CDJapan Hatsune Miku Birthday Special: Earn 10% Extra Points on CDs, Blu-Rays DVDs and Books

Filed under: Albums,Figures,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Other — Written by jrharbort on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 @ 10:51 am

It seems that KarenT isn’t the only one offering up Vocaloid music on a special offer. CDJapan is also offering a special campaign on qualifying Vocaloid albums, books, DVD’s and Blu-Rays.

Until September 1st, all qualifying Vocaloid goods will earn you an additional 10% points back on your purchase, which can be used towards the purchase of future products. They can even be used on figures and accessory items, goods you may not have known they offered.

There’s only 7 days left, so don’t miss out! Check out the campaign page here.

Via Vocaloid Reddit

Greatest Idol by Mitchie M
Miku Color by KEI
Mikupa in Kansai 2013

Share a Drink With Hatsune Miku Using Oculus Rift and Unity Game Engine

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Other,Software — Written by jrharbort on Thursday, August 21st, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

Snapshot of the Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 in action.

The second revision of the Oculus Rift development kit hasn’t been out long, but the developer CST on Nicovideo already came up with an interesting idea of how to use it. The improved motion sensing of the new dev kit allows for precise head tracking. This allows more realistic interaction within a virtual world, such as sharing a drink with another character.

Combined with the Unity game engine, CST was able to create a program that allows you to enjoy a virtual experience of sharing a drink with Hatsune Miku. “I was always envious of couples sharing drinks, and I was always alone. Now I no longer worry. The future age of sharing straws with Hatsune Miku is here!“, CST commented in the video description.

The demonstration video below features the song “Meteor” by John, and the Tda model edit by Yamamoto. Via Mikustream

MikuFan Interview With Vocaloid Producer Tripshots

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Music,Other — Written by jrharbort on Friday, August 8th, 2014 @ 9:23 am

Tripshots is a long standing contributing artist to Vocaloid in both music and outstanding CGI animation work. His animations in particular continued to set new benchmarks for years to follow, and have been widely publicized across the web as representations of what the Vocaloid community creates. For many fans today, works like Nebula or Gift nor Art can be recognized as the video that attracted them to the Vocaloid culture.

An interesting trait of Tripshots’ personality is his openness towards overseas fans of his work, something that we would like to see from many more Vocaloid producers in the future. After Tripshots kindly agreed to our interview request, we proceeded to gather questions from Vocaloid fans from around the world. So we’d like to thank everyone for their contributions! Special thanks to Descent87 for providing translations for the interview.

Tripshots Official Site:
Tripshots Official Twitter:
Tripshots Official YouTube:

MikuFan: Good evening, and thank you for accepting! I’ve been a follower of your work for many years. We have also gathered many questions from fans overseas.

Tripshots: I’m truly grateful to have so many fans who are interested in me and my work.

MikuFan: The first question is one that almost everyone would like to know the answer to: How did you discover Vocaloid, and what inspired you to become involved?

Tripshots: The first time I heard about Vocaloid was through a news article. I noticed a name I had never seen before, “Hatsune Miku”. As a Japanese person, seeing a name I had never seen before perked my interested and I read the article. The article basically spoke about how Hatsune Miku was the face of a new vocal synthesizer software that had gained considerable popularity on video sharing sites.

MikuFan: Ahh, I see. (This had happened within a mere couple month of Miku’s software release, her popularity had unexpectedly exploded in Japan)

Tripshots: I had already had some interest in this kind of technology and was already aware of Meiko’s release. However having listened to her demo songs, I felt that she still sounded too mechanical. However when I listened to Hatsune Miku’s demo work, I was truly surprised and excited by the amount of expressiveness in her voice and found myself wanting to try and work with her.

MikuFan: Hatsune Miku’s voice was truly captivating for many people.

Tripshots: I was especially impressed when I heard OSTER Project’s work.

MikuFan: Ah, OSTER Project! She is a very early Vocaloid producer.

Tripshots: Saying that, I basically mean to say that she was the culprit (joking) who helped drag me into the world of Vocaloid. (more…)

COSPA Straps and Keychains of Crypton Vocaloids Available For Preorder

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Other,Other Vocaloids — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

COSPA will be releasing rubber keychain and strap sets of Crypton Future Media’s characters this October. All Cryptonloids are featured, which includes Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin and Len, Meiko and Kaito. Each character comes in two styles: A keychain for use on backpacks, handbags or key sets, or a strap that fits into the headphone jack of any mobile device.

Hatsune Miku: Keychain | Strap
Megurine Luka: Keychain | Strap
Kagamine Rin: Keychain | Strap
Kagamine Len: Keychain | Strap
Meiko: Keychain | Strap
Kaito: Keychain | Strap

The straps can be found on Amiami for just 648 Yen each, and their small size also makes them convenient to bundle with other orders without increasing the shipping costs (shipping for the strap alone would normally be more than the strap itself). They are available for preorder now, and scheduled to release sometime in late October.

Closeup View of the Hatsune Miku Rubber Strap

Via Hatsune Miku Official Blog

Rohto Digi-Eye Feat. Hatsune Miku AR App Now Activated on iOS and Android

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News,Other,Software — Written by jrharbort on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

The Digi-Eye augmented reality application that was mentioned in our previous article has been activated, and viewers can now enjoy a “live” performance of Hatsune Miku dancing and singing to a new song composed by Mitchie M.

The application is available globally for iOS, but the Android version is unfortunately region locked to Japan (Sorry Android users!). However, I think the lock was a mistake, and I’m looking into it. I will edit this post with an update if it is changed.

iOS (Global):
Android (Japan-only):

The application also requires the Digi-Eye product box to work as the stage for the live performance. Can’t buy it? You’re in luck! Rohto has made a printable version of the box available online for those unable to purchase Digi-Eye.

-> Printable Box Download <-

Below are a few snapshots of the application in action.

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