Tonchidot Release Super Karate-Robo Zarborgar App

Tonchidot [J] has released the official Android application “Karate-Robo Zarborgar by Sekai Camera” of “Karate-Robo Zarborgar” [J] (aka Denjin Zarborgar), a movie opened to the public on October 15th.  Download is free.

“Karate-Robo Zarborgar by Sekai Camera” is an app that allows you to take a commemorative photo with Zarborgar as he appears into the real world when you hold up your front facing camera up to a poster or official site.  In addition the main character’s super helmet also pops out, so when you adjust the positioning and match it up tight with yourself, you can have a super disguise.  It’s also possible to hook it up with Twitter or Facebook to print a picture from the app.  Download here.  [J]

Karate-Robo Zarborgar DVD-BOX [J]
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Tonchidot’s Face Recognition App “Smile Fever” Supported In English And Korean

Tonchidot has released the iPhone application “Smile Fever” v1.0.2 which now supports the English and Korean languages.
“Smile Fever” is their first free iPhone application.  Thanks to facial recognition technology, it judges and ranks everyone’s charming “Smile Face” and gets the party going.
By using iPhone4’s front camera function it judges your smile and converts your “Smile Face Power” into points.  With such functions as a ranking which decides whose smile is the most fantastic among the players, an effect which allows users to automatically transform pictures they took into a group photo, making you enraptured by the smiling face of one of 18 beautiful girls who appear randomly, or ruining the mood, it brings abundant facial reactions.  Download is 170 yen.
Until now, this app has only had Japanese support, but new English and Korean support will be in place.  Expanding its public area into the world, the App Store will be enabling Smile Fever to be used in all supported countries.  In addition, minor bugs will be fixed.
Download Smile Fever here:

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Who’s Free And Tonchidot To Hold Fundraising Party At SXSW To Help Relief Efforts

A cross-post to Asiajin and Startup Dating.

SXSW is currently taking place in Austin, Texas.   Asiajin contributors Serkan Toto and Paul Papadimitriou are there for moderating panels on Japanese web services and social media.  A team of the moderators, the presenters and the panels are now joining forces to help the disaster relief efforts in Japan.

We just got a press release from Who’s Free (an LBS for smartphone to find your friends nearby) and Tonchidot (known for its augmented reality app called Sekai Camera), and it says, the two companies expect to have an event titled SXSW Save Japan Fundraising Night on 14th local time, which is the morning of 15th Japan Time.   It will be officially announced at Japanese Mobile Leaders Forum, a sectional meeting of this year’s SXSW.

The two companies has already held parties to save the efforts, and nearly 20,000 US dollars have been fundraised on their donation website. (as of 4pm, March 14th, Japan Time)

As well as Tonchidot, attending Japanese key social media players such as GREE, Geisha Tokyo Entertainment and Mixi will join the event and appeal for awareness and international assistance.

It is coincident that the massive earthquake has attacked just during this year’s edition of SXSW.   Serkan and Tonchidot teams were forced not to leave Narita Airport but to stay for a while, but they fortunately arrived in Austin.

It is very important to tell what’s going on in our country to those who will visit the event and to appreciate their consideration.  Furthermore, we would like the Japanese teams to tell the world that we will never give up however much difficult the situation is.

@fumi is attending the event individually, we found she had summarized tweets related to the campaign on Chirpstory.

The press release is as follows:

JD,CEO: (415) 425-8621

Fundraiser to help save Japanese earthquake victims at SXSW
** Official Announcement at Japan Mobile Leaders Forum Monday 14th, 11am, Hilton **

MARCH 13, 2011 – Austin, TX – Who’s Free, the new social location app that “lets you see your friends who are nearby & FREE to hangout” along with Japanese mobile leader Tonchidot, creators of Domo, & a selection of Japanese Social Media leaders will be officially announcing a SXSW Save Japan Fundrasing night on Monday 14th with Who’s Free founder, JD, Japanese TV celebrity & veteran of Japan.

At the SXSW Japanese Mobile Leaders forum set for 11am, Monday 14th at the Hilton, Japanese mobile thought leaders including: Gree, Mixii & Tonchidot, will announce the location & time of the SXSW Save Japan Fundraising night on Monday. Who’s Free founder, JD, will be in attendance to possibly help with the announcement of the SXSW fundraiser, where the night will be dedicated to help save the victims of the Japan earthquake & tsunami.

More info on the Japanese Mobile leaders forum, where the announcement will be made: All funds raised at the SXSW Save Japan Fundraising night will be contributing to the American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.

Just because you’ve checked in doesn’t mean you’re free to hangout! Launched by Australian startup MeeBee, a Techcrunch top 100 global startup & Red Herring Europe Winner, Who’s Free is the best, fastest way to meet up. Ready for SXSW attendees scattered amidst Austin, Who’s Free is bringing them together by bridging the gaps between online and physical, social worlds. No other app lets you know when your friends are free to hangout!

JD is founder and CEO (Creative Entrepreneurial Officer) of the NEW mobile app Who’s Free. An Aussie & Samurai at heart after 20+ years as a Japanese TV celebrity, he is a serial entrepreneur and Internet visionary having created numerous world firsts for the Internet and mobile market. JD is also author of 2 books, and has been an Internet pioneer since the mid 90′s. He’s climbed Mt. Fuji backwards in a Guinness World Record attempt. Always at the epicentre of where the Web meets Mobile & TV.

More: www.jd-profile.comRemember, before you go anywhere, see Who’s Free for …?

Augmented Reality App Sekai Camera Now Available On The Web

Japan’s Augmented Reality poster company Tonchidot has brought its hit app Sekai Camera to the web. It’s now the fourth platform the app is available on, following versions for the iPhone, Android, and the iPad.

Dubbed Sekai Camera Web, the online version is pretty simplistic (which is not too surprising for an alpha version). It basically allows users to view “air tags” posted by Sekai Camera users around the world on a map in real time (Tonchidot calls this “Realtime Air Tag Stream”).

If you’re registered and logged in, you can view details of the tag in question or add a comment, directly through the web interface.

Sekai Camera Web also lets you connect to other social services, namely Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. It’s possible to “like” tags on Facebook or post them to Twitter. Sekai Camera Web also allows you to search for your friends on these three services, connect with and follow them.

Sekai Camera Web is currently available in English and Japanese.

KDDI To Acquire Stake In AR Start-up Tonchidot

The Nikkei, or Japan’s economic journal, reported today that Japan’s second largest telecom giant KDDI announced it would invest in Tonchidot, the Tokyo-based tech start-up who is well known for augmented-reality(AR) smartphone app Sekai Camera.   Tonchidot plans to allocate new shares to KDDI to raise approximately USD530,000 in order to develop social games using Sekai Camera-based technologies.   The two companies have not disclosed how much a stake KDDI will take in Tonchidot.

KDDI announced last March that it would be partnering with Tonchidot to launch a joint business based on AR-based technologies.   KDDI’s mobile service “Au (pronounced as ‘Ei-you’)” is seen to be running behind the other competitors such as NTT DoCoMo and Softbank Mobile, in terms of the lack of well-considered future business plans and attractive services.   By partnering with Tonchidot, KDDI will be working on making their brand more characteristic and attractive for consumers.

Tonchidot says, they will develop more services based on the concept called SOLAR, which means those having functions of social media connectivity, location-based service and AR.   The following video makes you learn better how the service will be working when the app is installed on Au’s cellphone handsets.