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[29 May 2012 | No Comment ]
How to avoid leaving your fly unzipped

Guys, it’s happened to all of us. The weird looks you get from strangers after leaving the bathroom. Maybe you’ve got something on your face? Nope, your fly is open and to your horror you realize that girl wasn’t smiling at you because you look so sexy in those jeans.
Probably frustrated by this happening over and over again, a resourceful Nico-Nico Douga user created a device to prevent forgetting to zip up. It’s pretty simple, if your zipper is open, an LED lights up making it easier for you to …

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[24 May 2012 | No Comment ]
Subway advertising using FeliCa NFC chips

Japanese advertising agency Shunkosha have come on with a clever way to get more eye-balls for their ads in Tokyo subways. They’ve started embedding FeliCa NFC chips in straps on the train. Commuters are encouraged to hold their wallet cellphones up to the straps so that the phone browsers will be taken to an embedded URL. These straps can be seen on the Marunouchi and Ginza subway lines. Travel agency H.I.S was the first company to start using this medium.

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[22 May 2012 | No Comment ]
Video: What happens when lightning hits a florescent bulb?

Getting struck by lightning certainly won’t give you superpowers, you’ll be lucky to walk away from it. But if you happen to be holding a florescent bulb when it happens you’ll look really cool. Back in 2010 the Japanese T.V. show Tobidase! Kagaku-kun conducted an experiment to see what it would looks like. They used a 12-million-volt artificial lightning generator to hit a dummy holding a florescent bulb. You can the results above in super slow-mo.

via: Pink Tentacle

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[21 May 2012 | 2 Comments ]
Transparent touchscreen prototype by Docomo

NTT DoCoMo has developed a portable device that not only has a transparent display, but is also touchscreen, touchscreen on both sides! Apart from being really cool, the ability to operate both sides of the screen allows the user to input more complicated gestures. Being able to input gestures on the opposite side of the screen means the user’s fingers would not obscure their view of the display. DoCoMo demonstrated the accuracy this input method by showing a Rubik’s puzzle being solved on the device. One downside of the transparent …

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