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[PHOTOS] Sony Experiment: Dogs Recognize Robot ‘aibo’ as Living Creature

2018-10-16 04:19

Is it possible for “aibo,” the robotic dog, to live in symbiosis with a real canine? Sony announced in July the results of an experiment, conducted under the supervision of zoologist Tadaaki Imaizumi, where canine behavior was analyzed. Source: Sankei Shimbun According to the results, the dogs showed signs of consideration towards aibo, and in many cases they recognized aibo as a “living creature.” The experiment was conducted in two steps. First, the researchers observed how 13 dogs of different ages and breeds reacted when coming into initial contact with aibo. Source: Sankei Shimbun Nine out of the 13 approached aibo and took a sniff. Of the nine, six went…


Anime Girl Hologram Companion Mass Produced To Serve You At Home

2018-08-01 06:22

Live together with your favorite anime character as your personal hologram assistant. When Gatebox Lab announced it’s ambitious project to design a “Hologram Communication Robot” that captured the experience of living and interacting together with your favorite animated character, otaku all over the world buzzed with anticipation. Beyond accessing your IoT devices to help assist you with daily duties such as turning on the television, checking weather, and looking up information on the web, Gatebox was designed with the goal of having a hologram assistant detect your behaviors and deliver a unique and intimate experience to support its user. The device uses sensors to detect and remember the presence of…


Japanese Amphibious Gill Garment Aims To Let Humans Breathe Underwater

2018-07-18 05:36

If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat after a nightmare of perishing away in a world submerged by rising sea-levels or conquered by aquatic alien overlords, you may have wondered how you would have been able to turn things around and lead the fight for humanity’s survival. While it may not be quite the answer just yet, Japanese biomimicry designer Jun Kamei‘s Amphibio, “a gill garment for our aquatic future,” is an underwater breathing device proposed to support life in “a future where humankind lives in very close proximity with water.” Mikito Tateisi Mikito Tateisi The 3D-printed garment (gills and respiratory mask)…


It Finally Happened: Japan is Regulating Flying Car Traffic Rules

2018-07-04 05:02

Yoshihide Suga, the chief cabinet secretary, announced on Monday the Japanese government’s plans to set up a council dedicated to setting up rules and regulations for something they apparently see as inevitable. The rise in popularity of flying cars. Fuelled by science fiction films like Back to the Future, the idea of a future sky filled with flying cars has become a popular one, but are we inching ever closer to that fantasy becoming a reality? chesky / PIXTA(ピクスタ) The council, which will be set up before the end of the year, has been set the target of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 to showcase the new technology to…


Japan Invents Anti-“Smell Harassment” Device Which Monitors Your B.O. Level

2018-06-29 06:38

Smell Harassment In recent years, the term “smell harassment,” often abbreviated to sumehara スメハラ, has become the subject of greater scrutiny in Japan. While it is usually used in a workplace environment, it is also discussed in the context of public transportation where people are frequently forced to be in close proximity to others. Unlike other forms of harassment that are volitional such as sexual harassment, age harassment and maternity harassment, smell harassment is often involuntary, and sometimes the result of medical conditions. Smell harassment is also used to describe the usage of perfumes and colognes. Nevertheless, whereas unwelcome body smells were previously considered a mere inconvenience, the mood in…


Vape Like a Samurai with this Japanese Kiseru Smoking Pipe E-Cigarrete

2018-06-15 01:10

If you’re a fan of samurai films, or any sort of early Japan period piece fiction, chances are you’ve encountered a scene of one of Japan’s iconic warriors or perhaps a geisha enjoying a smoke from one of these traditional pipes. Source: 工場長 / PIXTA(ピクスタ) They’re called kiseru, and are typically used for smoking a finely shredded tobacco (often resembling strands of hair) called kizami. Composed of a bamboo or wooden shaft with two metal ends and accompanied by a bowl, especially long kiseru were even carried as weapons during the Edo period. Today, they are commonly seen at Japanese incense ceremonies. Source: hilite / PIXTA(ピクスタ) You may see a…


Tokyo’s New teamLab Museum Will Immerse You in a Digital Art Wonderland

2018-06-13 05:39

Art collective teamLab use a mix of digital technology and physical 3D spaces to create an interactive experience like no other. Their exhibitions all over the world have offered a unique chance to get fully immersed in art. Martinさん(@martinvien)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 6月月12日午前8時07分PDT The ambitious installations are particular favourites of Instagrammers and vloggers out to get a completely otherworldly shot. After creating such a buzz around their work, teamLab are finally opening their own permanent museum in Tokyo, ‘MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless’. Transcending boundaries as a concept plays a big part in their work, and they explore this at length in the newly opening installations. The name of…


Watch an Escalator in Japan Transform into a Wheelchair Lift

2018-05-21 04:22

It’s not uncommon for visitors to Japan to return home with high praise for the customer service and hospitality shown to them, whether it be the meticulous care with which baggage handlers process luggage, or the quirky way with which a certain ramen chain stores emergency toilet paper. What may surprise some the most, however, is some of the country’s infrastructure geared towards making things easier for the physically disabled. YouTube user me Wallander uploaded the following video which, while the title “An escalator that also supports wheelchairs” is in Korean, takes place in a Japanese airport. In it, airline staff help the user of a wheelchair onto an escalator,…


