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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 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 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 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 …

The iPhone 5 Is Already Popular Among Thieves 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 …

Japanese Scientists Indirectly Invent Virtual Girlfriends 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 …

ACTA Ratified In Japan, Citizens Plan Protests 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 …

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

Senkaku Islands Landing Highlights Japan-China Tensions 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 …

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

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

Facebook Amasses 17 Million Japanese Users 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 …

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