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  • Rilakkuma: Ultra-mobile, ultra-cute tablet PC

    First a Casio Exilim, now an ultra-mobile PC (or UMPC, as the Japanese say): Cult teddy bear Rilakkuma is on his way to dethrone Hello Kitty as the character of choice for Japanese electronics companies when it comes to giving gadgets that extra-cute touch. The bear is now to be seen on a special version of a Kohjinsha tablet PC [JP, PDF] that’s part of the company’s XS series. Read More

  • Bandai Japan sells beer shampoo

    Bandai Japan today announced it will start selling beer shampoo (in beer bottles) December 1st [JP]. It’s about time somebody came up with this. The company is promoting the shampoo as part of its “One of the things everyone has been wanting to try for a long time at least once” series, which includes fake money bills that you can take a bath with [JP]. Bandai says one of… Read More

  • Meet the miniBee, the world's smallest remote-controlled helicopter

    Japanese toy maker CCP plans to sell the miniBee this week in Nippon [JP], a remote-controlled micro helicopter. The company claims that at a length of 10cm, the toy is the world’s smallest of its kind (weight: 8 grams). Available as a red and a blue version, the miniBee will cost $32 when it hits Japanese stores this week. CCP belongs to the heavily internationalized Bandai Namco… Read More

  • Ultra-cute: Meet Bandai's new Baby Animal robots

    They are little pandas, ice bears, tigers and lions and they all are Japan’s newest toy robots. CCP, the company behind the so-called Baby Animals [JP], is part of the Bandai Namco Group, meaning an export of the robots outside Nippon is possible in the future (Bandai America brought the Mugen Pop Pop to the US, after all). Each of the robots is equipped with four sensors and two buttons. Read More

  • U-Diver: Bandai Japan's remote-controlled micro submarine

    Japanese toy maker CCP has announced the U-Diver, its remote-controlled micro submarine, will be sold in Japan starting at the beginning of next month. CCP isn’t really an international company but belongs to the Bandai Namco group, meaning a future release outside Japan isn’t impossible. The U-Diver, which was showcased for the first time during the Tokyo Toy Show 2008 in June… Read More

  • Japan: PSP-3000 gets a date and final price, bundles announced

    Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced today the PSP-3000 will be available on the Japanese market on October 16th for $180. The new PSP will initially come in three different colors (piano black, pearl white and mystic silver). Value packs will also be available (for $230) and include an AC adaptor, battery pack, pouch, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo stick and other accessories. Sony will… Read More