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Sub Categories: [Robotics]

Finnish iOS Users are Discovering a Whole New World of Anime with Autocorrect

Date: Tuesday April 26th 2016 [14:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

We're not certain if all our readers keep up to date with Finnish tech current affairs, so read on if you haven't heard about this already. In order to explain this we need to teach you some basic Finnish.

Read More... | Source: Digitoday

Hatsune Miku by iDoll x Nendoroid at Wonder Festival

Date: Tuesday February 9th 2016 [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

Fans of collectable anime figures will already be aware of winter Wonder Festival 2016. It's always interesting to see what figures have been launched and how stressful it will be on your wallet. The good folks from Yukai Engineering Inc have sent us details of their latest concept project. A collaboration with figure firm Good Smile The iDoll x Nendoroid combines the Yukai Engineering iDoll with Good Smile's popular Nendoroid figure. They've created a singing dancing Hatsune Miku figure that interacts with a smart phone app.

Yukai Engineering Inc are not new to making otaku products they were also involved in the necomimi, those brainwave reading cat ears.

Read More... | Source: iDoll x Nendoroid

Using an Anime Image Tool to Upscale Traditional Japanese Prints

Date: Thursday May 21st 2015 [11:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

John Resig is not normally a name you'd expect to see on Otaku News. He's a JavaScript Guru and the creator of the hugely popular jQuery JavaScript library. While he's not being awesome with JavaScript he is also busy working on a Database of Japanese Prints.

In a recent blog post he explains how he's been tinkering with a tool called Waifu2x to enlarge low res images of wood block prints. Waifu2x was originally designed to enlarge anime and fan art, but as John explains it can be used with Japanese Prints (with some trade offs).

Source: John Resig's Blog

An Interview With Anime Director Kenji Kamiyama

Date: Monday June 3rd 2013 [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

April 2013, it's spring time in London, it should be warm and sunny, but instead it's snowing sideways. We're off to meet renowned anime direction Kenji Kamiyama, writer and director of hit titles like Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East and Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Using eBook Readers for Manga

Date: Sunday October 24th 2010 [14:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

eReaders have started to move from that realm of expensive gadget, to a more affordable and practical solution to lugging books around. The benefit of such a tiny device able to hold thousands of books versus having to actually carry many books around is clear. They're great for printed text, but what about manga? Are eReaders suitable for reading manga on?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Therapeutic ringtones for mobile phones

Date: Tuesday March 23rd 2010 [10:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

The Times have an interesting article covering a new fad for Therapeutic ringtones in Japan. With hefty claims such as improving your skin tone with the power of alpha-waves the ring tones have a lot to live up to. The different melodies are designed to ease a range of various day-to-day issues. There's one for hang overs, one for going to sleep, another for staying awake and so on. These are the latest creation from Matsumi Suzuki and the Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory. The ringtone providers are currently excited about their new range of ringtones that promise to relieve hay fever, however no research has been conducted in this area.

Source: The Times

Homemade Katamari Controller

Date: Tuesday May 26th 2009 [4:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

On browsing the internet we've discovered a hardware hacker at play. Kellbot has built a Katamari Ball Controller for the Playstation 2. There's video footage explaining how it works along with a circuit diagram on her blog.

The Katamari controller is basically a giant trackball. The creator considered using a yoga ball, but found it impractical. We wonder if Namco will create an official trackball add on for the game? There seems to be tons of alternative controllers for consoles now, and a trackball could surely be used in more than one game? Super Monkey Balls would be great too!

Source: Kellbot

Ubunchu The Ubuntu Linux Manga

Date: Tuesday April 21st 2009 [17:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

Wired have discovered Ubunchu, a manga series featuring the Linux Distribution Ubuntu. The manga was originally authored by Hiroshi Seo and has been translated in English and a few other languages too.

Operating Systems have been covered by manga before with the OS-tans, Ubunchu sets out to be more informative. The manga is billed as romantic school comedy and is a great introduction to Ubuntu for new users.

Source: DoctorMO's Blag

HRP-4C the Humanoid Female Robot

Date: Monday March 16th 2009 [16:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

BBC News have some interesting video footage of a life-like walking female robot.

The HRP-4C has 30 motors in it's body which allow to walk and move it's arms. It also has 8 motors in it's face to create various expressions.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

USB Lunch Box Keeps your food nice and hot

Date: Monday January 19th 2009 [18:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

We love USB powered gadgets and so do many Japanese gadget manufacturers. Tokyo Mango have discovered another great bit of gear by Thanko. The USB Hot Lunchbag. It keeps your meal at a constant 60 degrees Celsius until it's lunch time.

Source: Tokyo Mango

Canadian Man Builds Perfect Woman

Date: Thursday December 11th 2008 [14:08] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Freaky Things

A news story from The Sun found via Slashdot (so it HAS to be true) reports on a man from Ontario, Canada who has constructed himself the perfect woman.

Read More... | Source: The Sun

ADV Launches Download Site

Date: Friday September 29th 2006 [12:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films has joined the anime downloading craze with the opening of their new digital download store, ADV Universe. Anime fans can now, after signing at the official website, browse and shop for episodes of their favorite ADV releases, including Gilgamesh, Godannar, and Comic Party to watch on their computer through Windows Media Player.

While the price for episode downloading has not been disclosed, signing up for service at ADV Universe is free! And as an added incentive, fans will receive the first episode of Guyver: The Bio-Booster Armor, soon to be released by ADV, for free after signing up. Itís just one more way at how much anime fandom is progressing in this high-tech, digital age.

