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.
Other than flying cars and robot maids, the one thing many of us wanted from the classic sci-fi cartoon The Jetsons is that amazing house. Well, believe it or not, it actually exists in the farthest inner reaches of Japan.
If you had any concerns that this eventful year might end on a sedate note, take heart — the alien abduction-faced, geisha-style dancing robot is here to see you through the end of the year.
Noda Akira's little nose light you see here glows every time he breathes isn't another crazy Japanese trend, it's just plain weird and creepy.
I already hate this thing for its horribly evil insect-like looks and creepy agility, but any robot that can grab cute teddy bears in a death grip deserves a little respect. Thus, we present to you the omni-directional insect robot.