From Japan, of course, you can now get a remote control broom and waste basket. I am not sure how well this would really clean but if you’re too lazy to get off your couch and instead use remote control cleaning tools you can’t be that particular about the quality of clean you’re going to get.
February 13, 2013
August 29, 2012
Robotic exo-suit controlled via Kinect gaming platform OR 3G smartphone app with modular weaponizing capability that is “priced to own” at “only” $1.35 million = Bad Idea Jeans, Japan.
May 24, 2012
Summer presents the same problem every year for beer enjoyment — how to keep that beer from going warm before you finish it. Once again, Japan is stepping up to the plate and solving the world’s problems. The brewers at Kirin have developed a new technology that serves up beer with a layer of frozen beer foam on top.
The foam is made by blowing air into beer as it is stirred and chilled to a frosty -5 degrees Celsius. Kirin reports that the frozen foam can keep a beer chilled for a full 30 minutes. The video below shows Kirin’s invention in action:
Will this technology be coming to America soon? One can only hope.
March 29, 2012
Sakebii is a new social drinking app for the iPhone that allows users to invite friends out to get crunk. Now, there are already a lot of apps like this out there, but it seems like Sakebii is trying to set itself apart by keeping things small.
Sakebii limits the number of friends within your network to 30 people — which still seems like a lot to me. If I walk into a bar and see more people than there are seats, it’s too full. But it’s still a decent concept that insulates you from potentially annoying acquaintances from popping in and crashing the party.
It’s still in development, but once it’s launched, I might try it out — if only in the hopes that the user interface is as adorable as the images on the “how to” page make it out to be!
December 7, 2011
This is Jukusui-Kun, a new robotic pillow combo in the form of two polar bears designed in Japan as a sleep aid to combat snoring. Yes, seriously.
How is this miracle of science achieved? Well, the smaller bear-pillow contains a small sensor which attaches to the afflicted sleeper’s hand. This sensor monitors oxygen levels in the blood, which a microphone embedded in the larger bear-pillow records noise levels.
Both pillows feed this data wirelessly into a THIRD unit, a terminal that compiles and analyzes the data. When blood oxygen levels dip and noise levels increase at the same time, the “mama” bear is triggered by the terminal and gently brushes its paw across the sleeper’s face in order to induce them to roll over without waking them up (sleeping on one’s side instead of the back is believed to alleviate the snoring).
Interested? Well, too bad — the researchers who designed this not-at-all ostentatious device that nobody asked for will not be producing it commercially.
So Japan spent an obscene amount of money to design a robotic anti-snoring pillow device and fabricated it in the form of an adult and an infant polar bear (complete with baby bottle) that essentially does what my wife’s elbow does for free after I pass out drunk. With no plans to recoup the R&D budget by mass-producing it.
No, don’t get up, Japan — we’ll lick this climate change/famine/poverty/overpopulation/war/pollution thing in a jiff.
November 9, 2011
It’s been a while (well, a few weeks) since Japan teamed up with Science to give me nightmares—guess they wanted to give the first few episodes of season two of The Walking Dead a few at-bats in my mindscape—but they are back on the job and better (worse?) than ever:
Basically, these are what will be applauding the zombie herds from the sidelines as they chase me through the southeast in my dreams. Because relentless undead hordes need a cheering section.
October 5, 2011
As we’ve already discovered ad nauseum (literally), Japan loves re-purposing poop. So it comes as absolutely no surprise that TOTO, Japan’s version of American Standard, is promoting it’s new eco-friendly image with an upcoming 500-mile jaunt from Kyushu to Tokyo on its prototype Toilet Bike Neo.
What makes Neo a “toilet bike”, you ask? Well… it’s “powered entirely by the on-board biogas digester. Biogas systems use an anaerobic bacteria system to convert dead organic matter into a usable fuel primarily made of methane.” Theoretically, this hog could run forever, provided the driver’s nice an’ regular. Oh, and if pooping out in the open into your vehicle is not embarrassing enough for you, Neo also talks as part of this campaign. Because nothing makes you less self-conscious while pooping in public than the robot you’re sitting on shooting the breeze with you. Still—pooh-derived energy certainly beats nuclear meltdowns. Right?
August 26, 2011
Have a great weekend, guys!
(Via Daily Picks And Flicks)
August 10, 2011
This is just horrifying:
You may be wondering why that mutated fleshlight is moaning at you. You may also be wondering why I’m making you watch it. Second one’s easy: I’m a terrible, no-good, very bad person. First one is a little trickier: it seems that scientists in Japan (why is it that that lead-in always freaks me out?) have developed a robotic voice box in order to help deaf people better modulate their voices and enunciate their speech. Noble enough idea, but this is just a nightmare of execution. No, David Blaine.
(Via Discover Magazine)
August 3, 2011
So yeah, this is a toy that actually exists and can be purchased with actual human money:
This is a thing that a.) someone asked for, b.) focus-tested well enough to be put into mass production, and c.) SOMEONE ASKED FOR?!
And what happens once you’ve shaved the baby’s meager amount of body hair? Does hugging it cause more hair to sprout out, like pushing Play-Doh™ through a spaghetti grinder? Or is this a brilliant case of planned obsolescence that forces you to buy dozens of hairy babies until your toddler grows tired of WIELDING A SHAVING RAZOR?
You win again, Asia.