In a number of instances I have felt frustrated that Japanese information is available only in the native language which does not help me much. I am sure it is a barrier for many others.
To make life easier for travelers and transplants the Tokyo Ubiquitous Technology Project is doing a pilot experiment in Ginza.
From January 20 to March 1st, 2008, volunteers will be able to get information on stores, maps and more thanks to the (excuse the geeky name) Ubiquitous Communicator.
The example above (from project site) gives you an idea of its usefulness.
Besides Japanese of course, the information will be available in Chinese, Korean and English. No French in the mix and I wonder why Spanish was not considered.
Apply now if you are interested.
Some of the information will also be available via cellphones.
A useful tech bit for Tokyo Thursdays #24
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