Nike’s self lacing sneakers might hit 2015 soon

The iconic scene from the movie
The iconic scene from the movie

Remember the Hendo hoverboard that got many Back to the Future fans jumping for joy last year? Now, Nike is racing against time to produce the same self lacing sneakers that is seen in the movie, Back to the Future. According to the Nike’s innovation chief Tinkler Hatfield, the shoes will come around “11 and two-thirds months left in 2015,” which means 2 months after Marty McFly arrives in 2015 according to the movie chronology.

Nike has already patented the design, and will have a limited release with LED equipped shoe design minus the self lacing technology for the Micheal J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research back in 2011. The effort raised US$6 million.

However, Nike is keeping mum about the pricing and actual release date so far. It is often said that art often imitates life, but in this case, it is the reverse. Is it practical or not? Some people might feel it is just too complicated for a simple task.

Source: IFL Science & NikeKicks

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Vagabond manga set to resume soon

Vagabond's Musashi
Vagabond’s Musashi

Takehiko Inoue, the famous mangaka who gave the world series like Slam Dunk! and Great Teacher Onizuka is set to resume his current serialization of Vagabond, a story about Japan’s most iconic and famous kensai (sword saint). It will be the 323rd chapter of the manga which will be published in Kodansha’s Morning magazine’s 9th issue on 29 January 2015. Even the mangaka ruefully admitted that is “has been a while” since the last chapter was published about a year ago. His Twitter confirms the news here:

The plan to resume the serialization was originally made around June 2014 after it was halted in Febuary 2014. However, it got delayed again for an unspecified reason.

The manga is an action, adventure, historical and chambara (samurai) manga that started around 23 March 1999. Based on a fictionalized story written by Eiji Yoshikawa’s novel about Miyamoto Musashi, the manga has 37 tankubon volumes so far. Currently, the story is on the post Yoshioka War arc.

Vagabond won Grand Prize for manga at the Japan Media Arts Festival 2000 and the Kodansha Manga Award in the general category the same year. Two years later, it then won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.  The manga is licensed by Viz Media USA and has been nominated for the 2003 Eisner Award for the Best Writer/Artist category. So far, 82 million copies have been sold worldwide.

Via Official Site

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Key visual for Plastic Memories

Dogakobo has just given us a preview of the upcoming TV anime series, Plastic Memories. So far, the synopsis is quite sparse, but so far we know it is set in a near future and focuses on a slice of life type story of a female robot themed around “encounters and separations”. An android manufacturer, SA Corporation developed a very lifelike android known as Giftia but met with an unexpected ethical issue when the androids were nearing the end of their service life. A new employee, Tsukasa Mizugaki teams up with one such android, Giftia Isla to retrieve the “dying androids”.

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Latest issue of Dengeki G showcased two new key visuals for series. One of them is showing a clumsy Isla which might be a large hint on what kind of character she would be.

First Visual Key
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlwzkLARyZ4

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Check out the latest trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

We can barely wait for the movie, and now we get another fine treat as the counter winds down to launch day; a brand new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer!

On top of getting to see more of the Hulkbuster armour in action (with liberal helpings of the Hulk of course) the usual dramatic character monologues and Nick Fury with his customary angry glint in his eye. Black Widow is stepping into a fight with even bigger guns and Thor doesn’t look all too happy with Tony Stark because of Ultron. The action flick is looking extremely promising already.

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Second key visual
Second key visual

The official website for Arslan Senki or The Heroic Legend of Arslan has began streaming their second TV commercial for the anime few days ago. The anime will be an adaptation of Arakawa Hiromu’s (Full Metal Alchemist, Silver Spoon) manga of the same name, which was an adaptation of Tanaka Yoshiki’s original novel series. The novel has been adapted into anime before during the 90s so this version is pretty much considered a reboot of the novel.

The site has also released a new visual key for the upcoming series which is highly anticipated by fans thanks to mangaka’s name. Directed by Abe Noriyuki (Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho) with composition of the series fell to Uezu Makoto who did Akame ga Kill! and key animation will be done by Ogiso Shingo (Anohana)

To recap what is the series all about – Arslan Senki or The Heroic Legend of Arslan  is a Japanese fantasy novel series written by Tanaka Yoshiki. Tanaka began writing the series in 1986, and the series saw it’s latest volume way back in 2008. There are currently 14 novels and one side story published so far. It was adapted into a manga by Nakamura Chisato in 1991, but the manga caught up to the novels in 1998 and goes for it’s very own original ending. In 2013, it received yet another manga reboot, this time illustrated by Arakawa Hiromu. The new manga is serialized in the Bessatsu Shounen Magazine. It was also developed into a short film and a 6 part unfinished OVA (only 4 parts were released).

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The January 2015 issue of manga magazine Afternoon recently revealed that an anime adaptation of Knights of Sidonia is back for a compilation movie version in March 2015 and TV series on April 2015. This is the visual key for the movie here:

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The visual key of the movie

There is even a hint that Blame!, another work by Tsutomu Nihei will find its way into the production. It might make its way into episode 8 of the new season. However, it is currently unknown if it will be expanded into a full blown anime series or not. The new TV series will be titled Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki/War of the Ninth Planet, where the first 2 episodes will be revealed at a closed private function on 23 November 2014.

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Hot on the heels on Microsoft’s Skype announcement on simultaneous translation between Spanish and English speakers, Google has been working on real-time voice translations in its Google Translation app. If Google manages to pull this off, it means everyone with a mobile device will have access to real-time voice translations of 90 over languages thanks to the Google translation database. Mind boggling indeed.

According to the New York Times, Google is refining its Translate app to make it smarter – it would detect speech on the fly and translate it straightaway while its user only needs to operate his/her device during the process.

Despite Skype being the first service to provide the real time voice translation service, it is only limited to two languages, whereas Google’s project is more appealing with its potential 90 plus languages on offering.

The potential is tremendous – tourists will have an easier time to navigating in many locations with this nifty application, but some people are still worrying about the translation quality of the Google project, based on hilarious misfires on the current Google Translate right now.

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Koei Tecmo is following up on to Samurai Warriors 4 / Sengoku Musou 4 or known as  戦国無双4 with new game called the Samurai Warriors 4-II.

The game is scheduled for a 11 Febuary release in Japan for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita only.

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