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Japanese train iPhone app tells snoozers where to get off
Monday, December 21, 2009
Read the full story iPhone | Japan | Transportation 02:04 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: iphone trains

Most of us long-time Japan hands probably catch a few zeds on any train ride over about ten minutes, but what about that age-old problem of knowing where to get off? Solo iPhone programmer (by night, financial recruiter by day) Warwick Pearmund has a techy solution in the shape of his new GPS-based Wake Me Shake Train Alarm app.

Robot transformer bed turns self into electric wheelchair
Friday, September 18, 2009
Read the full story Household | Robots | Transportation 09:16 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Panasonic has a long history of supplying high-tech medical devices to institutions throughout its home country of Japan. Combine that expertise with its emerging robotics know-how and this is what you get – the world’s first robot bed that lifts the occupant up when needed and transforms itself into a wheelchair that can move off on its own.

Tokyo Metro iPhone app free giveaway!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | Japan | Mobile computing | Transportation | Wireless 10:20 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: iphone ipod presselite

Anyone traveling in Tokyo knows how confusing the subway can be even if you can read Japanese, which is why we’re eternally grateful for Presselite’s new Tokyo Metro iPhone or iPod touch app. Best of all, we’ve got ten copies to give away.

Japan bicycle safety campaign all wonky
Friday, February 13, 2009
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | Transportation 09:59 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: advertising bicycles

Check the bicycle brakes, the lights, don’t use your cellphone, learn the rules of the road. Ads from a bicycle industry association offers tips on riding safely on approved bicycles. High tech brake-accuracy testing is depicted in the TV commercials. But one safety feature that prevents injury…

World’s first electronic ABS motorcycle from Honda
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Read the full story Transportation 08:12 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: abs honda

Bike fans might be interested to hear that the world’s first ever production motorcycle with electronic ABS breaking is about to hit the streets. The streets of Japan, that is.

Control of DIY satellite yours for the asking
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Displays | Transportation 10:39 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: jaxa satellites space

If you’ve ever wanted access to a satellite for your own nefarious ends, then the latest collaborative space project out of Japan might just suit you down to the ground.

Big Brother software tracks humans in live video
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Household | R&D | Transportation 07:57 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: imaging security toshiba

The marvelously named Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology, which kicked off this morning here in Tokyo, is home to many wondrous devices, but few as likely to alter our lives as a piece of software from Toshiba.

Gadget gift suggestions for the Lost Monkey of Tokyo
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | Transportation | WTF? 02:15 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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The macaque monkey who’s been eluding police capture since August this year could use some holiday cheer. It’s cold in Tokyo now, much different from that hot summer morning when the cute wild ape jumped the wickets and…

RFID rail pass also tracks your kid’s every movement
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Read the full story Household | Transportation | Wireless 11:14 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: pasmo rfid safety

Kids carrying an RFID contactless transit smartcard can also use it to automatically notify parents of their whereabouts.

Gadgets to cut carbon dioxide emissions hit Japanese cars
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Transportation 07:11 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: cars environment

Vehicle engine-idling systems are beginning to appear in the auto industry aftermarket equipment sector in Japan as environmental issues move to center-stage.

Pedestrians generate (even more) electricity at Shibuya station
Monday, December 08, 2008
Read the full story Environment | Japan | Power | R&D | Transportation 10:13 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: jr east

A thin mat that creates electricity from footsteps has been installed at Tokyo’s Shibuya train station to harness the kinetic energy they expend as they pass through ticket gates twice a day.

JAL’s laptop seat makes life easier for frequent fliers
Read the full story Japan | Mobile computing | Transportation 08:40 PM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
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Generally speaking, taking your laptop on a flight is a hassle, particularly if you’re in cattle class. Not only do you have to specially screen it through the x-ray machine, but all it does is take up space in the overhead compartment while you sit idly in your seat, wishing you could get some work done or at least watch the movies you picked.

High-tech tanks to fuel hydrogen car, um, boom
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Read the full story Environment | Power | R&D | Transportation 09:50 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: carbon fuel cells hydrogen

When it comes to safely storing hydrogen for car fuel cells, Buckytubes may be the future, but the here and now appears to be carbon fibers that can contain a lot more of the pressurized gas.

Japan arms female train staff with pepper spray
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | Transportation | WTF? 05:30 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: security trains

Female attendants on JR Tokai line trains are being issued personal protection cayenne pepper spray devices.

Put a Japanese train departures board on your wrist
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Read the full story Toys | Transportation 04:44 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: watches yamanote

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Train enthusiasts will enjoy strapping on this Yamanote line watch and frequently checking the replica station-sign Organic Light Emitting Diode display. The watch is available in four versions…

Ship hull turns to gel, slashes drag from pesky ocean
Read the full story Transportation 12:15 AM JMLH • Permalink
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When it comes to huge commercial ships, the laws of physics not only keep their vast bulks afloat, but also provide a bit of a problem in that they allow the ocean to drag on a ship’s hull and slow it down.

500kph maglev flying trains get green light to burn up Japan
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Read the full story R&D | Transportation | WTF? 09:18 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: maglev trains

A signature on a piece of paper in Japan this week means that the country can now start work on commercializing a new generation of high-tech trains that make the current bullet trains look like pedal-bikes.

Iron Man, Hancock, Dark Knight ... Retarder Elf?
Friday, August 01, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | Transportation | WTF? 11:57 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: trucks

Picture. Thousand words. Etc…

Noise-canceling tech comes to car interiors
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Read the full story Audio | Transportation 01:37 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: noise-canceling toyota

The principle behind noise-cancelling headphones is as elegant as it is simple – sample the noise to be cancelled out and use small speakers to create an equal, but opposite, sound that effectively erases the problem.

