Do you like the idea of blogging using your phone and your voice? No more typing in a tiny keyboard. It’s possible using Bubble Motion technology.
After a great success in India, with more than 2 million users, Bubble Motion’s platform of voice blogging announced that it comes to Japan thanks to KDDI.

It’s called Koe-now コエなう, still in beta. Koe in Japanese means voice and “now” written in the Hiragana syllabary as なう (nau) reminds the way Japanese use the informal phonetic version of the English word in twitter. Japanese is a very graphical language and characters can represent much more meaning than the phonetic version. Using なう in the name is a clear way to call the attention of twitter users, whose number is huge in Japan.

koe-now

Celebrities will be the main stream, recording their messages at any moment so their fans can feel more in contact with them. Specially in a country where idols and celebrities have loyal fans.

Will this service try to compete directly with Twitter?
How will KDDI integrate this into other social networks?

More information at コエなう home page

Related sources: KDDI, TechCrunch Japan, Nikkei

All fans rejoice, the 945SHG Ver.GP30th RX-78-2 is out.

Pardon me? The 945SHG Ver.GP30th RX-78-2?

The Gundam phone, in short. It’s just Softbank sticking with a very clear keitai line-up, you know.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the figurines (and the 31st year of the show) and Bandai partnered with the #3 carrier in Japan to give you that mecha extravaganza.

The phone itself is a modified Sharp, coming with a 12.1 megapixel and HD video capable camera and a HDMI-out to connect it to your brand new HDTV. Not sure the TV will handle the power of Gundam, though.

Like many of today’s offering in Japan, the phone has 1seg, the mobile terrestrial digital TV service, GPS and Bluetooth. Again, stuff that Gundam doesn’t need. He’s mightier.

The phone is waterproof though. Gundam doesn’t need to shower.

Good news for those gaijins having trouble reading Japanese, the phone can be switched to English. Now, I don’t know if Gundam would actually like that. Thread carefully here. You’ve been warned.

The coolest thing might be the cradle it comes with. The 1:100 scale Gundam will overlook your phone while you recharge it. Err, …while you do stuff that animate your Gundam with the state-of-the-art UI. Or something.

Comes with decals too. Don’t ask me why.

More info in Japanese on the official website. And the phone has a Twitter account too.

Even though I had to fight Danny Choo last time I went to see the Gundam in 1:1 scale, I can’t wait going to Shizuoka with fellow Mobile in Japan’er Steve Nagata to check the new one later this month.

Gundam Fight

That new Gundam has got a light saber. But no phone.