The Metropolitan Police Department goes digital

Tewatasanainu, the uniformed spokes-dog of “Digi Police,” may be a cute character, but she’s not an anime creature from a game app. She is actually the mascot of the Metropolitan Police Department’s new crime-prevention app aimed at informing users of phone scams and fraud.

“Digi Police” offers information on how scams work, the option to send fraud explanations to friends, a personal alarm, a police station search function, access to the official police Twitter feed and, perhaps the most useful function of the lot, it gives details of current investigations as well as who to contact if you become a victim of one.

But this is Japan, so naturally the app has even more — “Digi Police” also lets you take photos with an superimposed image of Tewatasanainu and has flash cards and audio clips of useful-to-know scam phrases.

“Digi Police” is in Japanese only (the “English” button simply gives a description of the app in English) and is a free download for both iOS and android.


Print instant selfies via Canon’s Selphy

Not everyone wants to keep all their photographs digitally. In fact, printing them out is making a bit of a comeback, especially now that it can be done quickly and easily via Wi-Fi, something Canon has taken advantage of with the Selphy CP1200. This portable printer is 18 cm long, 13 cm wide, 6 cm tall and just 860 grams. It can print square, post card-sized and credit card-sized images, and there are options for custom sizes as well as printing on stickers.

To connect to a wireless network, simply press a dedicated button, and to print from iPhones you can use Apple AirPrint. You can even print directly from Instagram or Facebook using the Canon Print & Selphy app. At a resolution of 300 dpi and 256 color gradations, the print quality is good, plus the Selphy offers basic image editing, including red-eye correction — so there’s no excuse to print a bad selfie on the Selphy.

The Selphy CP1200 is available from major electronics stores for around ¥14,000.


Old-school transceiver meets digital photography

Since the five-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, disaster preparedness has been on many minds. Teisen, a disaster prevention and preparedness business, has designed a transceiver camera that allows users to send high-quality images when the mobile networks are down — a particularly useful tool for rescue teams and restoration workers.

Called the Digital Simple Radio Tablet Mix-100, this device is protected by a water and dust-resistant cover and has an Android OS. Its high compression rate of image data allows it to transmit quality images, which it can send to up to 4 kilometers away. Other functions include voice mail and radio. According to Teisen, which officially releases the device in July, this will be the first of its kind.


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