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

Issue No. 148

Wednesday, June 16, 2004
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Name: Sharp UX-F34CL and UX-F34CW
Category: Copy fax machine
Price: 34,440 yen for the UX-F34CL, according to Bic Camera's
Web site as of June 14.
Release date in Japan: UX-F34CL on June 12, UX-F34CW on June 19.

The Gist: These two models, dubbed Fappy, are photocopy and fax machines
that have Home Sensor functions, which alert users when doors and windows
are open. (Users need separately-sold sensors to install at entrance doors
and windows.) Users can forward these alerts to their mobile phones.
Also, when users receive prank calls, the UX-F34CL and UX-F34CW play
messages to reject such calls and hang up automatically. And when calls
are made from the same phone number again, the machines automatically
replay the rejection message.

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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
Included: Lunchbox, refreshments, handouts

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Name: Canon PowerShot S60
Category: Digital camera
Price: 62,700 yen, according to Bic Camera's Web site as of
June 14, 2004.
Release date in Japan: mid-June.

The Gist: THe PowerShot S60 is the newest model of Canon's PowerShot S
series. It contains a newly developed 3.6x zoom lens, and has a wider-
angle view and a more powerful zoom function than the current PowerShot
S50 -- which went on sale in March 2003. The PowerShot S60 has a so-
called UA lens that helps achieve the downsizing of its lens unit and
body size. According to Canon, the UA lens has the greatest refractive
index on the worldwide market as of May 31, 2004. The PowerShot S60
has several other functionalities that are improvements on the current
model, such as shorter stand-by time before startup, increased battery
capacity and a greater variety of accessories.

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Name: Canon FV M20 KIT
Category: Digital video camera
Price: 104,700 yen, according to Bic Camera's Web site as of
June 14, 2004.
Release date in Japan: mid-June.

The Gist: The FV M20 KIT is an updated version of the FV M100 KIT that
debuted in March of this year. The 2.2-megapixel video camera has a
14x zoom lens that offers higher resolution and better visual quality.
It has a round grip, which lets users hold the FV M20 KIT for a longer
time without getting tired. Users can also print digital images by
simply pushing the "Easy Direct Button" if they have a printer
compatible with the PictBridge standard. Canon expects worldwide sales
of digital video cameras to have increased 35 percent to 8.62 million
units last year -- and to reach a whopping 10 million units this year.

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Written by: Minoru Matsutani
Edited by: J@pan Inc editors (

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