Japan has gained a reputation as one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet. Its constant delivery of stunning, high-tech products means that its budget for research and development is at a colossal $130 billion per year, one of the largest in the world. Naturally, this has led to an abundance of products that are, shall we say, "memorable."
Europe and Asia have proven that high speed rail is a great way to move people, especially using magnetically levitating trains like this new Japanese prototype.
It may sound silly, but in Japan doting on your dog is serious business, which includes getting it a pedometer.
Hirobo is a Japanese company that's best known for its line of smallish remote control helicopters. So that's nice. But now, the company is thinking bigger. Not a lot bigger, but just big enough to carry you to work and back every day in a one-seater coaxial personal microhelicopter.
Kazuki Yamamoto is a latte artist in Osaka with a serious set of skills. The gent paints in coffee and steamed milk famed characters from video games, cartoons, anime, manga and the rest of your childhood.
The story of an aging Japan concocting new robots to entertain and assist its elderly populace is familiar by now, but mostly we get cute robo-pets and fragile humanoid robots. Finally, a company has come up with a robot that might actually become a staple in the homes of Japanese senior citizens.
Around here, 3D printing is a pretty popular topic, but most of us are presumably financially far from being able to have one installed in the living room. An exhibition space in Japan brings 3D printing to you with a 3D printing photo booth.
Japan is often recognized for the longevity of its citizens, but rather than a purely natural phenomenon, part of the secret of their success is a near-obsession with medical testing for even the tiniest of ailments. That laser focus on medical analysis is set to get another level of detail thanks to a new genetic testing kit being offered by Yahoo Japan.
It may be awhile before those sinister robotic drones become affordable for the rest of us, but in the meantime we can practice with other, slightly menacing remote-controlled floating devices. The Space Ball is just such a device, allowing you to control a tiny flying Death Star of your own.
Creating beautiful Japanese calligraphy is an art that requires years of practice to master, but what if a robot could mimic the exact hand movements of the artist, churning out masterpieces like a photocopy machine? That's the idea behind the Motion Copy System, developed by researchers at Keio University in Tokyo.