Force Media releases all-in-one emergency flashlight

In conjunction with the emergency earthquake / emergency broadcasting alert system in Japan, the LED in this this hand-cranked emergency flashlight will automatically turn on when an alert signal is received so you know where to find it when it’s needed most.  Additional features include a USB port for charging your iPhone or Android device and a radio so you can stay abreast of the latest emergency alert information.  The price is estimated to be around 6000JPY.

Sony announces its entrant to the 4K LCD space

With a release date of November 23rd, the Sony Bravia KD-84X9000 is equipped with a 4K LCD panel capable of displaying approximately 8.29 million pixels which is four times that of full HD.  Not only is the display stunning, the 10-speaker sound system that is built in to the frame uses a unique Sony signal processing technique to immerse you in the experience on the screen.

Seiko releases Astron line of watches with integrated GPS

Armed with an integrated GPS, the solar-powered Astron line from Seiko will guarantee that wherever you are in the world, your watch will always be right on time.  Corresponding with the worldwide release of this line, the Ginza Wako tower will be lit up in blue as a representation of the earth floating in space.  One of the biggest challenges that Seiko had to overcome in the development of this watch, which is 10 years in the making, was making a GPS that didn’t require external power.  Not to mention, the design is stylish and classy, exactly what you’d expect from Seiko.

Senshukai Ltd starts accepting orders for New Years Hello Kitty Bento Box

If you’re planning to be in Japan for the new year and can’t get enough of Hello Kitty, now is the time to place your order for this 3-tier bento box, full of delicious sashimi and other food   that traditionally imparts good luck for the coming year.  And the best part is that it’s delivered in this beautifully decorated Hello Kitty bento box that will be a lasting reminder of your time in Japan.  Available in both 2-tier for 16,800 JPY or the full 3-tier for 21,800 JPY.  Call them 0120-03-1000 to place your order, but you might want to practice your Japanese before you call to ensure that you don’t accidentally order their Tone Balance slippers.

Elecom announces USB 3.0 thumb drives with up to 32GB of storage

Adopting the slide form factor so you never have to worry about losing the cap, these new flash drives from Elecom deliver lightning-fast data transfer while consuming less energy.  The black model is the only one with a 32GB option but all 3 other colors are offered in 4, 8 and 16GB.


After a long wait, Google’s first tablet is finally here

Designed by Asus, the Nexus 7 is the first 7″ tablet to run a fully functional version of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).  As the Gizmodo review pointed out, the 7″ display and slim design make it very portable while being well balanced so it fits nicely in your hand.  Powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad core processor, 1GB RAM and rated at an awesome 9.5 hours battery life, the Nexus 7 sounds like it can fill the needs of a lot of consumers.  With an MSRP of 19,800 JPY, the final cost is unfortunately a little closer to $250 so higher than the originally anticipated sub-$200 price tag.

Remind yourself of Mt Fuji every time you pour a beer

When empty, it looks like a glass well designed to contain its contents.  But fill it with your favorite beer, ensuring that you get the proper 3 to 10 ratio of foam, and you’ll instantly be reminded of the stunning beauty of Mt. Fuji.  A perfect give for the holidays and its delivered in a Paulownia box for extra class.

Elecom announces 2 new stylish PC bags for working women

Whether you like a casual canvas bag or a classy leather bag, Elecom has what you’re looking for.  These bags are designed to be durable and protect your PC form bumps and scratches.  With a variety of colors to choose from, they’re capable of easily accommodating a 13.3″ PC (or tablet) or an A4 binder to keep your proposal safe and sound.