No, no…not the computationally murderous compulsive HAL from that space adventure, but HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) Cybernetic Suit from Cyberdyne Corporation of Japan, in conjunction with Daiwa House. The companies have begun mass production of a cybernetic bodysuit that augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold.
The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) suit works by detecting faint bio-electrical signals using pads placed on specific areas of the body. The pads move the HAL suit accordingly.
Among the potential applications, Cyberdyne is emphasizing helping people with movement disabilities, augmenting strength for difficult industrial tasks, disaster rescue, and entertainment.
The HAL suit is not currently available. But according to Nikkei News, Daiwa and Cyberdyne are planning an annual production of 400 units and they should be marketed at approximately $4,200 US dollars.
So you want to learn Japanese and you’ve bought books and you’ve bought tapes, but nothing to get you motivated. You’ve started and stopped so many times. Every time you’ve had to go back and review and start from scratch just to get frustrated and quit again. You haven’t been keeping up with your progress and you have no idea of what you have learned. You don’t know what to learn first or really how to do it on your own. You need help. You need something to keep you motivated and challenged. You want to ask questions and get answers back. You want it all for free! Ok that’s enough build up – enter iKnow. A great website filled with people, web applications, games and programs for helping you to learn any language. Japanese on this site is great. It’s fun, and it does more for you than keep track of your progress. It gives you that extra bit of interaction with great graphics and something that only friendly competition can bestow.
It’s an amazing site and in less than 6 months its really grown into something with over 350,000 users so far. There are more and more users added every day so go find a partner and get the help you need to get back to studying and kicking nihongo butt.
Start with the list below or try a harder one. You can even go all out and make you own lists and submit them to the site for others.
Ok this place is just fun and for two reasons. The guys working there all look like they are out of the new Willy Wonka movie for one. The other reason its so much fun and reminds me even more of the Willy Wonka movie is that they make CANDY! And its so good! They are making it right there in the store so its gotta be fresh. And it is! The place smells amazing! It smelt like cotton candy pina coladas in there. These guys are real artists or caramel artesans as they claim. There were all sorts of things made out of candy in the store. It was all so cute. I didn’t think the toothbrush candies were that cute, but maybe it will get the kiddies to brush their teeth after eating a ton of this stuff. No message there, right? They make those old fashioned lollipops, the ones with that swirl around and around, too.
I’ve always been more of a hard candy girl myself, not to say I don’t indulge in chocolate, but I love biting down on hard candy. I can’t suck on anything for long. I like that crunch and the pop that it makes as I grind my teeth into it. It’s that simple. And when you have something as flavorful as papabubble pop in your mouth you’ll too understand.
Needless to say I didn’t leave the store empty handed. I got a lollipop and a mixed pack of bite-size hard candies. And I’m not sharing!