Paranoid simpletons welcome all-seeing car nav system
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Read the full story Household | Transportation | WTF? 12:48 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: 1-seg gps panasonic sat-nav strada tv

Come the end of next month, one of the last refuges of escape from the digital onslaught of the modern world will be cruelly ripped from us, when Panasonic’s new, fully connected car navigation system goes on sale.

Smaller hydrogen pumps mean more fuel-cell cars
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Read the full story R&D | Transportation 01:30 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: fuel cells hydrogen mitsubishi tokyo gas

Alternative fuel is all very well, but it’s pretty damn hopeless, regardless of good intentions, when all you can get on Main Street is regular gasoline by the liter.

E-paper advertising in the wild in Tokyo
Friday, February 22, 2008
Read the full story Displays | R&D | Transportation 09:58 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: e-paper fujitsu hitachi jr east

Now that it’s all grown up and mature, electronic paper is stating to get out a bit more and enjoy life – its latest sortie sees it appearing on train station ticket gates as a variety of advertising posters.

Brethalyzer phone keeps watchful eye on Japan’s truck drivers
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Transportation | Wireless | WTF? 04:55 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: alcohol brethalyzer docomo foma

Big tech companies like NTT DoCoMo come up with dozens of unusual applications for their gear every year, but most tend to end up consigned to glossy brochures that describe some anodyne ‘perfect’ future. One bizzaro contraption that is apparently out in the wild is Big D’s FOMA-based Videophone Alcohol Check System - as the above photo shows, it’s in use on at least one truck round these parts.

Airport porter revealed as bag-fondling robot
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Read the full story R&D | Robots | Transportation 10:17 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: kita kyushu yaskawa

If you happen to stop over at Kita Kyushu airport in the southwest of Japan this month, don’t be surprised if the porter offering to carry your bags is a four-foot green chap with an oddly metallic voice.

Panasonic’s fender cam for car parking no-hopers
Friday, December 14, 2007
Read the full story Transportation | Video 08:25 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: panasonic safety

People with stiff necks and particularly short drivers are likely to rejoice when they see the latest car-safety innovation from Panasonic Japan – a rear-view camera and monitor rig.

Polaroid mashes DVD player into iPod dock for some reason
Friday, December 07, 2007
Read the full story Displays | Transportation | Video | WTF? 03:55 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: dvd ipod polaroid

We’d have thought that most people who watch movies and TV shows on their iPods have probably moved on from carrying about portable DVD players as well, but apparently - judging by its latest product - Polaroid Japan missed that meeting.

Gasoline car converted to run on solar power
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Transportation 08:06 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: fukushima mazda solar

Those clever Japanese scientists have been at it again, working hard to find answers to problems we never knew existed. This time, they’ve come up with a way to convert dirty old normal cars into clean, green electric vehicles.

Japanese Java application uses cellphones to stop perverts
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Read the full story Japan | Transportation | Wireless | WTF? 05:03 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: chikan groping trains

That fine organ the Mainichi Daily News has word on a cellphone Java application intended to help women discretely ward off the wandering hands (and, presumably, other parts) of the gropers that plague Japan’s trains.

Finger flicking good — digital car ignition
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Transportation 08:50 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: biometrics hitachi veins

Next time you leave the house to drive to the corner shop just be sure to bring along the one thing Hitachi reckons you’ll be using instead of a key to start the car - your index finger.

Sanyo car sat-nav first with full-fledged digital TV tuner
Friday, October 19, 2007
Read the full story GPS | Transportation 09:32 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: sanyo

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.

Japanese trains beaming RFID info to passengers on the go
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Read the full story Events | R&D | Transportation | Wireless 04:17 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: ceatec mitsubishi rfid

Those funky little RFID chips embedded in almost all new Japanese phones just learned another trick to add to a growing repertoire that already includes e-cash, train and bus tickets and e-credit cards, with the introduction of a handy new technology from Mitsubishi.

Toyota's hydrogen car covers new ground — 550 miles of it
Monday, October 01, 2007
Read the full story Household | R&D | Transportation 06:49 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: fuel cells highlander hydrogen toyota

Toyota Japan has word of a major breakthrough for one of its hydrogen-powered research cars that is sure to get plenty of column inches there.

Panasonic electric car does 100km/h on 192 double AAs
Monday, August 06, 2007
Read the full story Household | Japan | R&D | Transportation 09:29 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: batteries electric cars oxyride panasonic

We’re really hoping that if Panasonic is planning to market its new Oxyride electric car at Christmastime it manages to include a few packs of batteries in the box to keep the kids happy past lunchtime.

Nissan concept car bristling with Big-Brother technology
Friday, August 03, 2007
Read the full story Japan | R&D | Transportation 08:52 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: drunk-driving nissan safety

As we’ve seen before, Nissan Japan is actively developing and employing technologies to increase the safety of their vehicles, with a particular emphasis on combating drunk driving and minimizing the impact of accidents.

Japan plans car equivalent of Windows to dominate automotive market
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Read the full story Japan | R&D | Software | Transportation 09:09 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: cars jaspar os software

It’s not always obvious because we don’t directly interface with it, but even the cars we drive have their own software these days, which is why a group of Japanese companies are putting their heads together to create the equivalent of Windows to dominate the automotive arena.

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
Tagged with: drunk-driving nissan

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.

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
Tagged with: airlines big brother paranoia safety

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.

Clarion orders car GPS with everything on, including MiniDisc
Friday, April 27, 2007
Read the full story Audio | Displays | GPS | Transportation | Video 10:09 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: clarion

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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
Tagged with: nissan safety

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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.

Nissan and NEC to clean up electric car market with more powerful Li-ion cells

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Two of Japan’s largest companies are joining forces to help clean up a little of the pollution that Tokyo is famous for by improving the viability of electric cars.



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