Radiation Watch $46 Pocket Geiger Counter for iPhone

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Japan is still recovering from the meltdown, earthquake, and tsunami in Fukushima, so it makes sense that public fears over radiation are at an all time high. Whereas a more conventional Geiger counter could easily run you hundreds of dollars, the Pocket Geiger from Radiation Watch starts at just $46. The Pocket Geiger is an […]

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Space Elevator Concept From Japan

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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.

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Japan’s Tsunami Waterproof Fujitsu ARROWS Ultra Thin Android Smartphone

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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.

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Japanese Vending Machines By Asahi Dish Out Free Wi-Fi

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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.

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Toyota Aqua: The Even More Compact Hybrid Commuter Car

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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.

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Anti-Theft Car Seat Identifies Driver With 360 Sensors

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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.

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The Blue LED In Your Nose That Pulses When You Breathe (Video)

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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.

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Sharp At It Again With Overpriced Galapagos Tablet

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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.

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Gingerbread-powered Sony NW-Z1000 Walkman challenges iPod touch

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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.

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Stay cool with Kuchofuku air-conditioned work shirt

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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.

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Handroid robot hand by ITK is remote controlled with a glove

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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.

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