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[Supernatural the Animation] will be a 22-episode season that will cover the storyline of the live-action version’s first two seasons. The first volume will ship on January 12 with the first two episodes. On February 2, the “Box 1” set will ship with episodes 3 to 12. On April 6, the “Box 2” set will ship with episodes 13 to 22. (There will be a different release schedule for the rental version of the project.)
The anime project will not only remake the best episodes from the live-action version, but also depict original episodes not seen in the live-action version. Those original episodes will include prologues of the Winchester brothers’ childhood, anime-only enemies, and episodes featuring secondary characters from the live-action version.
Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is credited as the anime project’s creator, and MADHOUSEMasao Maruyama is serving as executive producer. Naoya Takayama (Night Head, Liar Game) is supervising the series’ scripts, and Takahiro Yoshimatsu (Trigun) is designing the characters.
I guess people are getting sick of how electronics are getting smaller and smaller and consequently harder to use. Luckily, devices like the iPhone has simplify the interface making the customer interact solely by its touchscreen with no buttons whatsoever. But what would be even cooler is to turn your fucking arm into a touchscreen which has more buttons than any common sense would allow and make it easy for any new user. Hello future. [via bbc]
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Ever wonder what it would mean to upgrade your power outlets? I’m not talking about green energy. These two technologies will fundamentally change what we mean by “electricity.”
Companies like WiTriCity are developing ways to power up devices wirelessly from across a room. And you can already buy products like the Powerpad, a charger that powers up any device you set on top of it. Here is the founder of WiTriCity talking about his company’s technology a few months ago:
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Finally. Someone at Sony shows some sign of intelligence and is combining their handheld console with their phone device. People have been demanding this since the beginning and it seems that Sony is finally listening. In an effort to create hybrid network of all their electronic to a Sony Online Service, their phone company Sony Ericson is teaming up with the PSP team to create a PSP phone. [via Engadget]
You know who knows everything? People familiar with the matter. In particular, they know everything when “the matter” happens to be Sony’s handheld strategy for 2010, which is said to finally include an honest-to-goodnessPSP with phone capabilities — something the world’s been demanding for as long as they’ve wanted a Zunephone. According to the WSJ, the device is apparently part of a larger push by Sony to create an iTunes-like Utopian ecosystem of products this year that connect to Sony Online Service, an ecosystem that would also include a hybrid portable of some sort that “blurs distinctions among a netbook, an e-reader and a PlayStation Portable.” Details aren’t offered on this particular monster — but turning our attention back to the phone for a second, it’s claimed that Sony’s working with it in conjunction with the folks at Sony Ericsson under the direction of Kunimasa Suzuki, an exec largely responsible for the VAIO line who’s also involved with the PlayStation team. Of course, SE’s already taken some baby steps toward corporate harmony by bundlingRemote Play support with the Aino, but everyone knows that PSP compatibility is the panacea; Microsoft finally buckled on the Zunephone thing with the introduction of Windows Phone 7 Series, and there’s no reason why Sony shouldn’t follow suit.
The game industry has inspired many new tech devices in the last few years. Including the Gesture cube which promotes using gesture to navigate with their product. A cube product that has every face enabled to interact with. A true 3D interface. Check out the video it is quite interesting. [via Engadget]
You know how it is — another day, another “magical” and “intuitive” input device — not unlikeImmersion’s Cubtile, which we first saw about a year ago. This time around the culprit is Gesture Cube, the heathen spawn of Ident’s “GestIC” electric field sensing technology (for 3D spatial movement tracking) and a couple German design studios. GestIC detects movements and distances in 3D space, enabling touch free gesture control. If this sounds good to you, wait until you see the YouTube demonstration, complete with all sorts of “magical” and “intuitive” interface ideas! It will really make you with you were a designer living in Germany, starring in YouTube videos for “magical” and “intuitive” design firms. We don’t know how much of a hurry we are to see this implemented in our fave hardware, but who knows? Maybe we’ll come around eventually — after all, Grippity did wonders for our words-per-minute. Video after the break.
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After the announcement of the iPad, more and more companies are stepping forward saying that they are interested and will become an active player in the tablet industry. Sony being among one of the bigger companies. [via Engadget]
Sony has long said it would cautiously approach the tablet market while it built up its Reader e-book line, but it looks like things are picking up a little steam: CFO Nobuyuki Oneda said the company is “very interested” in the tablet market during his post-earnings report news conference. Oneda said that Sony’s “confident we have the skills to create a product,” and that “Time-wise we are a little behind the iPad but it’s a space we would like to be an active player in.” We could certainly see a Sony device about the size of the Reader Daily Edition making a splash, especially if it’s tied in with Sony’s new push at a unified online experience — and dare we hope for tablet remix of the Dash Internet Viewer (pictured above) based on the Chumby OS? Time will tell.