Jul 25, 2014

Yamaha releases app that 'translates' engine sounds

by Masaaki Kameda

First came the dog-interpretation gadget, Bowlingual. Now a Japanese company is offering humans a way to understand another nonhuman species: engines. Major motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha Motor Co. released on Wednesday the Rev Translator app, which supposedly translates engine sounds into Japanese. The company is ...

Music educators tapping Vocaloid

Apr 1, 2014

Music educators tapping Vocaloid

The Vocaloid singing voice synthesizer software has grown into a pop culture sensation. It created a virtual pop star named Hatsune Miku. It is now beginning to be utilized in the field of music education in Japan. In the school year starting next April, ...

Yamaha hits Indonesia target for motorcycles

Jan 27, 2014

Yamaha hits Indonesia target for motorcycles

Yamaha Motor Co., the world’s second-largest motorcycle maker, said it probably met a reduced 2013 sales target in Indonesia and expects to at least maintain the level of deliveries in its largest market this year. Yamaha cut its 2013 sales estimate for Indonesia by ...

Small, sporty motorcycles hot items

Jul 9, 2013

Small, sporty motorcycles hot items

The domestic motorcycle market is showing signs of pulling out of the prolonged doldrums as sporty, easy-to-maneuver machines, with an engine displacement of 250cc, are attracting young people, including women. Sales of new 125cc and bigger motorcycles totaled some 106,000 units in 2012, up ...