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Interview With Shunsuke Aoki / Yukai Engineering (Japan)

02/03/2017, I’ve met a lot of interesting people in Japan, and Shunsuke Aoki is among them. He is the CEO of Yukai Engineering, Inc, a hardware/robot development company most known for the BOCCO family robot that we covered during CEATEC Japan, including the...

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Will Make Medals From Recycled Gadgets

02/02/2017, If you’ve ever been to Japan, then you know that the country is famous for its recycling efforts, to the point where a bottle isn’t just a bottle, but it can be further separated by its plastic wrapper, its bottle cap, and the body of the bottle...

Final Fantasy XIV-inspired Live-Action TV Series Launches In Japan

01/27/2017, We’re not sure if you guys have seen the clips or remember it, but back in 2016 Blizzard Korea launched an ad for World of Warcraft in which it was like a drama between a father and son, where the father had a secret that he kept from his son that he...

Panasonic Deploys Its HOSPI Robot At Japan’s Airports

01/27/2017, It is no secret that Japan loves its robots. We’ve seen robots deployed in the country for all kinds of uses, whether it be to greet customers at a store or to help them check into a hotel. That being said, the next time you were to visit Japan and you...

Japan’s Buses Now Have USB Chargers For Your Phone

01/20/2017, When it comes to public charging of our smartphones and tablets, we’re starting to see more public transportation services offer up USB charging spots, like on trains and airplanes. Now it seems that over in Japan, you will soon be able to charge your...

Virtual Reality Porn Rooms Have Opened In Tokyo

01/10/2017, With the invention of virtual reality, we guess it shouldn’t really be surprising to see that porn would somehow find its way to the technology. In fact even before VR became more mainstream, the concept of VR porn has found its way into movies, TV...

A Japanese Insurance Company Replaced Some Of Its Staff With AI

01/05/2017, They say that in the next few decades, humans could end up marrying robots, and it has also been predicted that robots could eventually replace the jobs that were once done by humans. This has already been happening in the manufacturing sector where...

Panasonic Takes Grocery Self-Checkouts To The Next Level

12/13/2016, Self-checkout counters/lanes at grocery stores aren’t new. Maybe some people prefer bagging their own groceries, or maybe some people think it’s faster than standing in line. Either way it’s an idea that’s been done before, but over in Japan,...

Android Pay Is Now Available In Japan

12/12/2016, Out of the more recent mobile payments platforms – Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay – Apple was the first to break into the Japanese market, although initial reports revealed that the launch was not as smooth as Apple would have liked....

Prius Drivers In Japan Can Earn Real-World Rewards

12/05/2016, Buying a hybrid/electric car rewards the driver in knowing that by driving such a car, they are doing their part for the environment. There is also the added benefit of saving on gas since hybrids do tend to consume less fuel than their gas-powered...

Wonder Vision Sphere 5.2 Immersive Screen: We Tried It

11/17/2016, At Inter Bee 2016,  I stumbled onto the Sphere 5.2 by Wonder Vision. This display setup is designed to be an immersive display which provides a half-sphere projection surface for any kind of imaging content, whether it is video or real-time 3D. The...

Irradiated Timber From Fukushima Used To Generate Power

10/27/2016, The nuclear power plant meltdowns in Fukushima is probably one of the worst meltdowns in modern times, following the Chernobyl disaster back in 1986. Now Japan is a country that loves to recycle (if you’ve been there and were intimidated by its...