Apr 182017
 

This Snow Miku themed PC mod has to be the coolest Miku PC mod we’ve seen! Currently on display at the Tsukumo Personal Computer head office in Akihabara, the PC is sadly not for sale, but it’s available for anyone to enjoy looking at.

The mod was created by Fabio, who you may remember as the modder behind the Hatsune Miku Core P5 mod in 2015. The mod adopts a Snow Miku-like blue and white color scheme on everything from the PSU, case, and even the liquid cooling. The side acrylic panel is engraved with official Snow Miku art by KEI.

System specs
Case: Corsair Crystal 570X
Motherboard: MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium
Video Card: MSI Geforce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB
CPU: Intel Core i5 7600K
Memory: Corsair VENGEANCE LED 32GB DDR4 3200MHz
SSD: M.2 Corsair MP500 480GB
SSD: CORSAIR NEUTRON XTi 240GB
PSU: Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX
Fan: Corsair HD Series RGB LED
Water Cooling: Full Bitspower Deluxe White Fittings
Customization Parts
GPU Water Block/Case: Bitspower MSI GTX 1080 Gaming Acrylic Limited Edition (Clear)
CPU Waterblock: Bitspower CPU Block Summit EF-X Silver

Via Akiba PC

Apr 142017
 

Start warming up your artistic fingers, because the Snow Miku 2018 art design collaboration on Piapro is now open! Next year’s theme is an interesting one, and the collaboration is calling for designs with the theme of “Animals“! So maybe some Hokkaido wildlife can serve for some inspiration?

Your designs for Snow Miku and Rabbit Yukine will have a chance at being featured as the 2018 Snow Miku design for various collaborations and goods for next year’s Snow Miku events, including made into official nendoroids and figmas!

There’s some rule changes compared to last year, so make sure to follow these very closely, otherwise your entries will be invalid! Entries are open starting now, and will close on May 12th at 5:00 PM JST!

Target Characters

Snow Miku, Rabbit Yukine

Work Size / Resolution

Any, Unspecified

Entry Eligibility

Any applicants registered to piapro.jp, and agree to the application method and rules of entry.

File Format

Any, Unspecified

Color Mode

RGB

Additional Remarks

You can post any number of works made by yourself.

Art Submission Notes

> Please use the Nendoroid 3 side chart template when drawing your design! Link → CLICK HERE
> You must draw Snow Miku and Rabbit Yukine together on your entry as a set! Do not draw them on separate entries!
> VERY IMPORTANT: Please make sure you lock the art submission tag on your design! Tag should be shown as “2018年雪ミク衣装”.
> VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure your art is submitted without any licenses! During the submission process linked below, you’ll be presented with a list of licenses. Choose the checkbox at the bottom for “Upload without licenses”.

-> Click Here To Begin Submission Application <-

Good luck to everyone that applies! If you wish to check out all the submissions so far, you can find them on the collaboration submissions page. If your submission does not appear on the submissions page linked below, then you missed one of the “VERY IMPORTANT” steps listed above! You will have to reupload your entry to fix it.

Submissions page: http://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/2018snowmiku/list

Mar 262017
 

There are now two major standout events every year for Hatsune Miku fans to look forward to: Magical Mirai and Snow Miku. While Magical Mirai is enjoyed in a very specific location that may change from year to year, Snow Miku has been celebrated all over the city of Sapporo since her adoption as a Snow Festival mascot in 2010, and has even spread to neighboring cites!

Last year we only had a brief stay, and didn’t enjoy everything Snow Miku had to offer. But this year, we had the chance to explore all events and locations. They even included a stamp ralley event so you can mark the locations you’ve visited. Here’s our photo report of the event!

Collaboration Foods

Many of the small cafes and restaurants partner up with Snow Miku to serve unique food dishes. You could find dishes of all kinds: Drinks, pasta, curry, pancakes, all of which were delicious! My favorite had to be the curry and naan bread from the restaurant found inside the Sapporo Factory Atrium.

 

Snow Miku Sky Town

The Snow Miku Sky Town shop is established as a permanent store inside the New Chitose airport. You’ll find many collaboration goods, a life sized statue, a small Snow Miku museum display, and an Animate! store just around the corner with even more goods! These locations are likely where you’ll get your first few stamps when you arrive in Sapporo.


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Mar 152017
 

Hatsune Miku has been opening the gateway for many new topics of interest in technology for Vocaloid fans, and one of those recent interests has been the rise in virtual reality technologies. With the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and even simple phone-powered HMDs (head mounted displays), VR is everywhere these days. But it’s still in its infancy, while developers and game companies experiment to figure out what will truly make VR a staple in the modern gaming world.

A group of talented developers and devoted Miku fans in Japan have figured that the best way to enjoy the world of virtual reality is with our favorite virtual idol (Miku of course!). At last year’s Snow Miku, the team showed off a simple VR demo with the Oculus Rift, where you could have your picture taken with Snow Miku. As simple as this demo was, it put the biggest smile on my face, and was one of the standout moments of my visit to Snow Miku 2016.

When I saw the team had returned to Snow Miku 2017 with yet another demo, this time with Oculus Touch controls, I knew I would be in for another treat. This time they were presenting an all new Snow Miku demo called “Miku Tsuku”, which means “Making Miku”. The demo booth was so popular, there was over an hour estimated wait time. While waiting, I spoke to some of the staff to learn about the demo. The demo was developed in a matter of just 3 weeks with a team of 5~6 people. That was truly impressive!

After observing other players, and having the staff explain the run down on the game controls, it was soon my turn to jump back into the virtual reality world.

Miku Tsuku Gameplay Demo

In Miku Tsuku, you are presented with a desk with a figure-sized Snow Miku and various objects scattered around you. The purpose of the demo is to decorate the stage with the various objects, as well as position the Snow Miku figure (which is actually alive and watching you!) however you like. At any time, you also have the ability to instantly shrink down in size and join Snow Miku on the stage by tapping the smart watch that’s on your left hand inside the game. There is a sudden shock and surprise when you do this for the first time, and the feeling of having Miku right there in front of you… It’s truly surreal.

The interactive experience was so joyful and fun, the 5:35 time limit felt like it passed too quickly before I could try everything that I wanted to do. Like the previous year, I was left with the biggest smile on my face once my turn was finished, and I had nothing but praise for the developers of Miku Tsuku. I also played with the rhythm VR game presented by Crypton themselves, as well as the Google Tango AR demo. But neither of these could compare to the marvelous experience of Miku Tsuku.

 

The team of Miku Tsuku is hopeful that there will be interest and support from fans to help encourage further development of this idea, along with a release on Oculus and Steam stores, and other platforms. I hope they succeed, and that many more Hatsune Miku fans will be introduced to the world of VR. I can really see this concept going somewhere in the future, and Hatsune Miku will help lead the way.

Mar 022017
 

This year’s Snow Miku festival was quite the adventure (our photo summary is coming soon!), and many of the official goods have found their way onto the newly updated web store! If some of this year’s special items caught your fancy, but you couldn’t get the chance to visit the event for yourself, check out what the web store has to offer!

Official Snow Miku 2017 Web Store: http://www.official-store.jp/hatsunemiku-intl/

Currently available items include: Shirts, hand bags, jackets, posters, straps, pins, keychains and more!