J@pan Inc Magazine Presents:
The Hottest Gadgets and Gizmos from Japan

Issue No. 105
Thursday, June 26, 2003
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Name: Thirdwave NC602
Category: Portable MP3 player
Price: from 9,800 yen
Release date in Japan: June 13, 2003

The Gist: We're kicking off with a couple of portable MP3 players and
memory storage gadgets this week ・ the Japanese seem to love 'em,
that's for sure. This one here's a music player and (detachable) USB
Flash RAM key drive, permitting the playback of MP3 files at
32-320kbps and going strong for eight to 12 hours on a single set of
batteries. There are actually two different versions available: the
128MB NC602-128MB, which costs fewer dineros, obviously, and the
obviously named NC602-256MB which, oh, never mind. Both work with any
flavor of Windows and, because Apples are way cool until they start
horribly and irretrievably crashing for no reason seven million times
a day, any Mac too. Their dimensions are a lithe 73x35x16mm and,
thanks to the USB 1.1 interface, won稚 be needing any tiresome cables
or drivers to get working. Looks-wise, they're identical to the Nomad
MuVo in every respect ・ but Creative's machine won稚 be suing or
anything cuz the NC602s are much bigger and harder (at least the 256MB
one is) and will kick its head in.

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Name: Creative Zen CNJBZ60F
Category: Portable MP3 player
Price: Open (but approx. 49,800 yen)
Release date in Japan: end June 2003

The Gist: Talking of Creative, stand by for a new, seriously
chilled-out model from them. The CNJBZ60F is a 60GB model of the
popular Nomad Jukebox Zen MP3 player. That's as big as the hard disk
in the desktop PC I'm writing this week's newsletter on. It can store
an incredible 16,000 songs, connects using either USB 2.0 or 1.1, has
dimensions of 75.9x24.5x112.6mm (so big and square compared with the
Thirdwave, or even Creative's own MuVo) and will work on just about
any computer. It can handle more formats than the last gadget, adding
WMA and WAV files to the list, and has a 132x64-pixel LCD readout,
which can also display Japanese characters. You pay a bit more money
but, come on, that's a humongously gigantic hard drive and it makes
Apple's iPod -- even the new, improved 30-gig one -- look silly.

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Venue: Tokyo American Club, Azabudai, Tokyo
Date: 28th - 29th June 2003
Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 7:00pm
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Name: Matsushita Electric (Panasonic) GPS-equipped Electric Bicycle
Category: Transport
Price: 74,800 yen (BE-SHS 632 and BE-SHS 432)/ 94,800 yen (BE-SHD 63A
and BE-SHD 43A)/ 124,800 yen (BE-SHE 63A and BE-SHE 43A,)
Release date in Japan: mid August 2003

The Gist: This week's "world痴 first" is an interestingly weird one,
as the title above suggests. Here we have the first ever GPS-equipped
electric bicycle. Beats reading about another MP3 player, eh?
Panasonic reckons that sales of electric bicycles will soar by a
further 25 percent this year, but owners are getting increasingly
worried about having their new pushbikes stolen. Not surprising,
really, given that most bikes are nicked by completely pissed (in the
English sense of the word) businessmen after they致e thrown up on the
train, staggered out of the station and thieved the first mode of
transport they lay eyes on.

So, Panny has come up with a new electric bike that's hooked up to
Secom, Japan痴 leading security company, allowing recently bereaved
owners to connect to Secom痴 Web site or phone them and try and track
down the dastardly drunken thief. The bastard.

There are three models of National Bicycle, all available in two
different sizes. The SHD models are a bit lighter (under 20kg), and
the top-of-the-range SHE models can go farthest, at up to 62km, on a
single charge. And, happily, the battery and charger come included at
those prices.

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Written by: Max Everingham (
Edited by: J@pan Inc editors (

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