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FindTokyo app brings pop-up maps and more to iPhone
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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In spite of general ill-informed nay-saying about the hardware’s prospects in Japan, the Tokyo-specific iPhone apps keep rolling in thick, fast and creamy, with the latest being a gem from Enfour and Gmap.

Sony uses Wi-Fi to pinpoint noodle shops
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Read the full story GPS | Japan | Software | Wireless | WTF? 08:59 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Sony’s a strange company - on the one hand it appears every inch the industry giant striving to return to its former glory yet, on the other, it produces really bizarre products like its latest piece of software that uses Wi-Fi to locate noodle restaurants.

Sanyo car sat-nav first with full-fledged digital TV tuner
Friday, October 19, 2007
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It would be easy to think that we get off on teasing our readers in the West by featuring Japanese products you’ll never get your hands on, but that would be a mistake – we just get a kick out of sharing the latest cutting-edge gadgetry, whatever its provenance.

Nissan cars to politely suggest that drunks not drive home … please
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Read the full story GPS | Transportation | Wireless | WTF? 06:06 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Recidivist lawbreakers and people who need to be told what to do will probably benefit most from the latest Japanese car-navigation system from Nissan, which warns drivers of the dangers of drink-driving whether they’re Methodist ministers or hotel-chain heiresses.

PlaceEngine Wi-Fi mapping spreads wings beyond Sony
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Read the full story Gaming | GPS | Internet | Japan | Software | Wireless 05:41 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Confirming the promise we saw in Sony’s GPS-shunning PlaceEngine application recently, comes the news that Japanese mapping giant Edia will use it in its next round of navigation software.

Networked drinks machines keeping the peace
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Read the full story GPS | Japan | R&D | Wireless | WTF? 08:51 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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The largest city in western Japan has just seen the start of an unusual security trial that uses IC tags, GPS and drinks vending machines to make the streets a little safer.

Softbank helps drunks find missing cellphones, moms locate kids
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
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Here in Japan, Softbank Mobile - the brand Vodafone Japan transformed into last year - is about to launch a service that will surely appeal to the nation’s legendary drunken Friday-night salarymen who seem to have a habit of leaving their phones anywhere but their pockets.

Undead Japanese gadgets provoking fear and loathing at 30,000 feet
Monday, June 11, 2007
Read the full story GPS | Japan | Transportation | Wireless | WTF? 09:04 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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The tense security climate that airlines worldwide currently operate in is now bringing an unexpected technical challenge for both passengers and staff, as Japanese carriers have been finding out recently.

Sony’s geeky backside exposed in Tokyo R&D extravaganza
Friday, June 08, 2007
Read the full story Events | GPS | Internet | R&D | Storage | Wireless 08:12 AM JMLH • Permalink
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We all know Sony for its games hardware, TVs, cameras and other audio-visual products, but it’s not such common knowledge that the company has a bleeding-edge research laboratory dedicated to exploring the technology of tomorrow just for the heck of it.

Internet umbrella gets mapping and snapping
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
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Among the oddest things we’ve seen in our tech travels round Japan is the internet umbrella built by two Tokyo students, Takashi Matsumoto and Sho Hashimoto. The device, which is currently hard to avoid in the Japanese media, combines several existing technologies to create a Blade Runner-style vision of a connected future.

Collaborative mapping, Wi-Fi navigation come to PSP in Japan
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Read the full story Gaming | GPS 09:16 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Not long after looking down and out for the count in its battle for handheld supremacy, Sony’s PlayStation Portable continues to get better by gaining useful hardware and software. Last month we saw a GPS golf caddy for the PSP – this time it’s a high-spec update to a GPS navigator application for the device.

Clarion orders car GPS with everything on, including MiniDisc
Friday, April 27, 2007
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Clarion Japan’s newest in-car satellite navigation system may just be the most advanced driver aid seen since the last episode of 24 and its host of BS technologies. The MAX9700DT is both a full entertainment system and a GPS unit, but costs more than many second-hand cars.

Japan’s pedestrians to show up on in-car sat-nav systems
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Read the full story GPS | Japan | R&D | Transportation 01:41 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Nissan, which is apparently on a mission to push cars into a new era in Japan, this week announced the latest stage in ongoing research into using technology to reduce traffic accidents, particularly those involving pedestrians.

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