Both the manga and texts are authored by Masakazu Yanai [J] (@ruten [J])
In the country where comic is not only for kids, many educational materials exist in manga style. Few are even translated and exported.
Blogger technohippy has released paiTouch, the third generation of his series of Oppai (Boob) Simulators, now for the iPhone.
Using the app, you can freely touch a virtual boob on the iPhone’s Safari browser.
The first generation software worked as a Google Gadget allowing it to be added to your iGoogle page and/or your blog.
The second generation of the Boob Simulator worked with a webcam to create an augmented reality in which you could interact with the virtual boob. You can watch the demo movie here.
The algorithm for the physical model is explained here and the Flash source code is available here for future evolution.
The full Flash application with a bunch of customizable parameters is here. Luckily, the full version comes with all of the key instructions in English. Enjoy!
The author, Kazuho OKU is known by making several interesting services around browser and its extension, user-generated menu translator system Japanize and Mylingual, traffic gathering analysis Pathtraq.
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Its Japan version seems welcomed favorably by Japanese web developers, as the Japan’s prefecture selection is always an usability headache.
There are Japanese websites provides region selection by drilling down by links, usually implemented on Flash. But this one can be used more easily, and not many open source library are available.
The US English version is also released. Like Japanese version, USA is divided into regions and able to be selected with map.
From my experience, people only need to put the state you reside, usually. So, state selection in US works easy with the common alphabetical ordered selection box. Making things difficult in Japan is that there are no “dictionary” order or no other clear order everyone agrees (most used order is “north to south”, but it cannot be uniquely defined, still confusing), which leads this jsmap library attractive.
The idea of this user interface is good and there will be many other applicable situations, like for country selection from Asia, Africa, etc.
I assume that Japanese is not the only culture/language which is not satisfied by alphabetical-order-form-selection. This kind of UI neccesity could be overlooked by mainstream user interface libraries most of which emerged from American/Europe countries with latin letters.