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.
In many cities, payphones are rapidly disappearing from the streets, which is no real surprise in a world where most people carry a cellphone. But what do you do with all those old phone booths? A Japanese art collective has come up with their own plan, and are turning Osaka's disused booths into giant fish tanks.
The more we understand the fundamentals of electronics, the easier it becomes to marry their myriad functions into imaginative designs. A Japanese tinkerer took this notion to the extreme with a construction kit that makes creating gadgets both a game and an art project in one.
We're not saying we want the chiseled bodies of human lifeguards to disappear from beaches, but if Japan's Swumanoid swimming robot keeps making breakthroughs, their days are numbered.
At last, you can now fulfill your Gundam fantasies, sorta. Suidobashi Heavy Industries is selling a real build-to-order Kuratas mech suit, but only if you hand them $1.4 million and promise to only use it to fight alien scum.