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Tokyo--the mecca for technophiles

Check out Japanese electronics haven Akihabara and the country's other intuitive, simple and fuss-free technology.
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By Lynn Tan @ Redhat on
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The ever-metamorphosing electronics town of Akihabara (or Akiba for short) in the day.
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Neon signs light up Akiba at night.
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The Yodobashi Akiba shopping hub across the other side of the railway track from the old Akihabara quarters, that houses main tenant Japanese electronics giant Yodobashi Camera.
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A photography shop that is two-thirds filled with DIY photo-printing machines
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A customer at work.
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DIY photo-printing, a commonplace trend in Tokyo's tech landscape.
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Consumers can print high-quality photos that cost 30 yen (US$0.25) for a 3R-size photo, and a single photo takes approximately 40 seconds to print.
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Close-up of the easy-to-use DIY photo machine.
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Non-japanese speaking customers can choose to view instructions in English, Chinese and Korean.
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The DIY machine can read from a variety of media, such as Compact Flash Microdrive, infrared and USB.
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Beverage vending machine in Ginza, that lets consumers make contactless mobile payments.
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A TV display on the vending machine touting the use of QR Code (a matrix code or two-dimensional bar code created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994) to buy beverages from the vending machine.
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Aside from cash, customers can also make payments via a variety of cashless options using their mobile phones.
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A close-up of the menu selection panel on the vending machine.
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A close-up of the contactless mobile payments options: infrared, QR Code and near-field communications (NFC) respectively.
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