3種類の持ち方を提案するTUNEWEAR Tri Porter for iPod nano. 弊社デザイナーの力作だ。私も旅にはiPod nanoが友だが、飛行機の中で無くさないようシャツの首周りに付けている。やっとこれでジーンズのベルトループに取り付けられるので嬉しい。勿論首にかけたり腕時計にしたりもできる。ライカの話じゃないが「壊さない、紛失しない」は製品に取って大事な事。安心して製品を使える手助けができて嬉しい。こんな小さな製品だが、最近まれに見る実用性とデザイン性を兼ね備えた製品だ。

明細と購入はこちら

 

Got so much accu­mu­lated stuff,  most walls in my office is a goner. I won­der if any­one will under­stand the James Cauty satire in this coun­try, or I will get pros­e­cuted by the Mickey cor­po­ra­tion. Love to show these pieces one by one, but they are pretty toxic.

 

Leica M9 Titan — Sum­milux 35mm 1.4

My gui­tar has been home since mon­day, back in Japan after 28 years with Mark.

28年ぶりに戻ってきた1972年ストラットキャスター

 

Leica M9 Titan — Sum­milux 35mm 1.4

What won­der­ful lights shine in such a cold win­ter night.

寒い雪に美しい光とその中で舞う人たち

oa·sis

noun \ō-ˈā-səs\

1: a fer­tile or green area in an arid region (as a desert)
2: some­thing that pro­vides refuge, relief, or pleas­ant contrast
 

from GIZMODO, a won­der­ful col­lage of prod­ucts into Steve Jobs

Yes­ter­day Steve Jobs announced he was leav­ing to put more atten­tion on his health. Although it went out as a Apple press release, it was a Steve Jobs announce­ment and not Apple’s as exem­pli­fied by the direct copy of his email to his staff.  Apple is all about peo­ple. Apple has the best minds in the world all tied together by Steve’s no bull­shit and no room for indi­vid­ual ego altered states that all top com­pa­nies fall vic­tim to.

Why does this cause Apple to loose 8% share value in Ger­man trad­ing? (US mar­ket was closed)

It is not the inno­va­tion and inven­tion that takes a loss at Apple with­out Steve,  it is the inherit dan­ger of standup play by a few execs that can kill a prod­uct or com­pany, thus loos­ing valu­able tal­ent and poten­tial inven­tion.  Apple has gone beyond that : cre­at­ing a gap so wide that no com­pany can match :

  • liq­uid metal and alu­minum machining
  • 1 OS for all devices and the world
  • iTunes, App store eco system
  • 1st rights to pre­cious lat­est tech­nol­ogy other’s can’t have
  • Apple Cult
  • State of the art pro­duc­tion, logis­tics and sales infrastructure
  • Years of ser­vice with­out blur by Tim Cook, Phil Schiller and team

I recently vis­ited an Apple fel­low who told me that Jobs’s had said “If peo­ple like Ruby (Jon Rubin­stein) were there, hell can break loose. Tim and Phil can def­i­nitely run the com­pany for well over the next 5 years and more.”  Jon was the rea­son for Ele­va­tion part­ners invest­ment in Palm, and now sales of Palm to HP. Now there is talk he may be the next pres­i­dent of HP, ben­e­fit­ing him and the investors mil­lions with no real gain to HP as they choose to shelve the Palm OS in favor of the Android OS.

That sort of thing would never have hap­pened at Apple even dur­ing the dif­fi­cult days.

Apple even with­out Steve’s nav­i­ga­tion has a lot to offer. They have built such a firm lead and sta­ble ground. It would not be pos­si­ble for Google nor Microsoft to catch up with Apple in the fore­see­able future in terms of mobile device and eco sys­tem adop­tion. Android OS obvi­ously has poten­tial, but many bar­ri­ers such as secu­rity of OS and mul­ti­ple device man­u­fac­turer will be cause a bot­tle­neck in flaw­less oper­a­tion of device com­pared to a 1 device 1 OS com­pany. Free OS can­not sur­vive in a per­sonal device made by 100 man­u­fac­tur­ers, Free OS can only sur­vive in places such as server and embed­ded machine which does not get cus­tomized every sec­ond. Free OS is good for repet­i­tive chores, not for app and device layer soft­ware chang­ing every second.

