Honda have demonstrated a robot that receives commands via the human brain. They used it to make the "V" for Victory sign. Isn't modern tech great!?!
- Honda Robot
- News Story on Yahoo
Oh the marketing behemoth that is anime… Nike is going to be using their numerous sweatshops to produce exclusive Naruto shoes for Japan and of course the web sellers that make money off of the retardedly rich worldwide fanbase. Naruto, in case you were wondering, is a extremely popular comic and anime about a group of teen ninjas and their long winded adventures. The show has been popular enough to spawn a cult of diehard fans that have been dubbed "narutards." No doubt they are going to be falling all overthemselves to get their hands on these things. Check the link for a picture of them and if you can read Japanese, it has all the info about it.
According to scifiwire, Christie’, a New York auction house, is going to be auctioning off over 1000 Star Trek props, weapons, costumes, and hoobajoobs from the infamous series on October 5-7. So if you want a piece of official stuff from the CBS television archive now is your chance. According to the article:
"Highlights of the auction include a miniature model of the U.S.S. Enterprise-A, seen in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, which is expected to draw between $15,000 and $25,000; a Romulan Warbird ship used in several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000; a replica of Capt. James T. Kirk’ command chair from the original series, which was made for the 1996 Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," $10,000-$15,000; Kirk’ (William Shatner) uniform from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, $7,000-$9,000; and Capt. Jean-Luc Picard’ (Patrick Stewart) jumpsuit uniform from Star Trek: The Next Generation, $8,000-$12,000."
The auction should be online and global so you don't have to make any quick fall travel plans…
Just when you thought you had bought the definitive Neon Genesis Evangelion box set in the Platinum Edition that came out about a year or so ago with all the wonderful features including additional footage, better sound, better picture, no more "Eva Shake" during battles, and of course all the brilliant behind the scenes goodies in the regular dvd releases, they have done it again. Due out in August, according to ANN, is the 10th Anniversary Edition of Eva, with more extras and more shwag including a jacket apparently. Nevertheless, I was at Sakuracon this year and I distinctly remember the President of ADV laughing during his panel about how they were never going to stop selling Eva, and I guess he was not just talking action figures…
For those going "HOLY CRAP THE NEW PS3 IS TOO EXPENSIVE!!!" like me here is an interesting link regarding prices of various other consoles at launch. However, apart from the price there appears to be another problem with the PS3 in that many programmers have not yet received their kits which are vital to even starting to create games for any machine.
Got nothing to do this summer? Live in the Lower Mainland? Up on SFU campus the Altered Reality Club offers a great summer line up of anime and geek related events including weekly anime showings, gaming and other events. Jevon, one of the HiSciFi cohost is also the president, so you can understand how this got posted. So if you are interested in joining, come up during Club Days at the SFU campus and sign up for the semester at the ARC Club Table. Membership is $2 bucks for SFU students and $5 bucks for everyone else. For more info check out the ARC’ webpage.
According to ANN, Bandai is going with the same company that does ADV, Geneon, Media Blasters, and the The Right Stuf International here in Canada. It is called The Paradox Entertainment Group. This means the various Anime Gundam Series are going to be a heck of a lot easier to come by and hopefully at a cheaper price as well. Prior to this, Bandai was ridiculously expensive and ridiculous impossible to find despite Gundam and some of its other titles being immensely popular on tv and in anime fandom. Thanks to ANN for the news.