J@pan Inc Magazine Presents:
G A D G E T W A T C H
The Hottest Gadgets and Gizmos from Japan
Issue No. 149
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
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Name: Toshiba dynabook VX/2W 15LDSTW, dynabook VX/2W 15LDSW
Category: Notebook PC
Price: 249,800 yen for a dynabook VX/2W 15LDSW according to
Bic Camera痴 Web site as of June 21.
Release date in Japan: mid June, 2004
The Gist: These two models are the first notebook PCs that contain
High-Visual-Quality Engines, or combined PC software and hardware
technologies developed by Toshiba, according to Toshiba's Web site.
They each have a 15.4-inch clear superView LCD, which increases
brightness by 20 percent over the latest dynabook model.High-Visual-
Quality Engines feature functions such as White/Black Enhancers,
Digital Sharpness and Digital Overdrive, all of which makes the
visual quality as high as that of LCD televisions. With the new
models, users can use a video player, a CS (communication satellite)
broadcasting tuner and a game function without starting up Windows
OS. Both laptops contain an 80GB hard disk. The size of the LCD is
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Time/date: 10:30am, June 26th, 2004
Place: 7-8-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107
Price: 15,000 yen prepaid, 20,000 at the door
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Name: Olympus Ferrari DIGITAL MODEL 2004
Category: Digital camera
Price: 84,000 yen on Olympus's Web site.
Release date in Japan: Olympus to accept orders from June 21 to July 9.
The Gist: Camera-maker Olympus and automaker Ferrari S.p.A. collaborated
on the design of this sporty-looking, red digital camera. Olympus accepts
orders only for two weeks, and plans to sell only 10,000 units worldwide,
including 1,000 in Japan. This is a revamped model of the Ferrari
DIGITAL MODEL 2003, the first gadget codesigned by the two majors.
Accessories such as a case, a strap and a CD ROM also feature Ferrari's
You can place an order via Olympus's Web site from 11 a.m. on June 21
to 6 p.m. on July 9 (JST). The Ferrari DIGITAL MODEL 2004 will be
displayed at the following locations:
1) Olympus Plaza Tokyo
Ogawamachi Mitsui Bldg., Kanda-Ogawamachi 1-3-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
Open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Closed on Sundays and national holidays.
2) Olympus Plaza Osaka
Olympus Osaka Center 2F, Minami Funaba 2-12-26, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi.
Open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and
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Name: Sony ICD-B20
Category: IC recorder
Price: Sony anticipates 11,000 yen. 10,290 yen currently,
according to Bic Camera's Web site in late June.)
Release date in Japan: June 21, 2004
The Gist: The ICD-B20 is a bit smaller than a mobile phone and records
16 hours and 10 minutes of sound. Its user-friendly interface sports
large buttons and a big LCD. It uses two AAAA batteries, which allow
the ICD-B20 to record 15.5 hours. It measures 30 mm in width, 103.5 mm
in height and 16 mm in thickness, and it weighs 58g -- including its
two batteries. It comes in three colors: silver, white and red.
Accessories such as AC power adaptors and microphones designed to record
sound from mobile phones hit the market on July 21.
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