Toyota's latest concept car is dubbed the Smart Insect and is somewhat reminiscent of a Smart car, if only a tad smaller.
The little electric vehicle charges from a standard 100 V outlet and is equipped with gull wing doors that open widely. The Smart Insect also boasts a comprehensive motion detection system powered by a Microsoft Kinect sensor that is used to recognize and respond to a driver based on face and body shape.
Toyota also claims the motion detection technology can predict the driver's behavior by analyzing his or her movements and determining when to open the door automatically. Frankly, this sounds a bit unnerving to me, as if you make a strange move while stopped at a red light it seems the doors could possibly open accidentally.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)