the over 200 million users using LINE to keep in touch with friends and maybe play some games, you now have the option to buy Fairy Tail (US$1.99) stickers from their shop. Other recent additions to the store...
Inflatable Building photo
Inflatable Building

Need a concert on the go? Blow up this concert hall

Rad architecture to hit Tohoku
Sep 25
// Josh Tolentino
No, that freaky purple jellybean-thing you see in the header above isn't the next candidate for a Japanator Eats segment, nor is it a titanic sculpture of Grimace in repose. It's actually the next big venue for hot music and ...

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