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.
It's hard to believe that just seven months ago Japan was rocked with an earthquake and tsunami. In good taste or not, Google had its Street View team drive over 27,000 miles through the torn up region to update its panoramic maps. The views remind us all just how catastrophic a natural disaster can be.
I'm no expert, but something tells me this car crash that took out eight Ferraris, three Mercedes Benzes, a Lamborghini Diablo, a Nissan GT-R and a Toyota Prius worth a combined total of $4 million is going down in history as one of the best worst crashes ever. Just look at all that damage!
Japan kind of lost a bit of its tech mojo with the whole robots failing to save Fukushima thing, but this...this is amazing! The Honda Micro Commuter concept car actually merges your smart phone with your car.
Frankly, it sounds terrifying to me to be pawed in the face by a stuffed robotic polar bear while I sleep*. It's no nightmare though. Japanese engineers have developed the bear — named Jukusui-kun (or "deep sleep") — to gently prod chronic snorers and induce them to change their sleeping position to alleviate the snores.