Seismologists predict that a major earthquake to rival last year's 9.0 magnitude event will strike Tokyo between now and 2016. During the last quake local cell phone service abruptly disappeared. Now Softbank has a solution in hopes of avoiding a repeat of that technology breakdown.
Watching actors play against green screens, outfitted in motion capture suits has become a common sight. But for the digital animator lacking the manpower and studio space to manipulate humans in such a way, there's now another way to control your digital characters.
The street cultures of BMX bike riders and hip-hop turntablism have been linked for years, but only now has one group married the two in a way that could actually create a brand new, music-infused sport.
One of the most cherished culinary disciplines in Japan is the art and process of making sushi. But now even that exalted tradition may succumb to the march of technology thanks to the SushiBot.
Most Android users are either on Froyo, Gingerbread or have upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. This Japanese smartphone made by Sharp looks nothing like the Android you're accustomed to. Hands-down, this Neon Genesis Evangelion phone has the coolest custom skin for any smartphone we've ever seen.
In Japan, it's not uncommon for even middle-aged men to plaster their walls with photos of teenage pop idols. Now those legions of questionably obsessed fans can have their unrequited love reciprocated, in a way, virtually.
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.