Hi there, how are you?

When I walked on the street of Tokyo the other day, from a bit far I saw a bike rider who seemed to have something “creative” chonmage on his top.  

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At first, I was wondering who he was. “He has chonmage like something, so is he a Sumo wrestler? or a 21th century style Samurai??” As I approached to him, I found that it was not chonmage, but an iPhone!! And I found the rider was my friend, Sho. What surprised me more was that he wore a scouter (an item used in Dragon Ball) like equipment too.

As I asked him what he was doing with such technological equipments, he answered it was a test ride with an experimental mapping application by Mr Kondo.

What he wore was a retractable HMD connected with the screen of iPhone. iPhone 3GS  has a compass and is good GPS receiver too. So the map rotates  as he changes its direction. The rider with the equipment can check the map of current location displayed on the HMD. (However, be careful! Sho said it was dangerous to see the map when pedalling a bike!! So it was used when he stopped his bike at the traffic light or other places. )

This is a video clip of how equipments work and how Show ride a bike with it….

Also with this equipment and TwitBird Pro, you can receive real-time Mention of Twitter.  When it is used with A2DP of Bluetooth, speaking on the phone hands-free during the ride.

As we mentioned the future style of mobiles before, these “21th century Samurai style” could be popular? There is certainly room for improvement, and thought the map can show the direction of your way, it cannot indicate the future unfortunately. 

However, I believe it predicts something for future and think that in the future, some devices like this and possibly more useful, comfortable and, of course, safer! for bike ride would be available.

See you on the next map :D

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iApplicate on ZeptoPad

August 25, 2009

Hi how’s going?

Do you know iApplicate.tv? It is an app review site with their original video clips.
Recently they reviewed our ZeptoPad.
And fortunately, we’ve got “A Perfect Four,” means perfect rates!! Wow! So just check it out from here.

 

We really appreciate such a good review and it cheers us so much.

Thanks every user for using our app. If you don’t have ZeptoPad yet, why don’t you have the “perfect four”? Ha-ha. We are glad to hear your both positive and negative impression. So feel free to write your comments about ZeptoPad on this blog.

Thank you and bye :-)

Hi everyone,

Regarding our goal to create alternative stationary for future, that does not mean to eliminate traditional ones. What we try to do is to renovate them for future style, so iPhone app is the new way for the renovation…

iShodo was born in December and have been loved by many users since its released. We are really happy our app is loved by many users. Regarding the app, her sister was born!!!

She is s fountain pen application. As for fountain pens, many people would use the fountain pens by MONTBLANC. The company is one of the most famous stationary makers in the world, and the new application was created in collaboration with the company! The same technology as iShodo is applied to her to realize the reality of the way to write with a fountain pen.

The baby’s face is now open to the pubic at Mitsukoshi in Nihonbashi, Japan. I put some pictures of her on this post. She will stand with her feet and start to walk before so long. First in Japan, and soon after that, she will be able to visit your iPhone around the world!

 

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Hope you will love the application and we can create something interesting for you. Please wait for her until she is released on the AppStore!

“Three”

June 19, 2009

WWDC 2009 is over and now OS 3.0 for both iPhone and iPod touch is available. Many users have installed or going to do it. With the new release of OS, our ZeptoPad has been finally upgraded to version 3.0! Thanks very much 2.99 β testers again for your cooperation.

As for new features of ZeptoPad 3.0, they are almost the same as what I mentioned in 2.99; New rendering engines for faster and easier drawing. More diagram drawing tools and more color are available. Also, background color is chosen between white, black, and blue! So, in addition to white and black knight, blue magician joined our party! By P2P feature, you can share your worksheet with other ZeptoPad. Your works are saved in folders for easier categorization and management.

Our most recommending point of ZeptoPad 3.0 is Slide Show mode. This is a remote control function to display up to three worksheet on different screens of Mac/PCs. With it, you can manipulate the worksheets as you like it.

Regarding remote control, where is the place to control a space shuttle far from on the earth? Most of people might know, yes, it is NASA. Ryo went there the other day.

nasa

ryo-nasa

It was amazing and impressive place. Full of science, technology and possibility.  Astronauts are really tough guys. They have literary and military arts, and well trained. A great astronaut, Mr Sonny Carter was a physician and a professional soccor player, and in the Navy, he attended TOPGUN. In NASA, he played an  active role as a specialist of EVA,

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However, even such tough and smart guys, decision in the ultimate environment, in the space, is incredibly difficult. The mutual and specific communication is necessary between in the space and on the earth. A trivial mistake can change a bunch of high technology suddenly into disastrous bomb. But people in NASA never give up. From the failure, they learn the next step, improvement, and a new challenge.

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“Failure is not an option,” this is the words by Mr Gene Kranz, a Fright Director of Apollo ⅩⅢ. His word is now theme of NASA and encourage people to go on to the next stage.

His computer was IBM System 360, a big and old computer, which 8-bit byte addressing and binary, has 256KB of main storage, and works with 2MHz speed.

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Computers now may be able to solve more difficult calculation, have more storage and work by higher speed than it. But it have certainly operated the space shuttle and let people reach the moon.  Now, the space shuttle control computers become like this.

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You may notice that each people has at least three screens on the desk. Also, in Mission Control Center, they have triple displays.

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Like people in NASA, using three things, screens, or sometimes more at the same time is necessary. Therefore, Slide Show mode of ZeptoPad 3.0, which enables you to use three screens at the same time, was necessary and important improvement…wasn’t it?

