Apple Delays iPad 2 Release to Japan Following Earthquake, Tsunami

Apple’s iPad 2 launched last Friday in the U.S. International release was expected to follow shortly thereafter, but Apple has confirmed that it will delay the release of the iPad 2 in Japan, following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami.

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Paper, Plastic, or Robotic? Introducing PaPeRo!

PaPeRo, so cute!

Who wasn't excited when the first self check-out lanes appeared at grocery stores? That is, until the machines started malfunctioning, like repeatedly telling you to bag our item when you already did! Anyway, this new invention from Japan hopes to make your self check-out experience much more enjoyable.

Meet PaPeRo, the robotic cashier recently introduced at RetailTech Japan 2010. Apparently the company behind this 15" tall talking robot has been trying to find the perfect purpose for him (or her?) for nearly a decade and I guess they've settled on this. Clever.

PaPeRo verbally guides you on scanning your items and making a payment, although those same instructions are clearly displayed on the screen as well, so I think this little guy is just for fun. The video below shows how it works. The coolest part is how the guy pays by simply scanning his cell phone! Now that's a useful innovation!


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Japanese Company Announces Terminator-like Translation Devices

How's this for mind-boggling?

 

A company in Japan (NEC) recently announced the creation of eyewear translators. The device essentially translates conversations between people speaking different languages (using voice recognition and translation software) and then projects the results directly onto a user's retina. NEC says the translations will look like subtitles to people sporting the snazzy gear. I like to think they will resemble the data stream from Terminator.

 

The first model isn't scheduled for release until 2011. Even then, a set of 30 will cost around 7.5 million yen (about $85,000). Never the less, I hope the product is successful as I long ago gave up trying to learn Spanish.

 

Source: Japan Today


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