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Babyloid: a robot baby to cure depression

03/01/2011, If there’s one thing the Japanese sure are fascinated with, it’s the creation of robot babies. Masayoshi Kano, creator of the Ifbot has recently shown off a new robot baby called the Babyloid. Designed to be a therapeutic robot to help out depressed...

Gong alarm clocks emulate boxing and wrestling bells

03/01/2011, If you’re looking for the perfect gift for those wrestling or boxing fanatics you know, the gong alarm clock might just do the trick. Modeled after those ringside bells you see at fighting matches, the gong alarm clock behaves just like how you...

Nintendo 3DS sold out in less than 24 hours

02/28/2011, To anyone who ever dismissed glasses-free 3D as a gimmick – the sales figures of the latest Nintendo console should put all doubts to rest, at least for people in Japan. Nintendo shipped a total of 400,000 units of their 3DS console to the retailers in...

Electric powered rickshaws to hit the streets of Japan

02/18/2011, It looks like rickshaw riders of the future won’t need to be fit and able bodied people anymore. The Yodogawa Group in Japan has just revealed an electric-powered rickshaw that won’t need its driver to cycle in order to operate. Powered by a...

Japan to send tweeting robot to space

02/17/2011, The Japanese Space Agency is planning to send a humanoid robot into space along with some astronauts for a space mission in 2013. The humanoid robot will be used to provide companionship for the astronauts on their long and lonely journey, as well as...

Pac n Twit mania hits Japan

02/13/2011, It does seem as though the Japanese have some sort of superior gaming DNA built into them – ever tried to play Tetris with them, or how about Street Fighter? Well, said fabled gaming DNA is now applied to a new “game” of sorts –...

Softbank and ZTE introduce simple one-button emergency phone

02/09/2011, Despite phones getting more and more powerful, there are still folks who need really simple phones, such as the elderly. Now a new phone from Japan’s Softbank and ZTE is probably as simple as it gets as it only has one button and is designed to call an...

Sony introduces new BRAVIA TVs over in Japan

02/08/2011, Sony Japan has announced three new BRAVIA-branded TVs, and despite the trend of coming up with 3D devices, none of these TVs support 3D. Despite the lack of 3D, the TVs do offer some nice selling points, such as the inclusion of a 500GB hard drive and the...

Hitachi introduces two new portable audio players in Japan

02/07/2011, Hitachi Japan has announced two new audio player models that will be added to its i.μ line of portable audio players. Both devices offer 4GB of internal storage and support for MP3 and WMA files. The HMP-S104 is the more basic device and features a small...

Crazy device forces your kids to smile

02/04/2011, Ever had problems with getting your kid to smile when visiting your relatives or out in public? Well it looks like the Japanese won’t be having such problems in the future. An inventor has come up with a device called the Electro Smile, and boy is...

Glasses-free 3D is a flop in Japan according to Toshiba

02/04/2011, Who would’ve thought that glasses-free 3D wouldn’t do well in today’s world? Toshiba thought so too and felt the sting when they reported their lackluster sales for their TV sets that featured this technology. Apparently their best...

Nakayo fixed line phone with integrated Android tablet

01/31/2011, Japanese telecommunications company Nakayo is preparing an IP home phone that will feature an integrated 7-inch Android-powered tablet. The good news is that the tablet will be able to function independently as a web browsing device and will also be...

IRT Humanoid robot from Japan

01/31/2011, The University of Tokyo’s IRT (Information and Robot Technology) Research Initiative started off back in 2008 and now they have come up with another robot. The IRT Humanoid is a full-scale bipedal humanoid with 38 degrees of freedom and is equipped with...