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[12 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tickle Me iPhone.

An app that let’s you use your iPhone to tickle your friend’s hand across great distances (..why?). Being developed at the University of Electro-Communications Japan, this application has a preloaded image of a palm that looks like yours, so with the phone in hand it’s like you’re staring at your palm. Your friend has the same. When you make tickling motions with your finger, your friend sees a finger on his iPhone screen that mimics your movement. This movement creates the illusion of actual physical stimulus to you friend; a …

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[18 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Help the Earthquake Victims

It’s been a week since the devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit the Tohoku region of Japan. And while life here in Tokyo has almost returned to a state of normalcy, there is unimaginable suffering being faced by people in the tsunami affected zones.
At the time of writing this, the official death toll is 6,911 people with 10,316 people missing. There are also countless survivors who have been displaced by the disaster. They currently have to endure freezing temperatures and hunger due to limited supplies.
This is just a quick …

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[9 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Elfoid Portable Telepresence Robot

Here is an interesting concept; a mobile phone one that is actually a genuine android. The Elfoid is a robotic cellphone that acts as an avatar for the user on the other end of the line. This creepy looking phone aims to use a camera and a motion-tracking system to mimic the head movement and facial expression of the user.

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[27 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Feb 27

World’s 1st Full-blown ‘AR Glasses’
Augmented reality (AR) head mounted displays (HMD) are nothing new. But what’s different about these AR glasses form Vuzix Corp is that they don’t block your view of the real world, the only enhance it. When you put on the glasses they are transparent, then with the HMD operational computer generated images are super imposed onto the user’s field of view. Images are generated via small projectors that cast light that reaches the naked eye by light guiding lenses and holographic film. The glasses uses a …

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[21 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Feb 19

Tokyo’s “Robot & Human Concert”
Toyota recently showcased their i-REAL personal mobility vehicle and brought along their musically gifted Partner Robots to set the mood. A violin playing robot and trumpet playing robot performed with human musicians as the i-REAL was being demonstrated. Check out (wo)man and machine playing the violin in harmony.

Here’s the i-REAL in motion.

Check: PlasticPals for links to more videos.
Turn Plastic Bags to Fuel at Home

Those of us who haven’t been eco-friendly enough to carry our own bags to the supermarket, have wasted countless numbers of plastic …

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[14 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Feb 12

Robot Baby Head

Meet Affetto (Italian for affection), he’s a robot designed to look like a human infant of about 1 to 2 years old. Affetto is currently only a head, but researchers have put a lot of effort into his realistic facial expressions. His skin is made of soft rubber and beneath are a motors and wires attached to different points on the face. These are used the simulate different facial expressions, for example his eyebrows a can move up and down, his upper lip can protrude, his eyes move …

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[6 Feb 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Feb 5

Make Music by Touching Your Friends
Ningen Gakki (Human Musical Instrument) is a new toy from Takara Tomy that turns the body into a musical instrument.  A sound is produced when one person holding the Ningen Gakki taps another, up to four people can join in the fun. The toy makes a variety of sounds depending on the combination of it’s 4 diodes being touched.

Bluetooth-capable Digital Pen
The AirPenPocket can wirelessly transmit and store characters and imagines drawn on paper. This means you can take notes and draw pictures while out and …

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[22 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Jan 22

Ultra Tiny DLSR Cameras

If you’re fan of cute miniaturized things that takes pictures, then rejoice. Japanese retailer JTT recently released the Chobi Cam One. These Ultra tiny DSLR cameras take pictures and video, and can use magnetically attached interchangeable lenses. As expected, the images captured by these little things aren’t of the highest quality, but aren’t they cute?! A Chobi Cam One costs about $120.
Source: JTT via: Akihabara News
Kinect Controlled Robot
Remember when people used to talk about the Kinect, they were talking about video games? Here is yet another …

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[17 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Cute Twitter Robot Dances to @replys

Coconatch is a cute little robot that does a dance whenever it detects an @reply on twitter. The robot, connected via USB, is attached to a user’s twitter handle and gives alerts of mentions by lighting up and wobbling from side to side.

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[17 Nov 2010 | 22 Comments | ]
The Screen made of 25 iPads – iProject25

iProject25 is 25 iPads synced together to form a huge interactive display. This was one of the most eye-catching and imaginative installations at this year’s Tokyo Designers Week.

So why 25 iPads? The design was commissioned by the Environmental Ministry of Japan as was a part of their “Challenge 25” event to mark 25th anniversary of Tokyo Designers week, fitting isn’t it?. They wanted art that brought awareness to various global environmental problems. And they got this …

The creators, given their musical backgrounds, designed iProject25 with inspiration from the art of …

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