Apple has so much to offer and has the tal­ent event with­out Steve Jobs to make it work. Although it was only a year, I worked for Tim Cook and know for a fact he saved the com­pany, he drove the sales. Steve had the prod­uct vision and human resource vision. Now all they need is young genius engi­neers and HR to step up to the  chal­lenge, and they should know how to man­age it after 10 years of inter­nal education.

I wish the best to Steve and my prayers are with him, but with or with­out Steve Jobs, Apple will con­tinue to excel in every­thing they do. Only ego of future helm can ruin the com­pany. Tim and Phil are very very ordi­nary hard­work­ing good people.

 

this is me in High School, 17 years old

This is a story about me and my 1972 Star­to­caster. When I was 12 years old, my dad bought me a real Fender Stra­to­caster in Hong Kong in 1972. Straight off Tom Lee Piano show­room in Tsim Sha Tsui, I learned how to play real quick and was one of the best gui­tarists in St. Joseph and YIS. I played and played. Many orig­i­nals, (many blues as Yoko­hama was know for blues), got even bet­ter after tak­ing spe­cial classes in Shibuya Yamaha Music School with Nagai san, gui­tarist for Kaneko Mari and Bugs Bunny, could play exactly like Jeff Beck, Clap­ton and David Gilmore.

Jam ses­sion with Fukuyama and band, a lot of Jeff Beck

私が12歳の時父が1972年香港で購入してくれたフェンダーストラットキャスター、中学時代から高校まで横浜や東京で数多くのライブをしたのを覚えている。1979年カリフォルニア州ペパーダイン大学へ行き、そこでも大学トップバンドとなり数多くのライブやパーテイーで演奏、レコードも2枚出したが1982年、お金に困り大事なギターをハンドメンバー、マークに売ってしまった。今回ロスでマークと再会、28年前のギターを彼は私に譲ってくれた。40年前のギター、涙が出るほど嬉しい。マーク、ありがとう。このギターは何れ息子にあげるつもりだ。

I think I was 16 then

we played all the school par­ties in those days, Yoko­hama Saint Joseph we played live outside

At age 18 in 1979, I went to Pep­per­dine Uni­ver­sity Mal­ibu to study.  I played for about 2 years in LA as one of the main Uni­ver­sity bands. Then in 1983 I needed money and sold my beloved Stra­to­caster to a band mate, Mark Dia­mond for sev­eral hun­dred dollars.

So on this trip I met Mark, who still owned the gui­tar after 28 years and I BOUGHT it BACK!! This is not a sim­ple story of lost and found. It is more of fate, and hav­ing met my other class­mates Joyce and David on this trip, I think that the bond­ing in those school­ing days are your life’s most pre­cious assets. It was so good to meet you guys.

PCH on my way to meet Mark in Nobu’s in Mal­ibu, brings me back memories

Mark and I had sushi at Nobu’s in Mal­ibu and had a real good time

and the 28 year lost and found, the gui­tar is a maple neck, has so much of me and Mark in it, Mark put in a ham­backer pickup and painted the body candy apple red

I am grate­ful to Mark who spent close to 30 years with this his one and only gui­tar and was nice enough to let me have it back. I have many gui­tars but this one was irre­place­able. I will one day give this to my son, who I hope will do the same.

WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS

look at the floor and I see it need sweep­ing
Still my gui­tar gen­tly weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
how to unfold you love
I don’t know how some­one con­trolled you
they bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turn­ing
While my gui­tar gen­tly weeps
With every mis­take we must surely be learn­ing
Still my gui­tar gen­tly weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted
you were per­verted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
no one alerted you

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleep­ing
While my gui­tar gen­tly weeps
I look at you all
Still my gui­tar gen­tly weeps

Oh, oh, oh
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah

 

Went to NAMM after CES, and this was a really good show. As a musi­cian I could not be happier.

