12.13.2018

Body composition monitor with pinball game

Is it depressing to measure your body's data? If you are having trouble viewing the reality, how about playing in the game?
Tanita, the leading instrument maker announced the concept model of the body composition monitor for business "TANITA PINBALL" that can be played with pinball games.


It can measure 13 items such as your weight, body fat percentage and muscle mass. Then you can play with pinball game. They use their interdental composition composition meter DC - 13C for body composition measurement unit(DC-13C can measure data quickly and easily while wearing shoes and socks by flowing a weak current from the hands), users can easily measure data and play games without removing their shoes.
Because the effects of the pinball changes according to the result of the measurement, you can discover new pinball effects each time you measure the data. Their aim is to have their users continue their health care. Measuring weight and body fat percentage are melancholic for everyone, but they are trying to make them more fun by adding game elements to them.
Because this is still a concept model, they have not announced the release date and price yet.


12.01.2018

All built-in light bulbs

Recently IoT appliances and IoT gadgets are full of society. However, when you actually use them, the usage and settings of the application are different for each product, and the designs are also different. If they all got together? stak is a light bulb type module expandable smart device that makes it possible.


With this "module expanded type" structure, smart homing can be easily performed according to the characteristics of each rooms. You can rearrange the main body and the modules, and you can use the functions by using the necessary modules for each room. For example, you can use only the lighting function of this at the entrance, and in the living room where you have the air conditioner you can remotely control the air conditioner by combining it with the remote control module.
Setting is easy. You can use this by just replacing this for the light bulbs at home. Because it supplies power directly from the bulb socket, you do not have to wire and it also harmonizes with the interior of the room. In addition, this can connect with Wi-Fi access points in your home, so you can operate it from the outside. For example, it is possible to turn on the power of the home air conditioner in advance before going home.
Also, it supports Google Home and Amazon Echo, you can operate it by voice. The size of main body is 56mm(external dimensions) × 66.5mm(height), the remote control module is 56mm(external dimensions) × 21mm(height), and the lighting module is 56mm(external dimensions) × 50mm(height). The weighs of main body is 75g, the remote control module is 35g, and the lighting module is 60g.
Currently this is a development project being disclosed at the crowd funding site Makuake, and have already raised the target amount, but you can still purchase this from 7000yen. The expected release date is February 14th.

11.27.2018

Apps that adds visual effects to music

Do you want to edit videos of your own DJ play or dance easily and coolly? If so, Roland's iOS application Beat Sync Maker may be perfect.



This is an application that automatically adds impressive visual effects according to the video's beats on music shot by smartphones and makes it easy to make video in which video and music are linked like the music videos.


Usage is simple. You just select the effect you want to use while playing the video you want to edit in the application. There are 5 kinds of effects, and with the function "2-Video Mix" that can switch between two videos according to the beat, you can combine with 18 types of video that the app has in advance, or other video you have. Downloading the application is free, but in the free version you can only make video up to 30 seconds long. However, if you upgrade with in-app charge of 360 yen, the length of the video will be unlimited.
In addition, if you have Roland's audio mixer "GO: MIXER PRO" or "GO: MIXER" and you are connecting them to your smartphone, you can unlimited the length of the video without charge at Beat Sync Maker.

11.08.2018

IoT lure with sensor

"I want to fish a lot more fish!" It is a common wish of people who interested in fishing. This IoT lure may make it happen. Smart Lure, the startup that provides information service for anglers has developed IoT lure "Smart lure α" and conducting field demonstration experiments outdoors now.



This is a prototype which made the shape and weight almost the same as the commercial lure, but it can measure acceleration, temperature, illuminance, etc. by built-in sensor in the test in natural lake and experimental tank. And, it cite the results of data conversion of detailed movement of lure which could not be confirmed without special equipment such as high speed camera in the past.
General purpose parts that can procure and manufacture at low cost are used for the sensor modules mounted on them. Using them, they developed the sensors themselves. They are preparing to release this in 2019 and are already consulting with several lure makers.
In addition, they raised 40 million yen in seed rounds in September in order to further accelerate development.

