Wi-Fi camera which shoot the viewpoint of the toy

Have you thought that you wanted to become diorama figures? If you use this Wi-Fi camera, you can enjoy the feeling that you becomes the mini-figures and get on cars and trains of the toy. PCs and gadgets shop DOSPARA developed Wi-Fi camera "Comicam" to be attached to toys.

This is L-shaped to fix it to the roof of cars and the trains of the toy. When users fix this to toy by a rubber band, install application in own smartphones and connect it to Wi-Fi, they can enjoy the viewpoint of the toy with the screen of the smartphone and shoot its photos and video.
In addition, this is a general-purpose action camera also. This has the camera mount of the magnet desorption type, if users attach a tripod to this, they can use it as a general camera. As for the recording time of this, it is short with 70 minutes(When use Wi-Fi; 30 minutes). However, DOSPARA pursued downsizing than battery capacity to make this a simple toy.
The time necessary for charge is about two hours, the angle of view is 120 degrees, resolution of video is 1280 X 720ppixel / 30fps, the biggest pixel of the image is 5 million, and it support microSD ~ microSDXC(64GB). The Size is 78.62 X 23.5 X 14.5mm, weight is about 25g. DOSPARA sells this for 6,480yen(tax-included) in their EC site Shanhaidonya.


Miyagi Pref. got economic effect of 17,7M USD in Pokemon GO

Miyagi Prefecture is one of the stricken areas of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. According to them, they got economic effect of 20 billion yen(about 17,7M USD) thanks to Pokemon GO.

Niantic held an event of Pokemon GO in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima(stricken areas of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami) and Kumamoto(Stricken area of the Kumamoto big earthquake of this year) in November. By this event, more Lapras came to appear in those areas.

This event was started on November 11 until 21, and during the period, many tourists gathered in these stricken areas.

When big disasters attack the areas, the sightseeing income there decreases sharply, and the local economy becomes impoverished. However, location based mobile games can improve it.

via http://www.pref.miyagi.jp/release/ho20161219-6.html (Japanese)


Picture book of humanoid robot "Pepper"

Froebel-kan, the children's book publishing company and SoftBank Robotics produced a picture book of humanoid robot Pepper jointly. The price is 1,000yen(about 8.9USD).

Now, Pepper works in many shops and offices in Japan and he is bought to standard family though his price is 200,000yen(about 1,787USD). The theme of this picture book is the significance of existence of Pepper in the family and symbiosis with human beings and robots.

In this picture book, Pepper is bought as birthday present to a boy. The boy is surprised first, but gradually makes friends with Pepper, and Pepper becomes the member of the family before long.

The daily life of live with robots is already reality. It is important that parents let children think about the daily life with robots. This picture book is sold from yesterday.



May the force be with your smartphone

Spin-off movie of the Star Wars series "Rogue One" is shown soon. To it, Softbank and Sharp announced that they released two kinds of smartphones of Star Wars in the beginning of December.

Of course two kinds of them are the dark side and the light side. Because users must use it more than two years if they change a model of a smartphone, they must think about which they promise the loyalty to seriously! :)
The OS of the smartphone is Android 6.0 and skin and live wall paper are X-Wing or Tie Fighter. Furthermore, game application "Star Wars: Force Collection", movie application of "The Force Awakens", emoji, and ringtones are preinstalled. As a bonus item, the metal figures of Rogue One made by TAKARA TOMY are attached. Those size is 73*149*7.6mm, and weight is 155g. The battery capacity is 3,000mAh. The price is 99,720yen(tax-included), but the price changes by the kind of a method for purchase and the contract.

via http://www.softbank.jp/mobile/special/starwars-mobile/


Let's share ideas and recipes of DIY

This application is convenient if you do not understand beginning though you are interested in DIY. Wondershake released β version of DIY recipes share service for women "Creon".

It is, so to speak, Cookpad of DIY. Users can see and post various genres DIY recipes such as interiors, accessories, cosmetics, and gardening. For example, you did not know where you should buy the materials which are necessary for it though there is the thing which you wanted to make.You can know the names of shops from the tag of recipes of other users. By the way, the popular tags are 100-yen shops now.
The official release date is next March, but this already has a lot of DIY recipes and the number of the current categories are ten kinds. Account registration and the downloading of application are free(iOS/Android).


This iPhone case becomes the projector

When you have to give presentation to somebody suddenly, or want to do it more willingly, and want to surprise somebody, this iPhone case becomes your strong fellow.

Gadget shop Thanko released available iPhone case as a projector. As for the conventional projectors, setting and the wiring of cables are troublesome. However, you only put iPhone in this case, and the big screen can reflect a picture anywhere. Because the thickness of this is only 2.6cm, and weight is 195g, you can pocket this.

