Japanese scientists have managed to clone mice using only a single drop of blood. This is quite the achievement given that cloning smaller animals such as mice has been a challenge for quite some time.
Researchers at RIKEN center in Tsukuba City, were able produce perfectly genetically identical mice by a extracting white blood cells called “non-lymphocytic cells” from a drop of blood. The team has said that their technique has an accuracy of 85% and should be able to use on other species.
The group hopes that this study will be …
Toshiba displayed these trendy light up glass to show-case their new “Transmissive Single-sided Light Emission OLED Panel” technology. The selling point of these OLED panels is that they have the ability to not only emit light but also be transparent at the same time.
There have been panels that can light up and be see-through, but the problem has been getting them to do both things at once. Ordinary transparent OLED panels have light emitting electrodes on both sides and can only be transparent when the lights are switched off. So …
Meet RAPIRO, as its creator describes it: “Looks small, acts large, its limitless possibilities all depends on how you program it.”. This new humanoid robot kit was designed for the popular Raspberry Pi micro-computer and aims to give users a number of ways to control their own humanoid robot.
The RAPIRO, is quite easily assembled, no soldering or advanced knowledge of circuitry needed, just a screw driver. This makes it acceptable to those new to robotics and mirco-computing. It comes with 12 servos, 1 for the neck, 1 for the waist, …
HAKO-ANI (Box Sister) is a holographic display designed for use with iPad and other tablet devices. It allows users to enjoy 3D images projected from their tablet to a pyramid shaped holographic display. This means fans of virtual idols, such as Hatsune Miku can use it to enjoy tiny “live” performances from the comfort of their home. The tablet version of HAKO-ANI will be available on August 1st and will cost ¥36,750 ($467 US).
HAKOANI via Asiajin
Raincoats, plastic bottles, styrofoam, windshield wiper motors and a love for the sea; that’s what marine biologist and self-taught roboticist Masamichi Hayashi used to make these realistic aquatic robots. Among Hayashi’s creations are a porpoise, great white shark, green turtle, manta ray, killer whale and hammerhead shark. Back in 2009 they were featured on Japanese TV, Hayashi explained how they are used to teach kids about marine animal behavior and locomotion.
The 5 ft long coelacanth robot below weighs 105 lbs and cost 2 million yen ($22,000) to make.
via: Pink Tentacle
This little guy that I ran into at the Tokyo Toy Show is called “Lucky Dog UN-CHO-KEN” (luck saving dog). “Un” is also a part the word “unko” which means poop, and this is exactly what this puppy does. You place a coin in the dog’s mouth and press on his tongue, then he spins around and poops it into the bank. He sends your money down the crapper to save you from doing the same. *Da-dum-tssh*
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Though these images look like a cool user interface from a sci-fi movie, they are actually screen grabs from a very serious program. This is “DAEDALUS” (Direct Alert Environment for Darknet And Livenet Unified Security) developed by Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). It’s a system designed to monitor the Darknet for any potential cyber threats such as computer viruses.
The system has been getting some attention because its GUI reminds Japanese anime fans of the series “Ghost in the Shell”. They speculate that the designer got his …
There are many different types of humanoid robots out there but this is the first one created solely for swimming. SWUMANIOD (SWimming + hUMANOID) was created by researchers Motomu Nakashima and Chung Changhyun of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The robot was made to reproduce the motion of human swimmers while measuring water resistance.
SWUMANIOD was made by first doing a 3D scan of a real person’s body, then using 3D printed parts to make a 1/2 model. Next they added 20 water-proof motors and programmed the bot to imitate human …
Finally got some video of DoCoMo’s transparent touchscreen smartphone prototype at Wireless Japan 2012. As mentioned before it’s not suitable for bright areas, though the visibility is surprisingly not bad at close range. The touchscreen response was great and I can see how having two surfaces would make it easier give more complex commands, e.g. while playing a game. Looking forward to seeing this technology on the market. When they tackle to visibility factor and give us a bigger display, transparent touchscreen could be the next big thing.
With the last year’s disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, it’s no surprise that the world’s first radiation detector smartphone is from Japan. Mobile service provider SoftBank has recently announced their Pantone 5 smartphone in an attempt to address the concerns of those who worry about threat of high doses of radiation.
The radiation detector is activated when it user presses a button on the front of the phone. A meter appears and a read-out is given. But we’re not sure exactly how accurate this reading is. Smartphone blog Japan Mobile Tech has stated …