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Robots On Song As Waiters And Cooks In A Restaurant In...

In this Chinese restaurant, robots do the greeting, cooking and serving.

Scentee Smelly Smartphone Notifications for iPhone and Android?

Maybe you have your phone set to vibrate, so it buzzes. And many phones have a notification light too, but there's one sense that has been ignored in all of this: smell.

Sony Xperia Z1F Shrinks Z1 Down to 4.3-Inch Proportions

The current crop started with the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL earlier this year. Then, they recently got followed up by the more powerful Sony Xperia Z1, but what if you don't want such a big phablet? Sony has now gone smaller again with the Xperia Z1F.

iPhone 5S And 5C Release Update

The Apple iPhone 5S and the cheaper iPhone 5C could be released in the US on September 20th.

4DX Japanese Theaters Let You Smell Tony Stark in Iron Man...

Do you really want to smell what it's like when all sorts of sweat and body odor are mixed in scorched earth and burnt steel? If you happen to be in Japan to watch the upcoming Iron Man 3, you'll be given that opportunity.

Video: Kid’s Walker NT Mech Suit for Kids with Upgraded Drill...

This children's 1.6 meter unique robot suit retails for $21,000 and weighs in at 180 kg. It's also available for rental in Japan.

Hover Cars Possible? New Magnets Can be Controlled by Light

Our wait for hover cars may finally be coming to an end thanks to reasearchers at the Japanese Aoyama Gakuin University. A breakthrough has been made in realtime control over magnetically levitated disks by using only light. The team recently disclosed study results that show the motion of a graphite disk being controlled by the use of a laser.

New Japanese Maglev Train to Reach 311 mph

Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai), the company behind Maglev (Magnetic Levitation), has revealed their new Series L0 prototype. The train is based on magnetic levitation technology and a long aerodynamic nose.

HTC J Butterfly 5-Inch Android Phablet Rocks 1080p Display

Most people would say that the Retina Display on the iPhone 5 at 326ppi is impressive, but the newly announced HTC J Butterfly blows that out of the water.

Want Food From The Fridge? You Have to Smile First

Scientists at the University of Tokyo Sony computer science labs have created a Happiness Counter that measures your smile.

ViewMaster Lives Again with Sanwa Stereoscopic 3D Viewer

The Sanwa Stereoscopic YouTube viewer is eeriely reminiscent of the old ViewMaster, except this one is designed to work with your iPhone to provide you with a 3D viewing experience on the go.

The $32,000 White Leica M9-P

Leica holds a very special place in the hearts of photographers all around the world. The Leica M8 and M9 are constantly touted as being among the best rangefinders on the planet, but what if you want something even more special? What if you want to stand out even further?

Yamaha Vocaloid Keyboard “Plays” Vocals (Video)

Maybe that's why so many artists have also turned to Autotune, but it looks like Yamaha is stepping up to a whole new level of artificial singing with its Vocaloid Keyboard. You literally "play" out the vocal sounds.

Upgrade to iOS 5.1 and Never Know Your Real Battery Life...

Now, replace your car and its gas tank with your iPhone and its battery pack. That's exactly what seems to be happening with the iOS 5.1 update to some users in Japan. The battery reading on the iPhone has become wildly unreliable, making huge jumps in percentage in a matter of moments.

Bye Bye Barcode: Toshiba’s Supermarket Food Identity Scanner

Barcodes? Who needs barcodes? A new scanner has been developed by Toshiba Tec that can recognize the various objects that you place in front of it, including a variety of produce.

The Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano

For those of you out there who love playing the piano and want to hone your skills wherever you are, there are a lot of smartphone apps. But what you see above is a new Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano which will give you an experience far better than playing on your phone’s touchscreen.

Radiation Watch $46 Pocket Geiger Counter for iPhone

Japan is still recovering from the meltdown, earthquake, and tsunami in Fukushima, so it makes sense that public fears over radiation are at an...

Space Elevator Concept From Japan

Are you amazed after hearing about the travel distance of an elevator in the Burj Khalifa? Then get ready for this new concept from Tokyo-based construction company Obayashi Corp. The Japanese company has come out with their space elevator concept which involves constructing a space cable, which extends a quarter of the way to the moon from the Earth’s surface.

Japan’s Tsunami Waterproof Fujitsu ARROWS Ultra Thin Android Smartphone

If you have dropped your phone in the toilet, sink, swimming pool, or pond, you're going to love Fujitsu. The device in the photo above is being is a new waterproof smartphone from Fujitsu, dubbed the ARROWS ES IS12F.

