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Gadgets From the Future

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the ooo-shiny dept.

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prostoalex writes "A Fortune magazine editor traveled to Japan to discover the next year's technology. The 'gadgets from the future' include ultra-portable Sony VAIO UX90P, ZPN/Kenwood MIURO iPod dock, Mikimoto Beans iTheatre personal iPod theater, Sharp Vodafone 905SH mobile phone with 2.6" screen for watching videos, Nintendo Wii controller and Hitachi WOOO Blu-ray digital camcorder."

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I see a new trend here (2, Funny)

PsyQo (1020321) | more than 7 years ago | (#16710665)

Nintendo Wii controller and Hitachi WOOO Blu-ray
*goes of to register some trademarks*

Re:I see a new trend here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16710737)

jappers pwn usians

Wii... Wooo... what?!? (1)

JonTurner (178845) | more than 7 years ago | (#16710907)

>Nintendo Wii controller and Hitachi WOOO Blu-ray

First the "Wii" and now the "WOOO?" What the hell is going on over there? Is there some sort of embargo on Japanese phonems these days? Like they ran out of all the other constantants and have to use up their surplus of "W" sounds before they can order more. Did they fire off all the marketing weasels and hire an offshore preschool class as replacements? I don't get it. (shakes head in disbelief)

Re:Wii... Wooo... what?!? (2, Funny)

DaveM753 (844913) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711081)

Wait 'til you see the new braking system being put out by Toyota: WHOA (tm)

Re:Wii... Wooo... what?!? (1)

fyngyrz (762201) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711525)

Braking system? I... I... I just want a flying car. They said I could have a flying car. Where's my flying car? That sinking prototype on Ebay wasn't even "sky-legal."

I wanna flying car! Sniffle. :(

Re:Wii... Wooo ... where is my flying car? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711737)

Braking system? I... I... I just want a flying car. They said I could have a flying car. Where's my flying car? That sinking prototype on Ebay wasn't even "sky-legal."

I wanna flying car! Sniffle. :(


Just stay in your lane, and don't hog the road from those of us with jetpacks, sonny.

We have rights too!

Re:Wii... Wooo... what?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16720291)

The next one will be the "Waaah", I'm betting.

Re:I see a new trend here (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711817)

How about iWii or uWii? There are other alternatives, but I think that have already been taken ;)

Re:I see a new trend here (1)

william.wesmith (1022539) | more than 7 years ago | (#16712259)

For just pennies on the dollar, you too can own the uWii Bowl. Perfect for storing popcorn for those late night terrible films!

Re:I see a new trend here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16714223)

"WAAAAH!"
"Good, good!"
"Stop hitting me!"
"Stop hitting you?"
"Yes!"
"Why did you come in here, then?"
"I wanted to complain."
"Oh, no, that's next door. It's being-hit-on-the-head lessons in here."
"What a stupid concept."

Time zones? (4, Funny)

Nemetroid (883968) | more than 7 years ago | (#16710681)

"A Fortune magazine editor traveled to Japan to discover the next year's technology.
I did know about time zones, but a whole year? That's amazing.

Re:Time zones? (1)

GLneo (993471) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711251)

by "traveled" they mean fly around the world 365 times, that should be enough +1 hour time zones

Re:Time zones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16713363)

Peter: This sounds familiar.

Michael: Yeah. They did this in Superman.

Peter: Yeah. What a good movie.

guess what! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16710689)

I like cheese

Re:guess what! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16711259)

I like cheese

And I like big breasts

Re:guess what! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16711361)

I like big butts... ...Pays $75 to the riaa.

So.. not quite the future. (1)

jx100 (453615) | more than 7 years ago | (#16710725)

I actually saw an earlier model to the Sony UX90P the last time I was at a Fry's. So those are clearly not new.

And the eyeglass-TVs have been around for probably at least a decade.

They already have the person theater (1)

GiovanniZero (1006365) | more than 7 years ago | (#16710759)

Its called an itheater
http://sewelldirect.com/i-Theater-Personal-Theater -System.asp [sewelldirect.com]
Looking at the box I'm pretty sure its the exact same thing.

Re:They already have the person theater (4, Funny)

The Great Pretender (975978) | more than 7 years ago | (#16710937)

Perhaps it should have read "A Fortune magazine editor traveled to Japan on a company junket had a bunch of fun and then realized he needed to deliver a trip report to his superiors. The 'gadgets from the future' report was quickly developed on the flight home from the Sky Mall catalog and includes this years technologies of an ultra-portable Sony VAIO UX90P, ZPN/Kenwood MIURO iPod dock, Mikimoto Beans iTheatre personal iPod theater, Sharp Vodafone 905SH mobile phone with 2.6" screen for watching videos, Nintendo Wii controller, Hitachi WOOO Blu-ray digital camcorder and a new range of motivational posters. Luckily, his bosses had been too busy playing golf on the company dollar to notice that everything had already been announced or realized, they also found the motivational posters very enlightening and bought several for their employees breakrooms."

