• Japan Crisis Affects Geeks, Too

    This photo is a poem. It’s a sad poem, but a poem nonetheless. You’re looking at a proud Otaku’s collection of stuff as seen after the series of earthquakes that have hit Japan in recent days. What can you spy with your eye? Read More

  • CGM Night: CrunchGear visits Otaku party in Tokyo (photo report)

    Being based in Tokyo has its advantages, and one of them is being close to Akihabara, the world’s paradise for all things geek: Video games, anime, manga, Cosplay, figures, maid cafes etc. etc. And over the weekend, I was fortunate to be invited by one of Japan’s most famous otaku (and Japan) culture bloggers, an Englishman called Danny Choo, to “CGM Night”. Read More

  • Japan's Red Cross uses Augmented Reality to get geeks to donate blood (video)

    This is one of the reasons why I live in Japan and nowhere else: In order to get more people to donate blood, the Japanese Red Cross Society decided to skip juice and cookies and to go high-tech by using augmented reality-powered digital signage systems [JP] and cute anime characters. Read More

  • Watch Augmented Reality figure Cyber Maid Alice in action (2 videos)

    I was invited to a gadget geek/IT entrepreneur/web industry last week and had the chance to meet some of the Japanese rock stars in this area, for example Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the guy who made Sega Rally and Rez. The CEO of Geisha Entertainment Tokyo [JP] was also present and personally delivered a demonstration of his company’s flagship product, Cybermaid Alice. Read More

  • Lonely? Try fondling Augmented Reality Cyber Maid Alice

    Augmented reality (AR), the combination of virtual worlds and reality, is a cool concept that leads to useful applications in navigation systems, medicine, architecture and many other fields. Geisha Tokyo Entertainment Inc. [JP] now found a way to help all single otaku overcome their problems in finding a real girl friend. Their alternative to heal loneliness 2.0 is called “Dennou… 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