Technology

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…


Speak With An Anime Character’s Voice With The Astonishing Animegaphone!

2018-02-19 03:48

You may have seen toys, gadgets or smartphone apps that digitally alter your voice, changing your gender or age or making you sound like a robot. Essentially, they work by adding filters to your voice. However, yesterday, attendees in the cosplay area at the winter edition of Wonder Festival, a semiannual event showcasing “garage kit” sculptures, were astonished to hear what sounded like the well-known voice actors Hiroaki Hirata (One Piece, Space Brothers, Tiger & Bunny) and Kotori Koiwai (Non-non days, Ai-katsu) calling out. Source: © PR Times / © TBWA Hakuhodo Source: © PR Times / © TBWA Hakuhodo When our grape Japan staff arrived on the scene, a…


Robot-staffed Hen na Hotel Branches Out to Robot-staffed Cafe in Tokyo

2018-02-05 05:11

You’ve probably heard of the Hen na Hotel (Strange Hotel), the first hotel to be staffed entirely by robots including velociraptors on the front desk for some reason. The Nagasaki hotel made waves for it’s general weirdness as well as ingenuity and was covered by numerous media outlets around the world. After this success, the hotel branched out to two more hotels in the Tokyo area and now a Hen na Café has opened in Shibuya. Source: PR Times The café appears to have some staff to make sure everything runs smoothly, but the coffee is made completely by robots, ensuring good quality every time. As the video shows, the…


Japanese “Human Uber” Lets Users Attend Events Via Another Person’s Body

2018-01-31 11:35

A lot of interest in technological fields in Japan lately has stemmed from the integration of augmented reality, virtual reality, and the use of avatars–whether that be to spruce up a game of table tennis or to print out the resume of your future anime self. Introduction to new developments in that regard at this week’s MIT Tech Review’s EmTech (Emerging Technology) Asia conference is turning heads, however, as it showed off what is being referred to by some as “Human Uber”, and let’s just say the aesthetic is certainly attention-grabbing. “Human Uber,” developed in Japan, provides a way to attend events remotely using another person’s body. “It’s surprisingly natural”…


“Pong!Pong!” Adds a Fun, New Dimension to Table Tennis Through Mixed Reality Technology

2017-11-21 04:55

Table tennis is a popular game in Japan, not only as a professional sport but also as a pastime. Thanks to “child prodigy” Ai Fukuhara in the 1990s (who later went on to become an Olympic medalist in 2012 and 2016), table tennis experienced somewhat of a boom, spawning table tennis-themed manga like the gag-heavy Ping Pong Club (Ike! Inachu Takkyubu) (1993-1996) and Ping Pong (1996-1997), which was later made into a live-action film in 2002 and an anime in 2015. In addition, Japan’s excellent performance in table tennis at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 probably reignited domestic interest in the sport. However, unless you’re watching someone like Takkyu…


Japanese Tech School Lets Students And Maids Learn Game Programming Together For Mutual Benefit

2017-09-28 04:16

Maids are a staple of Japanese otaku subculture, with maid cafes, where maids serve food and drink to guests while treating them like kings, being a shining example. In recent years the appeal of maids has expanded its umbrella to include even a gym where maids act as a personal trainer to motivate otaku to get fit, as well as a vocational “otaku training school” that teaches young women the ropes of the maid and cosplay business. Source: © Made In Maid Family / boonie bo Source: © Made In Maid Family / boonie bo Following the education route, Shibuya-based programming school Gifted Academy has launched a project to help…


Japan Has A Robot Vendor That Is Very Happy To Give You Ice Cream

2017-08-30 01:40

Whether it be performing funeral rites, staffing a hotel, or simply being a terrifying poop demon, Japan seems to have a robot for everything. When its not flexing its technological muscle in more adventurous ways, however, Japan focuses on practical uses for these clever robos, and Japanese robotic engineering company Yaskawa’s Yaskawa-kun may be living out the most practical use of all–giving people ice cream. 会社にいるアイスクリームロボット。100円でソフトクリーム🍦作ってくれる😋 An ice cream-serving robot pic.twitter.com/N4ldjYiS17 — とら(Steve) (@torachitech2) 2017年8月24日 you might remember Yaskawa from when they developed a sword-wielding robot to duel Japan’s modern samurai, but the adorable (and somewhat creepy) Yaskawa-kun is a little less aggressive, handing over soft-serve ice cream to customers…


Demonic Eyed Japanese Poop Robot That Spews Diarrhea Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

2017-08-03 11:18

Whether it’s the breathtakingly lifelike fish at Japan’s hotel staffed by robots, or Softbank’s cute domestic-assistant robot Pepper singing Beethoven in a choir, Japan’s constantly improving and impressing field of robotics seems to embrace all aspects of practicality, humor, and even a little bit of creepiness. One shining (well, not so shining) example of that is the DORODOROBO (ドロドロボ), featured at the Fujisawa Design Week in 2016. What separates it from other standout Japanese robots you may have seen? One look at it’s appearance and function should tell you–it’s a poop robot with terrifying demonic eyes that erupts in fecal liquid. You might simply write this off as another entry…


Give Your Music Sessions A Fantasy Feel With Elf Earphones

2017-07-06 12:18

If you’ve been aching to scratch the fairly niche itch of giving yourself an Elven makeover while listening to music at the same time, Japanese Akihabara-based retailer Thanko may be offering your two-birds-with-one-stone chance with these “Elf Earphones”–a set of earphones that let you slip on pointy elf ears. The fantasy-themed earphones have an instant appeal to cosplayers and fans of all things Elven, but can also make for just a quirky aesthetic when listening to your tunes. Source: Thanko Source: Thanko The earphones boast a quick and comfortable (supposedly) elf transformation, and are equipped with a toggle switch and mic. Unfortunately, they only appear to be available in one…


NEXT >>