Japanese Vending Machines By Asahi Dish Out Free Wi-Fi

It's not just about Coke and Sprite, because you also get a range of iced coffees, iced teas, Calpis, and more. Now, it turns out that the "and more" with Asahi Soft Drinks vending machines refers to the inclusion of complimentary Wi-Fi.

Toyota Aqua: The Even More Compact Hybrid Commuter Car

This is Toyota's smallest hybrid offering on the market and it is said to get 35.4 km per liter; that works out to about 83MPG or 2.8L/100km. That's better than its Prius stablemate, which "only" gets 32.6 km per liter.

Anti-Theft Car Seat Identifies Driver With 360 Sensors

If someone steals your car remote, they can get in, start your car, and drive off with it. There has to be a better way to protect your vehicle from theft and that's exactly why some researchers in Japan have come up with a way to use your butt as a protective measure.

The Blue LED In Your Nose That Pulses When You Breathe...

I don't really understand why you'd want to do this, but I don't really understand a lot of that whole "body modification" kind of thing to begin with. At least this is totally temporary. In the video below, you can see Noda Akira showing off his latest creation: a blue LED that you stick up your nostril and it will respond to your breathing by lighting up.

Google Street View Adds Time Machine: Japan’s Visual Tsunami Timeline

Google's mobile vehicles drove 44,000 km to make panoramic 360 degrees images of areas in Northeastern Japan that were affected by the March 11, 2011 Tsunami.

Sharp At It Again With Overpriced Galapagos Tablet

It seems like every time I turn around a less-than-popular electronics vendor is attempting to boost their sales through the creation of a tablet. In the United States, the company Sharp would qualify as one of these less than popular vendors, although its tablet line is aimed instead at the Japanese market.

Special NTT DoCoMo smartphone jackets measure radiation and more

The first of these is meant to measure radiation, for example, giving you a head's up if your head is taking in a few too many gamma rays.

Gingerbread-powered Sony NW-Z1000 Walkman challenges iPod touch

Not everyone needs the "phone" part of a smartphone and that's why devices like the iPod touch exist. What if you'd prefer to align yourself with the Google side? Sony is doing just that by releasing the company's first ever Android-powered Walkman media player. Here is the Sony NW-Z1000.

Stay cool with Kuchofuku air-conditioned work shirt

The Kuchofuku air conditioned shirt looks like the everyday garb of any old salaryman, but hidden inside are dual fans that provide you with a constant stream of cool air. The fans blow from 12L/s to 20L/s, depending on whether you choose the strong or weak setting. It is a polyester shirt, though, so I imagine it doesn't "breathe" all that well. Maybe that's the point: to keep the cool air in and the hot air out.

Handroid robot hand by ITK is remote controlled with a glove

The Handroid is a robot hand developed by a Japanese company called ITK. It's a fully articulated robot hand with the same kind of dexterity as a human hand. Each finger can move independently and the hand as a whole is meant to be "sensitive" enough to be suitable for touching humans or handling fragile objects.

Japan grabs PS Vita before US: 2012

I wandered my way into a Costco yesterday and emerged with a $170 Nintendo 3DS. They did the price drop early and I couldn't help myself. Maybe that's a good thing, because I'd be left waiting all the way until some time next year if I wanted to get the Sony PlayStation Vita instead.

Japan cracks down on virus makers with new cybercrime law

A computer virus can make your computer do bad things you dont want it to do. They even cause millions of dollars in damage and waste network bandwidth. It's about time we fight back against the people who make viruses and Japan is leading the charge with a new law.

NEC Android Tablet gets Dual Display

A rose by any other name? NEC showed off its LT-W Cloud Communicator a few months ago at CES and now the dual-screen Android tablet is re-emerging with a new name. Behold the NEC LifeTouch W Tablet. The Acer Iconia is the only dual screen tablet in town.

Radioactive Cars Shipped from Japan (But Don’t Worry About It)

Sadly, the stories coming out of Japan aren't nearly as comical as their radioactive counterparts on The Simpsons. That said, should they be raising the kinds of alarms that they are?

Spark Plugs Getting Replaced with Laser Ignition?

Despite some advancements in greener ways to power our cars, regular internal combustion engines are still going to be around for the foreseeable future. That said, changes can be made to make them a little greener... like getting rid of the spark plug.

