Perhaps more than any major metropolis, Tokyo has turned the art of umbrella usage into a fine art, which makes the introduction of the Fanbrella seem like an inevitable innovation.
I think it's a safe assumption that 3D TVs that require viewers to wear 3D glasses aren't going to be around for too long. People don't want to spend $150 a pop on the things, and they just hurt the overall viewing experience. Luckily, people are hard at work on glasses-free TV, and we're starting to see some sets that offer up 3D viewing with no glasses required.
Facing increased pressure to find a new energy solution in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the Tokyo government has announced plans to deploy what could be the world's first national solar array.
From the deeply quirky confines of Docomo's marketing department we have what could be the most environmentally friendly Rube Goldberg promotion you've ever seen.
Osaka University researchers have just created two new robots designed to move around like human babies: Pneuborn-7II mimics the movement of a seven-month-old, whereas Pneuborn-13 imitates a 13-month-old walking. Oh...good?
When a dog is deep in thought, it wags its tail uncontrollably. When a cat is deep in thought, its ears stand up attentively. Like a cat's ears, these furry cat ears move up and down depending on your feelings.
The age of embedded artificial intelligence is upon us with the latest example being a helpful 3D guide called Mei-Chan.
We try not to encourage the crazier myths about common Japanese technology, but sometimes reality trumps all and you just have to report what you find. The latest insanely unlikely device to crop up from the country is an Egg Vending Machine.
The device looks like an ordinary box attached to a computer with a rotating straw. A closer look reveals otherwise. Students at Japan's Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications have created a small device that uses motor rotations with the aim to simulate the feeling of a kiss over the Internet. Warning: this might be the most disturbing thing you'll see today.
Although Apple has remained mum as to when the iPad 2 would arrive in its second largest market, Japan's financial newspaper of record, the Nikkei, just sent Japanese tablet fans into a frenzy by announcing that the device would arrive in stores this Thursday.