Serkan Toto

Serkan Toto

Dr. Serkan Toto is CEO & Founder of Tokyo-based Kantan Games Inc., a game industry consultancy focused on the Japanese market.

Serkan has been the Japan contributor for TechCrunch.com from 2008 to 2012.

He is sept-lingual, holds an MBA and is a PhD in economics.

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  • 2 new digital photo frames from Japan


    Today Transcend Japan unveiled a new 7-inch digital photo frame [JP], which will hit Japanese shores in the middle of May. The T.photo 710C (219×28×156mm) will cost $170. The frame accepts CF and SDHC/SD memory cards as well as memory sticks. The T.photo 710C is equipped with a USB port and 1 GB of internal memory. The TFT screen has a resolution of 480×234. It can display JPEG… Read More

  • Meet Pekoppa, the plant which listens to your sorrows

    Today Sega Toys presented their newest invention, a plastic plant called Pekoppa [JP, PDF]. The plant will stay inactive until someone communicates with it. If you start speaking, the stem begins to bend. The movement is supposed to resemble a human being’s nod. An IC chip placed in the pot is able to identify rythms in human speech. A current is sent through the stem, which bends… Read More

  • This DVD turns shy boys into Romeos (or not)

    Japan thinks that a video of a couple of women are looking you in the eye for 96 minutes will make you more confident. That’s the content of a DVD [JP] which has been released by Japanese entertainment powerhouse Avex a couple of days ago. The girl in the video is just one of 50 women of different ages and nationalities. So what is this about? The DVD is aimed at curing shyness… Read More

  • New robo-teddy with built-in drunk driving prevention and navigation system

    Japanese robotics company iXs Research Corp. unveiled a new robot with a built-in car navigation system, which is also able to scold drivers wanting to drive while drunk. The robot comes in the shape of a teddy bear. It is 1 foot tall and can move its arms and legs when giving directions. The bear is equipped with sensors for light, touch, alcohol and accelaration. Besides being able to… Read More

  • Sony Japan presents a new mini radio for mountain climbers

    Yesterday Sony said in a press release [JP] they will start selling a new radio, the CF-R100MT, on the Japanese market on July 10th. The portable yama rajio (mountain radio) was specifically made for use in remote areas. The company classified 117 Japanese mountains into 20 different areas. Hikers and climbers can listen to radio programs just by inputting the relevant area code. Sony is… Read More

  • Pentax rolls out new waterproof digital camera in Japan

    Today Pentax announced [JP] the release of a new camera, the Optio W60, which will be available in Japan at the end of June. The W60 is the successor of the Optio W30 the company released in this country in February 2007. The new model can be used under water (up to 4 meters) for 120 minutes. It can handle temperatures of down to minus 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Pentax says the camera was… Read More

  • New 3 in 1 HD recorder from Victor-JVC

    Yesterday Victor-JVC unveiled a new recorder [JP] in Japan, which is capable of simultaneously recording two programs on either VHS, DVD or HDD. The DR-HX500 comes with the following features: - HDMI connection
    - D4 connection
    - 500 GB HDD
    - VHS player / recorder
    - DVD player / recorder (DVD-RW/-R)
    - Digital / Analog TV tuner
    - DTS and Dolby Digital support
    - S-VHS and Composite outputs
    - 2… Read More

  • KDDI au releases 12 new cell phones in Japan

    Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier KDDI au yesterday followed DoCoMo and Softbank with their presentation of 12 new cell phones to be released this summer. The first models will be sold at the end of June. Here is the complete line-up:
    W62H from Hitachi
    (equipped with a 2.8 inch OLED display featuring 480×240 resolution) Read More

  • New waterproof Viera mini-TVs from Japan

    Today Panasonic Japan [JP] unveiled a new mini TV specifically aimed at Japanese women in their 20s and 30s. A marketing research company conducted a large-scale survey asking this target group what they would like to do while taking a bath (Japan has a unique bathing culture). 64% responded with “listening to music”, while 51.5% said they want to watch TV while sitting in their… Read More

  • Japan will get the iPhone "later this year"

