Japan’s Hilarious and Valiant Efforts at Finding Ways to Lift Hatsune Miku’s Skirt

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Other,Software — Written by jrharbort on Monday, October 20th, 2014 @ 11:12 pm


 
Ever since at least 2009, some of the Hatsune Miku fans over in Japan have had a rather unusual goal: Creating ways of lifting Hatsune Miku’s skirt, primarily through use of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality hardware and software.

Sure, they could just open any of these 3D models in MikuMikuDance and be done with it. But that’s just too easy for some people. It’s just not rewarding enough unless you make it incredibly complex, as well as interactive.

I’ve attempted to compile a number of video examples with the help of Kowhey from MikuStream. The challenges that the Japanese have put themselves to achieve a seemingly simple goal are both hilarious and commendable.

One of the oldest examples from 2009, using MMD and AR Toolkit.

A setup using Android Wear and Oculus Rift.

AR using Oculus Rift and MMD. The “fun” part happens at 3:50.

A coin operated device using a Miku plushie and RaspberryPi computer.

A video I previously wrote about here. The “fun” part starts at 2:58.

Snow Miku Wrapped Buses To Run in Singapore From October 3rd Until December 25th

Filed under: Events,Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Other — Written by jrharbort on Monday, September 29th, 2014 @ 12:26 pm


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A previous news leak from NHK months ago seemed to hint that Snow Miku wrapped buses would appear in Singapore sometime this year, but was quickly removed. However, a more recent press release from the Hokkaido District Transport Bureau has confirmed that these buses will be appearing in Singapore starting October 3rd.

A total of 10 Citaro buses will be wrapped in a skin showing off Snow Miku 2015 on one side, and original art of Hatsune Miku by KEI on the other. The design will also implement graphics of the natural landscape and food of Hokkaido, Sapporo.

Bus lines: 2, 196, 111, 174, 186, 502, 107, 175, 36, 130 (buses run 10 times a day)

The buses will remain in operation until December 25th, 2014. If you’re a resident of Singapore, keep an eye out for them! Previously, Thailand featured the Snow Miku 2013 wrapped trains. So I wonder which other countries will be considered for decorating public transport with Miku-themed wraps?

EDIT: Now we have a photo of one of the buses, thanks to one of our article commenters. Thanks for sharing!

Halloween Dance Party Announced For Hatsune Miku Expo in Los Angeles

Filed under: Events,Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Music,Other — Written by jrharbort on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 @ 2:35 am

The details of the Pumpkin Dome attraction for the Halloween Party at Hatsune Miku Expo in Los Angeles has been updated to announce a late night dance party featuring three DJ guests!

Titled “Halloween Dance Party With Tune in Tokyo”, the event will feature BIGHEAD/ELEKI, Machigerita and DJ Meirlin as the event’s DJs. The dance is for ages 21+ only, and will take place between Saturday October 11th at 10:00 PM, and October 12th at 2:00 AM. The event ticket price is $15 ($16.30 including ticket fee).

More exciting announcements are still on the way, so don’t miss them. We’ll see you guys at the dance party!

Snow Miku Shows Love For “Love Local Hokkaido” Themed Daihatsu Mira Cocoa

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News,Other — Written by jrharbort on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 @ 6:27 am

Promotional artwork by Amemura from Pixiv.

While it’s not quite Winter yet, Daihatsu is starting the season early with a new addition to its lineup of Mira Cocoa vehicles. For the model’s 5th anniversary, Daihatsu has collaborated with Crypton Future Media to release a limited edition Snow Miku themed Mira Cocoa, with the theme name of “Love Local Hokkaido”.

The car features a number of cosmetic changes to match the theme of Snow Miku: A winter blue and white paint job on the exterior, a Hatsune Miku rear emblem, Snow Miku handle cover, blue and white seat covers, Snow Miku tank cover decal, and a Snow Miku roof rail decal.

The car can be yours for the price of 1.7 million Yen (roughly $16,200 USD), but only within Japan, unfortunately. Check out the special page here. If the collaboration doesn’t make sense, just look at it this way: Daihatsu(ne) Mira(i).

First photo via @totokototoko on twitter.






Last 5 photos via Hatsune Miku Blog

Happy 7th Anniversary, Hatsune Miku!

Filed under: Events,Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Other — Written by jrharbort on Sunday, August 31st, 2014 @ 5:17 am

Illustration “Happy Birthday Miku!” by Tsuzakitsu Nomi from Pixiv.

Hatsune Miku has finally reached the 7th year of her journey since her first release on August 31st, 2007. Seven is quite a lucky number, and we’ve certainly been lucky to be able to enjoy what she’s been able to bring to the lives of fans around the world for all those years.

The past year has brought brought us the release of Hatsune Miku’s VOCALOID3 software, the beginning of an international Miku Expo event, a new Racing Miku and Snow Miku design, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd’s international release, and so much more. And not to forget the endless amounts of video, music and illustrative art works.

And as per tradition, artists have taken to Pixiv to overload the servers with a vast amount of illustrations to celebrate the birthday of our beloved virtual diva. Below are some of our personal favorite picks, but you can view the full selection of images for Hatsune Miku’s 7th anniversary from here: http://www.pixiv.net/search.php?word=ミク誕生祭2014

Happy 7th Birthday, Hatsune Miku!

6 by えこいくしま on pixiv

Happy Birthday by TID on pixiv

おめでとう by うさしろまに on pixiv

8/31 by 萌葱 on pixiv

ハジメテノオト by Rella on pixiv

~MIKU’S 7TH BIRTHDAY~ by 薯子Chuko on pixiv

miku by mery on pixiv

❤HAPPY BIRTHDAY❤ by 黑川紙 on pixiv

歌姫 by kina on pixiv

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