Posts Tagged ‘photo’


May13

Lily makes debut as retail camera drone

2015 at 11:08 am by admin | Comments Off

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Meet Lily, the latest in autonomous drone technology ready to hit shelves around the world! Lily, which began as a hobby project at a UC Berkeley robotics lab in 2013, strives to take homemade photography and cinematography to the next level by offering a completely user-free experience; just throw Lily into the air to activate it, and it will autonomously record your every move! The drone follows its user through the use of a tracking device, which also allows Lily to be programmed to take photos and videos in various modes and tracking positions. Through specially designed optics, Lily is able to take 1080p high definition videos, and can even take 12 megapixel still photos and slow-motion video! Lily is also waterproof, allowing use of the drone in a wide variety of environments and situations. Lily, which is scheduled to release in February 2016, is currently available for pre-order for $499.

Apr22

Earth Day 2015

2015 at 04:11 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Today marks this year’s Earth Day, in which people in over 190 countries are showing their support for the planet as well as environmental protection. The holiday, which was originally celebrated in 1970 as a means to celebrate environmental reform and peace amongst one another, is one in which dozens of events are held worldwide in support of protecting nature. The President of the United States has even given an official speech in the name of the holiday!

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Discussion of dangerous news about climate change and global environment issues are at the forefront of the discussion today, and while these topics are fundamentally important to our continued survival on the planet Earth, it is important to not forget to appreciate nature around us and what it gives us on a daily basis. In order to make a real change in these issues, we as a whole must devote much more than this one day to the issues at hand. So make sure to get outside, enjoy yourself, and keep in mind the lessons and topics that are being discussed globally today; we’ll need to keep them in mind if we truly hope to make a difference and make this world a better place for every living being.

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Mar13

Meet-n-Greet with Rilakkuma at TOMODACHI

2015 at 01:37 pm by admin | Comments Off

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San-X will be hosting a meet-n-greet event with Rilakkuma at TOMODACHI’s Mall of America location! As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, the event will take place on Satuday, March 21st, from 1PM to 5PM, and visitors can meet Rilakkuma in person, along with donating a variety of Rilakkuma buttons and prizes for our raffles. We will also be hosting a San-X gift bag giveaway, which will feature a variety of Rilakkuma-themed items, including pillows, headphones, finger puppets, stationery, mugs, and more! Three of these bags will be given away to lucky winners who stop by our 10th anniversary event and take a photo with Rilakkuma. Simply post your photo with Rilakkuma to Instagram, tagged with #TOMODACHIUS, #rilakkumaus, or #Rilakkuma_na, for a chance to win one of these adorable Rilakkuma bags! Winners will be announced on March 21st after the event through Instagram.

To find out more about Rilakkuma’s visit to TOMODACHI, as well as other events at our 10th anniversary party, click here!

Oct24

Purikura at TOMODACHI

2014 at 11:31 am by admin | Comments Off

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Take fun photos with friends and family with the new Purikura photo machines at TOMODACHI! Purikura is a Japanese photo booth machine which originally debuted in July 1995. Created by video game and arcade companies Atlus and SEGA, the machines have since become a huge hit across the world, and several varieties of these booths have appeared over the past two decades.

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What is Purikura? Purikura, or プリクラ, is short for プリント倶楽部, or Print Club. Purikura was originally synonymous with specific machines, but now stands for the photo booth phenomenon in Japan as a whole, covering all different manner of photo booth machines and experiences. Each machine features different specific features and technology, ranging from editing hair and eye color to even allowing users to alter the size of their facial features to achieve an anime-esque look. These machines have become a popular icon of Japanese culture, and have started to spread to different nations all over the world.

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Operating the Purikura booths is a fun and intuitive experience, allowing groups of people to quickly snap their photos and edit them to their liking. To use a Purikura booth, which are designed for customers of all ages to enjoy, customers will first decide on a theme for their photo session. These themes each provide a different set of colored backgrounds and sticker for users, so choose your favorite!

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Once this is done, users will choose the brightness level of their photos, and start snapping! There are a wide variety of colored and themed backgrounds to choose from, and there are even overlays than be used to create fun photos and unique posing opportunities.

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After taking their photos, the booth will move these photos to the machine’s touchscreen tablets, where the photos can be enhanced with stamps, stickers, glitter, frames, and even hand-drawn messages and characters. Once completed, the machine prints out the edited photos onto glossy sticker paper, which can be cut up and used as framed photos, stickers for your favorite notebook or wallet, or whatever else you can imagine!