Re:They already have the person theater (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16711243)

Perhaps it should have read "A Fortune magazine editor traveled to Japan on a company junket had a bunch of fun and then realized he needed to deliver a trip report to his superiors. The 'gadgets from the future' report was quickly developed on the flight home from the Sky Mall catalog and includes this years technologies of an ultra-portable Sony VAIO UX90P, ZPN/Kenwood MIURO iPod dock, Mikimoto Beans iTheatre personal iPod theater, Sharp Vodafone 905SH mobile phone with 2.6" screen for watching videos, Nintendo Wii controller, Hitachi WOOO Blu-ray digital camcorder and a new range of motivational posters. Luckily, his bosses had been too busy playing golf on the company dollar to notice that everything had already been announced or realized, they also found the motivational posters very enlightening and bought several for their employees breakrooms."
WHOA! The Japanese are years ahead of us.

Re:They already have the person theater (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711545)

America won't have the tech that's current in Japan for a year or more, so in a sense he is reporting on the future.

Re:They already have the person theater (1)

feepness (543479) | more than 7 years ago | (#16712115)

America won't have the tech that's current in Japan for a year or more, so in a sense he is reporting on the future.

Crap and here I thought I could buy a Wii in a couple weeks!

Re:They already have the person theater (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 7 years ago | (#16712651)

"Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's President, revealed a prototype of the system's game controller at the 2005 Tokyo Game Show during his keynote speech in September 2005. ... Wii is set to be released on November 19, 2006 in North America" - Wikipedia

Re:They already have the person theater (1)

Weedhopper (168515) | more than 7 years ago | (#16714473)

I see more cool/nifty/innovative CE gadgets coming from S.Korea these days than Japan.

Re:They already have the person theater (1)

jamar0303 (896820) | more than 7 years ago | (#16714461)

Except that the V905SH has NOT been released here in the US, and it can't be imported because it's hardcoded to work only on Softbank's network (they totally removed the "network select" function). Well, it can be imported (I think that it only has a 100V adapter, but close enough for America), but then you just have a large PMP/camera/TV/radio.

The bad news... (1)

gzerphey (1006177) | more than 7 years ago | (#16710765)

... is the Blu-Ray camcorder production has halted until they find that secret stash of blue diodes... Should resume sometime in the next 2-5 years.

New /. standard question (1)

NineNine (235196) | more than 7 years ago | (#16710807)

Will the ZPN/Kenwood MIURO work with Zune?

Re:New /. standard question (1)

AdmiralWeirdbeard (832807) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711145)

well, you can set it up near you zune, and then play stuff on it wirelessly. But you can only play each song 3 times...

Re:New /. standard question (1)

sadler121 (735320) | more than 7 years ago | (#16712925)

For a moment there, I thought you were asking if the zune was powered by a ZPM. If that was true, that would be the only reason I would buy one! ;-)

wow... (1)

12x (905799) | more than 7 years ago | (#16710909)

What a load of shiny, boring shit.

the future? (1)

Legatic (318255) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711047)

Mikimoto Beans iTheatre

Attach a video iPod, game device, or multimedia cellphone, and two two-inch LCD displays embedded in these geeky but stylish goggles create the effect of a 50-inch TV hovering before your eyes


these things have been around for quite some time and they always parade them around in next-gen magazines, but they never seem to catch on.

seems like a lot of "flying car syndrome" to me

Re:the future? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16711245)

geeky but stylish

I thought those were mutually exclusive. At least in my experience they have been...

Re:the future? (1)

megaditto (982598) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711387)

your you a female? or are you gay?

If neither, please preceed your fashion experience comments with IANAF

Re:the future? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16711921)

You've never met a Mac user [atspace.com] .

Re:the future? (1)

$0.02 (618911) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711615)

It's good that it is like that. When iTheater arrives we will have not only generation of deaf teenagers but also a generation of blind ones.

Usual suspects. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16711103)

Ah, Fortune again. Is it Forbes day off ?

Just as John Titor! (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711317)

One man. From the Future. On an Amazing Quest. For an elusive Gadget.

The IBM 5100.

Oh, wait...

Re:Just as John Titor! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16713519)

5100? Hey gimme that! I gotta, uh, FIX something, yeah! FIX it real good.

PS: stay out of D.C. in March. Weather forecast is hot and dry.

The sad thing is... (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711353)

...none of the devices can send video to any of the other devices thanks to DRM.

Looks like I'm going to have to buy the MIB again.

Re:The sad thing is... (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711617)

Looks like I'm going to have to buy the MIB again.

And the white album.

Re:The sad thing is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16718383)

Oh, look what you've done, now the joke is dead. I hope you're happy!

Gadgets from the REAL future . . . (1)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711381)

Panasonic Giant-eyed Android Girlfriend. With attachments. Special bukkake tolerance and tentacle action upgrades extra.

Nintendo Real-Live Novelty Puppies that look like latest faddish breed that expire and turn into harmless powder when kids lose interest.

