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Used Nintendo 3DS consoles on sale in Japan

03/04/2011, While people in the rest of the world are pining with getting their hands on Nintendo’s latest handheld gaming console, it looks like some folks in Japan can’t wait to get rid of it. The folks over at Destructoid scoured the streets of Japan...

The Elfoid is one freaky looking telepresence robot

03/03/2011, Another day, another Japanese robot baby. A Japanese roboticist, Hiroshi Ishiguro, just unveiled a new robot baby today called the Elfoid. This miniature anthropomorphic robot has the face and arms of a baby and is the size of a cellphone. It is a...

Night vision camera that shoots in color

03/03/2011, The Nanosystem Research Division of AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Japan), recently showed off a new camera that is capable of taking color photos in the dark. It makes use of highly sensitive infrared technology...

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...