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TOMODACHI has a Purikura booth set up at our Rosedale Shopping Center location, and will have a new Purikura booth at our Mall of America store by Friday, October 24th as well! Make sure to stop by, alone or with friends, and give these fun booths a spin!

Jul29

Bandai reveals at SDCC

2014 at 01:35 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Bandai, and its Tamashii Nations brand of collectors’ merchandise, has always been at the forefront of Japanese imports and collectibles, featuring designs from some of the most popular anime, video games, tokusatsu, and more. Their showing at this year’s SDCC did not disappoint, with a variety of new reveals along with displays of popular merchandise from the past year.

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Among the new reveals were Bandai’s newest Dragonball releases, exclusive to SDCC. These included the S.H. Figuarts Vegeta figure in its original animation colors, as well as the collectible Dragon Ball & Dragon Radar pack. These two exclusives were featured alongside a number of other previous Dragonball releases, including Figuarts articulated figures and Figuarts ZERO statues. Also featured was the new upcoming series of chibi-style Dragonball statue collectibles, which have no planned release date as of yet.

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Also unveiled for the first time at SDCC was the first state-side look at the new Naruto S.H. Figuarts collectibles! The two new figures in this series, Naruto and Sasuke, featured their most recent designs from the manga, and each included alternate faces, swappable hands, attack effects and more.

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On top of that, Nintendo fans across the world got their very first look at the brand-new S.H. Figuarts Luigi from the Mario franchise! Posed alongside his brother Mario, who recently got his own S.H. Figuarts release, their display included brand-new playset options for the set, including a themed backdrop and an extending Piranha Plant enemy!

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Godzilla, who has had a busy year with the recent Legendary film and sequel announcement, was also at the Bandai show floor, appearing in his newest 2014 look in the S.H. MonsterArts line. Releasing later this year, the figure was also accompanied by a number of other Godzilla figures, including toys of older Godzilla designs and MechaGodzilla.

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Finally, to celebrate Doraemon’s upcoming United States debut this August, Bandai unveiled two brand-new toys of the show’s protagonists: S.H. Figuarts Nobita and Robot Spirits Doraemon! Both of these figured appeared for the first time at the show, with Nobita having swappable hands and faceplates, and Doraemon even coming with his Dokodemo Door tool.

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Other popular display pieces at the show were the complete set of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and Sailor Moon Figuarts! Both displays featured the entire cast of characters from each series, with unique display options such as the rotating disco ball on Sailor Moon’s display and the earth-like texture on the Power Rangers display. The Power Rangers play even featured the previously released Super Robot Chogokin figure of the Dino Megazord!

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A number of Bandai’s other popular figures were on display as well, featuring figures from franchises like One Piece and Saint Seiya, and more. There were even display cases dedicated to popular Gundam franchises like Gundam Wing and the recent Gundam Build Fighters!

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Seeing all of these amazing toys in one place is truly what makes SDCC one of the biggest and most fan-beloved conventions in the world, and we’ve still got a ton more coverage to do about the event, so keep your eyes peeled!

Jul29

Hello Kitty signing and more at SDCC

2014 at 12:16 pm by admin | Comments Off

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This year’s SDCC coming to a close on June 27th this past Sunday, showing off some of the most exciting news and featuring some amazing attractions and exhibits for visiting fans to take part in. Not one to slouch, especially on her 40th anniversary, Hello Kitty brought a number of unprecedented exclusive events to the convention, making it a weekend to remember for Sanrio fans everywhere!

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The biggest headline for Hello Kitty this year was the exclusive signing event at Sanrio’s Booth #4539 on the show floor, where fans could come face-to-face with Yuko Yamaguchi, the original Hello Kitty creator and head designer at Sanrio! Flying in all the way from Tokyo, Yuko was on the show floor for the entire weekend, greeting fans, taking photos, and signing limited edition art posters available at the booth. This was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Hello Kitty fans to meet the creator in person!

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Other popular Hello Kitty items at the event were Tamashii Nation’s display case of the recently released 40th Anniversary Hello Kitty Chogokin figure, as well as the brand new SDCC-exclusive Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary minifigures and trading cards by Upper Deck. These exclusives, along with a number of other Hello Kitty collectibles and props, were available throughout the show floor to help celebrate Hello Kitty’s landmark anniversary.

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Now that SDCC has finally come to an end, we’ve got a huge amount of photos and coverage to show off, so stay tuned!