2.28.2018

Emergency SOS application

Suddenly sickness can happen to anyone, but unfortunately, there are many cases where quick life-saving treatment can not be done, and even if an ambulance comes, about 90% have died. What if someone who has knowledge of life-saving will stay until the ambulance comes? What if someone will lend an AED? They will surely be able to save more people's lives.


Coaido 119 is an emergency information sharing application that can send SOS to the surroundings while reporting to the ambulance in case of emergency. You can notify the ambulance from the application, and can request the life-saving volunteer for about 10 minutes until the arrival of the ambulance to the pre-registered medical qualified people, the life-saving lecturers and the AED holders.


Also, you can communicate information on emergency situations to them using location information, video, and voice chat from this application. And although it is still within 1 km from Ikebukuro station, this application has its own AED area call function.
They are conducting demonstration experiments of applications in Toshima Ward, Tokyo from January 2017 to January 2018, and recently expanded available areas to all over Japan. Now the application is only iOS version and downloading is free.

2.27.2018

Earphone to listen to music with bones

Usually, we use eardrums when listening to music with earphones, but startup BoCo is developing a new generation earphone series "earsopen" that utilizes bone conduction technology. Last year it succeeded in raising about 100 million yen of development funding by the croudfunding project, and we can buy this at boco's retail stores, Yodobashi cameras, and online stores.



Earsopen is a bone conduction earphone that does not block my ears by listening to the sounds through the bones. By adopting proprietary bone conduction devices, they realized a high resolution class small bone conduction earphone. The good points of this can to listen to the surrounding environmental sound while listening to music. Furthermore, without damaging the eardrum, and those who have impaired hearing due to damage to the eardrum membrane can also hear sounds by bone conduction.
There are various packages, but the most reasonable set is 10,584 yen (including tax). Color variations are black and white.

2.26.2018

IoT measure that can make images with size

Now, it is common to trade fashion items among users on online auctions or online flea markets. When checking the items, it is very easy to understand that there are images clearly showing the size of the items. But making them is a little troublesome, because we need to measure the sizes of items and add them to photos with image editing application.


IoT measure hakaruno("hakaru" means to "measure" in Japanese) simplifies its effort. First, take a photo of the item from the application linked with this, and trace the place you want to measure.




When you measure the size with hakaruno and press that button, the numbers are reflected in photo immediately. Clothing suppliers can also use this. If you measure the size of customers and reflect it in slips, you will not mistake.


The measurement part of this is made by Fujitsu Component, and sending accurate sizes to your smartphone using Bluetooth. The size of this is compact, only 52 x 40 x 15 mm, and weighs about 20 grams. It work with one of coin type lithium battery(CR 2450). Now, this is raising funds for development at the croudfunding platform Makuake, and you can support it from 16,800 yen.

2.15.2018

Softbank Robotics' new product is a big stuffed toy...of robot

Softbank Robotics is known for selling humanoid robot Pepper. They announced new products. But that's not a robot.



Well, it's a huge Pepper stuffed toy. It's not a stuffed robot, and just a simple stuffed toy. Only cotton is in it. The size is 90 x 55cm and the weight is 6.5kg. The price is 75,500yen(about 650USD).


Originally this was a prize for Hackasson events using Peppar, but it was productization because it was popular as cute.
However, not everyone can purchase this. By entering name and e-mail address from the form and winning by lottery, you can earn purchase rights. The winning contact is in mid-March, shipping is in early April.


1.26.2018

Easy programming learning

As programming becomes a compulsory subject at elementary school starting from 2020, interest in programming learning is increasing year by year, but learning may be troublesome even for adults. Therefore, the programming e-learning site Progate has released an application that makes it easy to learn their curriculum with smartphones. Currently it is only iOS version, but of course they are also preparing the Android version.




In this application, you can learn about programming with a curriculum equivalent to the web version. UI/UX is optimized for smartphones, and you can practice coding with original keyboard. Since the code you wrote is reflected in the preview screen immediately, you can learn while checking whether the code is correct or not.
The users they are assuming are kids of elementary ~ high school students who do not have PCs. Many cute illustrations are used for teaching materials to make them familiar with coding, and each time they do the curriculum one by one, their level will go up. That is exactly like a game. Now, you can learn with this application in the beginer level of HTML and CSS, but the curriculums are going to increase with future updates.
Application download is free.

