Yesterday I attended the summer edition of Wonderfestival 2011 (a Japanese hobby show held in Tokyo) where I spotted the prototype of a new low cost milling machine from Roland called iModela iM-01.

The device will be released before the end of the year. It will require near zero maintenance and will be sold with a software for 3D milling and a simpler “2.5 D” one (you can see it in this photo).

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Augmented Reality Carddas is not the only “techno toy” presented by Bandai druing the Tokyo Toy Show 2011. Another novelty from the Japanese toy giant is the EJacket series: a case for e-money cards that lights up and emits sounds taken from cult TV series like Kamen Rider or anime like One Piece and K-On!

The first EJacket is inspired by Kamer Rider that will be released on 23 march at 2000 Yen. At the beginning of december will be released the case from moe anime K-On! and before the end of the year the One Piece case will be out too.


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iPhone AR manga game from BANDAI


During the Tokyo Toy Show 2011 presented a new series of card games called AR Carddas that can be played with iPhone.

When you “scan” a card a 3D character from One Piece or Kamen Rider appears on the screen. Then is possible to battle other characters and complete missions. The app let also players collect all the characters.

The first series will be released before the end of July. The cards are compatible with the (arcade game like) Carddas system that total over 100 million cards sold in Japan every year.

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Forget cosplay and other fetichism: the next frontier of Japanese porno are RC Helicopters movies. The Japanese adult video producers from Soft On Demand decided to shoot a porno video using a  full HD videocamera mounted on a radio controlled helicopter. The DVD has been released few weeks ago and is set in an Onsen, a Japanese Hot Spring, where girls usualy bath in a reserved area not accessible by men (without RC heli). Shooting naked girls is definitely more fun than filming neighborhooods with helicam rigs. Who knows ? Maybe this is the start of a new genre “aerial adult videos” or maybe “hobby porn”…

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This is the week of the Tokyo Toy Show, where all the biggest Japanese toy makers showcase their new toys that will be released in the next few months. One of the most interesting new toys was the Mickey Mouse Robot we spotted in the Takara Tomy booth. It’s still in development. Specs and other info should be out before the end of the year but the concept drawing we have seen are really impressive and could give a great boost to the hobbistic robotics popularity.

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