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Japanese Researchers Create Robot Wheelchair That Can Walk Up Stairs

One of the greatest challenges facing our handicapped population is making sure every building is wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, some buildings are just too old or small to add ramps or lifts. It can be discouraging, but some of the brightest minds in Japan may have found a solution. The Chiba Institute Of Technology has created an all-new wheelchair that is …

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New PlayStation 3 Ad Shows Off Re-Designed Console in an Odd Way

Earlier this month at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony revealed its new re-re-designed PlayStation 3. The newest model of the console is even smaller than the last – 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the PlayStation 3 Slim, to be exact. Unfortunately for consumers, despite the new design, the cost of previous editions of the PlayStation 3 haven’t gone down. …

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Twitter Extends a Lifeline to Japanese Users

If there’s one thing that Twitter is engineered for, it’s providing a large volume of information in real-time. If you don’t know what I mean, click on a trending topic and watch the tweets roll in. Sometimes, it’s dizzying trying to keep up with the pressurized firehose that is a tweet stream. Admittedly, not all of this information is important …

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The iPhone 5 Is Already Popular Among Thieves

The iPhone 5 has proven to be one of the most anticipated hardware launches of the year. Lines as far as the eye can see are stretching throughout cities. Some folks in Japan just couldn’t wait and decided to skip the line (and paying). The Wall Street Journal reports that a group of thieves have reportedly hit three major stores …

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Japanese Scientists Indirectly Invent Virtual Girlfriends

The Japanese have consistently proven to be the wizards of the science world. Their inventions sometimes seem like they’re ripped straight out of sci-fi anime, and that can only be a good thing. Today’s invention is perhaps the most amazing thing to ever come out of the island nation since the Nintendo Entertainment System. Japanese scientists revealed today that they …

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ACTA Ratified In Japan, Citizens Plan Protests

The key to a democratic government’s continued strength is that all its dealings are made in the open with input from its citizens. That has not been the case with ACTA. Citizens of the European Union force the discussion out into the open which caused the European Parliament to shoot down the treaty. Other countries have not been so lucky. …

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After Losing In The U.S., Samsung Beats Apple In Japan

It was a pretty big deal when the jury handed Apple the victory in their patent dispute with Samsung. It was a rarity, however, as Samsung has won the majority of its patent disputes with Apple around the world. They can now add Japan to their list of victories. Bloomberg reports that a Japanese court ruled today that Samsung didn’t …

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Senkaku Islands Landing Highlights Japan-China Tensions

Japanese nationalists have highlighted tensions between Japan and China by landing on the disputed Senkaku Islands and raising the Japanese flag. According to Japan Times, members of the nationalist group called Gambare Nippon were protesting in response to a similar demonstration by pro-Beijing protesters last week. The pro-Beijing protest was scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of Victory Over Japan …

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Scar Your Children For Life With A 3D Printed Replica Of Them As A Fetus

I love 3D printers. They can create all sorts of whacky objects that makes the 12-year-old kid in me extremely jealous. Of course, one 3D printed replication out of Japan would have horrified me as a child. Japanese company Fasotec now offers expecting mothers the option of creating a 3D printed replica of the fetus currently residing inside of them. …

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This Robot Trashcan Will Catch Your Inaccurately-Tossed Empty Beer Can

Is it necessary? No. Wildly inventive? Yes. Do you wish that you had one? Absolutely. That Q&A session is indicative of many products we see that are created in the minds of the Japanese. And now, those crazy innovators have just created every college student’s dream dorm room item. It’s called the “Smart Trashbox,” and its “smartness” comes from the …

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Facebook Amasses 17 Million Japanese Users

When you look at the intersection between social media and Japan, things get a little weird. The citizens of the island nation don’t behave like the rest of the world does. The Japanese still prefer communications with close friends through text messages and emails via cell phones. That attitude is slowly changing though. The latest NetRatings study from Nielsen Japan …

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The Japanese Are Once Again Needlessly Innovating And It’s Awesome

I love Japanese scientists and inventors. They needlessly innovate in areas that we all thought were done with innovation years ago. The toilet? They made it better. The shower? They made it better. I think I’m starting to see a trend here and today’s innovation continues that trend in bathroom ingenuity. Meet the Camitool, a hands-free automatic toilet paper dispenser. …

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