Back before the age of ubiquitous digital camera set-ups, Hollywood directors and fashion photographers made finger framing a scene or person the universal symbol for the path to stardom. Amazingly, that simple gesture now powers a real camera.
Robot butlers and furry mechanized pets are nice, but as Japan ages what it really needs are better ways for the elderly to get around. Now a young Japanese scientist has come up with what may be the perfect solution.
Japan loves its rice so much that the country has perfected numerous ways to quickly cook the perfect bowl of the stuff. Now that obsession with creating the perfect rice dish has extended to the current Holy Grail of technology, the smartphone.
Wouldn't it be cool if you could go to the theater and see a live performance of Tron: Legacy? Well, imagine no more. A small dance troupe from Japan has pulled the neon-digital magic from the big screen to the small stage.
It's easy to shut someone up with a gun. It's harder to do it reversibly. Japanese researchers have developed a non-lethal gun that uses lasers (lasers!), microphones, and a directional speaker system to fire your words right back at you, jamming your brain and keeping you from speaking coherently.
The anniversary of the March 11th Great East Japan Earthquake is coming up, so to commemorate the one year anniversary, artist Masaki Batoh come up with a unique method to literally harness the stress the disaster caused.
Fruit juice doesn't get much fresher than this, folks: Takara Tomy's new Gurefuru Chuchu citrus gut-mangler will scramble the insides of whatever you jam it into, leaving nothing but pure sweet juices behind.
You have to hand it to the folks over at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. They probably don't need to use a life-size rhino made out of papier-mâché, but they didn't skimp either. The thing even has wiggling ears and a swinging tail. It's hilarious to see in action.
Sometimes bootleg attempts can provide inspiration. At least that's the easiest way to explain how China launched its fake Gundam theme park two years before Japan, which just announced an official version of the robot playland.
In Japan, one can buy almost anything from a vending machine. Fresh chicken eggs? Sure. Hamburgers? You can have that too. Now, Japanese citizens can stand around and get free Wi-Fi from them too.