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Kinect Brings My Worst Nightmare To Life Kinect Brings My Worst Nightmare To Life

It’s been well established that I’m scared of a lot of things. Dolls, E.T. and the eventual robot uprising all leave me wide awake at night. The good news is that my greatest fear has yet to be brought to …

This Smart Trash Can Makes Sure You Never Miss A Basket Again This Smart Trash Can Makes Sure You Never Miss A Basket Again
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There’s something inherently fun about trying to throw wads of paper into a trash can from across the room. As kids, we held impromptu trash basketball tournaments to see who was the true master of trashketball. Now one Japanese inventor …

3D Printers Can Make Your Valentine’s Day A Little Sweeter 3D Printers Can Make Your Valentine’s Day A Little Sweeter

How do you show your undying love to your significant other on Valentine’s Day? Do you cook a nice meal to enjoy between the both of you? Or do you go out to see a movie? Perhaps you’ll make a …

Japan Might Drop Its Support For TPP Japan Might Drop Its Support For TPP

It’s been a while since we last heard anything about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. All we knew was that the secret negotiations were still ongoing, but no public statement had been made for a few months. Now the silence has …

Scientists Capture The Birth Of A Thought On Video
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Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder what my thoughts look like?” It’s the kind of meta-question that you normally would never ponder, but some scientists have captured the birth of a thought on video for the first time. …

Android Tablet Beats iPad Sales in Japan Android Tablet Beats iPad Sales in Japan

A new report from a Japanese publication named Nikkei claims that Apple’s iPad sales in Japan this holiday season were beaten by sales of Google’s Nexus 7. The report cites a survey from Japanese market research firm BCN, which contacted …

The World’s Shortest Escalator, Enthusiastically Sought Out and Taken Seven Times
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This guy took a trip to ride the Guinness-certified shortest escalator in the world, because, why not? As he says, it’s obviously a thing of beauty and magnificence. The fact that it even exists may be incomprehensible to some, and …

World’s Oldest Man Ever Clocks In At 115 Years

The world’s oldest man is still alive and kicking today as he celebrates the honor of being a world record holder. The man, Jiroemon Kimura, was born in Japan on April 19, 1897. The Telegraph reports that Kimura was officially …

ACTA Is Officially Dead In Europe ACTA Is Officially Dead In Europe

There was much rejoicing in the streets earlier this year when the European Parliament rejected ACTA, a multinational trade agreement that many felt would hurt online innovation in profound ways. There was one sliver of hope for ACTA’s continued existence, …

That 3D Printed Fetus Is Back Just In Time For The Holidays That 3D Printed Fetus Is Back Just In Time For The Holidays

Back in July, a Japanese company started offering 3D printed models of a fetus for expecting mothers. It was all kinds of creepy, but there must be an appeal there that I just don’t understand. Maybe a video, instead of …

This Smart Toilet Is Japanese Innovation At Its Best

One of the major buzzwords in tech for the past few years has been smart. Since the advent of the smartphone, everything else must become start as well – smart TVs, smart cars, smart toilet paper, etc. That being said, …

Wii U Sells Over 300,000 Units In Japan At Launch

The Wii U has now officially launched in every major territory. It pulled respectable numbers for its US and UK launch, but what about Japan? The numbers have just been reported and it’s another good launch weekend for Nintendo’s newest …

Walk Through Tsunami-Ravaged Buildings In Japan On Google Maps Walk Through Tsunami-Ravaged Buildings In Japan On Google Maps

Google announced that it has added indoor imagery from buildings hit by the 2011 tsunami in Japan to Google Maps, as well as its Memories for the Future site. Google worked with four city governments in the Tōhoku area to …

Functional Battle Mech Provides Preview of Future Warfare Functional Battle Mech Provides Preview of Future Warfare
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Proving once again that the Japanese will almost certainly be the engineers of humanity’s future enslavement by robots, a Japanese company has created a functional mech robot. The device, called Kuratas, runs on diesel fuel and opens to reveal a …

Add Transformers To The List Of Things 3D Printers Can Make Add Transformers To The List Of Things 3D Printers Can Make

3D printing is often used to make ordinary objects, but the really amazing stuff comes when creators thinks outside the box. The people of Japan have really exemplified this with the disturbing 3D printed fetus and awesome 3D printed portraits. …

Amazon Appstore Makes the Move to Japan Amazon Appstore Makes the Move to Japan

Today, Amazon has opened up its Appstore to another country. Marking its first expansion into Asia, Amazon has launched the Appstore in Japan. Like any location, the Amazon Appstore in Japan will feature localized content and a localized mobile store, …

You Can Get A 3D Printed Model Of Yourself In Japan You Can Get A 3D Printed Model Of Yourself In Japan
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3D printers have been used for some strange things, but the strangest has come from Japan. Back in July, we reported on a Japanese company that would recreate a fetus via 3D printing. It was a little strange, but there’s …

Kindle Paperwhite To Be The First Japanese-Language Kindle Kindle Paperwhite To Be The First Japanese-Language Kindle
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One of the more overlooked announcements from Apple’s event yesterday was that the iBooks now has support for Asian languages. Chinese, Korean and Japanese are all available in native right-to-left format with their own stores to support the titles available …

Japanese Researchers Create Robot Wheelchair That Can Walk Up Stairs Japanese Researchers Create Robot Wheelchair That Can Walk Up Stairs
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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 …

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 …

Twitter Extends a Lifeline to Japanese Users 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 …