1.18.2018

Make shopping among family smart

Ask someone in the family to shoping for daily necessities...That is what everyone is doing, but often due to forgetful or contact mistakes, it's become troubles of families. Startup IRITEC has released the iOS version of the utility application FamilyMemo that solves this.




This is an application that shares shopping memos within the family. For example, if you notice that your famiry have run out of shampoo, and write it in this application, other family members can know that information, and somebody in your family will buy it.


Family members who have completed shopping while watching shopping memo can inform other family that they completed their shopping by checking the items. Adding items are easy, you can manage shopping memo you use only by yourself and shopping notes shared by your family on separate tabs. So, if you live alone, this app will be useful. Unfortunately, the Android version of this has not been released yet.
Downloading iOS version is free.

1.17.2018

Cutest home robot MyRoom Robi


Various home robots have been released in Japan until now, but there is nothing more lovely robot than he.
Toy company Takara-Tomy will release a personal talk robot Myroom Robi that can talk about various topics on February 28th.



Robi is a humanoid robot series developed by robot creator Tomotaka Takahashi, Myroom Robi is it's the third. He has a TV remote control sensor, a temperature sensor, a humidity sensor, a human sensor, and an illuminance sensor, uses them to recognize the environment inside the room and talks variously. For example, "It's dark. Why don't you turn on the room light?", "Achoo! It's cold!", "I want to be a snowman", these talk variations are over 2000 kinds and the contents of the talks change according to the season.
If you register your schedule in him, he will tell you according to the date. In addition, he can sing, tell the fortune telling information and play wirh the game. If you want him to have a rest, he enter quiet mode by touching his forehead for 3 seconds. His size is 170 × 170 × 130 mm and works with four alkaline AAA batteries. The price is 10,584 yen(including tax).

1.10.2018

Make unattended sales smart

Now, Mobile payments are rapidly spreading and this may further accelerate it. IoT gadget maker Cerevo showed an micro-mini vending machine Qvie with 3G / 4G communication function at CES 2018. The price of this is yet to be determined, but they will release this this summer.




Qvie consists of a cargo unit that puts items and a head unit that has a payment function. The head unit has electronic paper display and NFC, customers can pay by scanning the QR code with a smartphone camera or holding a smartphone supporting NFC, and when payment is completed, the cargo unit is unlocked. The head unit has 3G / 4G communication function, and troublesome setting accompanying communication is unnecessary. In addition, the head unit and the cargo unit have large capacity batteries, so they works about one month continuously.


If you want to sell various items, you can connect multiple cargo units to one head unit and use them simultaneously. Furthermore, you can check sales data such as unlocking time of cargo unit, its number of times, sales amount in real time from smartphone. The size of the head unit is 44 × 45 × 150 mm and the cargo unit is 159 × 383 × 305 mm(Including legs). The weight is yet to be confirmed.

1.05.2018

Enjoy karaoke everywhere --- Bluetooth Karaoke microphone

In Japan, January is the rush month of the New Year party. This microphone is useful if you are a party organizer and it is troublesome to book a karaoke room.


This Bluetooth karaoke microphone links with smartphones or tablets and converts every place into a karaoke room. When you choose your favorite tune from mobile application that link with this, you can sing with that tune that played from a speaker at the bottom of microphone. Of course this has the function to lower the volume of the vocal only. In addition, you can also adjust the volume of microphone itself and echo. If you want to sing tunes which JOYSOUND karaoke machine has, link with Karaoke JOYSOUND application. Or, if you want to sing the tunes on the CDs, use the I - O DATA's gadget CD Reco and its application. The size of this is 220 x 64 x 64 mm, and the weight is 210 g. Battery capacity is 2200 mAh, it works for about 5 hours with 3 hours charging. The color variations are gold, silver and pink, and the price is 5,378 yen (including tax).