This incorporates battery, and the consecutive use of one hour 40 minutes is possible in a charge time of 5 hours. Furthermore, you can use this as mobile battery, USB memory and card reader. You have the output from a PC via HDMI, too and can be connected to the external speaker in an outside audio line out. Its ability for projection of the brightness is 80 lumen, the resolution is WVGA (854*480 dots), the contrast ratio is 2,000:1, and it cope with the projection to up to 120 inches. The price is 39,800 yen (tax-included).

via http://www.thanko.jp/shopdetail/000000002703


[Photo report] Angry Birds exhibition in Ginza Sony building

September 17 - October 30, an exhibition of The Angry Birds Movie was held in Sony Building of Ginza, Tokyo.

Unfortunately Angry Birds does not get popularity in Japan, and it is important that such an event is held for promotion.

For this exhibition, rough sketchs of characters by artists were displayed on 18 meters display wall.

The photo booth which reproduced the scene of the movie.

This is the attraction that can experience a slingshot artificially.

A sense of touch presentation technology of Sony is used for this. When visitors sprawl on the table having a vibration device and put on headphones, they can do simulated experience in Red flying by a slingshot. The movie which reproduced a viewpoint of Red was projected on the huge LED display. It was not VR, but children enjoyed it very much.

This was an event for children, but there were many visitors of adults, too. Furthermore, some foreign tourists came. Would such exhibition be held in other countries?

The Angry Birds Movie Japanese website


The yoyo which emits light coolly

Cerevo of the developer of unique hardware products released smart yoyo 7-Magic which emits light in link with a PC.

7-Magic has 21 High-Brightness LEDs and Bluetooth for control, and users can set emission colors and the brightness of the yoyo from a PC connected to Bluetooth in application "7-Magic Bluetooth Cue". In addition, users let a yoyo link video and the sound that a PC plays and can let LEDs emit light automatically in Wireless pre-set luminescent mode. Of course it supports not only the wireless but also the USB, so professional performers who want to never fail can use it also.

They cooperated with C3 Yoyo Design of Hong Kong to develop this, put a luminescent circuit and communication circuit on their yoyo "NITIATOR", and developed 7-Magic based on it. Furthermore, they invited BLACK of the yoyo world champion as a development adviser. The size is 58.25mm X 39.3mm and the weight is about 74grams. It is a charge type and work by one charge for 80 minutes(charge time is 100 minutes). The price is 29,999yen(tax-included) and they start shipment soon.


Cheap and lightweight 360-degree omnidirectional camera

Ricoh is known as a representative 360-degree omnidirectional camera maker in Japanese VR industry. Particularly, their slender handheld omnidirectional camera "THETA series" is popular as handy VR gadget.
They released new model of this series "THETA SC" that is cheaper and lightweight. It is 10,000yen are cheaper and 20 grams are lighter than conventional model "THETA S". It is surely cheap, but it has incorporated memory of 8GB, lens and the CMOS image sensor which equal to a conventional model. Users can shoot 360-degree omnidirectional photos and videos, transfer them to a smartphones or tablets, and post them to social networking services. Photos are about 14 million pixels, and videos are 1920 X 1080/30fps. However, it does not have a live streaming function and HDMI interface, and as for the videos shoot possibility time is only 5 minutes. In short, this is a cheap edition for VR beginners. The size is 45.2mm X 130.6mm X 22.9mm, the weight is about 102grams, and the price is 32,800yen(tax-included). Color variations are blue, beige, pink, and white.



Social video apps of substitute of Vine

Are you looking for social video application to substitute of Vine? Then, how about LINE's new spin-off application "LINE MOMENTS"?.

Its Android version is advances-released in a global market now. Users of LINE MOMENTS can shoot video of ten seconds(It is slightly longer than Vine) with own smartphone and I can edit it. They only slide a finger on a screen and can edit various videos such as slow, double speed, loop, or reverse. Furthermore, it has a filter function, and users can change textures of videos. Rather the rival of this may be Instagram, but this has the unique filters which Instagram does not have. Positional information are given to video by shoot places and videos are located on MAP. The downloading is free and this supports Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Chinese, English and Korean.


VR controller for mobile against Google Daydream

Google announced VR Head Mount Display and controller Daydream View for smartphones this month. Against to it, Japanese mobile game company Wonder League started a development project of VR controller Vroom for smartphones in Kicskstarter. A point of this is to intend for both iPhone and android smartphones although it is same as concept of google's Daydream, and you can use it in combination with the VR Head Mount Display which other companies release. In addition, Vroom Project develops a VR motion controller and makes it the open source. They contribute SDK and assets which supports Unity to developers. It have three-axis accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope and three-axis magnetometer, and users operate it in two buttons and eight directional key. The size is 35mm*140mm*17mm, and weight in about 50g. It works more than 12 hours in two alkali dry batteries of the AAA size.

