iCandy: Electronics for Power and Play

A giant circuit breaker, a virtual pop star, and a wind turbine at a ballpark

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People critical of today’s music argue that it doesn’t take a lot of talent to become a pop star. The popularity of Hatsuna Miku, whose albums have topped Japanese music charts, proves that you don’t even have to exist. Miku is a 3-D holographic avatar created by Crypton Future Media using Yamaha Corp.’s Vocaloid voice synthesizing technology. The virtual star’s voice was patched together from samples of Japanese voice actress Sake Fujita.

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