Source: ADV Films

VIZ and Cartoon Network Go Broadband

Date: Thursday April 27th 2006 [11:01] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ and Cartoon Network to launch new broadband site, Toonami Jetstream, to feature recent television hits and new shows not yet available.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Anime Network at Top of Podcast Charts

Date: Monday January 30th 2006 [10:36] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime Network show "Digital Dojo" cracks the Top 20 on the podcast charts in North America.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Otaku News Launch PSP Edition

Date: Tuesday January 17th 2006 [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've been listening to what our readers want, and we know that many anime fans are also keen PSP owners. Which is why we've made a PSP version of Otaku News, designed especially for Sony's box of tricks. It has less content than the full versions of this site, but is designed for quick loading times and navigation, which is ideal when you're out and about with wireless access. To access it all you have to do is visit http://www.otakunews.com/psp/ (go on, bookmark it on your PSP you know you want to). The main article content and DVD reviews are identical to the other editions of Otaku News.

Source: Otaku News - PSP Edition

Tokyo Motor Show 2005

Date: Thursday November 3rd 2005 [19:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

UK TV Station Channel 4 have just posted some excellent coverage of the Tokyo Motor Show. The Weird and Wonderful section is worth looking at for futuristic concept cars, the Mitsuoka Orochi Nude just sounds interesting because of it's name! Amusment can also be found with the Mini coverage, with it's slogan "Go British", we're not exactly sure what it means! Sadly there seems to be no sign of cars that change into robots.

Source: Channel 4

Anime on The iPod

Date: Friday October 21st 2005 [18:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The new Apple iPod can play video files and Central Park Media have announced that they are the first anime company to provide content for it. This is an adventurous move, since CPM have also started to release content on the PSP to download too. It's always good to see that anime companies are willing to experiment with new platforms to show anime.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

Europe Needs Bigger Robots Push

Date: Friday October 7th 2005 [8:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

BBC News are running a story titled Europe Needs Bigger Robots Push, at first we were hoping the EU needs some Gundams or other giant mecha, but infact it's an interesting story about how advanced Japanese robot research is compared to Europe.

Apparently the EU is going to give a boost to selected companies to aid in their development of robots.

Source: BBC News

Realistic Robot Revealed

Date: Wednesday July 27th 2005 [7:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

According to BBC News Professor Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University has unveiled the most human looking robot yet devised. The android Repliee Q1 is female in appearance and can currently only sit in a fixed position. She has 31 actuators in her upper body, powered by a nearby air compressor which are programmed to allow her to move like a human. Q1 has a soft silicon skin instead of a hard plastic shell, she can turn and react in a human like manner. The article also mentions R1, a predecessor to Q1 also designed by Professor Ishiguru that has the appearance of a five year old Japanese girl.

Source: BBC News

Japan and France Team Up To Develop Supersonic Jet

Date: Thursday June 16th 2005 [12:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

BBC News are covering a story about the Japanese and French plans to produce a successor to Concorde the renowned supersonic jet plane. Both countries unveiled the plan at the Paris airshow and stated that the 300 seat plane would reduce flight times between New York and Tokyo to six hours! This new aircraft will also be more refined than Concorde producing less noise.

Source: BBC News

Visit Satsuki's and Mei's House

Date: Monday March 21st 2005 [17:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've been sent details from renowned anime author Helen McCarthy and journalist Ake Sasaki about the World Expo 2005 In Aichi, Japan, it looks like a dreamland for otaku!

For anime fans the highlight has to be Satsuki's and Mei's House, a replica of the house featured in Studio Ghibli's landmark My Neighbour Totoro. Just like the Ghibli Museum, entry to the house is limited to a set number of special ticket holders each day. Expo attendees must enter a lottery in advance to win the privilege of entering the house. As a result some lucky winners have taken to auctioning their tickets on-line, currently the free tickets are going for around $100 USD.

Read More... | Source: World Expo 2005 In Aichi, Japan

NTT Creates Human Area Networking

Date: Saturday February 19th 2005 [9:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

The alert folk at TechJapan have discovered a bizarre new communication standard from NTT. Named "RedTacton", NTT has dubbed it a "Human Area Network". The idea behind it sounds like a gimmick from a Sci-Fi show, simply touch a RedTacton device with one part of your body and touch another RedTacton supporting device with another part of your body for an instant 10Mbps connection between the devices. TechJapan point their readers to the Official English Press Release.

The Otaku News Crew wonder if people using this technology will be able to transfer data with each other by simply shaking hands!

Source: TechJapan

New Offering From Toriyama

Date: Friday February 11th 2005 [13:45] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Technology

No itís not another manga series, but a car. Manga artist Akira Toriyama famous for Dragon Ball has designed an electric car, the QVOLT! The car's top speed is 18 miles per hour, and is available in 5 colours. Only nine will be made and they will retail for 1,990,000 yen. Itís currently unknown if the car will be able to drive for 30 episodes or go super car level three.

Pictures are available on the Qvolt website.

Source: Anime News Network

Gamer Buys $26,500 Virtual Land

Date: Monday December 20th 2004 [16:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

We've just discovered an interesting story on BBC News, about a Gamer who has purchased an island on the RPG Project Entropia.

Apparently the new owner is able to "make money from his investment as he is able to tax other gamers who come to his virtual land to hunt or mine for gold". The Otaku News crew find this story interesting because this is not a tangible item in the real world, so can easily be copied if the original game creators so desired, we also wonder what would happen if the server went down and could not be restored from back up! ^_-

Source: BBC News

Kickboxing robots draw crowds in Japan at Robo-One

Date: Friday August 13th 2004 [13:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

CNN are running an interesting story about Kickboxing robots at the Robo-One tournament.

MLive.com also have good coverage of Robo-One.

Source: CNN.com

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