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Sony’s Aibo Is Back And Available For Pre-Order In Japan

11/01/2017, When it comes to consumer robots, it’s hard not to think of Sony’s Aibo which was launched more than a decade ago. However recently we have been hearing reports that Sony could be relaunching the robot, and sure enough it looks like the reports were...

Casio Mofrel 2.5D Printer Emulates Leather Texture and Color

10/13/2017, Casio, typically known for its watches or cameras has come up with a new printer and printing technology named Mofrel which outputs 2.5 dimensions (2.5D) color prints that can mimic all kinds of surfaces from leather, to tatami mats to bricks. Now, the...

Japanese Banks Looking To Launch Their Own Digital Currency

09/27/2017, In Japan, there are various ways that you can pay for stuff. There is of course the good old fashion way of paying for purchases using cash, then there are credit cards (which tend to be more limited to the bigger retailers), or there are also methods...

This Cute Little Robotic Puppy Can Tell If You Have Stinky Feet

09/15/2017, In Asian culture, taking off your shoes when you enter someone’s home appears to be a rather common practice. In some cultures like Japan, it goes even further as there are instances where you will have to take off your shoes when entering into a...

Japanese Engineers Create A Headset-Free VR Experience

07/18/2017, The thing about virtual reality (VR) right now is that it requires a headset in order to experience it. This means that in terms of freedom of movement, it can be a bit limiting since headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift require it to be tethered to...

Japan’s Bic Camera Will Start Accepting Bitcoin As Payment

07/17/2017, If you’re someone who mines for bitcoin or trades in bitcoin, you might be interested to learn that there will be more places for you to spend your cryptocurrency at. In a report from the Nikkei Asian review (via Peta Pixel), it seems that Japanese...

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Won’t Give Up On The Japanese Market

06/29/2017, The Xbox One has been doing pretty well for itself around the world, but yet when it launched in Japan, it almost felt like a flop. However it seems that despite the somewhat chilly reception to the Xbox One in the country, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has...

Mario Kart VR Will Be Finding Its Way Into A Japanese Arcade

06/13/2017, In recent times we’re starting to see more gaming developers give existing franchises a VR makeover. For example during E3 there were announcements like DOOM: VFR, Fallout 4 VR, and Skyrim VR, all of which are based on existing titles. Now it looks like...

Airbnb In Japan Has Finally Been Legalized

06/09/2017, Japan is not a cheap country and if you look at hotel rates online, many are pretty expensive for what they offer. This has allowed services such as Airbnb to thrive where they aren’t quite as restrictive compared to hotels in terms of number of guests,...

Japan Looking To Launch Self-Navigating Cargo Ships

06/09/2017, When it comes to vehicles that can drive themselves, we’re looking at cars, taxis, buses, trains, trams, and so on, or at least for the most part where input from the driver is usually minimal. Planes too for the most part can fly themselves thanks to...

Man Believes His Video Game Addiction Led To His Divorce

04/22/2017, In the past we have seen how some gamers who are so addicted to gaming have resulted in them neglecting their own children, where in some unfortunate cases babies have died either due to frustration being taken out on them, or because they were not fed....

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...