Kotobukiya has announced an innovative and fun addition to their Star Wars line of products: Lightsabers merge with Japanese culture and “Chop Sabers” emerge! Suitable for eating sushi or defending the galaxy, the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader lightsabers measure over 9″ long, with the blades cast in translucent material. The smaller “children’s size” Yoda saber measures approximately 8″ long. As a special bonus each set includes translucent Star Wars logo chopstick rests.
*pic above is Appliya’s Evangelion Apps for iPhone/ iPod Touch
Tokyo-based APPLIYA Inc. launches APPLIYA STUDIO, a turn-key solution for content producers looking to take advantage of the iTunes App Store.
Following its successful launch of over 40 applications in the iTunes App Store, APPLIYA is using its experience and knowledge to create the APPLIYA STUDIO service, which enables content creators and rights-holders to build iPhone apps quickly and at low cost. Detailed information is available at http://appliya-studio.com/en/ (English version will soon be available).
The iTunes App Store is a global, direct-sales marketplace for content producers. However, taking advantage of this model has always required the seller to either have programming knowledge, or pay for costly application development “from scratch”. APPLIYA STUDIO is a service that enables content creators who aren’t programmers—such as artists, musicians, writers, and photographers—to showcase their works with apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. If you have great content and want to make it available on the world’s most talked about mobile devices, APPLIYA STUDIO is for you.
A.D. Vision’s Anime Network has begun offering Shinji Aramaki‘s first computer-animated Appleseed film on Apple’s iTunes Store as an App for the iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices. The App allows unlimited viewing of the film on the devices (which have standard-definition video output via a cable) and includes wallpapers and a chat board.
Robot Comics has released Ubunchu!, Hiroshi Seo‘s manga about “the world’s cutest” distribution package of the Linux operating system (OS), for free in English and Japanese for the iPhone and iPod Touch this week. In this “slapstick school romantic comedy,” three high school students — the fervent UNIX user and club president Akane Kisaragi, the hardcore gal-game otaku vice-president Masato Mido, and the dojinshi-drawing Mac fan Risa Shina — are learning how to use the Ubuntu OS in their systems adminstration club. The manga is available in two formats: the original right-to-left page format, and a left-to-right page format. The manga was originally published in ASCII MediaWorks’ Kantan Ubuntu! (Easy Ubuntu!) book in Japan, but it is now freely available under a Creative Commons license.
Finally, the life size 1:1 scale Gundam RX-78-2 being built in Odaiba, Japan is now complete.
In the Universal Century, we suppose this sort of thing will be rather blasé. But until then, there’s really no better way to get our geek hearts a-flutter than some up close and personal pics of this 1:1 scale model of the classic RX-78-2 Gundam mecha, built to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the franchise. We’ve been watching the construction of this thing rather closely and we’re proud to announce that the finished product is every bit as badass as we’d hoped.
I rarely post Transformers toys (last one I posted is Laserwave) but this one is an exception for the simple reason that these aren’t your normal transformable Transformers Toys but are actually also fully functional tech gadgets. Yeah, the inner geek in me wants these! XD
A USB Hub that looks like a laptop and can also transfer into Blaster…. cool!
Now, if they only made a Soundwave version of this, it’ll be perfect!
More Transformers Tech Toys after the break!