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[19 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
A House that Can Survive the Apocalypse

Looking for a house that can survive the apocalypse? Well, Japan’s got you covered with this 10 ton bunker. The EDV-01 was designed to be transported away from an affected area in the event of a catastrophe. It’s equipped with satellite connectivity in the event of cellphone network failure, and it’s own power via fuel cells and solar panels. There’s also a bathroom, beds, and a kitchen so you can enjoy a bit of normalcy while the world outside is being destroyed.

This is a creation of Daiwa House Industries who …

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[16 Jan 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Knight Rider’s Car is Almost a Reality

Though not quite yet KITT from Knight Rider, RoboCar can drive itself and is probably the smartest car on the planet. The single-seater EV is equipped with a stereo camera, an IMU (inertial measurement unit), speed sensor and a laser range finder which it uses to determine it’s location and steer. RoboCar® MEV was developed for research in the field of EVs and next generation transport.

The RoboCar® comes in 3 models.

Type A which has a drive-by-wire function and can autonomously reduce its speed. $34,728
Type B which has a steer-by-wire …

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[7 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]
Ultraman Transformation using a Kinect Hack

These Kinect hacks coming out keep blowing my mind. Here is Japanese YouTube user hogehoge335 demonstrating his heroic transformation into Ultra Seven, a version of the popular super hero Utraman. Watch Hogehoge don the Ultra suit, shoot energy beams at real objects and even fly.

It would have been cool if the entire suit was 3D, but this is pure awesome. Agent 340 would be impressed.

Via: Asiajin

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[5 Jan 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Robots to Replace Native English Teachers

EngKey (English Jockey) robots started the year in 21 schools in South Korea. This is a part of an ambitious program which hopes to “ be able to replace native English speakers in 3 to 5 years.” The current English education system employs over 30,000 teachers from native English speaking countries such as the US, the UK, Australia and others. The problem according to the South Korean government is that it’s too expensive to hire these teachers and it’s often difficult to find teachers for rural areas. Some may speculate …

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[3 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]
Your 3DS Girlfriend Won’t Cheat On You

Konami Love Plus promises to be the most advanced portable dating sim. To be released with the 3DS, it will use 3D graphics (duh), motion sensors and facial recognition. Using facial recognition it will feature the “boyfriend lock”, meaning no one else will be able to interact with your “girlfriend” except you. If someone else attempts mess with your “girl” behind your back she’ll respond to stranger with phrases such as “Who are you?”.
Source: Siliconera via: Engadet

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[25 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
This Week in Japanese Tech – Dec 25

Faking Touch Sensation
Waseda University is working on a device that uses visual stimuli to trick the brain into thinking its receiving tactile sensations that don’t actually exist. It works like this.
“To create an illusion, first, the hand is actually given a tactile stimulus. In time with that, a video showing receipt of the tactile stimulus is presented. Then the stimulus to the hand is stopped, the motion is stopped. But on screen, the object giving the stimulus continues to move. So user feels that the tactile stimulus, which should have …

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[13 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]
Open Wide! iPad App Let’s Hot Girls Feed You Candy

You can be fed candy (virtually) by four Japanese young ladies with Halls Eater. It’s a free iPhone/iPhone app to market Halls candy.
You can select one of the four beauties, touch the screen and close your fingers together to simulate your mouth biting down. You’ll be rewarded with phrases of encouragement and praise from the cuties. OR if you really want to have fun with it, you should do what this guy does! Video below.

via: Asiajin

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[9 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Wristwatch Phone – Pretend to be 007

With this concept wristwatch phone you could make calls, access twitter and other social networking sites, pretend to be James Bond and get all the chicks.

I’m not entirely sure I’d want this. Don’t get me wrong it’s cool, but think about making a calls. You would have to use a headset unless you’d want to have the other person on speaker (does it have a speaker?), and headsets are alright but I’d still want to just be able to answer my phone normally. The twitter function seems really useful, you’d …

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[8 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Control Robots with the iPad – Walky

You let your fingers do the walking with “Walky”, an iPad application used to control a bipedal robot with simple finger movements. Walky is said to take a WYSIWYG (what is see is what you get) approach to robot control. The robot’s legs basically imitate your fingers’ movements on the iPad, making it easy for anyone to pick up the tablet and take a robot for a walk. As opposed to regular controllers that take some time to master.

This iPad version is a follow up to the app for the …

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[7 Dec 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
UDAR – Amazing Musical Invention

As a college student Michinobu Uda dreamed of creating a unique musical instrument, with a lot of hard work and study he did just that. The UDAR is a scifi-esque musical device played like nothing else I’ve ever seen.

Sounds good doesn’t it? Mr. Uda uses both hands to press parts of spiral cords that wrap around either side of the device. Each turn of the cord represents a jump in 1 octave, and movement from the center of the UDAR outwards increases the pitch.

It has foam on the ends so …

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