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[7 Dec 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Bottle Up Your Emotions in a Jar, then Unleash them on the World.

At Make Tokyo Meeting 07, I came across a group of students from the University of Tsukuba, who believe the best way to release bottled up emotions is to actually shout them into a bottle. Their invention is called the “Wat Bottle”, from the Japanese word watto which means to cry out suddenly in a loud voice.
It’s pretty simple; open the lid, scream the source of your frustration into the jar where your voice is recorded, close the lid and shake the jar to amplify the sound, then open the …

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[7 Dec 2010 | 5 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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[1 Dec 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Make: Tokyo 06 Hightlights [Video]

Just a few scenes from last month’s Make: Tokyo Meeting 06. I’m still in awe of the ingenuity of the exhibits, being that a lot of them are from people who are only hobbyists.
Make Magazine is a DIY (Do it yourself) and DIWO (Do it with others) publication that caters to creative people who love experimenting with electronics, computers, robots and craft in their free time. What better place than Japan bring this party? Originally from the US, Make has been in Japan for a while now and is …

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[26 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Cute and Funny Stuff – MAKE: Tokyo Meeting 06

Japan’s creative hobbyists were out in there numbers this month for MAKE Tokyo Meeting number 6. There were works from both the fields of technology and art. The exhibitions were generally impressive, here some of the cute and funny ones.
The remote controlled bunny ears were the cutest thing there. It’s a pair of animated rabbit ears that you wear. You can control the movement of the ears with a remote controller in the form of a ball (also dressed up as a bunny). The ball has a tilt sensor so …

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[24 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Final Fantasy Diet Chair

When Ryo started his diet, he got really bored with measuring his progress and keeping motivated. So he did what any good geek would do; use a video game to help him out, and thus the “Final Fantasy V Diet Chair” was created.
It’s simple, Ryo sets a goal and measures his weight everyday, his progress with is diet is shown as progress in a Final Fantasy V video. For this he uses a Wii balance board hooked up to his PC and a custom Google Chrome add on. Here’s …

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[22 Nov 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Robot version of Nausicaa’s Ohmu – Mecha Ohmu

Ghibli fans will instantly recognize this creation as a mechanical version of an Ohmu from the classic “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” This is creator Dr. Gen Endo’s tribute to one of his favorite films. This is how it crawled at MAKE Tokyo.

Mecha Ohmu has a bump sensor so that it can change direction when it hits an object. It’s also sensitive to bright light, if you shine a light at it gets angry, and just like the ones in the film the eyes start glowing red …

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[20 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Robots with Guns a Good Idea?

Robot de SaBaGe (Robot Survival Game) is a group of hobbyists who build robots that shoot the crap outta each other. Each of their robots has an airsoft gun attached to it. They’re put in an a field with obstacles where they battle it out. Here’s some footage from MAKE Tokyo 06.

The games come in to two forms, team matches , where small groups of robots use strategy to crush the enemy, or battle royales where it’s every bot for himself. A robot is out of the game when it’s …