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Infobar A02 by Naoto Fukasawa

A new series of “Infobar” will be released in Japan in February 2013. Designed by Naotao Fukasawa, the HTC-made phone comes with Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064, 4.7-inch 720p display, 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 2,100mAh battery, LTE radio (800/1500) and Android 4.1.

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Japanese carrier NTT DOCOMO will launch NEC’s “MEDIAS W N-05E” in April 2013. It is possible to use two displays separately for different tasks, or to use them together as one larger display. Specs: OS: Android 4.1 Processor: Dual core MSM8960/1.5GHz System memory: 1GB Camera: 8.0 megapixels Built-in storage: 16 GB Battery: 2100mAh Dimensions: 136 x 64 x 12.2mm Weight: 183g Images and videos via

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LLS-201 by SONY

SONY will release “LLS-201”, a wireless storage device on April 30th. It comes with NFC (Near Field Communication), and the device can receive data files such as pictures and videos from mobile devices just by one tap. Specifications: Storage: 1TB Wireless LAN: IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz) Inputs and Outputs: USB 2.0, Memory Stick Duo, SD memory card, HDMI output Supported formats: JPEG, MPO, RAW, AVCHD, MP4, MPEG2, SD, MOV, 3GPP(3GPP2), AVI, MPEG1 Dimension: 172 x 172 x 32mm. Weight:500g Price: 30,000 Yen or around $335.

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Professor Masaharu Komori of Kyoto university invented “Permoveh”, a new vehicle which can move around in a limited space.It uses a joystick shaped controller to steer the vehicle. Komori is planning to develop the vehicle as an electric wheelchair and expecting three to five years before a production version. Video via: The Asahi Shimbun

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Omron thermometer designed by Fumie Shibata

Fumie Shibata designed a new Omron thermometer MC-642L, and it will be released in Japan on April 10th. The thermometer is made for women, and it takes only ten seconds to measure temperature. It is possible to transfer data to a computer or mobile phone via USB holder(separately sold). The size is compact (39x103x16mm), and it automatically turns on by removing the thermometer from the case. More information (in Japanese):

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INFOBAR C01 by Naoto Fukasawa

Japanese phone manufacturer KDDI has released “INFOBAR C01” designed by Naoto Fukasawa.  These INFOBAR phones are first series that works as “smart phones”.

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Panasonic’s OLED smartphone

Panasonic will release its first mobile phone in seven years outside Japan. Panasonic left the global market in 2005 when its sales went down. The name of the mobile phone has not been disclosed, but it is a ultra-shin mobile phone with minimal design.  It also features a 4.3 inch OLED display and is water-resistant. This global model will be available only in Europe in March 2012. Panasonic apparently has a plan to expand its market to the US and China later.  

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iida X-RAY by Tokujin Yoshioka

Japanese mobile phone brand “iida” released a new model “X-RAY” designed by Tokujin Yoshioka. The concept is “designing a phone that doesn’t seem to have a form” It is transparent, and Yoshioka designed the inside the phone: the chips and electric lines. The material used is also a new, special material which was developed by a glass textile manufacturer. Red, Black, and Blue are available.

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Polaris KDDI iida Concept Model

“Polaris” is a new type of mobile phones, which has a learning function, and shows a “life log” of users. It combines the functions of a mobile phone, robot, and television. The AI(Artificial Intelligence) of a robot can help us “rearrange” information, and it can provide us with optimized information which facilitate our life. This is a concept model designed by Tatsuya Matusi.

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Winners of Red Dot Design Award 2009

The red dot design award team submitted us the 2009 winning concepts from Japan. Here are the three concepts: Designer: Ben Ryuki Miyagi Made by folding and gluing layers of industrial felt, Elephant Seating draws conceptual content from many elements of design history. The result is a sofa that is mysterious yet humorous, soft yet dense, and conceptual yet practical. Designer: Mac Funamizu The Looking Glass Concept predicts a future where a single mobile device for place visualisation can offer a touch screen, a built-in camera, a scanner, WiFi connectivity, access to Google Maps (and hopefully Google Earth), Google searching, and image searching. Designer: Ghassan Baghdadi, Tomohiko Hirata Giraf has … Continue reading

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