    Today Softbank, Japan’s No. 3 mobile telecommunications company after DoCoMo and au, said they will be releasing the iPhone in Japan. In light of this big announcement, the press release seems to be rather short: “SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple® to bring the iPhone™ to Japan later this year.” That’s it. No word on price… Read More

  • Robo watch dog from Japan

    Japanese scientists seem to have a thing for robotic dogs. Equipped with infrared sensors, this one is supposed to one day replace human security patrols. The unnamed robot is operated via a remote control and weighs 40 kilos. It still appears a little clumsy, but the video of the robo dog was made after only 4 weeks in development at Osaka-based Daisen Denshi Kogyo [JP]. Via Gizmodo Japan [JP] Read More

  • Softbank presents 11 new Japanese cell phones

    Today Japanese telecommunications giant Softbank unveiled their cell phone line-up for sommer 2008. Starting in July, the company will roll out a total of 11 new handsets in Japan. 3 models are mady by Sharp, NEC and Panasonic each while 2 come from Toshiba. Nothing amazing here, but some of the handsets come with a couple of cool features. Read More

  • New "virus washer" technology to clean the air in Japanese movie theaters

    Yesterday Sanyo announced it will install a new kind of air purification system in 26 multiplex movie theaters Warner operates in Japan. The system will be integrated into rooftop air conditioner units and features Sanyo’s so-called virus-washer technology. Using electrolyzed water, the company claims the technology is able to to fight the activity of odors, bacteria, viruses and pollen. Read More

  • Boot camp café for obedient geeks in Akihabara

    Japanese Otaku love to relieve stress in “Maid Cafés,” where they usually are treated like kings by (mostly) cute and extra-submissive J-girls. For an extra fee, it is even possible to lay your head on a maiden’s lap for a few minutes and ask why it seems impossible for you to get laid. Now, all geeks preferring the opposite side of the continuum are served with the opening of… Read More

  • New gear knob-shaped FM transmitter from Japan

    Plug this new FM transmitter from Japan into your car’s cigarette lighter outlet and you can use your DAP on the road. The device comes with an audio cable for connection to sound systems and a USB port. The transmitter is designed like a stick shift to make it blend into your car’s dashboard. It is mainly controlled via two buttons on the knob’s back. The GH-FTC-35GP from… Read More

  • Turn your iPod Touch into a mini iMac with the iClooly

    On June 7th, Rockridgesound will roll out a new aluminum-made stand for the iPod Touch on the Japanese market. The MSRP for the so-called iClooly is $48. Mainly designed to watch movies on an iPod Touch in mini iMac style, it comes with a pivot joint for 90-degree rotation, a tilt function and an extension cable for headphone or external speaker connection. The Japan-only iClooly is measured… Read More

  • Onkyo releases stereo system with HDD and featuring "floating technology"

    Today Onkyo unveiled a new stereo system which will go on sale in Japan on June 28th. The Nippon-only BR-NX10A is priced at $710. It comes with two bookshelf speakers, a CD player and an LCD color display. The most distinctive feature is the 80 GB HDD which is integrated into the main unit. Onkyo says this is enough to store a total of 40,000 songs. The company placed “cushions”… Read More

  • Play golf at your desk with this new mouse and pad

    Tokyo-based accessory maker Green House’s newest invention is a true dreamfor all gadget fans who don’t want to leave their computer to play golf. The company started shipping an (almost) golf ball shaped USB mouse along with a mat resembling a green. The set also includes a small putter, three “real” mini golf balls and a flag which can be placed on the mouse pad/green. Read More

  • Japanese geek programs iPong multiplayer game for iPod Touch

    It is claimed that this wireless multiplayer Pong game for the iPod Touch was coded in about an hour by a single person. via Asiajin Read More

  • Japanese scientists create world's smallest noodle bowl

    A research team from the University of Tokyo managed to create a microscopic bowl of ramen (Japanese noodles), measuring 1/12,500th of an inch (1/500th of a millimeter) in length and 1.25 millionth of an inch (1/50,000th of a millimeter) in thickness. According to Japanese media, the project’s aim is to make a contribution to the advancement of nanotechnology. The bowl was carved out… Read More