Sharp Wi-Fi Portable TV stalks you in every room

Think about where you would normally watch television. This is usually for the living room or the family room, but you might watch TV on your computer monitor or tablet device too. Fitting somewhere between those realms is the new Free-Style AQUOS HDTV from the folks at Sharp.

Inexpensive Kondo Spider-Bot Demo’d on Video

Robots are pretty awesome. As great as the humanoid bots may be, it's even better when you get something like the Kondo Spider-Bot. It's a robot that looks like a spider, complete with spider-like limbs that move the bot in a spider-like way. There's just one problem: it only has six legs.

Unmanned QinextiQ Robots and Vehicles Help to Save Japan

It's going to be a long time before Japan is really back on its feet. We already know about Nao and FirstLook seeing what they can do, but it's time to toss in some QinetiQ robots to help too.

Forget Walking; Nao Robot to Learn Mountain Climbing

We've always been fascinated with robots, particularly of the humanoid type. It's been a challenge for scientists to give them human-like movements, which is why it's taken them so long to get robots to walk, run, climb stairs, and play soccer. Nao is ready for more.

$1 To Japan For Each Facebook Like

Our good friends at AViiQ who manufacture all kinds of mobile accessories, have just tweeted that they will reach out to those troubled in Japan by the recent catastrophic earthquake and tsunami by donating $1 for each Facebook like they receive. Japan was hit by one massive 8.9 richter earthquake early on the morning of 3/11, and they continue to experience seismic activity totaling over 100 tremors in the last 24 hours.

Robo Marathon Coming to Japan

Oh Japan. The land of fantastic sushi and off-the-wall game shows. They're ready to take on another quirky spin, because a full marathon is being planned for a number of bipedal robots. Technology firm Vston is organizing the event.

Electric nose lifter can lift your nose without resorting to plastic...

For better or for worse (likely for worse), we live in a society that is very much caught up on appearances. We see all kinds of diet fads and fashion trends, but what about when it comes to your face? Do you hate your nose? Apparently, you're not alone.

Mazda2-based electric vehicle to compete with Nissan Leaf?

Mazda says that "the internal combustion engine is expected to remain at the heart of the automobile for the near future," but it also recognizes the importance of exploring the "development of various future eco-friendly technologies." One of these has to do with electric vehicles and that's where we find ourselves too.

Talk-Torque 2 mute robot guides you through museum without talking

The idea behind the Talk-Torque 2, which is almost more alien-like than robot-like, is that it can guide you through a museum using only gestures. The robot is supposed to "become a master at human communication without words," directing your attention toward points of interest as it acts as a tour guide through a museum, art gallery, or some other similar exhibit.

Galaxy S promoted by Darth Vader in Japan

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a Sith Lord promoted a smartphone ironically called the Galaxy. It almost sounds like a match made in heaven, but Darth Vader has somehow become the spokesperson for the Samsung Galaxy S phone in Japan.

Google Android + retina display = Sharp IS03 smartphone

What's that? You thought retina displays were restricted solely to the Apple family? While it's unclear whether or not they can actually use the word "retina" in their product descriptions, Sharp has indeed come up with a phone that uses one. And it's powered by Google Android to boot.

Nintendo 3DS to sell for $300, launches February 26 in Japan

Man, I was really hoping that Nintendo would be a little more competitive with the price point on the new Nintendo 3DS. Most of us were hoping for something in the $200 range, maybe pushing $220 or $230, but that's not where it is at all. Instead, they've bumped it to a whopping $300.

Morpho Smart Select automatically selects best photo

Ever since cameras switched from film to digital, we've been taking way more pictures. It's just so much easier to take multiple shots and just choose the best ones later on. Now, that process can be automated with Morpho Smart Select. Announced by Morpho of Japan today, the software will automatically pick the best shot out of a set of pictures. Simply let it know which set of pictures it should consider and it'll let you know which is the best photo of them all.

Three-quarters of Japanese smartphones are Apple iPhones

You know, before the iPhone launched in Japan, I thought it was going to be a disappointment for Steve Jobs and Apple. It wouldn't be a flop, but I didn't think it would achieve the same level of market penetration as it was able to enjoy in the United States. Oh boy, was I wrong. A study conducted by MM Research Institute has revealed that the iPhone has a 72.2% market share in Japan. There are 2.34 million iPhones in the land of the rising sun, representing a dominating force among smartphones.