They release this in the spring of 2017, and you can support it from 3 dollars in Kicskstarter. if you want the physical VR controller, it is necessary to support it more than 38 dollars. Project page is here.


Aroma diffuser which can carry fragrances

The fragrances are effective to refresh a feeling. If we can carry aroma diffuser anytime and carry favorite fragrances, it will be convenient. Sony realized it. They released stick type aroma diffuser AROMASTIC which could carry five kinds of fragrances.

When users attach the cartridge of fragrances to this and push the button of the body side, fragrances scatter it to a flow of the air from the tip of this. However, the fragrances disappear instantly when users take a finger off the button. Because fragrances do not spread, users can use it various places such as the train or office. Essential oil derived from the natural plant which British cosmetics brand NEAL'S YARD REMEDIES supervised is used for fragrances. Cartridges of fragrances are three kinds of "for Basic", "for Beauty" and "for Business", and each contains five kinds of fragrances. The size is about 25mm *86mm and weight is 33g. It has lithium ion battery and works about one charge for one month. The price is 8,980 yen, and the price of cartridges are 2,280 yen ~ 2,780 yen.


Cases for iPhone 7 which an LED light turns on without batteries

Though printed circuit board is used in places that do not meet the eye usually, its design is beautiful. How about if we can carry it? Printed circuit board maker Denshi-Gihan released iPhone 7/7 Plus cases utilized its beauty. Besides, they have an LED light turning on without batteries. A characteristic of this is to express X-WING (Star Wars) and Tokyo train map by an exact design while being circuit board.

They adopted technique called PAD ON VIA used in high density printed circuit board to realize it, and made them with a manufacturing method same as genuine printed circuit board. In addition, LED light converts the electric wave which iPhone emits into electricity, and turns on by up-converting it. But it does not always turn on and turns it on at random only when iPhone emits a strong electric wave. Now, they are applying for a patent about this structure now. Prices are 14,040 yen ~ 17,280 yen and the color variations are green, black and white. More photos are here.


You can check locking up with a sensor

When you go out, have you worried about the locking of the house? This "leafee mag" monitors the locking of windows or doors by sensors. This is comprised of the main sensor, magnet and mobile application, and the sensor recognizes the distance from a magnet and monitors the open/shut of windows or doors.

For example, if you want to monitor a window, you bond a sensor and a magnet to key lever and sash, then you can use them immediately. The sensor and the mobile application link by Bluetooth, and the application acquires the information of sensors in background. Because you can check the state of sensors when you go out. In addition, these will help prevent a door from being forgotten to close if you bond these to a refrigerator or a air-conditioner. The sensor works by one coin battery for about six months. Startup Strobo is going to release this in November and does pre-sale in crowd funding platform Makuake. They already collected aim amounts of money, but you can still purchase this in 1,480yen - 7,480yen courses. The prevailing price is 1,980yen(Tax not included).

Crowd funding page is here


This Bluetooth speaker floats, spins and glows

KEN LLP started pre-sale of wireless air speaker "LEVI SOUND" that link with smartphones in crowd funding platform Green Funding.

The globe speaker has a neodymium magnet, controlled by a computer, floating from a base part and keeping balance. Furthermore, it sticks to every metal moiety by a magnet. Of course the specifications as the speaker do not have any problem. It has a full-range speaker of max power 3W and decreases a distortion and vibration by being floating in the air. The sound frequency band is 40Hz - 20KHz, coverage area is 10m, the battery is 500mAh and operates for up to eight hours. KEN LLP has already collected about five times of the aim amount of money in crowd funding and two courses that one LEVI SOUND and special bonus were combined were sold out. However, courses of 13,800yen - 128,000yen that you can buy LEVI SOUND still stay.

Crowd funding page is here


The mobile apps that anyone can become accessories designers

The market place of handmade works such as Etsy are popular in Japan, and various services grow up. This is a big chance for creators, but is there the method that more people enjoy a creator experience willingly? Therefore FUN UP released mobile application "monomy" officially that anyone can become accessories designers.

monomy is the handmade market place application that users can put about 3,000 kinds of accessories parts together, designs various accessories and sell them. The designed accessories are shown in mypage of users(It's also original brand pages of users), and they are sold to other users.

At present, accessories parts are products for women, but of course men users can register. Because a profit share is added to accessories parts beforehand, users cannot set the price of works in oneself. However, each price range of works are less than 10,000yen because there are not the too expensive parts. When works are sold, 10% of sales are paid to users who designed them. You may think that there is few, but monomy is in charge of all of production of works, shipment, inventory control, and sales management. Users do not have any risks. It is only an iOS version that is released, but they release the Android version in a few days now.