 

Fire at a Steakhouse

So CES is over and I am off to LA to visit NAMM tomor­row. Some photo from the city and the show. Lots of car audio stuff

My Favorite Claus Old­en­burg at New City Center

AUDI Booth was the best booth in the Show, these guys know how to present

Speaker the size of a solar dish antenna

Ford F40

Mod tricked MB SL

Pio­neer booth

Ken­wood Booth

Audio Tuner booth

TUNEWEAR sells TUNFOLIO OEM to Mophie. Best of show Candidate

 

TUNEWEAR gets a big boost of atten­tion today as Bloomberg TV He speaks with Cory John­son and Carol Mas­sar on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” Topic of dis­cus­sion is how small com­pa­nies make waves in a large costly trade show like CES. I am sure we were picked for the qual­ity work we do. You can see it here

米国全米ネットの番組Bloomberg Street SmartでTUNEWEARが取り上げられUSA代表のインタビューが全米とBloombergのネットで放送されました。やはり面白い物を作っているから選ばれたんでしょうね。こちらでご覧いただけます

 

The world’s biggest show, Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show or CES has changed over the years. More and more promi­nent are the Asian fac­to­ries and trad­ing com­pa­nies, occu­py­ing a good per­cent­age of the show floor. It is not the China Pavil­ion any­more, it is now named after Chi­nese cities such as Shen­zhen and Hong Kong who along with Tai­wan and Korea have over 30% of all booth spaced occu­pied. Miss­ing here is the Japan­ese com­bined show floor sug­gest­ing to the world that Japan does not pro­duce any­thing any­more other than maker com­pa­nies like Pana­sonic and Sony. In the iLounge pavil­ion where Apple related com­pa­nies like my very own TUNEWEAR, Grif­fin and Mophie have booth, many new unknown case com­pa­nies are show­ing their prod­ucts. With no bar­rier to entry but no brand name, these com­pa­nies will come and go and they learn the sour les­son of form fac­tor change and sup­ply and sales logis­tics. I find this show quite point­less to attend any­more because it is not the prod­uct that mat­ters but how many breasts, legs and enter­tain­ers you have in your booth that mat­ters. Many com­pa­nies are resort­ing to mere noise and visual pol­lu­tion to gather peo­ple in their booth, dis­tract­ing form their own products.

例年より拡大した模様のCESは中国、韓国、香港の展示エリアが拡大されまるでHong Kong Elec­tron­ics Showにいるみたいだ。中国エリアはChinaではなく深圳など生産町の名前で分けられているぐらい巨大で多くの会社が展示している。会場には「日本」というエリアは無く、全世界へ「日本は物作りを止めました」と宣言しているような感じがした。Made In Japanはパナソニックや東芝という意味に代わり、中国で製品を作っている日本メーカーの出展、生産工場が似たオリジナル製品を展示し安価に販売するので展示を控えている模様。 会場内何処へ行っても中国の人と物が目立つ。完全にCESは中国が主導権をとっている。米国はパテントやソフトを提供し中国と共に製品を市場へ送り出す。

iLoungeなるApple系の展示エリアは弊社TUNEWEARやGriffin, Mophie等も展示を行っているが、周りを見渡せばケース、バッテリーやスタンドを展示する無名新規参入会社に囲まれている。これら会社が製品サプライや販売ロジで失敗する事が多く来年成長するのは数社だけだろう。やはりブランド力を持つTUNEWEARやMophieと比べると、短命で市場から消えて無くなる会社や製品も多いと思う。 また発表もされていないiPad 2用ケースを展示し商談している会社も多い。Alibaba.comへ行けば誰でも今日iPad 2ケースを購入できるがAppleが出荷する実機で使用できる保証は何も無い。私が知っているだけでも10種類以上サイズが異なるケースが既に販売されている。こんな動物園のようなCES、Las Vegasという場所だから許される事も多いのだろう。What hap­pens in Vegas stays in Vegas。

It is not the prod­ucts that peo­ple gather for, it is the enter­tain­ers. If done right, like Sleek Audio’s use of the 50 cent name into their new prod­ucts, it will boost sales. Some com­pa­nies are so eager, they are show­ing cases for prod­ucts that do no even exist. Des­per­a­tion at it’s finest. iPad turned cash reg­is­ter. This is our booth, small and effi­cient and no enter­tain­ers. I have no idea what they were sell­ing here. Korea cor­ner was large and lively. Many inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts were found here. Even 4 year old prod­ucts seem new when shown here at CES. Hong Kong also had a siz­able dis­play area. Snakebite and the snake lady.

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