Using three screen with ZeptoPad 3.0 on iPhone/iPod touch OS 3.0 would be similar experience as using three screen in NASA. Expecting the possibility of iPhone, such as a day would come when we will be able to operate a space shuttle by iPhone (and ZeptoPad?), we continue to improve, develop and challenge things.”Failure is not an option,” but also, failure would be the step to the next, I believe so. Of course, we will do best to prevent mistakes and inconvenience!

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We expect the future of iPhone and ZeptoTools.

On iBeer

March 24, 2009

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Do you like beer? Yes, I DO! I like Budwiser, Guiness, Hoegaarden, Asahi, Tiger, etc…. Especially during summer time, a lot of people drink beer at home, at a pub, at a beer garden, or at a park. I love to read books drinking a glass of beer under the comfortable sunshine on a holiday. Only such imagination makes me happy…

Anyway the reason why I wrote such a thing on this blog is, to talk about, maybe you’ve already know, iBeer by Hottrix.

This application is really long running.  Though, it was first released at the end of June 2008, still ranks as one of the top 100 paid applications on AppStore of so many countries. To find the reason why this application is loved for a long time, I humbly but would like to examine the features of it!

Main features of the app ver. 3.01 are “Drink,” “Brew,” “Shake” and “Burp”

If you pour the beer into your screen of iPhone/iPod Touch, you can pretend to drink it from both top corners of iPhone. If you shake your device, the form will be increased. When the glass of iPhone is emptied, a sound of burp will come up if the function was ON. You can select  a glass of beer from 5 drinks: 4 beer and 1 mouthwash!

Regarding the reality of graphics and sounds, the beer is ok. The graphics itself is clear and beautiful. The forms of the beer, bubbles, or dirty empty glasses is well realized. However, if I could say more, for me, it looks like rather soda. It has too much gas. The form is not so creamy. The sound of brewing is rather like a well of beer. Not like a puring from a bottle nor a beer server.

Furthermore, I do not like the sound of burp so much… sorry,  though some people commented the sound was so funny and cool.

However, I agree the interesting trick, “Magic Button.” Pressed the button for a while, and the ON mark becomes orange. Then, when you try to back to the drink select menu, the screen becomes a fake iPhone’s menu. If you tap somewhere on the screen, suddenly, in your screen, beer will be filled with.

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Hum… Yes, it is fun for spare time, to kill time. But, the price was not so reasonable for me. It costs higher than iShodo or BullCam!

Seeing the comments, I found most  people enjoy the features. However, some say that the app is not worth paying, rather, some feel it was waste of money. Some rated the least mark because sometimes it crushes. So, beside the problems of system and the price, people are generally pleased with the features themselves. It’s certain that it would get far better evaluation if it was free app.

Mmmmm… the more I study, the deeper the mystery of it becomes!

My conclusion is, “Just have fun.” Maybe the hilarious but funny ideas catches many people’s attention. Actually, my first impression was “seems so funny!” The features stimulates the interest of beer lovers. However, seeing the price, I hesitated to purchase it a little. “Entertainment” and “Beer” those may be a part of the reasons why the application is long running though not all people satisfied with it. By the version-ups, more tricks or variety of drinks are added. That has made people fun continually.

Though I said many things, we would like to make an application which is loved by many people for a long time. For that point, I really respect this application (of course, the application itself is funny!). Referring to the good points of such apps, we want to create more attractive apps.

However, the most disappointing point for me is, I can’t quench my thirsty with iBeer!!

BullCam & Color Canvas

March 14, 2009

How things going?

Are you enjoying  BullCam life? Today’s weather was so nice, so I went for a walk along the beach near my house, and took pictures with BullCam. About 2 months has passed since its release, and I continue to take at least … ha ha (see previous entry), but still enjoy taking pictures with it.

BullCam is simple continuous shooting camera. The pictures by BullCam themselves are enjoyable. But, there should be a lot of ways to make it different, like Jet☆Daisuke’s animation.  Exploring  the sea of application to find new possibility, today, I got a treasure of application, ColorCanvas by Big Canvas Inc. (They are webmasters too!!).

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black-white & colors

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black-white & colors

black-white & colors

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Did you find the differences between them? ColorCanvas is a software to make the picture firstly in black and white, and add color again to the picture by brushing over it. With the application, you can arrange BullCam picture’s color frame by frame!

You can change the opacity of color. So, it’s easy to make gradation color photos like below.

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The sea of applications expands day by day, it’s difficult to try them all, but we should explore more applications. Combination of applications will make us strong and make our iPhone life more interesting! and exciting!

See you at the next island;-)

Captain Hidemy

iShodo & Photo Brush

March 13, 2009

Hi all,

Are you enjoying iShodo? About 2 months has passed since its release. I continue to make at least a sheet of work per day. Though I agree that black monotone color is one of Japanese calligraphy’s elements and that is a cool point of iShodo, sometimes, sooometimes I feel an impulse to use color  in iShodo work.

So, with other applications, I decorated my iShodo works. This time, I used Photo Brush by Bobby & Sam’s Software. The followings are parts of my works! So cute, aren’t they?

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"ZeptoTools" with stars

with dots and clovers

A girl with dots and clovers

Japanese style with musical notes

Japanese style with musical notes

Flowers with clovers

Flowers with pink clovers

Photo Brush is an application to “customize photos by using your finger as a paint brush and a large assortments of designs in a rainbow of colours as paint.” Lite version is also available!

If you’ve already enjoyed iShodo with other applications or in another amazing way, why don’t you show it to us on facebook?

Of course, we are developing new applications, at the same time, we are improving and finding a new way of use in the current apps!

Hope your continual love for ZeptoTools,

Bye☆

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