Japanese Apartment Company Offers Silhouette Boyfriend Security System to Protect Women Living Alone

2018-04-10 12:11

Citing rising danger for women living alone in Tokyo, a company in Japan is providing a “shadow boyfriend” service to trick criminals. Leo Palace 21, an apartment management company in Japan, is launching a product called the “Man on the Curtain” security system which projects a loop of an active man’s silhouette onto a curtain to give the illusion that an apartment’s tenant is not actually living alone. The company claims that as the number of women living alone in Tokyo is increasing, so are home invasions and crimes targeting them specifically. A promotional video (you can use their English website for help) explains the concept below. The system uses…


This Moving LEGO Escalator is a Stairway to Creative Heaven

2018-04-09 12:56

You can always count on everyone’s favorite creative engineering block, LEGO, to bring out the childhood imagination in all of us. In the past we’ve seen people use Lego bricks to build wonders such as Studio Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky music box and a marvelous pop-up book model of Japan’s famous Himeji Castle. Japanese LEGO enthusiast and wizard Takanori Hashimoto, however, has been turning heads with his moving LEGO creations, such as this fully functioning LEGO escalator! The device caught a lot of attention at Japan’s Wonder Festival, a convention that showcases some of the brightest artists and cosplayers in Japan, but has recently blown up on Twitter and…


Japanese Jet Pack Samurai Engage in Airborne Sword Fight in Viral Video

2018-03-26 02:41

If you’ve ever thought the mid-air sword fights in video games and anime were pushing the boundaries of plausability, you’ve obviously never seen this ‘future sport’ from a viral video by Softbank. The telecommunications company have been collaborating with ‘guest teachers’ for their ‘Smartphone Middle School’. The project is creating online content to show students a fun side of industries they don’t normally get to see, turning their smartphone into a classroom. It’s not the first time Softbank have targeted the younger generation with their promotions, previously they recruited Justin Bieber to flog their student discounts. For the subject of technology, guest teacher Mr. Mori, an inventor, has created the…


Awesome Functioning Steampunk Wrist Watches and Other Creations by Japanese DIY Artist

2018-03-16 04:25

Japanese social media channels can be an adventurous source for DIY projects, whether it be revealing a $3 rusty knife to be a high quality piece of Japanese cutlery or turning Thomas the Tank Engine into a Mad Max-esque apocalyptic death machine. Japanese Twitter user and DIY tinkerer @FRISK_P, however, stands out for not only crafting their gear with an incredibly cool and detailed steampunk aesthetic, but also complete functionality! While FRISK_P creates a variety of marvelous contraptions bring the world of science fiction and steampunk to life, it’s the artist’s take on out-of-this-world working wrist watches that is turning heads everywhere. #私の作品もっと沢山の人に広がれ祭り 他の人が作らないような腕時計を作ったりします。 pic.twitter.com/yb3qyMhmMa — フリスクP (@FRISK_P) 2018年3月9日 With…


Smart Bonsai Follows You Around, Quotes Goethe, in TDK’s Vision of The Future

2018-03-05 08:01

Bonsai. The ancient Japanese art of producing miniature trees in small containers. Contemplative and philosophical (the art was associated with Zen Buddhism in its early history following the influence of its Chinese antecedent, penzai), bonsai seems to embody the qualities often associated with “old” Japan: aesthetic refinement, harmony with nature, unchanging traditions. In other words, it’s the perfect subject for conceptual artists trying to create startling juxtapositions between the old and the new, the analog past and the digital future. Projects like Nissan’s self-driving slippers and self-rearranging furniture which blend seamlessly into the traditional decor of an old Japanese inn come to mind. Surely enough, we’ve already seen a hi-tech…


Artist “E wo kaku Peter” Imagines New Technologies Injected Into Objects From Japan’s Recent Past

2018-03-02 08:23

Japanese freelance concept artist E wo kaku Peter has a unique flair for imagining technologies future and past paired together in realistic illustrations. His clear fondness for mechanical and military designs, as apparent on his online art gallery filled with illustrations of fighter jets, tanks, air craft carriers and robots, also finds expression in his focus on everyday life, resulting in thought-provoking and sometimes whimsical visions of an alternate reality. His recent work appearing on his Twitter feed focuses on communication technology. Source: E wo kaku Peter @peter6409 This illustration of a trio of Twitter terminals seems to borrow the aesthetic of public pay phones. Source: E wo kaku Peter…


Now You Can Experience Traditional Japanese Art in Mixed Reality at Historic Kyoto Temple

2018-02-28 11:07

Although Japan is known as the country where modernity and tradition collide, Japanese history has never been brought to life by technology quite like this before. Source: (C) Grape Japan Kenninji is Zen Buddhism’s oldest temple in Kyoto, famous for its beautiful and historic pieces of art. This new experience called ‘MR Museum in Kyoto’, will bring a whole new dimension to a national treasure that the temple holds. When you gaze upon the ‘Wind God and Thunder God’ folded screen painted by Tawaraya Sotatsu over 400 years ago, you will be able to see whole lot more than you bargained for. Source: Hakuhodo-VRAR The idea to infuse appreciation of…


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