The Hottest Gadgets and Gizmos from Japan
Issue No. 192
Thursday May 19, 2005

1. Sanyo CAPUJO LCD-27HD6,-32HD6
2. TDK SP-XA60
3. Sanyo NV-HD800

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2005 ・7:00pm start
The ICA & Digital Eve will hold a casual networking party
at the ultra-cool Cozmo Cafe in Shibuya. JPY 4,000 includes
2.5 hours of open bar and various finger foods.

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Name: Sanyo CAPUJO LCD-27HD6,-32HD6

Category: LCD Television
Price: 189,000 - 362,250 yen
Release date in Japan: June 21, 2005

The Gist: Sanyo has announced a new line of high-definition
LCD televisions designed to appeal specifically to die-hard
sports fans. The main feature of the "CAPUJO" series of LCD
televisions is a "Sports Mode" that automatically adjusts the
picture and sound to recreate the "excitement and presence"
of the sport being watched. Any one of five modes -
baseball/soccer/golf, sumo/wrestling, winter sports, marine
sports, marathon/other - can be selected with a simple push
of a button on the remote control.

The CAPUJO series, available in 27" (1280x720) and
32" (1366x768) sizes, comes with terrestrial/BS/110CS digital
and terrestrial analog tuners. The newly developed "VIZON
Engine III" and 10-bit internal processing ensure a high-quality
picture. Two 10W speakers take care of sound output and
Sanyo's "Smooth Sound" technology ensures that volume
levels do not become too loud.

A plethora of video (D4, s-video, composite) and audio (analog,
optical digital) inputs and outputs are provided. A USB2.0 and
SD card slot also allow digital camera photos to be directly
displayed. The 32" model is W81.1 x D29.7 x H64.5 cm in size
and weighs 22 kg.

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Name: TDK SP-XA60

Category: Speaker system
Price: Open price
Release date in Japan: July 1, 2005

The Gist: TDK has added to their ever-expanding speaker
lineup with the introduction of the "SP-AX60" 2.1 channel
speaker system. The system, which is composed of two
satellite speakers and a subwoofer, uses New Transducers
Limited's (NXT) proprietary "Surface Sound" technology
to deliver 360-degree sound and a "natural and rich
listening space" according to TDK.

The satellite speakers use a flat panel design and have an
output of 7W. They are W86 x D80 x H266 mm in size and
weigh 280 grams each. The bass-reflex subwoofer contains
a 2.1 channel internal amplifier and can be positioned
horizontally or vertically. An 80mm neodymium magnet
woofer unit provides an output of 15W. The subwoofer is
W190 x D236 x H110 mm in size and weighs 2.5kg.
It also includes an analog audio input and a headphone

The SP-AX60 speaker system will go on sale from July 1.
Although it is open price, it is expected to retail for
approximately 9,500 yen once it hits the streets.

More info:

Entrepreneur Association of Tokyo
2 Year Anniversary Panel Discussion

"Raising Capital For Your Business"

The panelists will include Hitoshi Suga, Vice Chairman and
Board Member - Tully's Coffee Japan/FoodX Globe Co. LTD. and
Mike Alfant, President of Building 2. Our moderator will be
Michael Korver, Daiwa Securities Group Chaired Visiting
Associate Professor International Business Strategy for the
MBA program at Hitotsubashi University.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 7th 7:00 pm
Location: City Club of Tokyo - Maple Room
(Canadian Embassy Complex)
Language: English

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Name: Sanyo NV-HD800

Category: Car navigation
Price: 197,400 yen
Release date in Japan: June 20, 2005

The Gist: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their entry
into the portable car navigation system market, Sanyo will
release the "HD Gorilla" NV-HD800, a car navigation
system equipped with an industry-leading 8" wide LCD
display. Although the screen of the unit is 1.3 times larger
than the previous model, Sanyo has managed to keep the
overall dimensions of the unit approximately the same.

The NV-HD800 utilizes a 20GB HDD to store navigation
data and comes equipped with an impressive 860 3D
intersections and 339 3D highway entrance guides. Using
the internal DVD drive, map updates can also be performed.
Of course, the DVD drive, in conjunction with the internal
TV tuner and stereo speakers, can also be used for
entertainment on long trips. Sanyo also plans to sell
digital TV tuner and rear-seat LCD monitor options
in the future.

The system can be controlled using the touch-panel
LCD screen or the included joystick-equipped remote
control. An optional ETC unit will also be available to
allow for automatic payment of highway tolls.

More info:

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