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Luxury capsule hotel concept

11/13/2009, You know those capsule hotels in Japan that cost an exorbitant price just for a night’s sleep? Well, it has been given an overhaul in terms of design thanks to product designer Fumie Shibata whose concept will be known as 9 h (Nine Hours). Opening...

Purikura Moving-Photo

11/11/2009, Takara Tomy has unveiled their latest offering, the Purikura Moving-Photo compact and girly designed camera which will sport a 2-megapixel camera module, accompanied by a 2.36” LCD display, 1GB memory and a microSD memory card slot. This allows you...

Hello Kitty phone hits Japan

11/10/2009, The latest Hello Kitty handset to hit Japan would be based on Softbank’s new ‘The Premium5′ handset from Sharp, where folks who are familiar with the naming convention there would better know it as the 942SH. This hot ticket item is...

Detect The Mood And Condition Of Skin

11/05/2009, The folks over in Japan sure come up with some weird products. Apparently Bandai, the folks who came up with the Tamagotchi, has come up with a new device that you can hold up to your face and receive detailed information on its quality and health. No...

Japan team wins World Solar Challenge

11/02/2009, The recent World Solar Challenge saw the Japanese team emerge as winners, upsetting the pecking order that was once dominated by 4-time Dutch champs. They took top spot by making it past the finish line of the 1,864-mile solar car race that was held...

CEATEC 09 wrap-up

10/11/2009, CEATEC, which is the biggest consumer electronics show in Japan, is always a good place to see concepts and trends from some of the biggest electronics brands. Despite the recession, there were a bunch of interesting to look at, and if you missed last...

KDDI camera-based controller for phones

10/07/2009, [CEATEC 09] KDDI was showing this bizarre “joystick” for mobile phones based on a plastic tube that is stuck on the back of a cellphone by a magnet. The idea is to attach this white tube so that the phone’s camera can look into it. At...

Anti-suicide lighting

09/21/2009, It is pretty common for folks in Japan to end their life by jumping in front of trains on a track, amounting up to 17,076 suicides within a month, and this has led East Japan Railways to prevent any more unnecessary hindrances to their already...

Taizo robot to lead in physical exercise

09/11/2009, Advancements in the world of robotics have yielded some very interesting additions, where among these include the Taizo – courtesy of researchers from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). This robot was...

AU Ply concept phone materializes

09/09/2009, What used to be a conceptual handset has materialized into something real – the Ply cellphone from AU of Japan. It is pretty much an ordinary handset in the Land of the Rising Sun when it comes to functions, but check out the form factor of this...

Shining and Speaking Poster

09/04/2009, Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd. of Japan has come up with something revolutionary which could change the way advertising works – the “Shining & Speaking Poster” that merges the functionality of an OLED panel, an inorganic EL panel and a...

All-electric taxi coming to Tokyo

08/26/2009, Japan spearheads their green initiative by conducting a pilot project that will see up to four prototype all-electric taxis hit the streets of Tokyo, giving you a one-in-15,000 chance of sitting in these. It is great to see them making the effort to go...

Japanese anime keyboard

08/21/2009, Fans of anime will find these keyboard designs from E-Junex to be their cup of tea, featuring anime-style gals on the surface that ought to get hot-blooded males’ pulses racing. Featuring the artwork of illustrators Tony Taka and Carnelian, these...

Darth Vader robotic arm

07/28/2009, Guess losing a limb in the far away future isn’t too much trouble since you can always settle for robotic arms and legs that are far more durable than the human equivalent, and besides, you can start winning arm-wrestling competitions at bars to...