Mitusui Otaku Isolation Pod Apartments with Gigabit Ethernet and pneumatic tube system for delivering toys, take-out food.

Re:Gadgets from the REAL future . . . (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711635)

"Nintendo Real-Live Novelty Puppies that look like latest faddish breed that expire and turn into harmless powder when kids lose interest."

i would pay good money for that..

Re:Gadgets from the REAL future . . . (1)

macshit (157376) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711947)

"Nintendo Real-Live Novelty Puppies that look like latest faddish breed that expire and turn into harmless powder when kids lose interest."

i would pay good money for that.


Especially with the bukkake and tentacle options.

YouTube Player? (1)

Nooface (526234) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711455)

You know, an appliance specifically designed for accessing and playing YouTube movies. Well, where is it? Does it exist?

Re:YouTube Player? (1)

realmolo (574068) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711721)

They could call it the YouTard.

Wirelessly download your favorite clips of teenage morons talking/mugging into their webcam about their incredibly uninteresting lives! All for only $12.95/month! Includes 300 free copies of Kevin Federline's latest hit CD, "Playing With Fire"!

iPod Theater (1)

MaguroNigiri (1022483) | more than 7 years ago | (#16711665)

I'm afraid the iPod Theater will make me look like I'm on my way to the Star Trek Convention, good thing I won't be buying one any time soon. Usually those kinds of things are disorienting (especially during action movies!), and those that I've tried don't even work very well. I say, put your money into buying a real 50"screen rather than a simulation.

Too bad japs have no common sense (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16711675)

And the best laptops are still made in America.
And there's been pro hdcams recording to blue-ray media in cartridges for YEARS.
How the fuck is any of that shit good or even impressive.
Any fucking moron can make a ipod dock and I've seen those eyeglasses display shits on sale like 5 years ago.
Fuck you Japan wankers, stop drooling over animu and open your fucking eyes Japan is nothign but bukkake filled shithole that never produces anything useful except pedo rape animu.

Re:Too bad japs have no common sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16711823)

"...never produces anything useful except pedo rape animu."

Who the fuck in their right mind would think pedo rape animu is useful except a pedo rapist.

Wii? (1)

RzUpAnmsCwrds (262647) | more than 7 years ago | (#16712117)

I can understand some of the other projects, but the Wiimote? It's not available in Japan, either. Moreover, the Wii launches in the US (Nov 19th) before it launches in Japan (Dec 2nd).

Apparently, the future is now just 14 days away!

Re:Wii? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16717403)

Well, I'm sure Cartman would be thrilled...

How Can These Be From the Future? (1)

MSTCrow5429 (642744) | more than 7 years ago | (#16712283)

They're just tired retreads of existing products. Future should mean completely original and innovative. This is just future as next Sunday AD.

I also traveled to Japan... (0, Flamebait)

Slashdiddly (917720) | more than 7 years ago | (#16712367)

I predict the next year's hot gadgets will be a fax-enabled rice cooker closely followed by a rice cooking fax machine.

That's no small story... (1)

Duggeek (1015705) | more than 7 years ago | (#16712725)

If you ask me, the real story is here [cnn.com] . Right next to the aforementioned article.

Scariest tech of 2006
Horrible Halloween picks for the ghastliest gizmos, scariest software and most terrifying technologies of the year.

The "Wii" [cnn.com] gets a second mention in this article, for the name alone.

Also in the lineup; Sony's Li-Ion IED's [cnn.com] , X-Men III Video Game [cnn.com] , Paperless Voting Systems [cnn.com] , and last--but certainly not least--Windows Vista [cnn.com] .

My personal favorite is the bit about Ultra-mobile PC's [cnn.com] .

Re:That's no small story... (1)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 7 years ago | (#16715109)

yeah, also a non-story, but at least a bit better than the one linked to here. You forgot that they mentioned "Unbox", about which an older story is given as well [cnn.com] .

And I was also wondering about these Ultra-mobile PCs. After the end of MS's promotional campaign, any mentioning about it seems to have stopped. What happened? Are they not built yet? Is there anyone here who bought one? Is there anyone here who knows someone who bought one? Is anyone ever going to think about buying one?

Just... (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 7 years ago | (#16715723)

more phones, video players and ipod accessories. All slight improvments on an existing theme, nothing innovative.
Ho hum.
Where's my robotic manservant or flying car?

LCD eyeglasses, again? (1)

zoftie (195518) | more than 7 years ago | (#16718309)

Those have been around forever since around 2000 - 2001, and they keep reappearing as the next thing to be "the new gadget" but seems never to do. Maybe ipod v5 will make them sort of relevant. But I doubt it. People don't want to be caught with nerd helments like that. I don't know if I want one, since the rez on them is so low.
if they'd get a bit higher resolution it would be alirght.

These ones alot cooler, look like you are from spliter cell, sort of:
http://www.mikimoto-japan.com/beans/beans_hmd/next /products/trivisio/ar_vision.htm [mikimoto-japan.com]
Maybe can do terminator thing as well, if there is an input on it.
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